Bio & Books

The work of author and humorist Wade Rouse has been featured multiple times on NBC’s Today Show as well as on Chelsea Lately on E!, People,,, Publisher’s Weekly and Writer’s Digest. USA Today calls Wade “a wise, witty and often wicked voice,” and the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic states that Rouse’s memoirs are filled with “sparkling humor” and that everyone should “read Wade Rouse, especially if you value laughter and wisdom.” Writer’s Digest recently named Rouse the #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, “We'd Love to Have Drinks With” (Wade was just behind Ernest Hemingway, and just ahead of Hunter S. Thompson).

Wade is the author of four memoirs: Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler (Harmony/2007), selected as a Breakout Book by Target; At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream (Harmony/2009), an IndieBound bestseller and Today show Must-Read; and It’s All Relative: 2 Families, 3 Dogs, 34 Holidays and 50 Boxes of Wine (Crown/2011), finalist for a 2011 Goodreads Choice Award in Humor (with Betty White, Mindy Kaling and Chelsea Handler). Wade’s first memoir, America’s Boy, originally a Border’s Best Literary Memoir of the Year and Indie Next List “Great Reads” selection, was recently reissued and named to the American Library Association’s “Rainbow List” of the most important LGBT books. Wade created and edited the dog anthology, I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales about Man’s Best Friend from America’s Favorite Humorists (NAL/2011), a Today show Holiday Books pick and Indie Next List selection. Bitch features essays by nine NYT-bestsellers, a Tony winner and a Foreword by Chelsea Handler’s dog, Chunk; 50% of the book’s royalties benefit the Humane Society of the US.

Wade earned his bachelor of arts in communications, with honors, from Drury University and his master’s of science in journalism from Northwestern University. He has worked as a journalist and feature writer, as well as a magazine editor and public relations director for some of the nation’s most prestigious private educational institutions. Wade summers in the resort town of Saugatuck, Michigan, and winters in sunny Palm Springs, California, where the stunning settings of Lake Michigan and the beautiful view of the San Jacinto Mountains inspire his writing. No matter where he is, Wade continually battles for bed space with his partner of 18 years, Gary, and their beloved rescue mutts, Mabel and Doris. Wade is a supporter of numerous animal shelters as well as Hospice. He is an avid runner, reader and movie/theatre buff, and addicted to fashion, hair, lip shimmer, good wine, and non-fat, triple shot white chocolate lattes.

Wade is a celebrity writer for, the online component of People magazine. As the number one celebrity site for breaking news, pictures and star style, receives one billion page views every month. Wade covers breaking celebrity news as well as reports on big events such as the Oscars, Emmys, etc. Wade is also one of People's main TV correspondents, covering Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise as well as "American Idol."

Coastal Living Magazine
Wade is a contributing essayist, writer and celebrity wrangler for Coastal Living, a national, Time, Inc. consumer magazine that captures the style and timeless romance of those who live or vacation along our nation’s coasts. As a Great Lakes coastal resident, Wade writes humorous and poignant essays for the magazine's  “Coastal View” column that concludes every magazine. In addition, Wade contributes features on Great Lakes celebrities and celebrity homes. Coastal Living  has a monthly circulation of 650,000 and a total readership of 3.7 million.

Metrosource Magazine
Wade is a regular columnist for Metrosource, a national, glossy lifestyle and entertainment magazine for the modern metropolitan gay community. Metrosource has a national circulation of 125,000 per issue, making it the largest gay magazine in NYC and LA and second largest in the nation behind Out/The Advocate.

Michigan Radio Network/All Things Considered
Wade is a regular contributor to Michigan Radio, the largest radio listening audience in Michigan with a reach of 1.7 million people weekly. Michigan Radio is one of the nation’s top 10 largest public radio stations. Wade’s holiday essays from his memoir, It’s All Relative, are currently airing as part of MPR’s “All Things Considered”.  Wade also does special segments for MPR. To hear Wade’s work, go to his web site, and click on link under Michigan Radio icon. Wade’s work has also appeared on Chicago Public Radio as well as on CBC Radio One’s “Definitely Not the Opera” in Canada. He is a frequent guest on many Sirius radio shows.
Wade is known as the “Go-To Gay” on the highly popular book site, Chick Lit Central, which celebrates women authors and their books. Wade’s column dispenses humorous and practical advice to women on such subjects as love, family, fashion, health, romance, travel, and, of course, books and writing. Wade is the sole male celebrated in the sea of such bestselling women authors as Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, etc.

Lectures & Writing Workshops

Wade is a popular speaker, who has lectured around the country. He has been featured at Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Festival, the Wisconsin Book Festival, The Chicago Public Library and the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop.

As a result of growing up in the Ozarks with little artistic encouragement and guidance, shaking off his own fears and “going it alone” to become a fulltime author, Wade created “Wade’s Writers” to support new talent. Wade’s personalized, intensive and transformational writing retreats – which center on overcoming fears in authors’ lives and writing to find their true voice, and provide insider advice on securing a literary agent and finding success as a fulltime author – have directly led to multiple authors having their books published (the latest “Wade’s Writer,” Matt Ziselman and his memoir, Hounded, was recently published by Grand Central). Moreover, “Wade’s Writers” form a lasting bond/friendship, share work and provide support and never let a writer stop what he/she started. Wade’s goal is not only to encourage talented writers but also to nurture a new “creative class” in an American culture that doesn’t support artists. For more, please visit