Hi, I'm Summer.
I like liking things. I like a lot of things, but I especially like animals, sad songs, breakfast tacos, seeing movies in the theater, the Houston Astros, first kisses, biscuits, and the sweet + soft parts of life.
I am currently the Head of BuzzFeed Originals, managing over 100 video producers, writers, editors, and strategists acros the US and reporting directly to BuzzFeed’s CEO. Previously at BuzzFeed I ran our native advertising team, founded BFF, a team at BuzzFeed that made original art and short video on social networks and platforms, and before that I was the Managing Editorial Director — and once upon a time I was BuzzFeed's very first Weekend Editor!
Before I started at BuzzFeed and moved to Brooklyn in 2012, I lived in Austin Texas. I was a freelance illustrator and writer who contributed to ESPN: The Magazine, The Hairpin, Fangraphs, The Classical, and more. For eight years I worked at Austin’s independent bookstore, BookPeople, as everything from a barista to a corporate + consignment buyer. I have also been a waitress, toy store clerk, a hair salon receptionist, a writer at a now defunct website for tweens (when I was 16!), and a stablehand (my first job).
I like projects. One big one is Every Hall of Famer, a blog where I have spent the last few years drawing every single member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Other projects: In 2016 I hosted a BuzzFeed podcast, The Tell Show. I also have a retired email newsletter called SWAK, and a defunct music blog full of weird old songs I love called ShooBopSoulTown. Sometimes I DJ.
I was unschooled from fourth grade through high school, and I didn’t go to college. I grew up on the internet and I made my first personal website in 1997. I once gave a presentation on emoji semiotics. I go see lots of movies in theaters, usually with my dad. I've been a vegetarian for more than two decades and a vegan for the last few years, and I've gotten really good at making vegan versions of my favorite comfort foods (mostly queso). I have five tattoos: a watermelon slice with birthday candles, a magnet that goes with my fiancé’s (we’re magnets), a sloth named Herman, a mixtape to honor my friend Esme, and the word "heart" to match my best girl Mandy. My two cats are Irwin and Kristofferson, and they are very handsome.
A colleague once described me as "terrifyingly kind," and I take that as an enormous compliment.