December 6, 2011
December 6, 2011
Big Star Bar, 1005 West 19th St., Houston, TX, 77008
DiverseWorks gathered at Big Star Bar for the first night of a new series called Slinging Ink. Four readers were selected to read their own short-form writing on a single theme:
I was looking for a job, and then I found a job, and Heaven knows I’m miserable now.
Slinging Ink promotes not just creative writing, but also short forms like memories, reports, notes, letters, recommendations, lesson plans, proposals, complaints and confessions.
Submissions included fiction and real-life stories about quitting, getting fired, or holding on for dear life to an awful job just to pay the bills. Writers focused on first days, workplace injuries, questionable judgments, and ordinary tedium. A blind panel selected four readers for the competition: John Wayne Comunale, Wanda Harding, Dean Liscum, and John Pluecker.
The evening’s audience chose John Wayne Communale as audience favorite (as determined by the volume and enthusiasm of applause), who won a $100 cash prize.
Check out photos and info from the evening!
John Wayne Comunale spends his time playing guitar and singing in local Houston rock/experimental acts: Letters to Voltron and Harem Festivalwhile helping run Omega Prophet Promotions. He is also a co-host of the weekly comedy podcast, Never Buy a Stripper a Drink, where they give what for to ‘The Man’ for sticking it to us until they devolve into some random topic made up of depraved and unintelligible tangents. He writes primarily in the ‘bizarro’ genre of fiction with stories ranging from: the creation of the ‘Public Execution Industry’ to, sex, metal, magic prostitutes, hell, and the corruption of pretty much everything.