Bare-Knuckled Lit is a collection of some of the funniest, most persuasive, and deliciously pugnacious essays from the live lit phenomenon WRITE CLUB. At the vanguard of the nation's burgeoning live lit scene, WRITE CLUB features compelling performers reading their own riveting prose in a growing number of shows in cities across the continent. Founded in Chicago in 2010 by the perennially irritable Ian Belknap, WRITE CLUB is monthly literary smackdown that pits writers against each other to defend opposing ideas: Light vs. Dark, Fate vs. Free Will, Vampires vs. Bare-Knuckled Lit comprises some 30 essays by a variety of writers from WRITE CLUB shows across the continent, arranged in head to head bouts. The pieces are necessarily short and tackle a variety of topics, from feather- to heavy-weight. Some of the country's funniest, most thoughtful, and deeply irreverent writers are represented here: Samantha Irby, Daniel Shapiro, Josh Zagoren, Dave Stinton, Nick Tecosky, Myke Johns, Casey Childers, Steven Westdahl, and others.
About the Author
Ian Belknap is a former actor and comedian. He is author of the solo shows Wide Open Beaver Shot of My Heart: A Comedy With a Body Count; Terminal Ferocity; Uncle Dad Is Rip-Shit, You Guys; and Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of His Skull. He is Founder and Overlord of WRITE CLUB, which launched in Chicago in 2010, and has since grown to have chapters in six North American cities with more on the way. Belknap contributes to the comedy sites irbyandian.com and scenemissingmagazine.com. He teaches writing independently and at StoryStudio Chicago. He has delivered presentations at TEDx Greenville, Chicago Writers' Conference, League of Chicago Theatres, Content Jam, and has performed at the Decatur (GA) Book Festival, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival, Filet of Solo Festival, and the Poetry Foundation, to name but a few. Lindsay Muscato is a co-producer of WRITE CLUB. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and has written for magazines and websites in Chicago, New York, D.C., and Phnom Penh. She lives in Chicago. Samantha Irby is the author of Meaty (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2013), a collection of essays from her blog Bitches Gotta Eat. She is the curator and host of the live-lit reading series, Guts and Glory. She lives in Chicago.