The TEDxPennQuarter folks asked me to give a 10-minute talk around the theme of “reinventing,” with the (not-at-all-lofty!) title, “Reinventing Poetry.”
It started out like almost everything I do: with doodling.
Here are doodles from my phone call with Kes Sampanthar, the organizer of the event:
Kes encouraged me to really think about my personal story and focus on the question, “What does it mean to be an artist today?” (No pressure!)
I used the flowchart above as a starting point for all of my slides. (See them on Flickr):
This wasn’t the best presentation I’ve ever given, but the process of sorting through all these ideas turned out to be way more valuable to me than a perfect performance. And as they say, why do anything if you can’t learn something from it?
Thanks to Kes and the TEDxPennQuarter folks, and thanks to my friends for showing me a good time in DC!