Variations of Labor (Paperback)
I have yet to see a more recognizable portrait of Seattle than the one on these pages. Written with the type of empathy and compassion that can only be gained through years of service economy work, Gallo-Brown gives us an invaluable, expansive portrayal of what it means to labor in modern-day Seattle–whether that labor takes place in a restaurant, a relationship, or a poker game.— From Jacob
Alex Gallo-Brown explores through poetry, essays, and fiction what it means to labor in modern-day America. Stories about semiprofessional poker players, line cooks in high-tech company cafeterias, and an activist trying to drum up support for a union paint a bleak picture of dead-end jobs and truncated hopes, but also depict the roiling just underneath the surface of all those who have been disrespected and written off.
About the Author
ALEX GALLO-BROWN is a poet, journalist, and labor activist from Seattle.