As some of you know, I am a member of the 2010 Jack Straw Writer’s Program. This is a long-running non-profit program in which 12 Seattle writers are selected by a curator (this year, it was my pal Jared Leising) and given vocal coaching and several opportunities to read our work in public. In addition, Jack Straw prints a lovely literary anthology of our original work.
Anyway, the Jack Straw blog recently posted the podcast of the reading I did at the Jack Straw studios back in March. The story is called “It Was Nothing, Really” and it was pretty much written overnight…the quickest fiction has ever come to me.
Here is Jack Straw’s take on the story…
Deftly weaving together people and scenes, Brian James Barr presents rich commentary on adult relationships. Barr’s characters speak with an open and true voice, creating genuine intimacy in his writing. His vernacular, subject matter, and style, all work to make Barr’s writing distinctly contemporary.