Jerry Dennis

Jerry Dennis
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What is your current work/occupation?

I’m writing full-time, as always—new books, essays, stories, poems. This autumn marks 30 years that I’ve been doing it for a living.

What has happened since you spoke at TEDxTraverseCity?

In the past five years I’ve published three new books as well as revised editions of three others; have traveled; have spoken at dozens of universities, symposia, and conferences; and am currently doing research for a new book. I also teamed with artist Glenn Wolff and designer Gail Dennis to form Big Maple Press, a small press that publishes books, broadsides, art prints, etc that fall outside the range of conventional publishing. Most importantly, I became a grandfather! Midori Bay Dennis was born May 17, 2016. 

Did speaking at TEDxTraverseCity have an impact on your career?

I don’t know what impact it had on my own career, but I’ve been gratified to receive many letters and emails from people who attended the event (and many more who saw it online) and were inspired to take the leap into their own creative careers.