John Paul Brammer

Phone: 580-704-5528
Email: jpbrammer@gmail.com
Twitter: @jpbrammer

Experience

Blue Nation Review

Race and Identity Writer

Oct. 2014 – May 2016

  • Analyzed trending cultural news, focusing on trending conversations related to LGBT, Native American and Latino issues to synthesize how those communities are feeling and package work to appeal to target demographic.
  • Brought in the most traffic on the team by creating edgy voice, building a reputation in the industry and researching social hotspots to follow stories and better promote essays and articles.
  • Singlehandedly created BNR breakfast, a daily series, to deliver quick, humorous and relatable news on the trending topics of the day.
  • Juggled a number of jobs including writing quickly under strict deadlines, editing stories, consulting on minority issues, managing social media and hosting on-camera video segments.
  • Served as a liaison between the rest of the BNR staff and minority communities.

Political Reporter

  • Established a network of politicians and representatives to gather exclusive angles on breaking stories.
  • Quickly diffused tense situations within BNR team to increase efficiency and quality of life in the workplace.
  • Promoted all stories on the website and social media platforms. Worked with agencies to promote stories, including on piece on fracking where I worked with Voto Latino to increase traffic.
  • Traveled to Baltimore during the uprisings to report.
  • Traveled to Standing Rock to report on Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Freelance writing -
Multiple locations

Jan. 2014 – Present

  • The Guardian, Remote – Regular columnist for Guardian US.
  • BuzzFeed, Remote – Wrote personal essay called When My Former Bully Hit Me Up On a Gay Dating App. It went viral, landing me in the top 10 most viewed BuzzFeed users. Also wrote an essay titled Why I’ve Decided to Dress More Femininely following the Pulse shootings.
  • NBC, Remote – Contributor to NBC OUT.
  • Slate, Remote – Wrote an essay on the importance of Latino night at gay clubs for Slate.
  • Vox, Washington, D.C. – Wrote an explainer for Vox First Person on Body Dysmorphia Disorder. Wrote a feature on the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
  • Huffington Post, Washington, D.C. – Blogged regularly for Huffington Post Queer Voices and Latino Voices.

Full Circle Book Store -
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Administrative Associate

Oct. 2013 – Apr. 2014

  • Worked on a team to manage the largest independent bookstore in Oklahoma.
  • Managed LGBT section by deciding which books to have in stock while balancing current books with the classics.
  • Organized author visits, book signings, reading events for kids and current events speakers. Worked with authors and artists to craft unique literary experiences for customers.
Education

University of Oklahoma – 2013

B.A. Professional Writing

Universitat Pompeu Fabra – 2013

Spanish Literature Program

Awards

Henderson Scholar for excellence in leadership – 2009-2013

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Personal novel was put in the top 100 entries and received a glowing review in Publisher’s Weekly. – 2013

First Place Winner, CAC Student Film Series Competition Screenplay on Mexican drug war won top honors. – 2012

Gaylord Centennial Award Silent film screenplay focused on nuances in the entertainment industry won for excellence in genre. – 2013