Pres Maxson

Breaking Down Boxes

How can you show up at work, with family, with friends—while feeling like your true self the whole time? When you break down the walls you create for yourself in each space, your creativity, personality and authenticity will come shining through.

Pres Maxson is a career copywriter, novelist, musician and creative. This will be his second appearance on the TEDx stage, and he has also appeared in other notable spotlights including Spark Talks and DreamForce for SalesForce. Pres’ 2018 appearance at TEDxQuincy was titled, “In Pursuit of Bad Art,” and was our most-viewed piece of the 2018 line-up.

His newest novel, Bastards of the Revolution, is currently burning up the humor rankings on Amazon and was released on April 5th. His previous release, Kevin on Earth, peaked at #15 on Amazon’s best seller list for science fiction/humor on debut weekend. “A fun tongue-in-cheek look at the past year from the eyes of an alien. This quick read is witty and terribly funny at times.” (Amazon reviewer.)

Pres was a NUVO magazine nominee for Best Local Author in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2016, 2017, and 2018. His 2017 novel, Pigeon, received the Naked Reviewers’ 2018 Book of the Year Award, was a finalist in the New Adult category of the Indie Book Awards, and received honorable mention in both the New York Book Festival and the Paris Book Festival in 2018.

His other novels include Pigeon, which has been praised as “A delightfully entertaining and outrageously absurd detective story. This is the kind of read I call “cotton candy” for the brain… Pigeon is light reading at its finest.” (Grandma Peachy, and Bender at the Bon Parisian, which has been hailed as a “delightful romp” and “energetic yarn with a cast of fascinating characters.” Maxson has also contributed a humous chapter to the collection “Non-stalgia: A Fiction Anthology.”

Pres has appeared in support of his novels on Indianapolis’ NPR affiliate 90.1 WFYI; on internet stations Indy In-Tune and Radio Free Indy; and on the Brother, Brother Beer Cast. Pres also performs live readings, most notably at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.