Rives designs interactive narratives for grown-ups. Part poet and part storyteller, he offers audiences uniquely intelligent and creative entertainment — too impossible to categorize for a print medium like this bio, in fact. He's extraordinarily deft with words, extremely clever, creative, and intellectually alive. His work bursts in multiple directions, makes surprising connections, and leaves you gasping and laughing. He's funny! For his avid use of technology, he's been called "the first 2.0 poet," incorporating images, video, and text — often of audience members or the venue itself with tremendous ease and effect.
Rives is known for memorizing snippets of the preceding speakers' presentations and incorporating them into his own performance, to startling and often comedic effect. This ability, combined with his extraordinary stage presence, make him a very effective moderator and master of ceremonies. He co-hosted Bravo channel's show "Ironic Iconic America," a unique and whimsical tour of contemporary American culture debuting Oct. 3, 2008. He also is the spokesman for Orange, the key brand of France Telecom, doing television and print pieces throughout Europe as the "first poet 2.0" for one of the world's leading telecommunications operators.
He is a regular at the annual TED Conference, which brings together people from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design, where he earns standing ovations. He's appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on the last four seasons of HBO's "Def Poetry Jam." He was the 2004 National Poetry Slam champion.
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