Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Festival Pays Tribute To Literary Drunks

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Writers and booze go together like peanut butter and jelly – so why not celebrate it?

That’s the philosophy behind the First Annual Drinking & Writing Festival, a one-day event being held in Chicago on June 11 to honor the contributions of alcohol to the arts.

Cocktail-loving writers will gather at a bar to listen to drinking songs, have discussions about hard-drinking writers like Ernest Hemingway and drink endless amounts of beer.

There is also a “Two-Drink-Minimum Writing Contest” where soused authors scribble a story in 15 minutes and the best one wins his or her weight in beer from a local brewery.

The event is an offshoot of the Drinking & Writing Brewery, a production company that stages plays pondering the connection between drinking and writing.

Co-founder Steve Mosqueda says he doesn’t know why so many writers are drunks, but finds his own drinking spawns some really creative ideas.

He says the other co-founder, Sean Benjamin, insists he’s more productive when he’s drunk or hung-over.

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