The VOICES Reading series welcomes Benjamin Warner
Benjamin Warner is the author of Thirst (Bloomsbury). He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University’s MFA program. A lecturer at Towson University, he teaches courses in composition, environmental writing, and fiction writing. Ben is the adviser to the Towson University Urban Farm and Veg Club. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Salon.com, The Washington Post Magazine, and Punchnel’s, among others.
Thirst takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster—the Chapmans and their neighbors suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help. As violence rips through the community, Eddie and Laura are forced to recall secrets from their past and question their present humanity. In crisp and convincing prose, Ben Warner compels readers to do the same. What might you do to survive?
Jim Ruland is the author of the award‐winning novel Forest of Fortune and the short story collection Big Lonesome. He co‐authored Giving the Finger with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and My Damage with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF!, which will be published August 30, 2016. Jim is the books columnist for San Diego CityBeat, the gambling and casino culture columnist at Eephus, and a columnist for Razorcake—America’s only non‐profit independent music zine—for over 15 years. He also writes book reviews for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Jim’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Believer, Esquire, Granta, Hobart and Oxford American, and has received awards from Canteen, Reader’s Digest, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He runs the Southern California‐based reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its twelfth year. Jim is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has worked as a copywriter for advertising agencies, entertainment enterprises, and Indian casinos. He is an avid enthusiast of punk rock music, tattoo culture and strong coffee. Jim lives and works in San Diego, California.
This reading is sponsored by the Arts Alliance and the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee.