Evie Nagy

Content and communications leader, writer, editor, snacker

United States

I'm a writer, editor, content marketer, and communications professional with more than 15 years of experience crafting big-picture narratives that connect business, technology, culture, and creativity. I've led content, digital, and communications teams and initiatives at Slack, Rippling, Wonderschool, and top technology communications agency Mission North. As an early member of the Content & Editorial team at Slack, I helped establish the brand as a leading B2B voice in human collaboration and the future of work.

Before working in tech, I was a staff writer at Fast Company focused on creativity, productivity and in-depth business features, and also held senior editorial roles at Rolling Stone and Billboard. Prior to becoming a journalist, I was a policy researcher and speech writer for Harvard University leadership teams including the Office of the President and the Dean of the Graduate School of Education.

I have a B.A. in politics from Princeton University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, an M.A. in journalism from New York University, and VIP status with student loan administrator Navient. I was published in Best Music Writing 2010, co-wrote the afterword for a collection of work from the New Yorker's first pop music critic Ellen Willis, and authored the 33 1/3 book "Freedom of Choice" about pioneering new wave band Devo.

I live in Oakland, CA with my husband, two daughters, two cats, and a lot of trash.

Portfolio

Content Marketing

Rippling
The New Workweek

Report on a survey of 2,000 remote and hybrid workers across the U.S. about their experiences and their expectations of the workweek after two years of working from home

Delta Sky Magazine
A working human's guide to going on vacation

Slack sponsored content for Delta's in-flight magazine. True story: A Slack engineer said his grandmother read it on a flight and finally understood what he did for a living.

Slack
"Channels" Magazine

Commissioned, edited, and wrote pieces for a print publication created for Slack's 2018 Frontiers user conference, highlighting and repurposing popular/key content (link from the personal website of the chief in-house designer on the project)

Twitter
10/06/2017
Shameless plug for unsolicited praise

A Twitter thread, written by the then-head of audience at Wikimedia, explaining why Slack's blog was so effective. It perfectly articulated and validated my vision for our content, and was completely unprompted..

Thought Leadership + Corporate Narrative

Journalism

Authory
Evie Nagy's (mostly) complete journalism portfolio

At this link is a browsable/searchable portfolio of a decade's worth of my published clips from Fast Company, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Spin, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A few highlights are below.

Fast Company (long read)
03/26/2014
Beyond Incredible: Building The Next Pixar

I interviewed 16 of Pixar's most illustrious alums, steeped for decades in Pixar's potent creative culture, who revealed for this in-depth piece how they apply the company's philosophies of success to their own ventures.

Billboard
08/19/2009
Biscuits and Jam with a Side of Mud

Feature on the Disco Biscuits' successful self-funded annual festival. Selected for Best Music Writing 2010 collection from Da Capo.

Fast Company
10/01/2015
Reinventing Medical School

The new med school at the University of Texas takes a totally new approach to training doctors-and could turn health care upside down.

City Pages (Minneapolis-St. Paul)
06/14/2019
Pop has a problem with dead dads

A salty Father's Day essay on the representation of late fathers in pop culture, adapted from my presentation at the 2018 Pop Conference, an annual conference for scholarship in popular music

Rolling Stone
06/15/2011
'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Reboot Escapes the Train-Wreck

The first iteration of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which started previews last November, became a national punchline thanks to its constant cast injuries, budget problems and an incoherent plot. But everyone wanted to witness the train wreck, or at least read lots of accounts by people who did.

My Book(s)

Bloomsbury Publishing
05/21/2015
Devo's Freedom of Choice

Learn all about my 2015 book, part of Bloomsbury's acclaimed 33 1/3 series, with a foreword by Fred Armisen.

Amazon
Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music

Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music [Willis Aronowitz, Nona, Carr, Daphne, Nagy, Evie, Frere-Jones, Sasha] at Amazon. I co-wrote the afterword to this collection of music writing from the New Yorker's first pop critic, who was also my professor in the graduate program she founded at NYU.