Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Read This! Canada!!


I hope that you're free and available on Saturday. I got four kick-ass writers coming in to read here. Each one is gonna be better than the next. Things will get rolling at 7:30.

Sean Carswell, Mickey Hess, Joe Meno and Jon Paul Fiorentino. If you want more details about the writers scroll down. Hope to see you.

Sean Carswell is a former carpenter, house-painter, dishwasher, pizza delivery guy, bartender, warehouse clerk, junior high school teacher, and construction slap. He studied writing at Florida State University, and has a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. He has performed readings at dozens of universities, colleges, bookstores, bars, art galleries, basements, etc. He's gone on several national, semi-national, and international tours and opened for the L.A. punk band X. Sundance Film Festival programmer Mike Plante adapted "Fifteen Bucks and a Cookie," a short story from Carswell's 2002 collection, Glue and Ink Rebellion into a short film. Actor Stuart Smith (Chicago Hope and Yes, Dear) performs a one-man show in southern California based on Framing Invasion, the lead story from Barney's Crew. In 1998, he co-founded an independent book publishing company, Gorsky Press, and published his first novel, Drinks for the Little Guy. Now, he also teaches English at CalState, and Ventura College, both in Los Angeles. He is also founder of the magazine "Razorcake."

Mickey Hess lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Author of Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory, (2003) Nobody Likes a Smartass, (1995) and El Cumpleanos de Paco (2000). One of Mickey's stories is included in the forthcoming McSweeney's Humor Anthology. He teaches writing at Indiana University Southeast. He is a passionate, funny man who loves to teach, encouraging creativity with sometimes very unconventional ideas (such as playing basketball with baby doll heads as a final). His approach to college lecturing has been compared to the delivery of Humpy Hump of the Digital Underground. He has written numerous academic articles, some of which incorporate his love of Hip Hop and Literature, the most recent being "Don't Quote Me, Boy: Dynamite Hack Covers NWA's Boyz-N-the-Hood." Which will appear in the Summer 2005 issue of Popular Music and Society.

Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. His novels are Tender as Hellfire (1999), How the Hula Girl Sings (2001) Hairstyles of the Damned (2004). His online fictional serial, The Secret Hand, is published through Playboy Magazine, at playboy.com. His short fiction has been published in TriQuarterly, Bridge, Other Voices, Washington Square, Gulf Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, and broadcast on National Public Radio. He is a three-time winner of the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association award, including prizes for the Best Traditional Fiction and Best Experimental Fiction. He has written eight critically acclaimed plays, and a film based on Tender As Hellfire won the national AFP grant in 2003. Meno is also a columnist for Punk Planet and an editor for Bail, a skateboard culture magazine, as well as the founding editor of Sleepwalk, a free fiction magazine.

Jon Paul Fiorentino is the only local guy in the bunch, his book Asthmatica (2005) has gotten rave reviews in every gosh darn publication that it has been sent to. His current poetic project is a book of synaptic syntax entitled Hello Serotonin (Coach House Books, 2004). His current editorial projects are the anthologies Career Suicide! Contemporary Literary Humour (DC Books, 2003) and Post-Prairie - a collaborative effort with Robert Kroetsch, (Talonbooks, 2005). He is also the Managing Editor of Matrix magazine.

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