Brian Alessandro: The Sympathetic Public

drawings 2020


the end of power




ecstatic consumption


unaffected classes


Common material

still. life.


William s. burroughs


white parasite

Brian Alessandro is a writer, artist, and filmmaker.  His work has appeared in Newsday, Interview Magazine, Bloom, PANK, Huffington Post, Lambda Literary, and (Re): An Ideas Journal. His illustrations have been exhibited in juried shows in New York City, Tucson, Arizona, Irvine, California, and will soon be featured in Exquisite Pandemic and on the cover of a forthcoming collection of essays about a prominent Beat writer, yet to be announced. Most recently, he has adapted Edmund White’s 1982-classic A Boy’s Own Story into a graphic novel for Top Shelf Productions. He has also written and directed the feature film, Afghan Hound, which has streamed on Amazon and Netflix. In 2016, he founded and continues to edit The New Engagement, a literary journal that has released two print issues and eighteen online issues. His debut novel, The Unmentionable Mann, was published in 2015. He has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice and the Independent Book Publisher Association Best New Voice Award. He holds an MA in clinical psychology from Columbia University and has taught the subject at the high school and college levels for over ten years.