Malcolm Brenner (writer)

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Malcolm J. Brenner
Malcolm Brenner enjoying a beer in San Francisco circa 2005
Malcolm Brenner enjoying a beer in San Francisco circa 2005
Born (1951-05-09)9 May 1951
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Occupation novelist, journalist
Language English
Nationality American
Education B.A. Communications
Alma mater New College
Notable works Wet Goddess

Malcolm J. Brenner (born 9 May 1951) is an American author, journalist, and zoophile.[1] He is best known for his controversial novel Wet Goddess (2009), about a love affair between a college student and a bottlenose dolphin in the 1970s. As a journalist, he has covered local news in New Mexico and Florida since the early 1990s.

Career in journalism[edit]

In the 1990s, Brenner worked as an investigative reporter covering the Navajo Nation and surrounding area. An article regarding the American Indian Movement and Russell Means, that he wrote for the Gallup Independent in 1998, is featured on the AIM website.[2]

From 1992 to 1994, Brenner worked at the Farmington Daily Times. After termination, Brenner filed a federal lawsuit claiming that he had been terminated for practicing Wicca.[3]

Wet Goddess[edit]

Since 2010, Brenner has gained international notoriety for his novel, Wet Goddess.[4][5] The novel details several months in the life of fictional college student Zachary Zimmerman, in which the protagonist meets a dolphin named Ruby at a local theme park and falls in love with her.[6] Brenner claims the book is autobiographical, and based on a series of events that happened to him in the 1970s. In an article in the Huffington Post, Brenner said, "I wrote this book for dolphins because we are mistreating these animals by keeping them in captivity."[7]

Zoophile[edit]

Brenner claims to have had sex with a female dolphin in the 1970s, and is a zoophile activist.[8]

Works[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 1992 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First Place, Investigative
  • 1993 – New Mexico Press Association: Second Place, Columns
  • 1994 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First Place, Columns
  • 1995 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: Best of Show and First Place, Investigative
  • 1996 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First Place, Investigative
  • 1996 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First place, Spot News Photo
  • 1998 – New Mexico Press Association: First Place, News Writing
  • 1998 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First Place, Columns
  • 2004 – Florida Society of Newspaper Editors: Honorable Mention[13]
  • 2004 – National Newspaper Association: Best Business Story
  • 2004 – National Newspaper Association: Honorable Mention, Best Breaking News Story

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