Steve Roggenbuck

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Steve Roggenbuck
Born (1987-11-11) 11 November 1987 (age 31)
Michigan, U.S.

Steve Roggenbuck (born November 11, 1987) is an American poet, blogger, and YouTuber. His works have gained notoriety and mild recognition for their reusing of motifs like intentional typos and exaggerated joy.[1] In 2018, Roggenbuck was accused of sending sexually explicit messages to underage girls, among other sexually abusive behaviors.[2]

Roggenbuck's work has been profiled by The New York Times,[3] Rolling Stone,[4] The New Yorker,[1] Gawker,[5] The Atlantic,[6] The Fader,[7] The Guardian,[8] and Flavorwire.[9] His most popular video has been viewed over 200,000 times online.[10]

Roggenbuck grew up in Ruth, Michigan.[11] He attended Central Michigan University as an undergraduate and began an MFA in poetry at Columbia College Chicago[12] but dropped out in late 2011 after becoming disillusioned with the program.[13] In 2012 he toured the United States for over eleven months, performing his poetry, staying with Internet friends, experimental freeloading, and living frugally.[13] During this period Roggenbuck contributed to the rapid growth of the Alt Lit writing community by "mov[ing] about the country hosting alt lit parties, recruiting and inspiring new alt lit writers."[14]

All together, Roggenbuck has done over 250 poetry performances in eight countries, including all fifty of the United States.[15] Currently he lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he is an editor at Boost House, a small press and arts residency.[1][16]

In October 2018, Roggenbuck was accused of sending sexually explicit messages to underage girls.[17] Roggenbuck acknowledged and admitted to the accusations on his social media accounts where he posted an apology.[18] Despite stating in his apology that he "did not have a habit of talking to 16-year-olds this way," it is claimed that more than 20 other people have corroborated similar stories.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Goldsmith, Kenneth (May 7, 2014). "If Walt Whitman Vlogged". The New Yorker. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Zimmerman, Amy (October 5, 2018). "The Star "Feminist" Author Accused of Preying on Underage Girls".
  3. ^ Brown, Jacob (September 4, 2012). "The Prophet". The New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Cills, Hazel; Maria Sherman; Monika Zaleska (December 6, 2013). "50 Things Millennials Know That Gen-Xers Don't". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Chen, Adrian (November 5, 2013). "Something About How Steve Roggenbuck's Poetry Will Save the Internet". Gawker. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Madrigal, Alexis (November 5, 2013). "Is This Loud, YouTube-Loving Poet the Bard of the Internet?". The Atlantic. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  7. ^ Cooper, Duncan (December 2, 2013). "Authors to Watch". The Fader. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Bridle, James (June 28, 2014). "Meet the 'alt lit' writers giving literature a boost". The Guardian. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Diamond, Jason (August 1, 2013). "23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013". Flavorwire. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  10. ^ Roggenbuck, Steve. "make something beautiful before you are dead". Youtube. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Woodruff, Kate (September 11, 2013). "From rural Michigan to Internet fame: CMU graduate Steve Roggenbuck finds success in poetry". Central Michigan Life. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  12. ^ Davidson, Laura (October 25, 2013). "Artist Profile: Steve Roggenbuck". Rhizome. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  13. ^ a b Cicero, Noah (June 1, 2012). "'ultimately beautiful': an Interview with Steve Roggenbuck". HTMLGiant. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  14. ^ Spilker, Josh (June 20, 2012). "Lexicon Devils: What Exactly is Alt Lit? A Conversation With Frank Hinton, Noah Cicero and Stephen Tully Dierks". Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  15. ^ "Live My Lief: Tour History". Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  16. ^ "About Boost House". Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Alt-lit poet Steve Roggenbuck admits to sending sexual messages to underage girl". The Daily Dot. October 5, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  18. ^ "steve roggenbuck on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved October 5, 2018.

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