ECKLEBURG and MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL PARTY at AWP 2013 Boston with STEVE ALMOND, DERRICK BROWN, RAE BRYANT, and Live Music by THE SUN PARADE
STEVE ALMOND is the author of My Life in Heavy Metal (Atlantic/Grove, 2002), The New York Times bestseller, Candyfreak (Algonquin Books, 2005), and God Bless America (Lookout Press, 2011). His short fiction and essays can be found in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Playboy, Zoetrope, and Ploughshares. “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched” was selected for the Best American Short Stories 2010 and has been optioned for film by Spilt Milk Entertainment. He regularly teaches at Grub Street in Boston and the Tin House Writer’s Conference. In 2011 he was the keynote speaker at Conversations & Connections, Washington D.C., held at The Johns Hopkins University D.C. campus.
DERRICK C. BROWN is one of America’s most beloved and well travelled performing page poets. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of four books of poetry. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.”
RAE BRYANT is the author of The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press). Her work appears in or is soon forthcoming in The Paris Review online, McSweeney’s, StoryQuarterly, BLIP Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, and Redivider, among other journals.
THE SUN PARADE, at its core, is built on the musical partnership between frontmen Chris Jennings & Jefferson Lewis. The two often play as a full band with Jacob Rosazza on bass and Colin Jalbert on drums, but sometimes grace stages as an acoustic duo. Chris Jennings has been described as “what Elliott Smith would have sounded like with the right medication.” The Sun Parade has released a full length LP “Yossis” which has received a considerable amount of amazing reviews and radio play with the single “Need You By My Side.” The Sun Parade plan to be touring constantly throughout the fall of 2012 and beyond.