Make something beautiful before you are dead (2012)

Make something beautiful before you are dead (2012)

Steve's Current Most Viewed Video on YouTube


Steve Reading from His Book "i love you, before long i die: a walt whitman mixtape"

Steve Roggenbuck is video artist, touring poet and author.  He joined YouTube on Oct 13th, 2010.  His videos have garnered approximately 1.6 million total views, as of May 2017.  He is one of the founders of Boost House, a poetry publisher based in Tuscon Arizona.  He has performed poetry in several countries, including every state in the USA.

Video Content and Themes

Recurring themes in Steve's videos and poetry books include carpe diem, hope, humor, self-help and appreciation of the natural world.  

A significant portion of Steve's YouTube videos contain humorous content.  

Poetry Background

Steve has stated that his process of making videos involves saying many things that come to his head and editing it later, keeping only the most interesting parts of what he says.  He holds a creative writing undergraduate degree and was also in a poetry MFA program but later dropped out.  His early poetry was heavily inspired by Walt Whitman but later on this influence was lessened but did not completely disappear from his work.  

Steve also runs other YouTube channels, such as his podcast channel, "plant liker" and his poetry commentary channel, "read poetry and eventually die."