What does it mean to labor in modern-day America? Alex Gallo-Brown takes the stage with visions from his book Variations of Labor, offering poetry and fiction about all walks of work exploring the lives of semiprofessional poker players, line cooks in high-tech company cafeterias, and an activist trying to drum up support for a union. Gallo-Brown paints a bleak picture of dead-end jobs and truncated hopes, while simultaneously depicting the roil underneath the surface of all those who have been disrespected and written off. Sit in with Gallo-Brown for the complex, sobering, and human stories of labor in our country.
Alex Gallo-Brown has worked as a waiter, barista, cook, apprentice farmer, caregiver for people with disabilities, and union organizer, among other occupations. He holds a BFA in Writing from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and an MA in English from Georgia State University in Atlanta. His essays, poems, stories, and interviews have appeared in publications that include Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry Northwest, Salon.com, The Rumpus, The Stranger, The Brooklyn Rail, and Electric Literature. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the 2019 Homecoming Festival.