Monday, June 5, 2006

Festival Lifts A Glass To The Great Drinking & Writing Tradition

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Drinking and writing go together like Paris Hilton and parties, so why not celebrate the two appropriately?

That’s the boozy philosophy behind the Second Annual Drinking & Writing Festival, which takes place June 10, and includes a “10 Minute Radio Play Contest” and a “Kerouac-ky” tribute to the great literary boozehound, Jack Kerouac.

Organizer Steve Mosqueda promises guest judges like MadTV star Stephnie Weir will make festival-goers hoppy with the “Write ’Til You Puke” contest, which rewards contestants who can pen the best prohibition era- inspired radio play within ten minutes.

In addition, Mosqueda and festival co-founder Sean Benjamin promise an academic discussion of Kerouac by a Northwestern University professor; a forum on good and bad beer by a brewmaster; and the return of “The Two Drink Minimum Writing Contest” – which rewards the best drunken scrawl, on any subject, that gets written in a 15-minute period.

The festival is part of a months-long, multi-production company called The Drinking & Writing Brewery, which also stages in-pub plays and radio shows devoted to all things alcoholic and literary.

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