Opening Keynote | Hollis Wong-Wear
Hailing from Petaluma California, Hollis Wong-Wear is a writer, performer and creative producer currently living in Seattle. From her roots as a spoken word poet, she has gone on to rap in the hip-hop duo Canary Sing and sing/play keys in the groups The Flavr Blue and The Heartfelts. In 2012, she featured as a vocalist and songwriter on albums with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Don’t Talk to the Cops, and Bocafloja. Hollis is currently working on solo material.
Hollis has produced a multitude of events from youth poetry slams to all ages hip hop shows to a panel series for Bumbershoot, and has also produced seven music videos, including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop.” She currently works as the Operations Director for Blue Scholars, and will perform in the original musical “These Streets” which will debut in February at ACT Theater in Seattle.
Recently featured in Seattle City Art’s as “The Workhouse,” it is clear Hollis’ combined passion for music, arts and a strong work ethic have landed her well-earned success at a young age. Hollis is an avid fiction reader, has a bad case of wanderlust, is moderately obsessed with noodles and has resolved to clean her car in 2013.
John Roderick is the songwriter and singer/guitarist of The Long Winters. John has been active in a plethora of music industry roles primarily as a musician, writer, and podcaster, he has cemented himself primarily in the Seattle music scene. He has written for many media outlets including CMJ, The Stranger, MSNBC, and weekly columns in the Seattle Weekly.
Beyond the music industry John has worked with many non-profit groups providing his talents in many different ways. He has worked with 826 Seattle, a nonprofit created by authors Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida to support students 6-18, inspiring creative and expository writing skills. He published his own book of short prose, Electric Aphorisms, in 2006.
He is the current co-host of the Roderick on the Line podcast and continues to play both as a solo artist and collaboratively with many other artists. Not only a talented musician, philanthropist and writer, John was voted one of Seattle’s Sexiest Men in 2006.