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  • I'm a writer, journalist, and the editor of The Gambit, the alt-weekly newspaper in New Orleans.

    Journalism: My work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Globe & Mail (Canada), The Times- Picayune (New Orleans), The Oregonian, and Willamette Week, as well as in magazines including Details, Vogue, Publishers Weekly, and Portland Monthly.

    Publishing: Tight Shot, my first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Its sequel, Hot Shot, was roundly ignored by everyone, but was a far better book. I'm also a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

    Stage: I was a member of the Groundlings and Circle Repertory West in Los Angeles, and am a playwright (see "Stage" in the right-hand rail).


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October 03, 2008



Heartfelt congratulations from both of us, Kevin.

Ranger Bob

Wow- congratulations! I am just thrilled by the news. And Gambit Weekly is very fortunate to get you.

Richard Karpel

Congratulations, Kevin, and welcome to alt-weeklyville.

You're in good hands: Margo and Clancy are the best.

Richard Karpel
Executive Director
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
Washington, D.C.


Once again, Kevin: Mazel tov!


Congratulations! What an exciting time. Best of luck.


Congratulations! Your promotion demonstrates once again Clancy's astute judgment (though he might have a blind spot for character) ;-)

It's awesome. Good luck.

No doubt you've seen this:

"An editor knocked at the Pearly Gates,
Her face was scarred and cold;
She stood before the man of fate
for admission to the Fold.
"What have you done?" St. Peter asked,
To gain admisson here?"
"I've been an editor, sir," she said
As she shed a tear.

The Pearly Gates swung open wide,
St. Peter touched the bell --
"Come in," he said, "and choose your harp,
You've had your share of hell."

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An exciting time to take on an alternative paper, with this crucial election on the horizon.
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Congrats again, Kevin. Can't think of a better choice to keep us out of the Terminal Hipsterosis doldrums.


Congrats Kevin!


Such great news on both ends of the stick. Congratulations!

Bev Marshall

Big hug! So happy for you! Congrats!!!

Ray Ruiz

Welcome back, Kevin. We look forward to hearing your voice again.
You're right. Clancy's as sharp as a tack.
Got any new plays in the works? :-)

Kelly Clarke

Coming to this post late, just wanted to offer up my congratulations as well! Gambit Weekly couldn't have chosen a more stand up journalist. You're a class act, and although we miss you here in Portland, I'm happy to know that I'll get to read you on a weekly basis.

I can't wait to see what you'll do there....


Congrats Kevin! As a fan of your writing since. . .uh…years ago, I’d like to see you assign yourself a three dot column.

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Es muy bueno saber que este sitio
me da mucho la idea y útil
gracias por publicar la información, tales
cosa. Dios te bendiga

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  • Booklist:
    "A worthy successor to Tight Shot, Allman's insider view of the seamier side of Hollywood is not only hip and entertaining but also has something serious to say about our insatiable hunger for tabloid thrills."

    Washington Post:
    "Barbed, breezy and often pretty and entertaining. Allman can be very funny, and Hot Shot complements nicely the less forgiving takes on Los Angeles as the future of us all. "



    "Allman turns a very sardonic pen loose on Hollywood's glitz-and-glamour crowd in this entertaining first novel... An impressive debut and an almost sure thing for a sequel."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune:
    "Allman clearly knows those of whom he writes. He's got L.A. nailed."

    Publishers Weekly:
    "Snappy debut... Readers will look for a sequel."


    A French Quarter convenience-store clerk has a hilariously traumatic encounter with a pair of Shreveport tourists. Part of Native Tongues 3 (Le Chat Noir, New Orleans; 2001; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago; 2006).
    An upper-class black caterer finds comeuppance and redemption. Part of Native Tongues 4 (Le Chat Noir, New Orleans; 2005).
  • MY-O-MY
    A recreation of an evening at the notorious New Orleans 1950s female-impersonator nightclub My-O-My (Le Chat Noir, New Orleans; 2005).
    A lonely man discovers purpose when he intercepts a televangelist's letters from his neighbor's mailbox. Part of the Dramarama New Plays Festival (Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; 2004).
    A black father discovers that no good deed goes unpunished when he helps his white neighbor bail her son out of Orleans Parish Prison. (Le Chat Noir, New Orleans; 2004; Walker Percy Southern Playwrights Festival, Covington; 2007).
    An evening of comedies. In The Stud Mule, the world's richest woman arranges to be impregnated by a doltish escort; in Snatching Victory, an earnest college student runs afoul of her lecherous professor and the dour head of a women's-studies department (Le Chat Noir, New Orleans; 2003).


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    Patty Friedmann: A Little Bit Ruined
    One of the first post-Katrina novels, and probably destined to be one of the best. Friedmann's sequel to Eleanor Rushing finds her crazy heroine still holding everything together after the storm (after a fashion), until she has to leave New Orleans and she falls apart physically as well as mentally. Mordantly, morbidly funny.

  • Tom Piazza: <i>Why New Orleans Matters</i>

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    The best post-Katrina book I've read. In 150 small pages, Piazza explicates the New Orleans experience simply and beautifully. I'll be passing this one on to anyone who wonders "But why would anyone want to live there?".


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