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Short Bio

Kevin Smokler is a writer, performer and  public speaker based in San Francisco. He writes about culture and technology, tells stories onstage and likes people a lot. 

Full Bio (200 words)


Kevin Smokler (@weegee) is the author of the essay collection "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School" (Prometheus Books, Feb. 2013) which The Atlantic Wire called "truly enjoyable" and the editor of "Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times," A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly and on National Public Radio. In 2013, he was BookRiot's first ever Writer in Residence. 


He's currently working on a book about movies from the 1980s which will be published in 2015


As a performer, he's told stories onstage at events in San Francisco, Austin, New York and Boston. Since 2007, He's been the host of Fray Cafe, South by Southwest's annual evening of live storytelling. He's a two-time artist-in-residence of the Ragdale Foundation


Kevin Smokler sits on the advisory boards of SXSW InteractiveSalon97 and Symbolia Magazine and speaks on the future of media and culture at companies (AOL), conferences (SXSW, The IdeaFestival) and universities (M.I.T, Stanford, University of Michigan) throughout North America.


He is represented by Amy Rennert of Amy Rennert Literary Agency, has 60,000 followers on Twitter and  lives in San Francisco with his wife and cat.