Garrett Diamond, American
Garrett Diamond is a busy man.
A longtime painter and musician, Diamond's first novel has now
exploded onto the literary scene, keeping him running the gauntlet
of readings and radio shows and earning him comparisons to beat
author Neal Cassady, among other American legends. His debut,
"Crashing Out in the Alphabets," explores the seamy,
sexual New York City underbelly through its protagonist, the
talented, drunken, murderous Kevin Nelson. Called "outrageous,
raw, and savage" by one reviewer, the novel is typical
of Diamond's oeuvre. "His work," he says, "portrays
the maddening things one sees during the beginnings of life."
As the popularity of "Crashing" mushrooms, so has
Diamond's public appearance schedule in the New York area. He
has held numerous discussions and readings at Barnes & Noble
and Waldenbooks and been featured on the Noam Landen Radio Show,
1500 AM in New Jersey. He is featured on curledup.com
and his work has been serialized on xenith.net.
Diamond's fine art had been showcased at the CSV Cultural Center,
the Elizabeth, N.J. Public Library, The Tunnel, and Tompkins
Square Art Around The Park. He has performed his music live
at several venues, including Cafe Della Pace and CSV Cultural
Center. And prior to the publishing of "Crashing,"
his writings and reproductions of his artwork appeared in Mudfish,
Number Foundation Magazine, Rutgers University Review, 12th
Planet, Writers Choice, Story Mania and the NY Hangover.
Diamond lives in Astoria, Queens, and is now at work on a second
novel. When not scribbling on napkins or frightening bookstore
patrons with his dark readings, he can be found drinking Kamikazes
in any bar that will serve him.