Sean Carswell is the author of the six books (Drinks for the Little Guy, Glue and Ink Rebellion, Barney’s Crew, Train Wreck Girl, Madhouse Fog and The Metaphysical Ukulele). He co-founded the independent book publisher Gorsky Press and the music magazine Razorcake. His writing has appeared in such diverse places as the skateboarding magazine Thrasher, tiny ‘zines like Zisk, prestigious literary journals like The Southeastern Review and The Rattling Wall, and peer-reviewed journals like Critical Sociology and The Journal of American Culture. He is an assistant professor of writing and literature at California State University Channel Islands.
Sean Carswell is the author of six books (three novels, three short story collections). He is also a co-founder of the independent book publisher Gorsky Press and of the nation’s largest not-for-profit magazine dedicated to independent music and culture, Razorcake.
His first novel, Drinks for the Little Guy, was the first novel published by Gorsky. The success of that novel launched the press. Gorsky has since published twenty-two books, two of which were his short story collections Glue and Ink Rebellion and Barney’s Crew. Howard Zinn called Carswell “a wonderful storyteller” and compared one of those collections favorably to the works of Ernest Hemingway and Nelson Algren. Joe Meno declared the other to be “the antidote to what is so boring or safe or wrong with modern book publishing.”
Even though he’s one of the founders of Gorsky and his books in no small way contribute to the financial stability of the press, he jumped ship in 2008 when Manic D Press offered to publish his second novel, Train Wreck Girl. Train Wreck Girl went on to be come a minor critical and commercial success. He followed it up with the novel, Madhouse Fog, which was published in June 2013 by Manic D.
His most recent book is a collection of short stories about his favorite authors and their ukuleles. It’s called The Metaphysical Ukulele. It is scheduled to be published by Ig Publishing on May 10, 2016.
Beyond books, Carswell spent fifteen years writing a bi-monthly column for Razorcake entitled “A Monkey to Ride the Dog.” In the late nineties, he did interviews and record reviews for Flipside Magazine. Around the turn of the millennium, he wrote a column for Ink 19 and was a regular contributor to Clamor Magazine. His work has appeared in several other magazines spanning from big skateboard magazines like Thrasher to tiny baseball ‘zines like Zisk. He has also published dozens of stories in literary journals. Recent short stories have run in The Rattling Wall, The Southeastern Review, Pheobe, Rip Rap, Pank, and Talking River. He is also a scholar of Thomas Pynchon. His work on Pynchon’s politics has appeared in Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon and The Journal of American Culture.
He is currently an assistant professor of writing and literature at California State University Channel Islands.