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Matt Cheney

Matthew Cheney has recently published fiction in the magazines One Story and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and the anthologies Interfictions and Logorrhea. He is a columnist for the online magazine Strange Horizons and series editor of Best American Fantasy from Prime Books.

Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones (www.tayarijones.com) was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where she spent most of her childhood with the exception of the one year she and her family spent in Nigeria, West Africa. Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, is a coming of age story set during the city’s infamous child murders of 1979-81. Leaving Atlanta received many awards and accolades including the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. She has received fellowships from organizations including Illinois Arts Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, The Corporation of Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Arizona Commission on the Arts and Le Chateau de Lavigny ( Switzerland.) Her second novel, The Untelling, published in 2005, …

Tony D’Souza

Tony D’Souza is the author of the novel Whiteman, winner of the Sue Kaufman prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Maria Thomas Award from Peace Corps Writers, the Florida Gold medal for Fiction, Best First Fiction from Poets & Writers Magazine, and was a finalist for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and PEN’s Robert Bingham Fellowship. Tony’s stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Best American Fantasy, the O. Henry Prize Stories and elsewhere, and his journalism has appeared in Salon, Esquire, Worldview, and Outside Magazine, and has been nominated for a National …

NYC | February 10, 2008

Travel to Africa and India, through outer space and back to the East Village all in one night? Anything is possible with these four writer-cosmopolites at the next Sunday Salon. It’s going to hot! (So remember to bring some sunscreen and a hat!)

Tony D’Souza is the author of the novel Whiteman, winner of the Sue Kaufman prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Maria Thomas Award from Peace Corps Writers, the Florida Gold medal for Fiction, Best First Fiction from Poets & Writers Magazine, and was a finalist for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Prize, …

Kenya’s Post Election Crisis: Finding Meaning

Recently received this important request from an editor at Kwani, a literary magazine from Kenya:

If meaning has been manipulated leading to us killing each other, let us manipulate it so that we do not kill each other. – Prof. Wambui Mwangi

In the last couple of weeks, a group of Kenyan writers has been meeting to analyze and whack out ways to respond to the post-election crisis in Kenya.
One way has been through the production of a series of opinion pieces under the byline “Concerned Kenyan Writers”. These pieces have and continue to be placed in various media outlets locally (Nairobi Star, Daily Nation and The East …

Kenya News on Kwani Blog

What is Kwani? Kwani Trust was established in 2003. It is dedicated to nurturing and developing Kenya’s and Africa’s intellectual, creative and imagination resources through strategic literary interventions. Kwani Trust houses and distributes literary products and services globally. Kwani Trust, under the guidance of trustees, is overseen by its founding editor, Binyavanga Wainaina supported by key staff; a corps of literary associates, and friends from Kenya, the African continent and the rest of the creative world.

What does Kwani do?

* Edit and publish the foremost literary journal in the region representing new regional literary voices
* Locate, nurture and develop literary talents from as wide a segment of East African …

Kenya update

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received messages from our fellow writers and friends in Kenya about the conflicts rising from the recent presidential elections and want to share with you their perspectives. Please consider signing the on-line petition at the end calling for an urgent resolution to the electoral crisis:

Jan. 5th

Hi Nita and Caroline,

Nice of you guys to keep in touch. I’m sure you’ve seen alot of it on CNN. Its been pretty bad, elections gone bad, politicians gone crazy, Kenya in a mess. No one ever thought Kenya could end up this way. Its all about the elections, there was a bit of rigging going on and …

NYC | January 20, 2008

If you think the caucuses are engrossing—the persona battle, the tireless campaigning, the confident and the conflicted voters—check out the next Sunday Salon! This sure-to-knock-your-socks-off lineup of writers include a veteran of Sunday Salon, a former criminal defense and constitutional lawyer, and an accomplished softball player. Turn out and support these luminous, literary talents!

Named by New York Press as The Best Writer You’ve Never Heard of But Should Go Read Right Now, Ellis Avery is a Sunday Salon veteran and the author of a first novel called The Teahouse Fire. Recently out in paperback from Riverhead Books, The …

Chicago | January 27, 2008

Bundle up! It’s cold out there. We’ll be serving up some hot and tasty prose at the mid-winter Chicago Salon.

Bruce Olds is the author of three novels: Bucking the Tiger, an American Library Association Notable Book adapted from the stage as The Confessions of Doc Holliday, and Raising Holy Hell, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and an IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominee that was also named Novel of the Year by the Notable Books Council of the ALA and winner of the QPB New Voices Award for Fiction, and The Moments Lost: A Midwest Pilgrim’s Progress, also a Pulitzer Prize …

Center Stage

Read this oldie but a goodie review about Sunday Salon Chicago’s opening on Center Stage Chicago.

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