Thursday, September 3, 2009

“Cheap Beer and Prose” Cracks a Fresh One for Seattle’s Prose Writers

“Cheap Wine and Poetry” presents a new spin on Seattle’s coolest and most popular poetry reading series, “Cheap Beer and Prose,” on Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m. at Richard Hugo House. Featured writers include Ryan Boudinot, Cienna Madrid, Mary Purdy and David Schmader, all reading from long works while putting back a few cold ones. Charla Grenz hosts, and, in the spirit of “Cheap Wine and Poetry,” where wine is served
for a buck per plastic cup, beer is $1 per cup.

Admission is FREE, though donations are encouraged to help keep the beer
or wine cheap and the prose or poetry free. Open mic sign-up is at the
door. Books from authors and "Cheap Wine and Poetry" merchandise is for sale.

"Cheap Wine and Poetry" is co-sponsored by Richard Hugo House.

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Ryan Boudinot is the author of “The Littlest Hitler” (Counterpoint, 2006),
a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His novel “Misconception” is
forthcoming from Grove Atlantic in fall 2009. His work has appeared in
McSweeney's, The Stranger, “The Best American Nonrequired Reading” and
elsewhere. He teaches at Goddard College's M.F.A. program in Port

Cienna Madrid is a local writer and humorist whose articles have appeared
in The Stranger, Arcade Journal, SubTerrain Magazine and the Boise Weekly.
She is a writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House, where she is working
to complete her first novel. In her free time Madrid volunteers at
Heritage House and mentors a teen writer who often exhibits more
discipline and skill than Madrid herself.

Mary Purdy is a transplant from NYC where she was a regular on the comedy
scene. Her solo show “PURDY WOMAN” was produced at several Off-Broadway
venues in NYC as well as featured in the Piccolo Spoleto Fest in
Charleston, SC, and Bumbershoot Festival 2005. Her 2nd solo piece “Judy
Blume Owes Me” was produced in both LA, NYC and Seattle as well as
featured in a variety of comedy festivals. Mary was a regular comedy
contributor to NPR's “The Next Big Thing” for 3 years. Her work has been
seen here in Seattle at On the Boards Live Girls! Theatre, Spin the
Bottle, The Stay Up Late Show, Macha Monkey Cabaret and Hugo House among
other places. She is also co-artistic director and founder of dedicated to producing new & original solo
theatrical works.

David Schmader
is a writer and performer who's been living and working in
Seattle since 1991. His solo plays include Letter to Axl and Straight,
which he's performed to great acclaim in Seattle and across the U.S. In
his spare time, Schmader is also the world's foremost authority on the
brilliant horribleness of Paul Verhoven's Showgirls, hosting annotated
screenings of the notorious stripper drama at film festivals across the
country and supplying the commentary track for MGM's special-edition
Showgirls DVD in 2002. Since 1999, Schmader's been an editor and staff
writer for the Seattle newsweekly The Stranger, for which he writes the
weekly pop culture-and-politics column "Last Days." He's currently
completing the new live cinema essay Nomi's Inferno: An Abridged and
Annotated Tour of American Cinematic Failure, and a new solo play, Litter.

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