hi i'm steve roggenbuck! i make videos, poems, and podcasts
i'm known most for my videos, which have been covered by the new york times, ARTnews, gawker, the new yorker, rolling stone, the fader, NPR, the guardian, know your meme, & the atlantic. they've been shown at numerous galleries and conferences including the new museum triennial, rowing gallery in london, and the oslo poesifilm festival.
i've also published six collections of writing, and i've performed at over 300 live events in ten countries and all 50 united states. i'm the founder of boost house, a poetry publisher, and i'm a 9-year vegan and a lover of the sky.
i try to be responsive on social media and email (although sometimes i get behind)—get in touch here if you like!
i was born in 1987 and grew up in rural michigan. my dad is a farmer and my mom is a nurse. i played sports as a child, then played in death metal bands as a teen. when i went to college in 2006, my music projects mostly stopped and i shifted energy to poetry. i wrote every day, published in small lit mags, and graduated with an english degree from central michigan university in 2010. during college i also went vegan and started using social media for activism; i wrote and made videos for a vegan blog. then i started the poetry mfa program at columbia college chicago. i didn't like the program and i dropped out halfway through, but while in the program i started making youtube videos. i also self-published two poetry collections—they were short and free online, with print copies also available.
when i dropped out of my mfa in late 2011, i had already built a small audience for work online. i decided to spend all of 2012 couchsurfing, taking cheap buses to stay with friends, doing my creative work full-time. i lived frugally, sold t-shirts with the name of my blog on them, and a few months into the year i released my first full-length poetry book. the community building i did while traveling and blogging in 2012 has been cited as a major factor in the growth of the "alt lit" writing community. i did DIY readings in most major u.s. cities, often broadcasting them for internet viewers, too. in total i streamed over 100 hours of video in 2012, building community especially with my show illuminati power hour (r.i.p).
in early 2013 i moved back to chicago, released a few videos and a book of poetry and selfies, and i experimented with a vegan blog called vegan frickwad (r.i.p). then i couchsurfed more in the fall, ending up in maine, where i started boost house by early 2014. boost house is a small poetry press, which i started out of a vegan co-op house of the same name. boost house publications include poetry anthologies MACRO and the yolo pages, as well as collections by individual poets. i spent spring of 2014 touring, summer of 2014 making a series of new videos, and in late 2014 i launched a podcast called read poetry and eventually die (r.i.p), in which i shared other poets' work.
in early 2015, boost house moved to tucson, arizona, and i released a book of stories. my videos were included in the new museum triennial in new york, and in june i released a book of "selected & new poetry." i started touring every month and ended up doing 122 live events in 2015, finishing my goal of performing in all 50 states in december. i ended the year with a burst of new videos. then to start off 2016 i launched a new podcast, plant liker. i also toured internationally to norway, sweden, denmark, germany, england, and australia. along with videos on my main channel, i made videos on a second youtube channel and on snapchat (username: steveroggenbuck). i also did a collaborative exhibition with andy holden at rowing gallery in london.
for 2017 i've started making more videos with a green-screen background, including a series about cloud identification. i also curated a series of posts for the art institute of chicago's social media (#GoInternetPoems), and a collection of internet-based poetry for the centre d'art contemporain in geneva, switzerland. along with these projects, i'm working on my podcast, some tour dates, and a new book of poems that should be released later this year. i also just moved to syracuse, new york.
using this website
this site aims to archive my work in an organized manner, so you can easily "catch up" on my work, or dig deeper into various projects.
you can view playlists of my best videos, organized by year: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.
you can view my books, download them for free, and buy print copies.
you can listen to both my podcasts in their entirety.
you can check out my tour dates.
and if you have feedback of any type, you can contact me !
thank you very much