Brian Smith will be reading from his new story collection, Spent Saints. The eleven micro short films based on the linked stories in this collection will be screened, along with the first episode of the new Spent Saints web series, currently in production.
"A devastating writer" - Alice Cooper
"Smith rocks and rolls with his tales of music, booze, drugs, and bicycle racing. This book has it all." - Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters & Other Stories, Once Upon a RIver, and American Salvage
"A gimlet-eyed chronicler of subterranean scenes, Brian Jabas Smith has spent a career finding both truth and beauty among those who've been consigned to the narrow margins of society. At last we're given a collection that captures the essence of his vintage neon prose. But Spent Saints is more than just glorious guttersnipe poetry - it's a work of deep empathy and trenchant wit, a humanist drama that seeks to understand the lives of the artistic demimonde and the unglamorous working masses at once." - Bob Mehr, author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
Brian Smith has written for many magazines and alt-weeklies, and his fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals. He's an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times and then as an editor at Detroit's Metro Times. Before writing full time, Smith was a songwriter who fronted rock 'n' roll bands Beat Angels and, before that, GAD. He has penned tunes with lots of folks, including Alice Cooper. At one point he overcame heady crystal meth and alcohol addictions. As a kid growing up in Tucson, Ariz., Smith was a national class bicycle racer. He now lives back in Tucson where he writes a regular column in the Tucson Weekly centered on unsung heroes, people on the fringes and the desolate beauty found in unlikely places. Spent Saints is his debut collection of short stories..
Brian is psyched to be sharing the bill with Austin legend Tim Stegall (The Hormones) will be reading his poetry for the first time ever.
Join us for a night of rock n' roll-inspired literature and film. Show is free. Doors at 8. Show starts at 9.