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Glass Breakfast, John Brooks

Glass Breakfast: John Brooks

Ian Carstens

Born in central Kentucky in 1978, John Brooks studied political science and English literature at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. His work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe and is held in the collections of Grinnell College Museum of Art, The University of Kentucky Medical Center, OZ Arts, 21C MusuemHotels, Beth Rudin DeWoody / The Bunker, and numerous other private collections. The New York Review of Books, The Yale Review, and Action, Spectacle have published his paintings and drawings. Brooks’ poetry has been published by Pilot Press, Good River Review, Assaracus, East by Northeast, and Plainsongs. He has written for BOMB, Strange Fire Collective, Ruckus Journal, and UnderMain. Over the last two decades, he spent several years in London and Chicago and has been based in Louisville, Kentucky since late 2013. From 2017-2022, Brooks operated Quappi Projects, a contemporary art gallery focusing on exhibiting work reflecting the zeitgeist, where he curated over twenty-five exhibitions.




Ian Carstens (he/him) is a writer, filmmaker and curator based in the Midwest. Carstens is also an associate editor for Ruckus.

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