Maximillian Potter is the Editor at Large for Esquire magazine.
He has written two books. He co-wrote of "The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics," the memoir of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, published in May 2016 by Penguin Press, and he authored "Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison The World's Greatest Wine," published in July 2014. "Shadows" began as an article for Vanity Fair magazine.
In its critique of Woe, Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Colorado's high-profile governor submits an unconventional autobiography. All this entertains wonderfully. ... It’s difficult to imagine a more unusual preparation for public life than the one ably recounted here.”
The New York Times selected "Shadows" as a best wine book of 2014. The movie rights were acquired by Corniche Pictures, in a partnership with Occupant Entertainment.
Potter has served as the Senior Media Adviser & Speechwriter to Gov. Hickenlooper and worked as a Media Strategist for pubic and private sector organizations.
He's been on staff at Philadelphia, Premiere, Details and GQ magazines; a contributor to Outside and Vanity Fair; and a fellow at the Knight Digital Media Center's Multimedia Program at UCLA, Berkeley.
From 2004 to 2013, while he was Executive Editor of 5280, Denver's city magazine, it emerged as a city magazine of national interest, and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award—the most prestigious prize in magazine journalism—six times. Two of those National Magazine Award nominations were for stories Potter wrote. Folio, trade publication of the magazine industry, described Potter as a "Publishing Innovator to Watch."
His writing has received accolades including the Military Reporters & Editors First Place and the Silver Gavel—the American Bar Association's highest recognition for legal reporting. Judges for the Michael Kelly Award described his work as "beautifully written, ambitious in intent, and-most of all—fearless in pursuit of truth." His writing has been included in several "Best American" anthologies; most recently, "Next Wave: America's New Generation of Great Literary Journalists."
Potter lives in Denver, Colorado.