Meet Traci, Marketing & Events Manager

I am a reader because I was born unto one. I am a storyteller because I’ve always been one. Growing up as an English teacher’s daughter meant my mother would always spare cash for books. I became a bookmaker as soon as I could hold a crayon and safety scissors. My first works were “parodies” (ie: plagiarisms) of my favorites. I wrote, illustrated, and (poorly) bound a book titled Blueberries for Mamaw as a birthday gift for my grandmother (based, of course, on Robert McCloskey’s iconic picture book Blueberries for Sal). The titular Mamaw from my version was a public school library assistant in real life. My football coach father preferred westerns to the company of most anyone. We named our childhood dogs after our favorite characters from fiction. Scout-- from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Gus-- from Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. I grew up with readers.

At the root of things, I am a storyteller. I am also a writer, multimedia artist, director, and performer. I graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theater Performance and completed the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Program in Los Angeles. While living in LA I began busking poetry on an old vintage typewriter-- a practice I continue to this day. In 2014 I founded Whatever, Mom Publications, a DIY tiny press and published my first collection of poetry and collage art, Camp Big Stick: somebody poisoned the humans. I toured the country with this publication that same year. Whatever, Mom Publications and our sister press Anklebiters Publishing produce small-run literary consumables and help writers tour with their bound works.

I write, direct, and create content for the stage and screen. I present my poetry in a multi-media solo performance act combining sound, word, projected visuals, and other theatrics. My favorite storyteller is Laurie Anderson. I am thrilled to be at Brazos sharing stories with the Houston community.

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