Brian Alessandro's first novel, "The Unmentionable Mann," was published on September 2015 by Cairn Press, and received positive reviews from the Huffington Post, the NY Examiner, and The Leaf, as well as a feature spread in HiConcept. Bloom—a literary journal that counts as its advisory board members Edmund White, Dorothy Allison, and Christopher Bram—excerpted a chapter of the novel in Vol.5, No.2. "The Unmentionable Mann" was also featured at the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Alessandro's first feature film, “Afghan Hound,” has been screened at the Left Forum, is part of a quarterly trauma training program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC, and has streamed on Amazon and Netflix. Additionally, Alessandro's short stories and journalism have been published in Hamptons.com, Humdinger.com, and Dan’s Papers, and his one-act plays have been performed by New York City theater troupes The Neighborhood Playhouse, Monarch Theater Company, and Love Creek Productions. He is currently working on his first libretto, "The Bashful Queen." He holds a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from Columbia University, has taught human sexuality and the psychology of gender at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, and currently resides in New York City.
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Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.
The James Baldwin Literature Prize
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