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Hi! My name is Michael Allen Rose, and I’m a Chicago based author, musician and performance artist. I’ve worked in a variety of mediums, but the things I’m most proud of and known for are probably my books, such as Party Wolves In My Skull and Embry: Hard Boiled from Eraserhead Press and Boiled Americans from Bizarro Pulp Press. I make and perform industrial music under the name Flood Damage, collaborate with other musicians such as the Slow Poisoner, and play in the Nine Inch Nails tribute band Now I’m Nothing.
As far as performance projects go, I’m mostly interested in creating funny, crazy readings from my stories and books. I also occasionally work in the theatre as RoShamBo, host the Ultimate Bizarro Showdown at the annual BizarroCon, and create burlesque with and without my partner Sauda Namir. It’s incredibly fulfilling to play in so many sandboxes and connect with so many different artistic communities.
You can see more of all the crazy stuff I do first-hand at my multi-media website here!
For the last decade or so, I’ve been working my way up the corporate ladder in the real estate industry and working in compliance, but in February 2017, I lost my job unexpectedly. It’s a little scary, and you can imagine how uncertain I felt about everything. I thought a lot about what I might do next, from substitute teaching to driving for a ride-share service, to freelancing as a copy editor or a production assistant. I may end up doing all of the above, trying to make ends meet, but what I really want to do is lean into the things I’m passionate about. Things like my stories and songs and
I didn’t plan to leave corporate America, but I’m looking at this as an opportunity instead of an obstacle. With the help of my friends, fans, and community, I plan to put out a ton of new content. The plan is to live the artist’s hustle without the stability of my 9-to-5! I have so much crazy creative stuff I want to share with people, and I’m very excited to connect with the folks who like what I do. Believe me, I understand how much it means if you contribute to my Patreon. Your hard-earned money means something, and all I can promise is that I remember the people who support me very dearly, and I plan to spoil you as much as possible with content and connectivity. It’s time to embrace my art and change my life. With your help, together, we’ll make art happen!