Description In his debut story collection, Brewster deftly turns cliches of boyhood and manhood on their heads, revealing the trappings and failures of American masculinity when viewed from any angle, especially a queer one.
A brash, young man recounts the life he shared with an older lover in rural, 1930s Oregon... Queer teenagers navigate a family vacation on a remote lake... An aging alcoholic is disoriented by the return of a long-lost sibling, now trans. In the title story--connected to two others in the collection--a sound recordist who survived a violent car crash as a boy and a suicide attempt as a teenager, must find his place in the world between his love of film and the perils of Hollywood exploitation.
Sharply observed, with dark humor and cinematic detail, the stories in What We Pick Up span vastly different decades and places to reveal an American landscape of fathers, sons, brothers, and lovers--gay, bi, trans, queer--all trying to re-vision a different path forward for themselves before it's too late.
MINDHUNTER (spec). One-hour spec script of critically acclaimed Netflix series. Second Rounder in the Drama Spec category at the 2021 Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference.
GARGOYLES & DANDELIONS. One-hour, original queer noir drama series set in late 1940s Los Angeles. Awardee, 2019 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Second Rounder in the AMC Drama Pilot category at the 2019 Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference. Currently in development.
AUNT V. A teenage girl learns the fate of her namesake in South Dakota. Appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of The Minetta Review.
HOLD IT IN. A grandmother has issues with her dog on an Oregon road trip. Appeared in Issue 10.2 of New South.
PAPERCUTS. A Washington couple reacts to a disturbing newspaper article. Appeared in Issue 10.2 of New South.