Robert W. Fieseler is a journalist and the author of Tinderbox, a history of the Up Stairs Lounge fire published by W.W. Norton/Liveright. Tinderbox was featured in The New York Times and on NPR and named a Best Book of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal. A recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship and the Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing, he graduated co-valedictorian from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Fieseler’s feature stories have been recognized in roundups of best nonfiction by The Atlantic, and his essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A proud gay American, he married his longtime partner at Walden Pond and currently resides in New Orleans.