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POET. PAINTER. PERFORMER.

Eric Braman

(they/them or he/him)

ABOUT ME

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest kid at heart.

I am a writer, theatre maker, and watercolor artist living in Springfield, Oregon. I was raised in Michigan, where a tenacity for niceties and a love of nature was born. Since coming out, my queer identity has pushed my art to explore themes of masculinity, mental health, and queer possibility. I am inspired by the dualities of myself and the communities I have called home.

Creative expressions has been a constant through my life.

I recall the antique desk in my childhood bedroom, coated in spilled paint and eraser bits, which served as my place of permission through childhood. It is where I found a love for writing, doodling, crafting, and dreaming. Those beginning days of scripting puppet shows for Sunday School and crafting up-cycled holiday gifts set me on the path of creative exploration I still tread today.

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WHY I CREATE

Poetry and storytelling builds community.

Storytelling is one of the oldest artistic traditions on earth. When we write and share our stories we are engaging in the greatest legacy humankind has to offer. I am in regular awe of how often a poem or story I write finds meaning, connection, and importance in others. We are, all of us, holders of limitless truths. When we cultivate the courage to create and share we spark an opportunity for community to form. This is why I write and why I encourage others to as well.

Watercolor is a practice of permission.

I am someone who struggles with perfectionism and anxiety. I am drawn to watercolor as a practice in accepting mistakes and trusting intuition. For the most part, my painting process involves open exploration rather than pre-meditated design. As I allow the paper, water, and paint to guide me I find my inner critic quiets as my meditative flow takes over. What results is an abstract expression that prompts wonder, curiosity, and reflection.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF WORK

Find my theatrical works on New Play Exchange

Published Writing

Qu Literary Magazine, Vol. 14, Mattress Magic Empire (play), coming summer 2021

Moon Tide Press's Shit Men Say to MeToothbrush (poetry)

The Coachella Review, A Blue Hydrangea (play)

Nancy Stefanick Blog, Playing Peach (essay)

Nancy Stefanick Blog, Impossible (poetry)

Poetry Performances & Public Art

Collaborative Album with Musician Cullen Vance: By Your Side

ArtsAlive! 2021

Oregon Country Fair - Fair in the Clouds, 2021

Featured Artist Interview, 2020

ArtCity, Rain Play Project, 2019

Oregon Country Fair's Eugene Poetry Showcase, 2019

ArtCity, Studio Without Walls, 2018 & 2019

Lane Arts Council, First Friday ArtWalk, October 2019

ArtCity, Umbrella Project, 2018

Spectrum Bar, Cullen Vance Concert, guest poet, 2018

Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam, 2018

Playwriting, Story Coaching, & Directing

Lane Community College, Improv Coach, The Disasters, 2021

NW10 Festival of Ten Minute Plays, Playwright, Mattress Magic Empire, 2021

Lane Community College, Story Coach & Director, The Essentials, a Storytelling Event, 2020

NW10 Festival of Ten Minute Plays, Director, Chicken Burger with a Side of Awkward, 2020

NW10 Festival of Ten Minute Plays, Director, Dhebba, 2019

University of Oregon, Playwright, Summer SWAT Play, 2018

Operation Shadowbox, Playwright, Shedding the Antlers, 2018

NW10 Festival of Ten Minute Plays, Playwright, Dirty Dishes, 2018

Operation Shadowbox, Director, 36-Hour Play Project, 2018

University of Oregon, Story Coach & Director, Intertwined, 2017

University of Oregon, Assistant Director, Rehearsals for Life, 2014-2017