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NATE WAGGONER is a writer and cartoonist. His short stories, essays and humor have appeared in Electric Literature, Barrelhouse, the Columbia Journal, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Hard Times, Points in Case and elsewhere. He has also written journalistic work and reviews for Paste Magazine, The New York Observer, and KQED. His cartoons ran in Portland’s Willamette Week paper from 2016-2017.
He has won or placed multiple times in Shipwreck, the rowdy live literary parody contest, and two of his pieces for it were published in their anthology, “Loose Lips,” from Hachette. In 2014, he graduated from San Francisco State University with an MFA in Creative Writing and SF Weekly named him one of the “best writers in the Bay Area without a published book.”
That year, he moved to New York and Snow Goose Press published his novel “Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators.” He also ran and edited The Tusk, a cultural commentary website, from 2013-2018, which he revives occasionally. He cohosts the Funny / Sexy / Sad reading series in Brooklyn, and has performed onstage at The Bell House, Union Hall, the Magnet Theater, Quiet Lightning, and several Litcrawl events. He work as an Education Specialist at a nonprofit in Brooklyn. He is represented by Akin Akinwumi at Willenfield Literary Agency. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of essays.