I was sitting at a coffee bar when my friend Cayla asked me a good question.
“Have you seen the new Curbside Chronicle wrapping paper designs?” she said.
I’m a big fan of the Curbside Chronicle. The street paper goes to great lengths employing Oklahoma City’s homeless population. It’s awesome. But back to the wrapping paper. Cayla showed me all the Oklahoma artists who contributed designs. One name stuck out to me.
Yep. That Flaming Lip frontman Wayne Coyne. I knew I needed to cover this and write about it quickly. I made some calls and published this story all within a couple of hours. I also thought, “Why not send this to Pitchfork?”
And then Rolling Stone found out.
And Billboard, too.
They all linked back to my reporting and it was a pretty awesome feeling. Not only because of the big results but because of how quickly Oklahoma City’s community helped this all come together. Also, it was a good reminder that just because I clicked publish that it doesn’t mean people will just see my work.
I’m glad I reached out and had such a good experience connecting with the Pitchfork news team. A lot of dots had to connect for this to happen, and I’m thankful for every Oklahoma artist, community leader and human being that made it happen.