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The 1-5-B, Episode 6: Joe Totten Reads from “The Starling Killers”

The 1-5-B, Episode 6: Joe Totten reads from “The Starling Killers”

On Thursday, September 28, Utah writer Joe Totten came to Salt Lake City’s Finch Lane Gallery as part of READ LOCAL, a collaboration between Salt Lake City Arts Council and 15 Bytes, with financial support from Utah Humanities, in which we pair emerging local writers with established writers for a reading and discussion of their work.

A professional writer for more than twenty years, Totten helped create advertising campaigns for companies, including Intel, Microsoft, 3M, Verizon and General Motors, among others. He is currently at work on a novel about the American West, not the one that has been over-mythologized for the past hundred years, but the Real West of greed and crime and casual bloodshed. The novel explores the existential violence and darkness at the heart of the American character–the brutal passions and animosities that churn just beneath the surface of our national psyche. Totten lives in Midway, Utah with his wife.

Totten read his short story “The Starling Killers,” which won first place in the Utah Division of Arts and Museums 2016 Original Writing Contest (Short Fiction). The recording is featured in this episode of The 1-5-B.

Totten appeared together with Michael Gills, who read a chapter from his novel Emergency Instructions. You can listen to that podcast here.

Totten and Gills appear in another episode, discussing their craft here.

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The 1-5-B is 15 Bytes weekly(ish) podcast on the Utah art community, featuring interviews with artists, writers, performers and curators.

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