Carl Atteniese


Carl makes maxims, poems, essays, drawings, photographs, and voices. He also teaches English, does voice acting, comedy, love counseling, and activism.


Carl began doing voice acting while teaching in South Korea. As a teacher, he lent his knowledge of English  grammar, pronunciation, and style to the task of proof-reading  and editing the scripts he read as a voice actor  and narrator for such clients  as CJ E&M Entertainment, The Korea National Broadcasting Federation’s Arirang TV, Android, Hyundai,  Samsung, Human, and others. Carl is also a comic and a mimic. He reproduces voices and personalities, as well as accents. In his comedy he likes to impersonate Christopher Walkin, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, George Carlin, and others.



Carl believes English language teaching is a means to peace and environmental resurrection. As a younger man he enjoyed reading the essays of Dr. Einstein. In one such essay he learned that Einstein mourned the loss of Latin as the lingua franca. This is because Latin–as the language of the educated–was a means for people of peace and erudition to communicate and better the human condition. Carl believes English is now the lingua franca, because billions are learning it the world over. Having a language all people can speak means we can negotiate issues and understand one another. He believes this is very important–not only in maritime, aerospace, and scientific endeavors–but also in medicine, politics, human rights and in the very real dangers posed by climate change, and with Near Earth Objects. Of course English is also essential in helping people of different cultures communicate for the benefits of international commerce and the arts.

Carl has an original method for teaching people of other languages and cultures how to easily remember English words and phrases, and he uses his artistic skills in drawing, gesticulation, dance, acting, voice, and comedy to make it interesting. For more on Carl’s teaching, see his Teacher page.



Carl writes about philosophy, society, culture, politics, the environment, and space exploration, which has interested him since he was a boy; he had wanted to become an astronaut–but the arts pulled him in another direction. The reason Carl speaks and reads about all the other issues mentioned here is he believes our voice and compassion are what set us free-if we express ourselves firmly and compassionately.

Carl has read poetry at poetry readings in New York, Colorado, Seoul, and (to himself) in Japan. That’s a joke, that last part. Many of Carl’s poems available on the internet are about love and politics. Politics is a subject of compulsion and obligation, not intrinsic love, for Carl. Many people say they don’t like politics, and this is understandable, but politics is the set of conditions in society–traditions, behaviors, and laws–affecting people. So Carl feels to be mum on politics is to surrender our freedom to the inertia of society–which is often thoughtless. Carl writes about love because he is immensely passionate and believes love is the single-most important skill human beings must learn to foster good mental, societal, and relationship health. You can learn more about Carl’s ideas on love at his counseling site, linked above.

photo6331-e1290915264673VISUAL ARTIST and ACTIVIST

Carl has been drawing pictures (and writing essays, stories, poems, and maxims) and entertaining people since he was a boy. He began drawing astronauts and spaceships and moved on to people in their more natural forms–especially when he became a teenager and young adult in his twenties. He went first to a community college on Long Island, where he tried his hand  in studies of the sciences

Draftsman, Photographer, Narrator, Advisor
Carl calls his photography style, or his genre enchanted surrealism.

and liberal arts, and later to an art college in Manhattan, New York City. He had planned to become a political illustrator whilst at art school–moved by his personal disillusionment at  the loss of the space shuttle, Challenger crew, and the demise of his innocence about American history and politics. This happened when we was a drafts-person in a telecom company. The radio was always on in the engineering department and he heard the Iran/Contra hearings each day. This prompted his beginning a study of America in Latin America and Iran.  He went on to reading about the Vietnam conflict, American involvement in Korea, and before he knew it, Panama and then Iraq. All of this influenced Carl’s pictures.

The original catalyzing event that began Carl’s awareness was the shock he felt one day on the way home from college classes. Carl had stopped at the Hempstead bus terminal to change vehicles. He stepped up in front of a news and candy kiosk and asked the vendor about the strange clouds on the little TV screen in the man’s stall; it was the replay of the Space shuttle exploding over Florida. Almost more disturbing than this news was the fact that the proprietor was smiling when he said, “It’s the space shuttle; it exploded.” In addition to to the birth of his political awareness, and the shattering of his fantasies about NASA, this–because of the man’s incrongruous reaction, was Carl’s first brush with culture shock–something that would become a moment to moment occurrence when he would live in South Korea, beginning nine years later.

20120804-035531.jpgCarl studied the cold war, became an Urgent Action Letter writer for Amnesty International, and lived through the Reagan-Bush eras. All this taught him that democracy, public health, peace, human rights and sensible public policy are what citizens have to be vigilant about.

Aside from politics, Carl is very interested in painting,

Grashoppers Tripped Elephantsdrawing, and prints, as well as photography. His largest influences are Brad Holland, Marshall Arisman, Malcolm Leipke, Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Klimpt, Durer, and the Japanese woodblock masters Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Yoshitoshi. He also has a great respect for Pollak.

He taught himself Korean, Hiragana, Katakana, and basic Japanese so he could one day learn how to make Japanese prints in Japan (He is now learning Kanji). He would also like to write original Haiku in the native tongue.

Asia is special to Carl because of its aesthetics, adaptability, and Eastern philosophies–though he knows humankind could not have progressed to where it is as a species without the Greek philosophers, the enlightenment, and the independence movements of France, Great Britain, and the United States.


Contact Carl. He loves life, humanity, and the exchange of ideas.

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