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Cheap Beer and Prose: Tara Atkinson, Sean Beaudoin, Alma Garcia, and Eli Hastings

September 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Get your Oktoberfest on early at “Cheap Beer & Prose” featuring readings by local writers Tara Atkinson, Sean Beaudoin, Alma Garcia, and Eli Hastings, plus sweet, cheap PBR. 

Hosted by the ever-besotted Jeanine Walker, the reading is free, and PBR is a buck per can. An open mic follows the featured readers, and books are for sale by the authors. 

Come early to be sure you can get a seat because once you start drinking you’ll want one!

About the Prosers


Tara Atkinson is the author of one chapbook of short prose titled Bedtime Stories, printed by Alice Blue Books, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Hoarse, City Arts Magazine, and the art installation “Read With Me” in Seattle’s Occidental Park. She is currently at work on a novel, How to Be Happy, set in her home state of Indiana, as well as a book-length essay on Burger King Whoppers, a collection of short stories, and a collaboration with her husband combining very short personal essays, painting, and collage. She is the Managing Director of APRIL, a festival of independent literature in Seattle.

Sean Beaudoin is the author of five novels, including the old school noir mystery You Killed Wesley Payne, the rude zombie opus The Infects, and the punk band diary Wise Young Fool. His stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Onion, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spirit, the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines. He is also a founding editor of the arts and culture website TheWeeklings.com.

Alma García teaches fiction writing at the Richard Hugo House, among other venues. A former newspaper reporter and editor, her short fiction earned a 2007 fellowship from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and has been published as an award-winner in Narrative Magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard. Her work is forthcoming in the anthology, Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press/Picador). She is currently at work on a novel.

Eli Hastings is the author of two books, Falling Room, a memoir/essay collection published by University of Nebraska Press in their American Lives Series in 2006, and Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips published by ECW Press. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many journals and magazines, including: Cimarron Review and YES! Magazine, and his work has been anthologized in Men Speak Out (Routledge Press, UK, 2007), American Lives: A Reader (University of Nebraska Press, edited by Tobias Wolff, 2010), Show & Tell: Writers on Writing (University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2009) and will appear in 10,000 Tons of Black Ink “Best Of” Volume II. Hastings earned his MFA at the UNC at Wilmington. Currently, he is a team leader at Pongo Teen Writing and working toward an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy.