Typewriter Improv & the 1000th Poem Show

You give me word, I give you a poem.  That’s how it started. This week, I’m preparing to write the 1000th poem at a special show in downtown Austin.   BUY TICKETS TO THE SHOW HERE What: 1000th Poem Show Where: Hideout Theater on Congress @ 7th St. When: Sunday, November 22, 6:00pm   THE […]


Making it happen

That’s me. In a photograph taken by Ben Newman, set up in front of an absolutely incredible mural created by @evee_81. I started this 1000 Poem Project in January, but it’s really been only about 6 months since I really started going after it hard. Today I’m reflecting a bit. Status Update: 645 of 1000 […]

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The Journey of 1000 Poems continues!

First off, thank you to photographer Katy Shayne for this black and white shot from my last event at Take Heart. It’s already been an eventful spring, with events at Take Heart, Belly Up, SXSW with Idean, and Ian’s Inaugural Open Mic. And I’ll be at three more great events in the next few weeks […]


The Story of Conduit Wine

Every so often you meet someone so passionate, so dedicated to their craft, that it is an inspiring revelation just to be around them and hear them talk about what they do. When I first met Aaron Bryan about 5 years ago, I got inspired, and what he was talking about was wine. At that […]


The Journey of 1,000 Poems

If we are to believe Lao Tzu, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In my case, the journey I want to take is that of 1,000 poems. This dream, to put poetry at the center of my life, is not new, but taking it seriously is new. And I’m not […]


Poems for Waiting, an Introduction

The last time you were in line at the grocery store, the bank, or the doctor’s office, did you find yourself pulling out your smartphone to check your messages, check email, or surf the net? If you did, my newest project is meant for you. It’s called “Poems for Waiting.” Poems for Waiting is a […]


Target Audience Questions Beyond “Who?”

What are you reading these days? Every time I see my extended family I do my duty as the resident book geek and ask everyone that question. But this last time I also asked them another:   How are you reading what you read? And where, when, and why? I got a lot of interesting […]

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Do You Write Suspenseful Sentences?

Minutes the average U.S. worker must work to pay for 12 ounces of beer : 3.3 I’ve always loved Harper’s Index. Some of the stats are shocking, some are alarming, and some are just plain weird. I had a teacher who started each class discussing two or three of them that he wrote on the whiteboard. I […]

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3 Ways Online Book Search Can Do Better

Last week I got curious about when and how readers shop for new books. I put the survey out to my Twitter community and email contacts. I know that doesn’t make it statistically sound, but it does give me a starting point for deeper inquiry. Quick and Dirty Summary: Readers are always in the market […]