Kevin Smokler

Kevin Smokler is the author of “Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to ’80s Teen Movies,” “Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School” and the editor of “Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times.” 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.

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 sits on the advisory boards of SXSW Interactive, Salon97 and Symbolia Magazine and speaks on the future of media and culture at companies, conferences and universities throughout North America.