The core of my creative work lies in writing, photography, design and other visual arts, and podcasting.
I founded Humanitou as a website for “conversations of humanness and creativity” in 2017. I published those conversations in text Q&A form until launching the Humanitou Podcast early in 2020. I now also host the We Are Chaffee: Looking Upstream podcast, based in Chaffee County, Colo. Both are conversational podcasts that explore our universal humanness. You can listen to them on any podcast player, and at their respective websites. Here at humanitou.com and at wearechaffee.org.
It’s been a while, but sometimes I go fly fishing. I snip the hooks off the flies when I do. I’m a rare fly fisherman who means it when he says, “I’m just there for the scenery.” I wade into the river — or sip coffee and read while sitting on a boulder in the stream — to be immersed in the scenery, and without desire to hook fish.
I took up snowboarding at 40 and, other than still getting a little nervous nearly every time I dismount the chairlift, I feel pretty badass* carving lines with my board. [*Badass is relative.]
I run mountain trails a lot, and race sometimes. I enjoy stand-up paddleboarding. I recently bought a gravel bike for riding the endless miles of forest roads through the public lands that surround me where I live.
I practice yoga. I meditate daily. I write poetry and publish some of it on this website, and in chapbook form under the Humanitou imprint. I exhibit and sell my photography, and other art work.
I am a veteran of the U.S. Army. I went to graduate school at the University of Missouri, where I got a Master’s degree in journalism.
As a journalist, I got a lot of experience as an interviewer and a photojournalist. I also, subsequently, published my writing and photography a lot. Then I did more of that for many years as a content marketer and strategist in a weirdly broad range of industries (pet food, demand management software, wood flooring). Until moving to Colorado and shifting focus to do all the things noted above.
Photo credit: Becca Williams