Andrew Rose Gregory

Alumnus, 1996-98; Teaching Songwriter, 2008-2009

Andrew Rose Gregory attended the Workshop in poetry from 1996-98, joined the residential staff as a teacher and counselor from 2002-04, and returned as a teaching songwriter in 2008 and 2009.

Where are you living and what brought you there?

I live in Brooklyn New York, where along with my two brothers & my sister-in-law, I make my living making YouTube videos. These comedy music videos — Auto-Tune the News — along with the series Songify This! — take up most of my time, but I’ve also managed to continue to put out a series of folk solo albums over the past several years — including my latest, a lush, modern setting of <The Song of Songs.

What do you find yourself most often reading/listening to lately and why?

I spend most of my reading time knocking out my subscription to the New Yorker, but also recently loved a book set in rural Virginia, not so far from Young Writers — The Known World. The scope of the book — from the largest sweep to minutest detail was incredible. I’ve been listening to a lot of Van Morrison, Paul Curreri’s great record “California”, a lot of instrumental stuff, Music from the Big Pink by The Band. I suppose the intersection of those two things is that I also just read Levon Helm’s [The Band’s drummer and singer] splendid autobiography!

How would you characterize the influence of your YWW experience in your life?

Most obviously, Young Writers made me get a lot better at writing, both when I was a student under two very talented poetry teachers, and later, when I was a teacher of songwriting racing to keep up with my very talented students.   More importantly though, Young Writers exposed me to a beautiful little sliver of the world – a sliver filled with creative thinkers, willing to work hard for what they loved.  Knowing that communities like that existed was crucial because it made me realize I wasn’t alone as a writer - & has made it easier to continue to find those communities around me.

What’s the best advice you can give a Young Writer (in general or in your specific genre)?

It only takes 30 minutes or an hour of your day to be a writer.  If you want to prove your dedication to writing, find something you’re wasting that small amount of time on and commit it instead to writing.