Meet Your Breadline Feature: Brian McGuigan

1. What was the first book you applied to your writing or creative process?

Don’t know the first book, but ones I have come back to again and again recently are:

“Drown” by Junot Diaz
“Making Certain It Goes On” by Richard Hugo
“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed
And any of Nick Flynn’s memoirs

2. Tell me one thing you’ve cursed in your life as an artist.


3. Tell me one thing you’ve blessed.

I don’t believe in blessings.

4. Is April the cruelest? If not, please provide a replacement superlative.

The wettest.

5. What is your spirit animal?

A Mastiff

6. Who is your spirit human?

Coach Flowers from the “I Am a Champion” video. YouTube that shit.

7. Describe an experience with auto-correct on your phone or favorite search engine.

I just had one. I typed in “wettest” to be sure I was spelling it correctly, and Google’s auto-correct thing gave me “the wettest place on earth,” which had more than 1,200,000 results.

8. What sponsor would you choose if you could have one?


9. Have you ever played a timpani?

I don’t even know what a timpani is, so I guess no.

10. Who’s got the last laugh?

Me always. I hate losing.

Born in Queens, NY, Brian McGuigan lives in Seattle where he is the program director at Hugo House and the co-founder and curator of the popular reading series, “Cheap Wine and Poetry” and “Cheap Beer and Prose.” Brian’s writing has appeared in Salon, The Stranger, City Arts, Seattle Magazine, Filter Literary Journal, and others. Spankstra Press published his chapbook of poetry, “More Than I Left Behind,” in 2006, and in 2010, he was shortlisted for The Stranger’s Genius Award in Literature. Currently, Brian is working on a memoir about his personal history with guns and the fear and paranoia that led him to become an unwilling gun owner, born from his recently published Salon essay about his childhood fantasies of mass murder. Brian is also working on a one-man show called “Fat Fuck” about his dramatic weight loss of 140 lbs. of which he has presented excerpts at Bumbershoot, Central Cinema and Annex Theater, among other venues, and received support from 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

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