Robin Blackburn-Jerkins

120 S. Johnson St. Phone: 512-665-5877

San Marcos, TX 78666 (U.S.) E-mail: tweeked_cat@yahoo.com

 

Have Pen, Will Travel

Skills

¨ Writing poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, satire

¨ Performing in front of crowds of all sizes, suiting material to fit the audience

¨ Editing poetry, short fiction manuscripts (working with author to make sure message of work stays pure while technical aspects are improved)

¨ Carrying out publicity campaigns for readings and book-signings (ad and flyer design, writing press releases, coordinating advertising campaigns, using contacts in media to have feature articles written as part of event promotion)

¨ Maintaining contacts in literary and performance poetry circles

Education

San Marcos High School (1990)

¨ Graduated and completed school’s honors program

¨ Scored in top 2 percent nationally on English portion of the ACT

St. Edward’s University (December 1995)

¨ B.A. in English writing, magna cum laude ¨ Completed University Honors Program

¨ Courses included poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for publication, short fiction writing, technical writing, rhetoric and composition, journalism and mass com

¨ Teachers included Dr. Alan Altimont, Laurie Drummond, Brother John Perron, C.S.C.

Work Experience

Freelance Writer/Editor/Publicist/Graphic Artist

(2/2002-present)

¨ Writing feature stories for Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, writing poetry and short fiction, copy editing colleagues’ manuscripts, producing flyers and publicity materials for a local band and for promotion of my own and a colleague’s literary endeavors

¨ Edited two full-length book manuscripts (one inspirational/nonfiction, one fiction)

¨ Successfully promoted two poetry parties by writing press releases, designing ads, planning ad campaign and using media contacts to have feature articles written

 

Performance Credits

¨ Regular performer, Words Night (San Marcos, TX, 1996-1998)

¨ Producer and performer, Words Night (San Marcos, TX, 4/1998-8/1998)

¨ Regular performer, Austin Poetry Slam (Austin, TX, 1/2003-), hosted by Mike Henry

¨ Regular performer, “Words, Passion, Fire!” erotica readings at Shades of Love (San Antonio, TX, 4/2003-present), hosted and produced by Ron Horne

¨ Performer/co-producer, Beer and Barbecue Poetry Party (San Marcos, TX, 2003 and 2004), an occasional poetry reading featuring at least three poets and one musician

¨ Open mike performances (The Coffee Pot, San Marcos, TX, 2003; Jo on the Go, San Marcos, TX, 2004; “An Evening of Wine, Jazz and Spoken Word Poetry,” The Hideout, Austin, TX, 2/2004)

¨ Performer, Austin International Poetry Festival, "Poetry on the Porch," 4/2004

¨ Performer, Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology Reading and reading at Mitchie's Fine Black Art, 4/2005

¨ Performer, Ladyfest Texas Spoken Word Cabaret, 5/2004

 

Publication Credits

¨ “Son of Words” Vol. 6 (Boston, Mass., published by Adam Stone)

“Articulating Friday Night” (poem)

“Short Dorothy Parker Moods” (poem)

¨ “Realm of Darkness” online zine: www.freeservers.com/zines10.htm

“Let Me Rest” (poem)

¨ “Mixed Bag” online zine: www.freeservers.com/zines5.htm

“Snobbery is Fear” (poem)

¨ di-verse-city Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology, 2005

"Smoke" (poem)

¨ Two satirical essays about Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin published at Robert Plant fan website: www.beadsoftime.com/serious/essays

¨ Contest-winning limerick about Robert Plant published at Robert Plant fan website: www.beadsoftime.com/write/poetry/anthology.html