I arrived at a career in the arts because I was striving to grow as an artist myself. Storytelling means more than the ability to string together a few sentences, and it relates to everything in your life. In business, if you recognize that every project or endeavor has its own story and that your number one job is to listen to it, learn it, and express it to its audience, then I think you’re on to something. Vision and great ideas become real if you can communicate them to the world. I am grateful to many teachers, peers, and experiences that have shaped my worldview as a storyteller, working in both written and visual formats.
Sample publication list:
- Spoken Word Revolution Redux (Sourcebooks), The Worcester Review, Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (Manic D Press), National Poetry Slam anthologies (multiple years), the Austin Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, A Bigger Boat (University of New Mexico Press).
- Poem; "When viewing paintings over the internet" on display at The Blanton Museum of Art as part of If These Walls Could Speak: The Blanton Poetry Project
- Featured in How to Make a Living as a Poet and How To Make a Life as a Poet (Soft Skull Press)
- Interviewed / featured in the PBS documentary Roadtrip Nation
I wrote the text for a series of videos for an Austin American-Statesman promotional / re-branding campaign. Here are two samples:
Slam Planet: War of the Words
I co-directed and produced a feature length documentary film focused on two poetry slam teams – one from Austin, TX and another representing the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC, Slam Planet premiered at SXSW 2006 and went on to screen at ten festivals throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.
Here's the trailer:
Additional video samples:
Here’s a video I shot with my pal Ernie Cline, author of the New York Times best-seller Ready Player One, announcing the contest to give away a DeLorean. Plus, a previous video blog entry Ernie and I did (shot 100% with a Flip video camera), showing off some of his new Ghost-busting gear for his fans. Both of these videos link out to Ernie's blog, which is awesome. If you haven't read Ready Player One yet, let's get on that: