Frank Warren, founder and curator of the PostSecret Project, will present a Luther College Distinguished Lecture, "The Most Trusted Stranger in America," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.
Warren's PostSecret Project, which began in 2004, invites participants to anonymously mail a secret of theirs to him on a homemade postcard. To date, Warren has received more than 500,000 such postcards, and he shares select entries with the PostSecret community, primarily through his website.
Warren has also gathered participants' highly personal and creative submissions into five books, including his most recent 2009 "PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God," which focused on spirituality and which reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Warren's blog, www.postsecret.com, has received more than 550 million hits and six weblog awards, including "Best American Blog" and "Blog of the Year." In 2009, Forbes listed him as the fourth most popular "web celeb."
Warren has appeared on the Today Show, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, CBC, NPR and Fox News. The Washington Post called his traveling exhibit of PostSecret cards "one of the five best art shows of 2005."
Because many of the submissions that Warren receives express suicidal thoughts or allude to emotional distress, he prominently promotes suicide-prevention resources on his blog. He also volunteers for the suicide hotline 1(800) SUICIDE.
Warren continues to receive between 100 and 200 postcards a day. "I have been asked many times why I started this," he says. "It still feels to me as though this project found me. All I try to do is make the right decisions every day to protect the integrity of the project—and learn to trust the journey."