March 1, 2018

The incipit are the opening words of a traditional manuscript or the beginning sequence of notes in music. Speakers at this year's TEDxPineCrestSchool will explore beginnings in a variety of subject areas. Everything has a beginning, and these beginnings lead to endless possibilities. Where does a journey begin? How do we begin to solve the world's biggest problems? Where do we begin to find answers to existential questions? How do you begin your day? Are ends really just new beginnings? Find out the answer to these questions as speakers share their stories and expertise at INCIPIT.


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, TheGeorgia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and more.
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).
Kristian Kabuay is a self-taught artist influenced by calligraphy, graffiti, abstract art, indigenous culture, technology and Asian writing systems. A leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the Ancient Philippine script, Baybayin, he developed a modern performance style of the writing system called Tulang Kalis(Poetry of the Sword) and introduced it as Filipino Calligraphy with a series of live demonstrations and lectures at the Asian Art Museum in October 2012. He has spoken at numerous institutions such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, SFSU, University of the Philippines, National Anthropology Museum of Madrid, and Tokyo University. Currently based in San Francisco, Kristian has been tirelessly advocating a reawakening of the indigenous spirit through decolonization and Baybayin.
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 Glee, The 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.


Lance Alboucrek & Ryan Southard

Alan Bary

Rachel Bell

Marc Blattner

Delaney Dardet

David Edelson

Isabel Fabre

Amanda Feijoo

Ryan Felberbaum & Julian Forgues

Elizabeth Foltz

Arielle Ghiloni

Mimi Lavin & Jordan Vitale

Clara Nguyen

Isabelle Seckler

Eric Shagrin

Paige Skimming

Susan Taylor

Emily Tomchin

Clarisa Zisman