Alan Catlin is retired from his unchosen profession as a barman. He has been publishing for parts of six decades in little, minuscule, not so little, literary, and university publications. Some of those would include The Wormwood Review, The Wisconsin Review, Tray Full of Lab Rats, Wordsworth’s Socks, The Literary Review, and Slipstream.
His chapbook, Blue Velvet, won the Slipstream Chapbook Contest in 2017. One of his full-length books, Last Man Standing from Lummox Press, details his life and times walking to the bus stop, busing to work and to his former job. Last Man Standing is a continuation of The Schenectady Chainsaw Massacre. A transitional work, Alien Nation from March Street Press, combines four thematically-related chapbooks in one volume, paving the way from bar world, to social criticism, to his noir movie sequence, Hollyweird.
His latest volume of that work, Exterminating Angels, was published by Kelsay Books. A triptych American Odyssey includes three volumes of art related ekphrastic poems, two of which were published by Future Cycle Press and the third by Dos Madres. His ongoing current project is Memories, an epic in fragments that began during the Covid lockdown and continues to this day. Volume one was published by Alien Buddha as Memories, and volume two, as Memories Too, by Dos Madres. A collection of “real stories,” reflections of a personal nature, Listening to the Moonlight Sonata During a Mohs Procedure to Remove a Skin Cancer, is scheduled for late 2023 by Impspired.
For his sins, he is the poetry and review editor of misfitmagazine.net, an online poetry journal.
Paperback: 115 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (August 3, 2023)