Ruby Brunton is a New Zealand-raised poet and performer who now lives in Brooklyn. She spends a lot of time thinking about how to create community and education alternatives. Find her on Twitter and Tumblr.
From writing poems on the back of bookmarks on the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, to dropping out of medical school to pursue writing, Tommy has never done things the “usual way”. Ruby Brunton sat down with Tommy Pico to talk about growing up, performing poetry, and the power of quitting things.
I was raised to believe in the importance of an inquisitive mind and an openness to new ideas. My experience of education sometimes reflected this but more often did not. When I was asked to write PR proposals for solving BP’s oil spill crisis, I knew it was time to drop out.