In written art, h.u.e has three broad areas of interest: storytelling, creative writing, and community development.
Since an early age h.u.e has been fascinated by narratives.
His mother ran a home-based childcare center where story time was just as essential as nap time.
h.u.e strives to strike a balance between the abstract voice of a cinematic narrator and the first person transparency of a thought-balloon. Since 2012, h.u.e has been combining his improv background and story-telling passion by telling “stylized autobiographical monologues” at open mics.
h.u.e appreciates the freedom and liberation of oral story-telling and is equally appreciative of the time-honored traditions of connecting fountain pen to paper, typewriter bar to ink ribbon, or stylus to tablet screen. Self-published projects include:
- A hand-bound, limited edition prose book, ’40 days & 40 nights’ (2003),
- A hand-illustrated short story, ‘The Girl Who Dreamed Roses’ (2002), and
- A deck of mix-media essays for Warren Wilson College graduation board, ‘Footnotes’ (2001).
Poetry and prose have appeared in:
- Kindred Magazine (2015, 2016),
- Pidgeonholes Magazine (2016) *Pushcart Nomination,
- Rigorous Magazine (2017)
- Museums for All- ‘How-To Guide’
(2016, Chicago Children’s Museum)
- Community Advocacy 101 for Teen Parents
(2013, Illinois Action for Children)
- Infant Safe Sleep & Risk Reduction
(2012, Illinois DCFS – Office of Inspector General)
- The Earned Income Tax Credit
(2011, SSA Advocate’s Forum, University of Chicago)
- Urban Youth Farming
(2003, Congressional Hunger Center/Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee)
h.u.e is currently writing two children’s projects: (‘Little Herbert & the Couch’ inspired by his grandparent’s furniture, and #HedgeSketch, updated via Instagram) with musical accompaniment from The Wiggly Tendrils.
Additionally he is planning to release his first poetry chapbook ‘The Attic, The Basement, The Barn’ in 2017.
Similar to h.u.e’s performance art, the personal and the political are closely related. Since 2000, h.u.e has volunteered and consulted for a variety of nonprofit agencies. One bridging theme in this work is returning voice to marginalized communities. Combining a passion for scholarly research and a penchant for layman’s linguistics, h.u.e has focused on the most basic issues: food, work, and family. Past community development publications have addressed: