Tyler Smith

Senior Copywriter, Mainspring Media

Location icon United States

I've worked as a journalist and copywriter for over fifteen years, with a range of clients, including: Boeing/NASA Systems, Wood Mackenzie, Dell, Duke Cancer Institute, Citibank, NYU and many more. My creative writing has been featured in McSweeney’s, Esquire, UTNE Reader, American Short Fiction, The Morning News, Electric Literature, Tin House, and Texas Monthly, among others. I am also an associate editor at The Nervous Breakdown and The Big Jewel, and a writer for The Telling Project, a national performing arts nonprofit that uses theater to deepen understanding of the military experience.

A bold commitment to cancer care

Chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by cancer this year. And estimates put the number of new cancer diagnoses for 2018 at almost 2 million. Cancer doesn't take a holiday, but thanks to you and our partners in care, we're changing those statistics and giving hope to more than 70,000 patients every year.

Texas Monthly
Dawn Patrol

The familiar waft of hydrogen sulfide and seaweed means we're in Galveston. We turn off the Gulf Freeway onto Sixty-first Street, roll down the windows of my old Volvo, and throw one another significant looks. It's six a.m., and the three of us have come from Houston under a cloak of darkness to execute "dawn patrol."

W&L Give Day 2019

W&L has a giving tradition that's as strong as our speaking tradition, so join us on 3.14.19 and say hello to future W&L students with a gift.

Gravitational Pull

Astronaut Jessica Meir '99 is torn. As an amateur but devoted musician, she's concerned that bringing a saxophone into space might be too unwieldy. She could bring her flute, but there's already been a flautist up there, and besides, she explains, the denizens on the International Space Station (ISS) usually have a guitar on hand.

The Karma Bum - Gleanings - Utne Reader

I was 9 years old in 1983, when my father, a professor at Rice University, invited Allen Ginsberg to Houston to give a poetry reading with the promise of financial assistance from the dean of humanities. Ginsberg asked for a $300 honorarium and economy airfare, which must still rank as one of the greatest entertainment bargains of the modern era.