Post Secret: What’s Your
Frank Warren, the creator of the popular Post Secret blog,
shares the stories behind the memorable postcards and secrets he
has received. From deep family secrets to funny reflections,
Warren has seen it all. He discusses why the blog is
important and why he has made suicide awareness part of his life’s
work. Frank Warren is the sole founder and curator of the
Post Secret Project: A collection of over 200,000 highly personal
and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the
world, displaying the soulful secrets we never voice.
Warren’s first book, PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from
Ordinary Lives (ReganBooks) is a New York Times best seller.
He followed it up with My Secret: A PostSecret Book and The Secret
Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book. In 2006, his PostSecret
Web site (which receives over 3,000,000 visitors every month) was
awarded six weblog awards including “Best American Blog” and “Blog
of the Year.” His traveling exhibition of PostSecret cards was
called by The Washington Post, “One of the five best art shows in
Warren was born in Arizona and went to high school in Illinois.
He later graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in social science
and moved to the Washington, DC area to start a business. Fifteen
years later, his document delivery firm, Instant Information
Systems, takes up less of his time as he focuses more energy on the
project that thrust him into the public eye.
Warren has appeared on the Today Show, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, CBC,
NPR and Fox News. USA Today called Warren, “An awardwinning
blogger, a first-time author, an artist with a traveling exhibit, a
possible documentary subject, the inspiration for a music video and
the all-around media ‘it’ boy of the moment.” In 2005, The
All American Rejects approached Warren about using actual
PostSecret images in their Dirty Little Secret music video. They
offered Warren $1,000 but instead he asked them to donate $2,000 to
1(800) SUICIDE where Warren is a volunteer. The donation was
made, and the music video became one of the most requested on
MTV. Warren continues to receive between 100 and 200
postcards everyday. He updates his Web site on Sundays and is
working to produce four more PostSecret books.
Warren, his wife and 11 year-old daughter call Germantown, MD,
home. He continues to call himself an “accidental artist” because
he has no artist background or training. “I have been asked many
times why I started this. It still feels to me as though this
project found me. All I try to do is make the right decisions
every day to protect the integrity of the project — and learn to
trust the journey.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Marillac Auditorium, Queens Campus
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