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Paul-Newell Reaves

Let me first explain something about my name: Paul-Newell is my first name, a double first name– like MaryBeth, or Cindy Loo.  Reaves is my last name, a singular last name– like Superman actor Christopher Reeve, but different.  There was a feud.

In Northern Alabama, where my dad hails from, half the family were rum-runners, the other half Baptist priests.  So the one half changed their name from Reeves to Reaves.  Whether I’m on the side of the priests or the mobsters is open to myth-making.

But the point is, my name is Paul-Newell Reaves.  And you may call me Paul-Newell.


Paul-Newell Reaves is a poet and ghostwriter from Washington, DC, where he grew up in two Smithsonian museums. He wishes you peace and contentment.

Hire me:
on LinkedIn

Contact Me:
by email pnrenterprizes@gmail.com

Social Media Minimalism:
Instagram: @professor_punk
TikTok: @PaulNewellReaves

The Latest:

Sandi Carpenter– Interior Designer and former co-owner of Theodore’s in Glover Park– has jumpstarted our work “Moxie for Interior Design(ers): High-End Furniture, the Washingtonian Elites, and the Inner Strength of Sandi Carpenter,” after a hiatus during the pandemic.

Rahshia Sawyer– award winning photographer, Professor of photography at George Mason University– has published all three of our articles on creative destruction and resilience in the face of a pandemic. We examine how we can reemerge and reestablish our society in a constructive fashion. She has asked me to work with her again on a personal brand-growing project, “Privacy Snacks.”

The Slag Review accepted a poem of mine, “Coral Reef” for publication in issue 13 (my lucky number). The publication folded before the issue appeared.

BIO (extended): Paul-Newell Reaves is a poet, ghostwriter and archivist from Washington, DC, where he grew up in two Smithsonian museums.  As former owner of a musicians roadie business, he has driven bands as far from the Mid-Atlantic as Miami and Las Vegas.  He holds a Masters Degree in English from George Washington University with focuses in Modernist Poetry and Disability Studies, and has been a card carrying member of the National Writers Union since 2015. Although his favorite authors include WB Yeats, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bishop and Bill Watterson, his favorite writers include Lauryn Hill, David Lynch and Bob Dylan.  Orange is his favorite color.

Published Critical Works:

Turn Off Shuffle: Concept Albums Explained” (ongoing series), Defenestrationism.net, 2022-2023

“Privacy Snacks” ghostwritten with Rahshia Sawyer, LinkedIn.com, February-March, 2022.

“Finding Beauty Amongst the Chaos of Change” in three parts, ghostwritten with Rahshia Sawyer, Medium.com, February 2021.

Dispatch from Gettysburg– January, 2021“, Defenestrationism.net, 2021

Six Tips for Brand Growing || Brand Growing as Personal Improvement” Suvi’sJournalism, November 23rd, 2020.

The Art of Sustaining a Still Popular Website in an Age of Social Media“, Defenestrationism.net, 2019

“Lengthy Poem Talk” given at the National Writers’ Union District of Columbia Chapter, April 26th, 2020

“Psychodynamic Client Perspective” Routledge, 2018.

“Meanings in Madness: a mental disability studies reading of Ezra Pound’s ‘Pisan Cantos'” Refworks, 2016.

Albums as Texts” bi-weekly column, chamberfour.com , 2013-2014.

Published Poems:

Knowing from a Venezuelan Madhouse” Stone of Madness Press, November, 2020.

“Coral Reef” Slag Review, accepted.

A Lamppost Named Mark” Defenestrationism.net , 2020.

“Skulls and Dice” Dirty Chai Magazine, January 2015.
Enjoy a republication:

Skulls and Dice
One possession I honestly own in this post-humanist world?
my skull. 
And one honest action mine, as well:
to roll the dice.

“Another Love Away” defenestrationism.net , 2013.
Enjoy a republication:

Another love away

Fly, pretty love, fly away.
Don’t worry about me, I’ll be OK.
For my next love is but another love away.

Another love away, another love away,
my new love is now another love away.

I met her in the morning,
before she’d done her hair;
I kissed her in the evening,
when her scenes were over.

Another love away, my love, another
love will while away,
for my old love is now a whole
new love away.

“Black Hood” misfitsmiscellaneous.wordpress.blogspot.com , 2011.

“Five Gin Gimlets” thegimletmagazine.com , 2010.

Internet Radio:

“The Lyricists’ Watch Hour:” Cruddy Rite Radio, 2014 – 2019.

Twice weekly I examine the lyrics of full albums as literary texts. After the first three season, the 2017-18 season is all concept albums. 2018-19 season features Bob Dylan albums. 2019-20 season focuses on albums from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, especially those released by the record label Draztik Measurez.

Lyricists’ Watch talks Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde”
Lyricists’ Watch talks Metrorail “Live at the Mambo Room”

click for summery of Paul-Newell Reaves’ music .

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