A Brief Intro
Here, we have the “brief intro” version of a portfolio bio. Below, I have also included a lengthier bio. The lengthier version was first made for my ENG 507 class but now it has been edited, clipped and Adobe “sparkified.” This particular narrative seemed like a fitting intro to how this MA journey began and how I have arrived at this portfolio. It has been a mental trek over the course of a year. To me, that is really what a portfolio is about. It is different stages along a creative journey all put in one place. Thoughts are frozen on word documents, presentations or musical tracks and only come to life when engaged by a stranger. It is an ideas museum.
I have included 3 writing samples from my MA program as well as 3 creative writing samples. Besides this, if you click on any one of the 6 colored photos that are dispersed with the text titles it will lead you to one of my tracks from my album Made in Mexico. This was an album that I recorded while living in Mexico City and is a lyrical story about a time in my life that began with a knife in my kidney and ended on a rooftop in Mexico City. I would categorize it as “extra creative works” or, a great backdrop to listen to while reading. It is a concept album and flows from track 1-9 telling the various events of this strange tale along the way. A link to the full album can be found here.
The reason I have chosen the works that I have chosen is that I find that they highlight my past and present writing styles, my blend of creative and academic writing as well as my attempt to blend music and literature. Enjoy.
“East of Eden, West of LA: Twenty 7 Counts on the Stars.” Thrust Magazine, Nov. 2011, pp. 22-24.
“Anybody Yell Toga? Introducing Manimal House.” Thrust Magazine, Oct. 2011, pp. 22-24.
“Before and After The Beatles: The Quarrymen Interview.” Thrust Magazine, Sep. 2011, pp. 8-17.
“Million Dollar Voice: The Hank Williams Story.” Thrust Magazine, Aug. 2011, pp. 24-25.
“Famous at Fifteen: The Francesco Story.” Thrust Magazine, July 2011, pp. 8-10.
“Southern Soul and Sibling Harmonies: Thomas Wynn and the Believers.” Thrust Magazine, June 2011, pp. 22-24.
“Hey! The Jude: The Birth of Vicious Skiffle.” Thrust Magazine, May 2011, pp. 12-13.
“Vegas of Europe.” Rattlesnake Valley Sampler, Andrew Davis, Rattlesnake Valley Publishing, 2011, pp. 178-188.