Zach Bartlett is a former New Englander living in New Orleans, where he frequently performs as part of the local reading series Esoterotica. His work has appeared in Gallery of Curiosities, the J.J. Outre Review, Mad Scientist Journal, and three Fringe Festivals. He is a first reader for the magazine Strange Horizons.
Northern Dandy, a collection of his humorous stage work, was published in 2016.
I’m a homesick humor writer and freelance New Englander, and I’ve never been timely enough to reserve my full name on any kind of social media.
I began to pursue writing seriously in 2012 when I was press-ganged to fill out the lineup for a new reading series here in New Orleans. The series, Esoterotica, has steadily grown in popularity and I’m a regular feature at their shows. We write thinky kink and the city frickin’ digs it! I’m also a member of the Southern author group Peauxdunque Writers Alliance, probably ushered in under some carpetbagger clause.
I’ve co-written two plays with other members of the Esoterotica troupe. Pervspectives was a piece of immersive theatre performed at the 2013 New Orleans Fringe Festival. Beyond Desire, from the 2014 Fringe, was a play about relationships designed to be completely gender-neutral and performed by a rotating diverse cast so as to constantly switch the dynamics of any given scene. Offbeat Magazine said that “the piece captured the nuances and multifacetedness of real relationships in ways that traditional art often cannot.”