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n the early days I wrote for music magazines and local arts papers. I was hired at Wired as a freelancer and eventually became a contributing editor, where I wrote about everything from art to politics and interviewed interesting artists like Gilberto Gil and Björk. I wrote a pair of early Internet books for Sybex, wrote and edited two San Francisco travel guides for Time Out, and contributed to Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Handbook.

I grew more interested in visual culture, and was invited to write for Print, the legendary New York-based graphic design magazine, where I was a contributing editor for 12 years. (Print won the National Magazine Award for general excellence five times while I worked there.) I wrote about graffiti, public, emerging, and "alternative" art and met and interviewed some of the best and brightest designers. I supplemented my work at Print by writing for fine art and design magazines and by publishing essays, as well as a couple of art books.

Concurrently, I became a regular reporter for KQED Public Radio's "The California Report" and, here and there, wrote pieces for NPR's "All Things Considered." I was also a contributing producer for "Word By Word," an NEA-supported literary program on KRCB-FM. I published fiction and creative non-fiction in Transfer, On the Page, Tiny Lights (where my memoir "Chew" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize), The Dickens literary magazine, the Zebulon Nights anthology, the Fresh California Oranges anthology, The Good Men Project, and Make magazine. I still enjoy this kind of writing.

Starting about 2000, I started getting hired as a copywriter for branding agencies and nonprofits, and over time have amassed a large number of clients and projects. My main branding clients were Sterling Brands and DISTINC; my end-clients have run the gamut from Häagen-Dazs to The Broad Stage. This is work I love.

It was when I worked as the Outreach Coordinator for the ManKind Project of Los Angeles that everything came together: my writing experience, my passion for clear communication, my desire to empower great causes. I brought a fresh voice to MKPLA, along with clear strategy, team- and systems-building, a new suite of marketing tools, and solid leadership. My vision (and the support of those who shared it) turned the organization around.

These days I'm on the hunt for great causes, mission-driven businesses, and B-corps from PDX to LAX who need assistance seeing their vision and passion made real. I help with the nuts and bolts, of course, but only after I've spent time working closely with them to clarify their mission and focus. I'm a renovator, a catalyst, and an unapologically positive thinker. I empower those who are trying to make a difference in the world.

In my professional career, I've appeared as a guest speaker at conferences, festivals, and news programs, including Comic-Con San Diego, "Marketplace," the HOW Design Conference, the Sonoma County Book Festival, KQED's "Forum," KRON 4's "News Weekend," and others. I've spoken to art, design, and writing classes at Loyola Marymount, Art Center College of Design, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and the California College of Art.

When I'm not working, I love to travel, hike, practice yoga, ride my bike, and relax with friends. I'm a good cook and an avid reader. I try to meditate for 30 minutes every day. I'm an ENFJ on the Myers-Briggs and a nine on the Enneagram. I'm still a volunteer and a leader-in-training for the ManKind Project.

© Colin Berry, colinberry.com.