Sister Maple Syrup Eyes is one of the first books published from the historically under-reported perspective on rape: from that of the lesser and oft-forgotten other victim, the individual’s partner. With terse lyricism, this novella radiates the anguish of attempting to repair a love and life shattered by violence. Through a series of deliberately concise and untitled chapters, the story erupts in a before/after chasm, culminating with the main character’s facing a tentative peace with his past.
Readers+Writers journal praised it, “A beautiful book. Achingly beautiful.” And Louder Than War states the book is, “….alive with the energy of an eye-witness.” Small Press Picks notes, “In vividly re-creating Kristian’s personal journey, Brennan offers a layered and moving exploration of the truth…”
Ian Brennan has been training people across the USA as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East in violence prevention, anger management, and conflict resolution for over 20 years. He has trained over 100,000 people through these workshops, often at shelters, schools, hospitals, clinics, jails, and drug-treatment centers nationwide including the Betty Ford Center, Bellevue Hospital (NYC), and Stanford University. In addition, he is a GRAMMY-winning music producer and the author of the books Anger Antidotes (2011) and Hate-less (2014).
In the studio, he has worked with the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Kyp Malone & Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio, Rain Machine), Flea, Tinariwen, Lucinda Williams, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Nels Cline (Wilco), DJ Bonebrake & John Doe (X, the Knitters), Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Case, Bob Forrest (Thelonious Monster), Bill Frisell, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jonathan Richman, Richard Thompson, and more. With live concerts, he has produced shows of up to 15,000 people in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington (DC), Portland (OR), Tucson, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Boston with artists as diverse as Green Day, Fugazi, Merle Haggard, film-maker John Waters, Kris Kristofferson, Tammy Faye (Bakker), the Blind Boys of Alabama, Vic Chesnutt, Peaches, and the Vienna Boys Choir. These shows have raised over $100,000 for local charities and political causes.
In the field, some of the artists that he has discovered and produced are The Good Ones (Rwanda), Wayo: Trance Percussion Masters (South Sudan), Acholi Machon, and the Malawi Mouse Boys. Many are the first releases internationally outside of their respective countries in the languages of each band. The Mouse Boys’ debut was named “the year’s best gospel album” by Songlines Magazine. The record General Paolino featuring Mama Celina was named one of the “Top 8 African Releases of 2013” by Renegade Magazine.
Most recently, he produced the Zomba Prison Project “I Have No Everything Here” (Six Degrees Records) with the prisoners of Zomba maximum security prison, Hanoi Masters “War is a Wound, Peace is Scar” (Glitterbeat Records) with veterans and survivors of the American-Vietnam war, and Italy’s Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino [CGS] “Quaranta ” (Ponderosa Label). He also produced “Survival Songs”, the first official solo album from Bob Forrest (Thelonious Monster, Celebrity Rehab). Brennan also produced Italian superstar, Jovanotti’s official USA debut Italia: 1988-2012 for ATO Records in 2012 and co-wrote two world-premiere, new songs for the release. The collection was given 4-stars and named “…one of the best releases of the year,” by Aesthetic Magazine (Toronto).
For more on Ian Brennan visit http://www.ianbrennan.com/bio/