Scott Andrew James is a poet who believes in everyday magic. His work explores the nature of transformation and the healing power of creativity. He performs watercolor & typewriter poetry across the country, taking requests to create poems in the moment. He uses a 1946 Smith-Corona typewriter, high-quality and handmade papers, and brilliant watercolors. His work has taken him all over the United States, including Austin’s SxSW Interactive festival, Portland’s World Domination Summit, Columbus’ Summit of Greatness, and Frost + CultureMap’s statewide Opt for Optimism series. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, daughter, and their pug.
Here's a rundown of specifics by the numbers:
1,000: Number of poems I originally challenged myself to type and give away in a year. (Started in January, finished in November!)
3,000: Estimated number of poems I’ve written and given away sinced
400: Minimum number of collaborations and events where I’ve created typewriter poetry since starting out
12: Number of artists & musicians who I collaborated with on a mulit-media social publishing project while writing and publishing my urban adventure novel called Sidewalk Ritual
3: Number of nights my wife and I spent camping on top of the Great Wall of China after outmaneuvering the guards and secretly sneaking out of sight :)
~ TESTIMONIALS ~
“Scott’s typewriter poetry was a hit at Vuka Collectives North Lamar opening party. It got people excited and gave the event a personal touch that made it special and memorable. There was a line all night to get ‘time with Scott.’ We’ll definitely have him back.”
— Brian Schoenbaum, Vuka Collective founder and CEO
“Scott has been a part of several pop-ups and community events at The Paper + Craft Pantry since we opened our studio here in East Austin. People love his typewriter poetry and having him at our events add such a unique touch to the overall feel of our studio. Scott is extremely kind and genuine to every single person who approaches his table- he is able to bring smiles, laughter and hugs from this typewriter poetry. We can’t wait to have him back for future events!”
— Pei Sim, Owner of Paper + Craft Pantry
“I was skeptical that a vintage typewriter, with Scott writing custom poetry on demand, would have any effect but adding more logistics to an already complicated event. The fact that two years later people still come up to me and ask why he isn’t at the party this year is a sure sign I was wrong. Scott typed for hours, making sure to get to every person that asked him for a poem and some people even more than once. If nothing else I need to figure out how to get him back next year.”
— Tim Brehmer, Director
Global Talent Management at Idean
“Scott came to Eagle Rock School for a week this summer to be a ‘poet in residence.’ His instant typewriter poetry was a huge hit and engaged many of our community members in thoughtful conversation, connection and creativity. This segued very naturally into his awesome evening workshops that got students and staff thinking from new perspectives about their writing and self-expression. Scott has a knack for making people feel at ease and confident…while eliciting smiles, laughs and head nods along the way. Tremendous appreciation for Scott and his contribution to making Explore Week a huge success!”
— Annie Kelston, Explore Week Coordinator & Student Services Program Assistant
“Bottom line — if you give Scott and his typewriter a corner of the room, your event will be better. I’ve been both a spectator and an organizer of events where Scott has offered typewriter poetry to attendees, and I’ve consistently seen how his on-demand, customized poems bring amazing energy to a crowd.
His old school typewriter is a huge hit with both kids and adults, and the poems typed on colorful paper or postcards are great souvenirs for guests.”
— Elizabeth Barrett, VP BOD at Austin Bat Cave and Price Waterhouse Cooper Book Marketing Manager at Liason Creative + Marketing
“Scott is hands-down one of my favorite individuals to work with.His professionalism, attitude and energy is infectious and can light a whole room/event. I highly recommend hiring him as a poet for your event needs.
— Julia Bennett, Owner of J. Bennett Branding
"Scott's guidance is worth it's weight in gold. I am so grateful to have had access to his knowledge about writing, shopping out and publishing a book. He had valuable information every step of the way. I could not have crossed the publishing finish line without him."
-- Catia Hernandez Holm, Founder of the Confidence Revolution, Speaker, and Author of The Courage To Become: Stories of Hope for Navigating Love, Marriage and Motherhood