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Brian Bartels - Writer

Brian Bartels was raised in Wisconsin.  He has been a writer and bartender his entire adult life.  His first book, The Bloody Mary, was published in 2017 with Ten Speed Press and nominated for an IACP Award.  His latest book, The United States of Cocktails:  Tales, Traditions and Recipes from Every State, arrived in September 2020 with Abrams Publishing. 


His writing has appeared in Fiction Writers Review, PUNCH, Hobart, Vinepair, the Missouri Review, Boomer Lit Mag, Lotus-eater and China Grove Press.  He is currently finishing up a new novel, titled Pour, and working on a new book of short stories on irregularities, titled Normal.  He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and is the co-owner of the Settle Down Tavern.

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