Many thanks to the preternaturally-talented writers for making BREW VI such a wondrous evening and to the audience as well for ceding some brain-space over to the literary magic. I myself started things off by reading from my debut collection “The Strange and Weird: Stories to Make You Think,” self-published when I was 11 yrs old and focused primarily on strange and / or weird stories designed to make you think. Our first guest was Morgan Beatty, founder of the fantastic online lit mag People Holding, who read three works of fiction heavy on themes of escape, flight, exile, destruction, and other forms of exodus both spiritual and physical. That Morgan happens to be a brand new father is entirely unrelated. Next up was Abigail Welhouse, author of BAD BABY (dancing girl press, 2015) and her latest TOO MANY HUMANS OF NEW YORK (Bottlecap Press, 2016), who entranced us with poems that ranged from the anxieties of urban life to Dawson’s Creek to the doom-laden acts of malevolent infants. Finally, Bud Smith read from his recent novella I’M FROM ELECTRIC PEAK (Artistically Declined Press, 2016), a spin on outlaw love brimming with the humor, brutality and tenderness characteristic of much of Bud’s work.
Morgan is a television producer and edits the online short fiction journal People Holding. His stories have appeared in Fence, The Brooklyn Quarterly, The Santa Fe Writers Project Journal and Nat. Brut. Visit www.peopleholding.com.
Abigail is the author of Bad Baby (dancing girl press, 2015) and Too Many Humans of New York (Bottlecap Press, 2016). Her writing has appeared in The Toast, The Morning News, The Rumpus, Lyre Lyre, Yes Poetry, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the City College of New York, sends Secret Poems at tinyletter.com/welhouse, and would like to talk to you on Twitter: @welhouse.
Bud is the author of the novels F 250 (Piscataway House 2015), Tollbooth (Piscataway House 2013) and I’m From Electric Peak (Artistically Declined Press, 2016), among others. He also writes the column “Work Safe or Die Trying” for at Real Pants. He works heavy construction in NJ, building power plants and refineries. He lives in NYC with his wife, a textile artist. Visit www.budsmithwrites.com.