🖋 Writer. Speaker. Host.
👨🏻🎤 Integrating Masculinity.
🎪 Bimbling Around Festivals.
📍 San Francisco | Black Rock City
I'm a writer and speaker from San Francisco, California. My work in masculinity draws on lived experience of gender fluidity and exploration of male self-expression in the international festival movement. After speaking at TEDxBlackRockCity about how festivals create communities in 2015, I turned my attention to men’s work with a deep reading of the foundational texts of the mythopoetic men's movement and qualitative research on gender dynamics at global gatherings. I've given talks around the world, most recently a speaking tour on Healing Masculinity in Australia with documentary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie. I was grew up as a musical theater kid and the goal of my animated public speaking is to connect my audience with each other, to model vulnerability and to inspire personal transformation towards a healed masculinity for all.
When I was the Creative Director of Fest300 (now Everfest) my mission was to unite the global festival community and inspire cultural curiosity. I'm a veteran contributor to Burning Man and can be found at any immersive event that inspires collective effervescence. In addition to my work on masculinity I also write about harm reduction, personal growth, inclusivity and event sustainability. I adore self expression and festival fashion.
Radical Self Expression
"Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient." - Burning Man's 10 Principles
Art by Chris Hong for Everfest
When I first attended Burning Man in 2010 and saw men wearing fabulous flowing robes and lavish lady hats, I thought, I can be that too! Part of how I model alternative masculinity is by sharing my radical self-expression with the world at festivals and beyond. Below are some of my favorite looks and the festivals that inspired them.