Rodney Curtis has worked in classrooms, newsrooms and boardrooms across Michigan and the East Coast during his career. A photographer and photo editor by training, Rodney also counts being an author, blogger and college professor among his many talents. Rodney brags a lot too, but does so under a third-person guise, so it’s okay.
His career has taken him to New Hampshire covering presidential primaries, the former Soviet Union, Haiti, Down Under, Up Above, all across Europe and through the mean streets and back-alleys of Troy, Michigan, his hometown. He was twice named Photo Editor of the Year and has won numerous photography, writing and editing/design awards.
Rodney has been lucky enough to have four books published, including: Hope’s Diamond — a fun and funny novel about relationships, baseball and Detroit. A “cute” Leukemia — a book of funny and heartfelt essays about him dealing with cancer and a transplant. He also wrote Getting Laid (off) about losing three jobs in one year. Spiritual Wanderer, his first book, has been described as Dave Barry meets David Sedaris.
He has taught several journalism courses at Michigan State University. And every fall he teaches at the prestigious Mountain Workshops, where he helps students photograph and edit a book about a different small Kentucky town in less than a week. He was recently the photographer/writer/webmaster for the Troy School District and is involved in the ongoing PhotoVoice project through Oakland University, teaching photography to formerly homeless folks.
Rodney is married to photographer Marci Curtis who is, most notably, the author of three children’s books with more than two million copies in print.
And here are just some of the places I’ve worked or freelanced for: