In written art, h.u.e has three broad areas of interest: creative writing, community development, and live storytelling.
Poetry and prose have appeared in:
- Umbel & Panicle (2018)
- Rigorous Magazine (2017)
- Kindred Magazine (2015, 2016)
h.u.e recently spoke with WHPK radio host Sam Larsen about the process of writing and publishing The Attic, The Basement, The Barn.
In 2019, h.u.e is laying groundwork for his next project. ‘The Deacons’ is a series of epistles chronicling the intertwined lives of four, Black, small-town Mississippi men attending a Bible college in Chicago in 1947, through their weekly sermons and letters home. He has outlined character arcs, literal and figurative Mississippi—Chicago transitions, as well as newly-adopted and unwillingly-abandoned routines and rituals.
In quiet moments, h.u.e continues to sketch two ongoing 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.
Self-published works include:
- A hand-bound, limited edition prose book, ’40 days & 40 nights’ (2003)
- A limited edition watercolor, hand-lettered short story, ‘The Girl Who Dreamed Roses’ (2002)
- A deck of mix-media essays for Warren Wilson College graduation board, ‘Footnotes’ (2001)
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. 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 resource guides, whitepapers, and tool-kits include:
- Museums for All, Promoting Access for Low-Income Families (2016, Institute of Museum and Library Services/Chicago Children’s Museum)
- Community Advocacy 101 for Teen Parents (2013, Illinois Action for Children)
- Infant Safe Sleep & Risk Reduction (pg. 224 – 249) (2013, Office of Inspector General Annual Report)
- The Earned Income Tax Credit (pg. 32-40) (2011, SSA Advocate’s Forum, University of Chicago)
- Urban Youth Farming (2003, Congressional Hunger Center/Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee)
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.
Live Story from September 2012 “Writer’s Read” Forum. Audience members spoke into my camera phone one thing they are passionate about. Then I incorporated all 15 people’s passion into an improvised story about my life. The passions: 1) learning, 2) family, 3) short-story construction techniques, 4) exploring, 5) understanding, 6) the body, 7) connection, 8) movement, 9) helping people figure out who they are, 10) identity, 11) making stuff, 12) the truth, 13) helping, 14) breakfast, 15) evolving/”evolvement”