Seersucker Coterie

Seersucker Coterie

The people who make all this tomfoolery possible

Christopher Berinato – Co-Founder & Board Member

“Novelist” Christopher Berinato (Seersucker Live co-host) has not actually compted his novel, but he will talk incessantly about it if you give him the opportunity. Buy him a drink at your own risk. Christopher has written for the now defunct Murmur Magazine, and was the recipient of the Lillian Spencer Fiction Award for his short story “Lips and Teeth.” He volunteers with Deep (, teaching creative writing to primary school students. He has been a fixture of Downtown Savannah for over a decade, so you probably already know him. He is the co-founder and co-host of Seersucker Live.
Christopher Berinato

Brian Dean – The Seersucker Live Orchestra, Co-Founder & Board Member

As a music director, Brian Dean has worked at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in lovely Grand Lake, CO, and also led, arranged music for, and performed in The Undertones, a 12-person all-male a cappella group. A lifelong chorus tenor, he has sung with both the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, as well as appeared with B.J. Thomas (I mean, you might as well list everybody, right?) and the Chieftains. He once sat in front of accordion legend Dick Contino on a plane. As a music editor for five years at Hal Leonard Corporation, he did everything from arranging and editing music to producing talent in the recording studio. He also scored the movie Echo Lake – he’ll give you a buck if you’ve seen it. Brian is very excited to be affiliated with Seersucker Live, though the only thing he has written lately is this bio. He is The Seersucker Live Orchestra, providing music for all Seersucker Live events.
Brian Dean

Gino Orlandi – Board Member

Gino Orlandi is a writer living in Savannah, Georgia. He is currently working on his first book. In his free time, he serves on the Seersucker Live board of directors.
Gino Orlandi

Zach Powers – Co-Founder & Honorary Board Member

Zach Powers is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and lives in Arlington, Virginia. His novel FIRST COSMIC VELOCITY is coming in August 2019 from Putnam/Penguin, and his debut story collection GRAVITY CHANGES won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. He is the Director of Communications at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Get to know him at

Joseph Schwartzburt – Board Member

Joseph J. Schwartzburt writes and vacations daily in Savannah, GA, where he also frequents local bookstores, dallies in squares, and cohabitates with his wife, two cats, beagle, and son. A recent recipient of the Wilkes-Etruscan Prize (judged by poet William Heyen), Joseph recently completed his first novel, while periodically moonlighting as a journalist for Savannah Morning News' Do magazine.
Joseph Schwartzburt