Drunken! Careening! Writers! is a reading series based on the proposition that all readings should be by: 1) Good Writers; 2) Who read their work well; 3) Something in it makes people laugh (nervous laughter counts). And 15 minutes tops.
John W. Bateman was the first person in his family to leave the flyover states in more than 200 years. It didn’t last. John writes and looks for words in the Deep South. His work has appeared in The SFWP Quarterly, OneNewEngland, Glitterwolf Magazine, Huffington Post, Nately’s, as well as on the silver screen. He has a secret addiction to glitter and, contrary to his southern roots, does NOT drink sweet tea. John is a recipient of a 2018 Emerging Filmmaker Grant from the Mississippi Film Alliance. His first novel, Who Killed Buster Sparkle?, was released June 12, 2019, by Unsolicited Press. He’d really like for you to buy a copy so that his mother isn’t his only fan.
Martine Bellen in the author of nine collections of poetry, including Tales of Murasaki (Sun & Moon Press), winner of the National Poetry Award, and, most recently, This Amazing Cage of Light: New and Selected Poems (Spuyten Duyvil). Her libretti include Ovidiana (composer Matthew Greenbaum), AH! Opera, No-Opera (co-created with David Rosenboom), and Moon in the Mirror (co-librettist Zhang Er and composer Stephen Dembski), which will be performed at Cleveland State University this forthcoming Chinese New Year. Bellen has been a grant recipient of Queens Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts, among other institutions, and has received a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation at the Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy.
John Domini has often appeared at KGB. His latest novel, THE COLOR INSIDE A MELON is his fourth, and has blurbs from Salman Rushdie and Marlon James. The Washington Post calls it “spry” and “especially well-turned.” Domini also has three books of stories, the latest MOVIEOLA!, which The Millions called “a new shriek for a new century.” His fiction has appeared in Paris Review, his non-fiction in The New York Times.
Greg Sanders is the author of numerous short stories, including the collection Motel Girl (Red Hen Press). He’s currently at work on a number of new pieces, both fiction and non-fiction, with the goal of assembling a second collection in the next year or so. He lives in Hell’s Kitchen but will soon be moving to (of course) Brooklyn. He’s thrilled to be reading with DCW once again. More at gregorysanders.com.