John G. Rives is an American performance poet, storyteller, and author. He has appeared on multiple seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and was a member of the Def Poetry international tour group. He has made multiple appearances at the TED Conference and has published several pop-up books for children.
He co-hosted the television special Ironic Iconic America with Tommy Hilfiger, discussing how pop culture has influenced American tastes and styles. Some of his most best-known performances on Def Poetry Jam include a story about poetry in the deaf community, a description of his post-coital bliss and the performance "Dirty Talk" about what people say during sex.
His presentations at TED have included the following:
- "If I controlled the Internet"
- "A mockingbird remix of TED2006"
- "The 4 a.m. mystery"
- "A story of mixed emoticons"
- "Reinventing the encyclopedia game"
- Official Website
- Speaker Profile at Leigh Bureau
- Ironic Iconic America Part 1
- Ironic Iconic America Part 2
- Ironic Iconic America Part 3
- Ironic Iconic America Part 4
- Ironic Iconic America Part 5
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