DEER BEAR WOLF PRESS and WRITE CLUB Atlanta (WCA) have released a book. It’s called TENDER BLOODSPORT, Volume 1. It’s a mix tape of some of the best work to cross the WCA stage from 2011 to 2014.
From writers borne of the university, the stages of ratty independent theaters, open mics at Charis, the barstools at Manuel's...these wildly disparate voices come together to form a community, united under a banner of annihilating all comers with their A material. This is Tender Bloodsport.
Edited by WCA's Nicholas Tecosky and Myke Johns along with Deer Bear Wolf's Matt DeBenedictis, Tender Bloodsport features the amazing design work of Brian Manley and writing by playwright Topher Payne (Perfect Arrangement, Angry Fags), author Kate Sweeney (American Afterlife), Suehyla ElAttar (The Doctor, The Devil and My Dad), Johnny Drago (Trash), Theresa Davis, Regina Bradley, Brooke Hatfield, Michael Henry Harris, and many more. Twenty-five (mostly) seven-minute pieces from what Creative Loafing has named Atlanta's Best Reading Series three years in a row.
The writing compiled in Tender Bloodsport was forged for battle. WRITE CLUB pits writers against each other in timed bouts over opposing concepts: Up vs. Down, Laugh vs. Cry, Weak vs. Strong, etc. and combatants have seven minutes apiece to sway the audience with their words. WRITE CLUB Atlanta is a reading series in the same way a Sex Pistols gig was a music recital.