John Pollack

A former Special Assistant and Presidential Speechwriter for Bill Clinton, John Pollack is a seasoned journalist, published author, and past O. Henry Pun-Off World Champion. In 2002, Pollack fulfilled a boyhood dream of building a 22-foot Viking ship entirely out of wine corks, and sailing it down Portugal's Douro River and then authored Cork Boat, a memoir about the experience. Since leaving Washington, Pollack has written speeches for a variety of corporate and public-sector leaders, as well as for the 2004 and 2008 Democratic Conventions. He also served as the media liaison on a scientific expedition to the polar plateau of Antarctica. Pollack currently collaborates as a speechwriter and consultant with ROI Communication, an internal communications firm.

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Published work

The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More than Some Antics (Gotham, April 2011); Cork Boat: A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever Built (Pantheon, March 2004 and Anchor, April 2005); The World on a String: How to Become a Freelance Foreign Correspondent (Henry Holt, May 1997)

Latest News

"What in the Word? Rules For Better Punmanship" in the Wall Street Journal