Kevin Smokler (@weegee) is the author of the book “Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies” called “An Absolute Delight” by the Library Journal, 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 essays and cultural criticism has appeared in the LA Times, Salon, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Decider and on National Public Radio. He is currently directing a feature-length documentary film on the contemporary renaissance of vinyl records in America.
Kevin has been fortunate to speak to and host events for venues and organizations across North America including New York Comic Con, M.I.T, South by Southwest, The LA Times Festival of Books and the The Commonwealth Club of California.
As an artistic advisor, he’s worked with comedians, playwrights, authors, magazines, musicians and filmmakers to reach their creative potential. In 2013, he was BookRiot’s first ever Writer in Residence and has been a 3-time Artist in Residence at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. He currently serves as Educator-in-Residence for the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, a Creator in Residence for The Battery Private Club in San Francisco and as a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he has lived for the last 20 years in his adopted home of San Francisco with his wife and far too many books and vinyl records.