The Charm Your Event Needs.
Ryan Ashley The Poet
The Most Charmingly Unique and Personal Entertainment
Coming with the charm and romance of Ryan Gosling in "The Notebook", and the playfulness and creativeness of Burning Man I write to hopefully entice you to consider having me and my performance for any and all of your future events worldwide. I go by Ryan Ashley The Poet and my performance is simple but leaves a lasting impression. I set up a vintage typewriter, dress in vintage poet apparel, I have a sign that reads "A Poem For You" and with every inquiring guest request, I create an Original custom poem typed right there on the spot on a beautiful stationary piece of paper (potentially with the bride/grooms name on it or company logo) for all to have and to keep as a cherished memory thus elevating their experience as well as setting in stone what a wonderfully charming and beautiful event they attended. My experience is mostly with events such as weddings, conferences, corporate events, fundraisers, baby showers, holiday gatherings, and just about any other type of event you could think of..... though I will say the magic shines at whimsical, and dynamic settings that honor unique one of a kind experiences. My performance art has been featured in The Atlantic, Austin Chronicle, Humans of New York, and dozens of other publications nationwide. Currently based in Asheville, North Carolina though most of my gigs come out of Austin, TX, San Francisco, New York, and Denver, Colorado. I have also been flown to places across America and now Europe. I have written for celebrities, executives, and politicians as it has become very clear through the event entertainment industry that my service is one of a kind, and leaves a lasting impression that folks are soon not to forget. With over 15 years of high-end service industry experience combined 8 years since creating this art piece I believe I would be a wonderfully romantic, charming and whimsical addition to any event or wedding where I could construct poems for guests using stationery with a gentle stamp of the date and the event.
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"Ryan Ashley The Artist is one of those truly rare experiences that guests can enjoy at an event. Perhaps my favorite part of this engaging experience is that Ryan takes time with each individual to get to know them a bit before the ink hits the paper. Each poem is a unique reflection of the person sitting with him. Ryan Ashley The Artist is not a gimmicky activation, it's a real, sincere experience that holds something special for every individual that takes the journey with Ryan."
- Kevin Molesworth, CSE Owner, Brass Tacks Events
Immediate Past President, International Special Events Society - Austin Chapter, 2015-2016--
I had the opportunity to meet Ryan at Marriott Masters, and the E4 Conference. Both times I was amazed at the long lines for people waiting to sit with him. He is a true professional and does an amazing job working from his small table, dim lighting, and an original Royal typewriter. Ryan would be an asset to any function.
Vice President Meetings and Events
Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute
Vice President Meetings and Events
In 2018, Western Union Financial Services, Inc. participated in Financial Service Convention in Las Vegas with over 700 Attendees. At a Gala event on the last evening, we contracted with Ryan Knowles (Poet) as entertainment at the Western Union Booth. During a 3 hour event we were astonished at the response of attendees coming to our booth and all visiting with us about our services while they waited for the Poet to write them a Poem that they could take home to their “significant other”.
Ryan’s setup was rather simple with a table and an old fashioned typewriter, and preprinted cards that indicated the poem was compliments of Western Union. But his dress, behavior, and attitude made a tremendous impact on hundreds of people that evening. As the evening was ending, people were still standing in line waiting for a poem, and Ryan stayed beyond his contracted time to make sure all that were still waiting were able to receive a poem.
The event was a big hit with attendees, and I would recommend Ryan Knowles (The Poet) for events such as these where you are trying to draw a crowd to your booth and overall business. I can see his service being used at Company Holiday Parties for internal employees, or at the many Conventions through-out the year. As a Corporate Sponsor, we were very well pleased with Ryan and his services, and even more pleased with the draw it provided to the Western Union booth at our event.
Regional Director – West Region
The Western Union Company
Stacey and I knew that we wanted something special for our wedding day. When our wedding planner told us about Ryan we immediately realized that Ryan Ashley The Artist would be an awesome addition to our wedding entertainment. We could not have been more pleased the with Ryan Ashley The Artist's experience. Ryan added that 'something special' to our wedding. There was a constant crowd around his typewriter and all the guests really enjoyed watching Ryan work his magic. The next week we had many folks comment on how wonderful and on point Ryan's poetry was. We can't recommend Ryan Ashley The Artist and his beautiful words enough for any type of gathering.
-Rich and Stacey Soule, Bride and Groom
“I invited Ryan to share his poetry at a benefit concert and art exhibit at my studio in Austin and I heard nothing but great feedback from my collectors. He is passionate, professional and has a few words that he would like to share with you."
- Greg Davis, National Geographic Photographer
"Ryan Ashley The Artist's booth was one of the most touching things I have seen at a festival. A raw old analog typewriter atop a wooden desk sitting at odds with a world of digital everything, nothing but his wits and his muse to carry him on his journey to create bespoke poetry in real time for all who want to watch a real poet at work. For the 2 minutes, it takes him to materialize a beautiful, artful and surreal stream of words that sit together perfectly around your chosen subject, you can stand there and listen to the clatter of keys on ink ribbon and wonder why we would want to write any other way. A curious and quiet delight amongst the loudness and lights of 2000 and teen's festival culture. So glad we met... and thank you for the poem! "
- Darin McFadyen, international DJ
Ryan made our fundraising event all the more special with his performance poetry. He awed and inspired everyone with his creative genius. Our donors were thrilled to leave with one of Ryan’s treasured poems crafted with his smart, sweet and insightful style. "
-Diane Mailey of Zen Hospice, San Francisco
"Ryan has done two commissioned poems for short films. They are absolute treasures. Not only is he an extremely talented poet, he is fast! One of the poems, he wrote on the spot. He has the sensitivity and passion to write from his heart."
- Jennifer Whalen
Photographer & Filmmaker