Brian McGuigan‘s work has appeared in Gawker, The Rumpus, Salon, The Stranger, The Weeklings, City Arts, and elsewhere and has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. In 2010, The Stranger shortlisted him for their Genius Award in Literature, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle’s Power 50 Culture Makers.
For a few years, Brian performed a series of slideshow monologues about losing 140ish pounds called “Fat Fuck.” Spankstra Press published his chapbook of poetry, “More Than I Left Behind,” in 2006. Currently, he’s working on a memoir about fatherhood, and he writes a column for ParentMap Magazine called “Daddy Issues.”
When he’s not writing, Brian’s the co-founder/curator of the super popular reading series, Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose; the director of Lit Crawl Seattle; and an ambassador for On the Boards.
For about a decade, he worked in programs and marketing at Hugo House, the second largest writers’ center in the country, where he organized and promoted hundreds of awesome events and programs and created the Made at Hugo House fellowship program. Currently, he is the program director at Artist Trust, a nonprofit supporting artists of all disciplines across Washington State.
Although he’s lived in Seattle for a long time, Brian’s a New Yorker at heart. He was born and raised in Queens in the shadow of the J/Z. Pizza, bagels, and the Yankees — these are things he takes very seriously.
Keep tabs on Brian @iambrianwithani. Get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.