Garin Pirnia

music maven, writer extraordinaire

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Garin Pirnia

Work Experience
Writing Experience – Current Publications

The Bean Magazine, 10/18-present

I contribute in-print pieces on coffee shops for a magazine about coffee culture and travel. 

Huffington Post, 7/18-present

I contribute articles to their food and drink section, Taste.

The Takeout, 1/18-present

I contribute food and drink articles to the Onion/A.V. Club’s food vertical., 3/15-present

I contribute pop-culture food articles. 

Vanity, 5/16-present

I contribute film and TV pieces to their Hollywood (HWD) section. 

Mental, 1/15-current

I contribute well-researched pop-culture listicles and trivia articles., 6/15-current

I contribute locally-focused articles on food and music for Channel 9’s blog.

CityBeat, 10/12-current

I write profiles on independent businesses, movers and shakers, and food reviews for Cincinnati’s alt-weekly arts and culture section. , 2/11-current

I worked on a project called Song Stories in 2011. I sometimes contribute concert reviews and artist interviews.



I contributed film and TV articles, including reviews and interviews., 2/15-2017

I contributed food-based articles to their Paste Food section.

Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/11-5/16

I wrote band interviews and cover major music fests for the Cincinnati-based entertainment website/newspaper., 10/13-10/15

For the Culture Blog, I wrote lists and perform interviews with relevant movers and shakers in the entertainment world. , 8/14-12/14

I contributed articles on up-and-coming bands for a LA-based music app and blog.

Freelancer, 5/14-5/15

I wrote entertainment listicles for a Buzz Feed-like website.

The Wall Street Journal, Speakeasy

Contributing Reporter, 1/10-6/13

Wrote film and music articles on for WSJ arts and culture blog.


Music blogger, 8/09-8/11

I wrote live concert reviews, cover music festivals, interview indie band and other  music related news items for AOL’s music section.

Chicago Innerview

Staff Writer 7/04-8/2014

I interviewed and wrote bios on various bands coming to concert in Chicago.

Chicago MyOpenBar

Chicago Editor, 10/08-6/10

Staff Writer, 1/07-9/08

I managed a small staff of writers for a weekly website and newsletter focusing on free drinks events in Chicago. I also helped with the promotion and marketing of the site.

TimeOut Chicago

Freelancer, 7/08-8/10

Editorial Music Intern, 1/08-7/08

Editorial Intern, 8/07-1/08

As and editorial intern, I assisted various departments with transcriptions, errands, fact checking, article research and wrote various assigned articles. As a music intern, I wrote weekly music listings.

NewCity Chicago
Contributing Writer, 9/06-11/09

I contributed  art, music, and feature related articles for Chicago’s alt-weekly newspaper.

UR Chicago

Freelancer, 1/08-4/09

Contributed live concert reviews and feature articles  for Chicago based website/magazine.

Radio Free Chicago

Staff Writer, 2/07-4/09

Contributed music related news stories, concert reviews, and band interviews to Chicago based music blog.

The Onion AV Club

Intern/Freelancer, 5/06-4/07

As an intern, I complied the weekly calendar section, transcribed interviews, and wrote restaurant capsules and sidebars. As a freelancer, I continued to write food related sidebars.

Glide Magazine

Contributing Writer, 8/04-2/08

I contributed monthly album reviews, band interviews, and “best of” lists for a music website.

Not For Tourists

Contributing Writer/Neighborhood Editor, 2/07-6/07

I maintained and contributed online content, reviewed and promoted Chicago bars, restaurants, and events. Contributed to 2008’s Chicago Not for Tourists Guide Book.

Homer Horizon

Freelance Reporter, 11/07-9/07

I contributed features and people profiles for South suburban community newspaper located in Homer Glen, IL.

Inside Newspaper

Contributing Writer, 7/07-11/07

I contributed local based news stories and profiles for North Side weekly paper.

Wonkavision Magazine

Contributing Writer, 1/05-2/07

I contributed punk/indie-oriented artist profiles, band features, and music reviews.

Chord Magazine

Writer, 1/06-8/06

I crafted feature articles on prominent rock bands. Honed interviewing skills, and created concise questionnaires to best highlight unique qualities of each band approached.


Writer, 5/06-6/08

I contributed quarterly album reviews in both print and online issues.

Other Publications I’ve Written for: The Atlantic, Resonance Magazine, Slant Magazine, Gapers Block, Centerstage, Cracked, Vice/Noisey, The Post, Pursuit, Lost at Sea, U.S Press News, Kitchen Sink, Coke Machine Glow, Citizen Culture, Punk Planet, Chicago Metromix, Cincinnati Metromix, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincinnati Enquirer, Air Tran Magazine, MyCityWay.
Film/TV Internships:The Howie Mandel Show (9/98-12/98)October Films (11/98-6/99)Mutual Film Company (1/99-5/99)Screenplays I’ve Written:
The Finicky Cat (2014 finalist Mile High Horror Film Fest ;2015 top 7 finalist Crimson Screen Horror Fest; 2015 2nd place Best Short Horror-Comedy, Horror Hotel; 2015 first place winner for Best Short Screenplay, Cincinnati Film Fest; 2015 Best Short Script, Eerie Horror Fest, Erie, Penn. ); 2016 second place winner at screenplay contest, and second place at the Upstate New York Horror Festival. 2017 Best Sci-Fi script at Hollywood Dead Festival; Best Comedy short script at GenreBlast Film Festival; finalist at Women in Horror Festival; 2017 Best Short script at NYC Horror Festival); 2018 finalist Best Short Script at Cindependent Film Festival; third place in 2018 Zed Fest Short Script competition; 2018 Best Comedy script at Twin Falls Sandwiches Festival; 2019 Best Comedy Short Script at Portland Comedy Film Festival; first place short screenplay KinoDrome Film Festival 
Friday the 14th: Finalist at Hollywood Dead Film Festival 2017; Nightmares Film Festival 2017)
Fibby: Best Dark Comedy Script, Broad Humor Festival 2019; Best Short Script finalist Austin After Dark 2019; quarterfinalist 2020 Nashville Film Festival; semifinalist 2020 Austin Film Festival; semifinalist 2020 Female Voices Rock Film Festival 

Short Films I’ve Written/Directed:The Interns (2000) Premiered at New York International Film Fest (2000) and Angel City Film Fest (2001); New York (2001); Book of Days (2001); Outside the Actor’s Studio (2003)The Finicky Cat teaser trailer (2015) (World premiere at Eerie Horror Fest, October 2015)Extra in Stranger Than Fiction (that’s me in the green jacket walking along Will Ferrell)

Education 1999-2000 California State University, Northridge, CA, Radio/TV/Film, B.A., Screenwriting

1995-1998 Ohio University, Athens, OH, English/Communications major