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Age: 29 Neighborhood: South Williamsburg Most Likely To: Be Unpredictable Favorite Quote: "Things are what you make of them." Sometimes sparkly agendas emblazoned with “Live Your Truth” or “Too Legit To Quit” are a little bit forced, but Adam J. Kurtz has found the sweet spot of encouraging art that's  inspirational and honest. You might have seen his illustrations as pins, patches, or keychains, trinkets embellished with phrases like “You Tried” or “Feelings” or “At Least You’re...
Photos by Eian Kantor Writer Joanna C. Valente’s work beholds the body, crafting lines like music to produce surreal, cerebral work. The founding editor-in-chief of Yes, Poetry, the managing editor of Luna Luna Mag, and a Brooklyn Poets instructor, Joanna is as much an author as a teacher. We sat down at Postmark Cafe in Park Slope to chat about Joanna’s intimate poetry, love for metal, and the undeniable wonder of Coney Island. “Poetry really speaks...
For two decades, Ben Greenman has been in the game. He’s never done anything else other than write, and he’s pretty much done it all: fiction, non-fiction, magazine editing, reference books, and even worked for The New Yorker as a writer for almost 15 years. More recently, he’s worked on collaborations, writing books with the likes of Brian Wilson, George Clinton, and Questlove. He’s constantly got something on the backburner, and right now is no...
This week marks the release of our annual 30 Under 30 issue, and because each of these individuals is so interesting, we thought we'd further highlight them by running some brief interviews with them. Name: Jayson Smith Age: 23 Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy Occupation: Writer Who would be your choice for a 30 Under 30? Camonghne Felix, for sure. She's a brilliant mind & unreal at pretty much everything she touches. Who are your role models in your industry? Kiese Laymon, Saeed Jones, Erica Hunt,...

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