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John G. Rives (who performs simply as Rives — rhymes with ‘weaves’) designs interactive narratives for grown-ups. Part , part storyteller, Rives offers audiences uniquely intelligent and creative entertainment—too impossible to categorize for a print medium like this bio, in fact. Thus, for Rives more than for most speakers, we recommend viewing the video clips on our website.

He’s extraordinarily deft with words, extremely clever, creative, and intellectually alive. His work bursts in multiple directions, makes surprising connections, and leaves you gasping and laughing. . .

He’s funny.

For his avid use of technology, he’s been called “the first 2.0 poet,” incorporating images, video, and text—often of audience members or the venue itself—with tremendous ease and effect.

Rives is known for memorizing snippets of the preceding speakers’ presentations and incorporating them into his own performance, to startling and often comedic effect. This ability, combined with his extraordinary stage presence, make him a very effective moderator and Master of Ceremonies.

Though he is a very dynamic and spontaneous performer capable of brilliant improvisation, with an easy, relaxed presence on stage, only the most impeccable preparation could make his fast and exquisitely timed delivery work. “Jaw-dropping skills,” as one ovation puts it. He enjoys and encourages audience participation.

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