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Next year's theme is INCIPIT: [here] begins...

This event will explore the idea of beginnings.  If you've ever had to begin again, if you've ever explored the beginning of things, if you have experience about beginning a new enterprise or have discovered a type of beginning, you are welcome to share your insights at next year's TEDxPineCrestSchool event.  

Send your letter of interest via email to aaron.gillego@pinecrest.edu.  Include a short bio, a short treatment of your topic, and a headshot.  


Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello | Where does poetry begin?

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Awards bronze medal, and the chapbook Last Train to the Midnight Market (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She serves as cofounding editor for Print-Oriented Bastards, assistant editor for Jai-Alai Magazine, and producer for The Working Poet Radio Show. By day, she serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair. Cancio-Bello is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, a John S. and James L. Knight Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets Prizes. She holds degrees from Florida International University (MFA, Creative Writing) and Carnegie Mellon University (BA, English and Creative Writing). Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2015, december, The Georgia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and more.

Max Emerson | Crowdsourcing as the Starting Point 

Max Emerson
is an actor, producer, writer, director, and social media personality.  A graduate of the University of Miami, where he received his BFA in Performance and Directing, Max has gone on to appear on several television shows including GleeThe Real O'Neals, Hit the Floor.  He has over 600,000 followers on Instagram.  His first feature-length film Hooked, which he wrote, directed, and produced through crowdfunding, debuted at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto, Canada in May 2017.  Max also has vast stage experience.  He will star in The Little Dog Laughed at Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY in September 2017.  

Michele Graglia | Embarking on an Ultra Journey

Michele Graglia is an ultra marathon runner, specializing in trail and extreme races through some of the most demanding terrain on Earth.  To date, Michele has run 20 ultras, including several 100 miles or longer, a "sub-24" finish at the grueling Leadville100 in Colorado (2013), a win at the UltraMilano-Sanremo in Italy (2014), a breakthrough 2nd place overall finish at the highly competitive Angeles Crest100 in California (2014), a win at the Cro-Trail in France/Italy (2015), and a more recent win in the frozen Arctic regions of northern Canada at the Yukon Arctic Ultra (2016).  A native Italian and former international model who lived in Miami, New York City, and Milan as part of his modeling career,  he now resides in Los Angeles where he balances his life between ultra running, endurance coaching, nutritional planning, and being a dedicated husband to his beautiful wife Lauren... and "dad" to a white fluffy pup named Charles.  He is also the author of the recently published book Ultra (Sperling & Kupfer 2017).