Dire Literary Series on Sept. 7, with Beldon, Graves and Macone

The monthly Dire Literary Series, hosted by Timothy Gager, next week will feature Chris Beldon, Michael Graves and Steve Macone.

Held at 8pm Friday, Sept. 7, at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery, 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge, the night features an open mic preceding readings by these authors.

Learn more about this month’s readers.

Michael Graves

Michael Graves (photo by Kim Mooney)

Michael Graves’ fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, such as Lodestar Quarterly, Velvet Mafia, Jack Magazine and Cherry Bleeds. His work is also featured in the print anthologies, Cool Thing, Best Gay Love Stories 2006, and Eclectica Magazine’s Best Fiction, Volume One. Michael’s short story, “Seahorse,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. His non-fiction pieces can be found in Lambda Book Report, Edge Boston, and the collection, Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered.  He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma.

Steve Macone

Steve Macone

Steve Macone has performed at clubs and colleges around the US, England, Ireland and Canada and appeared on Comedy Central. He was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, where he performed at the sold-out 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre.  A contributor at The Onion, his humor writing and essays have also been featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe Magazine, Atlantic Online, AOL News, Salon.com, Boston Phoenix, Christian Science Monitor and American Scholar and named “notable essay” in Best American Essays series.

Chris Beldon was born & raised in Canton, Ohio, home of the O’Jays, Macy Gray and Marilyn Manson. He attended Catholic schools for 12 years, then went to the University of Michigan, where he majored in Film. After graduating, he played drums in a local band before heading to New York, where he worked in the publishing business for several dark years. He published his first novel, SQUIRT as a serial, leaving individual chapters in “zine” form in bookstores throughout NYC. He studied for a few years with Phil Schultz at the Writers Studio, then later received his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Along the way, he wrote and co-wrote several screenplays, including AMNESIA (written with David Henry), which was made into a feature film starring Ally Sheedy & John Savage. Chris also wrote & performed in several plays, including THE BALLAD OF LARRY THE FLYER (co-written by the Lexington Group), featured at the 2001 NY Int’l Fringe Festival. Chris has released two LPs of all original music: SONGS ABOUT ANYTHING and CAMOUFLAGE, both available at Amazon, CDBaby.com and iTunes. Chris currently lives in Connecticut and teaches writing at a local continuing education program and at a high-security men’s prison.

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