Andrew Rose Gregory
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.
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.
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!
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.