Published illustrated books: Bony Yoga and Rats Incredible, both from Conari. Hundreds of columns and articles, thousands of poems, illustrated chapbooks, illustrated children’s books, illustrated/photo humor books, web content, catalog and promotional copy, newsletters, press releases, thesis on folklore of NYC transit workers. Awards: First place Don Schellie Award for best feature column in Arizona, two first place awards for best humorous column in New Mexico and others for poetry, column and news articles. Founder of Ryndustries, LLC., company that provides writing, art and all things creative.
Illustrations for children’s books, all-ages books, columns, newspapers, promotional materials, tattoos. Participating artist in nationwide Art-o-Mat project (artomat.org), local charity events. Art includes photos, handmade metal yard art, art from debris, line of Lucky Voodoo Dolls and illustrations on merchandise. Art sold around town and online.
Wrote and performed all own material on television, radio and stage. Appearances include A&E Biography documentary on fallen beauty queens, comedy clubs in New York City and Tucson, live stage, weekly radio show and column featured on weekly radio spot on Tucson’s KLPX. Featured both solo and with musical accompaniment; hosted several poetry series in New York City and Northern California; video and audio production.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Master of Arts in English Literature, Folklore, Brooklyn College
GPA: 3.7. Degree awarded: Feb. 2000; thesis on occupational folklore of NYC subway workers; major in folklore, French proficiency requirement met for degree.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, French, Brooklyn College
Major GPA: 4.0; overall GPA: 3.9. Degree awarded: Jan. 1996 Summa Cum Laude, dean’s honor list; scholarship from dept. of English; merit certificate for excellence in Latin; Donald G. Whiteside Poetry Award; French minor.
BCAT: Brooklyn Community Access Television
Certified producer – camera and editing; produced shows for NYS government.
SBNI: Summer Broadcast News Institute, Brooklyn College/BCAT
Trained as producer, director, writer, reporter, anchor and camera for broadcast news.
Study Abroad Program, Brooklyn College
Focus on drama and creative writing; study in both London and Paris
Long-term study of French language, literature, translation, history and culture.
Writer, Artist, Performer: Ryndustries, LLC, 9/03 – Present
Freelance writer, artist, performer with credits including New York Newsday, New York Press, Brooklyn Woman Newspaper, Tucson Weekly, Voices: The Journal of NY Folklore, numerous websites, journals and anthologies. Created and manage online stores at rynski.etsy.com, ryndustries.com and on amazon.com.
Reporter, Writer, Columnist: Gannett, Arizona, 1/07 – 12/10
TucsonCitizen.com: award-winning weekly column, features, news, daily blog posts, photos, videos, artwork. Continued with website after print edition folded.
Reporter, Columnist: Western Communications, Oregon, 2/06 – 11/06
Curry Coastal Pilot: covered education beat, features, general assignments, photos, weekly column. The Daily Triplicate, Calif.: covered county, tribes and parks, weekly column. Wrote at least 10 stories per week, photos, illustrations.
Managing Editor, Reporter: Freedom Newspapers, New Mexico, 4/05 – 2/06
Quay County Sun, Clovis News Journal: wrote and edited all content, news, features, lifestyles, sports, photos, illustrations, award-winning weekly column.
Vice President of Administration: Synergistic Plans, Inc., NYC, 7/02 – 3/05
Focus on presentations, marketing, promotional endeavors, initiated radio show.
Director of Public Affairs: New York State Senate, Brooklyn, NY, 1/00 – 7/02
Public relations, wrote and edited press releases, newsletters, produced TV show.
Columnist, Artist: Brooklyn Woman, Brooklyn, NY, 12/01 – 12/03
Contributed weekly column with accompanying illustrations.
Regional Editor, Artist: Medicinal Purposes Lit. Review, NYC, 2001 – 2006
Edited, contributed art; host and coordinate poetry series.
Writer, Artist: 12-Gauge Review, Brooklyn, NY, 1996 – 2000
Columnist, poet and cartoonist for online literary magazine at www.12gauge.com.
Instructor: Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY, 1997 – 2002
Taught basic drawing, TV studio, theater and chemistry classes (ongoing).
Assistant Editor, Reporter: Courier-Life Publications, Bklyn, NY, 1996 – 1999
Edited, researched, supervised reporters, wrote news, features, subway beat.
Reporter, Columnist, Artist: Brooklyn College Excelsior, 1991 – 1995
Wrote news and feature articles, weekly column, cartoons.
Available upon request.