Rives (poet)

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Born (1968-10-31) October 31, 1968 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Poet
Nationality American

Rives (born 1968) is an American poet, storyteller, and author. He appeared on Seasons 3-6 of HBO's Def Poetry Jam[1] and was a member of Team Hollywood, which won the 2004 National Poetry Slam. His best-known poems include "Kite,"[2] about waking up alone in a new lover's apartment, and "Mockingbird," which he performs differently every time, incorporating the words of other poets and speakers in the program.

In 2008, Rives hosted the television special Ironic Iconic America with Tommy Hilfiger and Bar Refaeli, examining how pop culture has influenced American tastes and styles.[3] In October of that year, he began appearing as the "first 2.0 poet" in a series of ads for telecom company Orange S.A.[4]

Rives has made multiple appearances at the TED Conference[5] and he is the regular co-host of TEDYouth. His multimedia performances touch on themes of connectedness, wordplay and romance. In 2013, Rives began curating Museum of Four in the Morning,[6] an online crowd-sourced collection of references to four in the morning in art and popular culture. Rives has written and paper engineered several pop-up books for children and adults.[7]

TED talks[edit]

  • "If I controlled the Internet"
  • "A mockingbird remix of TED2006"
  • "The 4 a.m. mystery"
  • "A story of mixed emoticons"
  • "Reinventing the encyclopedia game"
  • "The Museum of Four in the Morning"


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