Tom DeMarchi, Director
Sanibel Island Writers Conference
Reed Hall 242
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565
Dan Bern is singer, songwriter, guitarist, novelist, and painter whose music is often compared to that of Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, and Bruce Springsteen. He is a prolific composer, having written thousands of songs. He also wrote the novel Quitting Science (2004) under the pen name Cunliffe Merriwether and wrote the preface under his own name. In early 2007, Bern's album Breathe won in The 6th Annual Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album.
Bern's songwriting skills were used in the biopic parody film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, where he helped write 16 songs for the movie. Many of these songs made the theatrical cut of the film including the Dylanesque "Royal Jelly,” and the melodic "(Have You Heard the News) Dewey Cox Died.” He continues to write songs for films, including Get Him to the Greek.
His most recent novel is 10,000 Crappy Songs.
Bern has released over twenty albums, including Fifty Eggs (1998), New American Language (2001), Fleeting Days (2003), Doubleheader (2012), Hoody (2015) and Three Feet Tall (2015).
For more info, visit www.danbern.com
In 2012, John Hodgman wrote, "John Darnielle [leader of The Mountain Goats] has written almost 600 songs now, and some of them are very sad, dealing with hard drugs and tragic ends, hurting yourself and others, sicknesses of both body and brain, off-brand alcohols. They are told in beautiful, unnerving, specific detail because he is a very good writer, and also some of them are just true stories about his own life." Darnielle is the author of two novels, Black Sabbath: Master of Reality (33 1/3 Series, Continuum, 2008) and the National Book Award nominee for fiction, Wolf in White Van (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2014). When he's not busy touring with The Mountain Goats and writing songs or novels, Darnielle can be found tweeting @mountain_goats, which TIME voted one of the 140 best Twitter feeds of 2013.
The Mountain Goats have released numberous albums, EPs and compilations, including The Coroner’s Gambit (2000), All Hail West Texas (2002), Tallahassee (2002), Heretic Pride (2008), Transcendental Youth (2012), and Beat the Champ (2015)
For more info, visit www.mountain-goats.com