NEW YORK | 2018–2019
Maxwell Neely-Cohen is a writer living in New York City. He is the author of the novel Echo of the Boom. His essays and non-fiction have been featured in places like The New Republic, The Millions, and BOMB Magazine. He dabbles in creative technology, music, and interactive storytelling projects. Brooklyn Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture.
With CultureHub, Max developed a space that visually reacts to words being read aloud. The goal was a prototype for a dynamic system that responds to literary performance, something that could be applied to live readings the same way new media visuals are so often applied to music. The event and development process were deliberately structured to bring writers in collaboration with technologists and game developers, with the hope of promoting further innovation and communication.