Eight-Wheeled Freedom:

The Derby Nerd's Short history of Flat Track roller Derby


D. D. Miller is fascinated by roller derby. As the Derby Nerd he has been covering roller derby since 2009, travelling to games across Canada and the United States, including two world championships, reporting back to an ever-growing audience the details of the sport. In this entertaining and thorough book he explains roller derby to newcomers and charts the sport's rise from small groups of women looking for people to skate with over the Internet to the world presence it is today.

Along the way he considers roller derby's roots in Riot Grrrl and DIY culture, and the importance of the LGBTQ community both inside and outside of the sport. This is a warm, thoughtful look at a sport that Miller understands intimately, which takes us beyond the costumes and showmanship, into the heart of what he feels may be the first truly feminist sport.


Meet the Derby Nerd

After having a love-at-first-site moment with the sport in Montreal, the Derby Nerd moved to Toronto in time for the 2008 playoffs and has been writing about the sport since.

The Derby Nerd also reports and provides play-by-play and colour commentary for, Rogers TV, and in 2012 made his WFTDA playoff and WFTDA.TV debut. He also announced at both the 2011 and 2014 Roller Derby World Cups and was part of the ESPN's broadcast crew for the 2015 WFTDA Championships.

The Nerd is a certified member of AFTDA (the Association of Flat Track Derby Announcers) and, along with traveling regularly, is a broadcast announcer for Toronto Roller Derby and venue announcer for Durham Region Roller Derby.

As D.D. Miller, the Derby Nerd is also a writer of fiction. His first collection, David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in spring 2014.

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