JON PAUL BUCHMEYER Writer Jon Paul Buchmeyer is a frequent contributor to Bon Appétit and Condé Nast Traveler, and is the author of the award-winning humorous memoir Alphabet City: My So-Called Sitcom Life. Named a finalist for the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, the fast-paced romp is about life as a gay Mary Tyler Moore working as a publicist for Tyra, Whoopi and glam magazine giant Condé Nast. Critics praised the book for “a snappy writing style that mimics a fun BFF.” Jon Paul is the voice of the internationally popular Poptimistic.com, featuring original content on lifestyle, culture, food, and technology. He also writes a regular travel column for GayWeddings.com, the leading online information source for gay and lesbian couples. More of his writing, press appearances, and film clips can be found at Poptimistic.com.
As a magazine journalist, Jon Paul’s stories for Bon Appétit include a feature about Caribbean resorts in Jamaica and Virgin Gorda working with local farmers to improve access to organic produce, a round-up of Austin’s burgeoning farm-to-table movement, and interviews with acclaimed hotel and restaurant designer Adam Tihany and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns. For Condé Nast Traveler, he has written about drug-trafficking crime’s affect on tourism in Mexico, a journey around Florida’s “Redneck Riviera” in a Mercedes, a “Day of the Dead” overnight camp out in a Mexico City cemetery, secrets of the Appalachian Trail from Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey. He has traveled the globe for the magazine—from Melbourne to Rio—reviewing numerous hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and spas.
Jon Paul is a forceful advocate for increased social responsibility efforts by the global travel industry. In addition to covering theses issues for ABCityblog’s Green Globe Trekker column, for the past four years he has programmed and produced the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Congress. For this editorial event, Jon Paul sets the agenda, recruits speakers, and moderates panels for this prestigious annual gathering of over 300 leaders of the travel industry, held this past year in Singapore. He has secured keynote participation from a long list of luminaries including Queen Rania of Jordan, renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, and celebrity humanitarians Marcia Gay Harden, Wyclef Jean, Ashley Judd, Mandy Moore, and Edward Norton. This year, Jon Paul moderated a key panel discussions titled, “To Preserve and Protect: Can Going Green and Going Luxe Co-Exist?” with participants he recruited from Australia, The Bahamas, Costa Rica, South Africa, and the United States.
Jon Paul is also accomplished in the mediums of film and television. He wrote and directed the cult classic feature film GayTV: The Movie, about a brother and sister who launch their own cable channel filled with pop-culture parodies like Charlie’s Post-Op Angels. He conceived of and served as the Supervising Producer for Condé Nast Traveler: Insider’s Guide, a 26-episode PBS series. In addition, he produced and co-hosted a special magazine series that ran on the Travel Channel, as well as produced segments that aired on ABC and Fox News Channel.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jon Paul lives in Manhattan’s Washington Heights with his partner Chef Juan Pablo Chavez and foofy dog Frida, both graciously appear in much of his writing. He is currently at work on the follow-up to his memoir, called 40, Love, about gay Mary Tyler Moore in a midlife crisis. Twitter @jpbuchmeyer