About Eddie Vega

PERSONAL STATEMENT


I'm a writer and part-time college English instructor. As such, I create content for government agencies, tech companies, news agencies, and others serving the public interest.  After Hours, I work on film, television, and theatrical projects, mostly comedies. I love to laugh take a serious approach to writing. 

Consistent with my life-long interest in the arts, I follow developments in intellectual property law and civil liberties. Other interests include quantum physics (love the work of David Bohm), philosophy (particularly Kierkegaard and Aquinas), and street photography (the focus of my journo training was in photojournalism). I also have an ongoing interest in reading case law and making sense of it — a vestige of my time as a verdicts reporter for American Lawyer Media. So when reading about a court case in a general interest newspaper, I feel compelled to locate the decision, read it, and ponder its reasoning. Yet I refuse to grow up and go to law school.

I am also I'm a UX designer tech entrepreneur on constant watch for markets underserved by technology and then building whatever will make them more efficient, mostly it has been in the social media / talent portfolio and business news space. The turn to UX — known as Human Centered Design when applied to industrial products and as Civic Service Design when applied to government agencies — is not a skill set.  It is a way of thinking. I approach public information, journalism, as well as poetry and theater in the same way. It begins with the question: What does the end user need? 

Some interesting things I have done that I long to do again: skied a triple black diamond slope high on Mt. Tremblant; viewed a meteor shower in the Mojave Desert while avoiding rattle snakes; climbed Ben Bulben and looked down on Yeats's Drumcliffe churchyard grave.

Some interesting things I have done that I pray never to repeat: made way on a tugboat through the Bermuda Triangle during a horrific gale; survived a blizzard near Buffalo that dropped 128 inches of snow in one day; got spit at by a surprised sidewinder after an afternoon of rappelling in Joshua Tree.


OFFICIAL STATEMENT


Eddie Vega is a Cuban-born writer, photographer, English teacher, and amateur actor who holds degrees in literature, writing, and journalism from Columbia University and Brooklyn College (CUNY).

His news writing has appeared in Washington Post, T.V. Guide, Backstage Magazine, Billboard Magazine, The Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Austin-American Statesman, and his creative writing in Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Little Havana Blues, Brooklyn Review, River Styx, and more recently in Pearson’s middle school English textbook, My Perspectives.

His seafaring novel, Awake Now, Sailor and book of poetry, Translating Grandfather's House and Other Poems, Puntos and Décimas, are available on Amazon, as well as several issues of Noir Nation: International Crime Fiction, a magazine he has been publishing since 2011.

© 2020 by Eddie Vega