Sean Beaudoin, Teddy Wayne, Diana Spechler & Robert Burke Warren

April 03, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sean Beaudoin’s stories and articles appear in numerous publications, including; the Onion, Salon, Al-Jazeera, The New Orleans Review, Glimmer Train, Narrative, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Rumpus, and Spirit—the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines. He is also a founding editor of the killer literary website TheWeeklings.com. He is the author of Welcome Thieves.

Reminiscent of works by Karen Russell or George Saunders, WELCOME THEIVES is Beaudoin’s first foray into fiction for adult readers, and this remarkable collection offers an honest portrayal of the complexities of adult life. While Sean Beaudoin’s stories are all loosely about people on the fringe of society, from story to story they could hardly be more different from one another.  These stories are wildly entertaining and wildly unpredictable: Welcome Thieves beautifully and often hilariously captures the human condition as it exists on the margins.

Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels Loner (forthcoming Sept. 2016 from Simon & Schuster), The Love Song of Jonny Valentine (Simon & Schuster), and Kapitoil (Harper Perennial). A regular contributor to the The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and McSweeney’s, he is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He has taught at Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Yale Writers’ Conference, and he lives in New York.
“Like a novel of manners distorted by a twisted funhouse mirror, Teddy Wayne’s Loner moves with wit and stealth and merciless deliberation towards increasingly brutal psychic terrain. Reading it, I found myself amused and then—with creeping force—afraid, repulsed, and ultimately unwilling to put it down.” —Leslie Jamison, New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011), of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a forthcoming nonfiction book based on that column (Crown). She has written for GQ, O The Oprah Magazine, CNN Living, Esquire, New York Magazine, New York Observer, Paris Review, Self, Details, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Slate, Nerve, Glimmer Train Stories, PANK, Brevity, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (W.W. Norton, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint/Soft Skull, 2014). She is also a seven-time Moth StorySLAM winner and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, The Moth podcast, The Daily Dish, and NPR. Flavorwire named her one of “50 Writers You Need To See Read Live.” She recently won the Orlando Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation and the Baltimore Review Creative Nonfiction Prize.

Robert Burke Warren
is a writer, performer, and musician. His work has appeared in Salon, The Weeklings, Akashic Books, Texas Music, Brooklyn Parent, The Woodstock Times, longform, Vulture, Paste, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, The Bitter Southerner, Chronogram, and the Da Capo anthology The Show I ‘ll Never Forget. He’s ghost written for Gregg Allman and his liner notes appear on the award-winning CD Live at Caffe Lena. His debut novel, Perfectly Broken, was published by the Story Plant in March, 2016.

As a songwriter, he has released seven CDs – two as Robert Burke Warren and five as Uncle Rock. His work also appears on albums by Rosanne Cash and rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, and the Roots used his tune “The Elephant In the Room” as John McCain’s entrance theme on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. His songs have also appeared on Felicity and the 2015 rom com People Places Things. In the mid 90s, he performed as Buddy Holly in the West End musical Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story. Prior to that he traveled the world as a bass player.

He lives in the Catskills with his family.

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