Myla Jones

Myla Jones is a teacher, writer and poet/spoken word artist who has been performing on the Spoken Word scene since 2002, winning competitions on Long Island, in Manhattan and Virginia. A graduate of Nassau Community College (A.A.), Adelphi University (B.A.) and Molloy College (M.S.), she has taught Middle School and High School level students for over a decade in the Hempstead School District as an English Language Arts teacher, although her professional skills have taken her into the role of instructor for various other subjects, such as Writing, College Prep, Public Speaking and Drama—and for the past five years, as co-facilitator for the district’s annual Teen Poetry Slam. When Myla …

Ed Pavlic

Ed Pavlic’s next book is a prose-poetic photo essay set on a dhow amid the islands off the coast of Kenya, but here are small clear refractions (Kwani? Books, Nairobi, 2008). His other books of poems are Winners Have Yet to be Announced, an epic poem centered in the life and music of soul singer Donny Hathaway (UGA Press, 2008), Labors Lost Left Unfinished (UPNE, 2006), and Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue which won The American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Award in 2001. He’s also author of the critical study of African-American modernism, Crossroads Modernism (U Minn P, 2002). He has taught at the University …

Paul Pines

Paul Pines grew up in New York City and is the author of six books of poetry, including his most recent Taxidancing. His novel, The Tin Angel, was critically very well received. He currently lives with his wife, Carol, and daughter, Charlotte, in Glens Falls, NY, where he practices psychotherapy at Glens Falls Hospital, and hosts the annual Lake George Jazz Weekend. Paul was the owner/operator of the Tin Palace, a legendary Bowery Jazz club. He has most recently published a memoir about his life and his brother’s battle with schizophrenia entitled My Brother’s Madness with Curbstone Press in 2007.

Janice Erlbaum

Janice Erlbaum (www.janiceerlbaum.com) is the author of Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir (Villard, March ’06), and Have You Found Her: A Memoir (Villard, Feb. ’08). She was a contributor to BUST magazine from 1994 through 2007. She lives in her native New York City with her domestic partner, Bill Scurry, and their three cats.

NYC | April 13, 2008

April showers bring…four literary gems to the next Sunday Salon! So ready yourself for some bright, shiny prose and leave your umbrellas at home (um, unless, it’s really raining outside).

Janice Erlbaum (www.janiceerlbaum.com) is the author of Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir (Villard, March ’06), and Have You Found Her: A Memoir (Villard, Feb. ’08). She was a contributor to BUST magazine from 1994 through 2007. She lives in her native New York City with her domestic partner, Bill Scurry, and their three cats.

Paul Pines grew up in New York City and is the author of six books of poetry, including his most recent Taxidancing. His novel, The …

Matt Cheney

Matt CheneyINTERVIEWED BY NITA NOVENO

One of the most fascinating minds wrapped around science fiction today, Matt Cheney is a columnist for the online magazine Strange Horizons, series editor of Best American Fantasy from Prime Books, and has a few things to say about his beloved genre.

Nita Noveno: When did you first discover science fiction?

Matt Cheney: Most people for whom genre fiction becomes an obsession start out young, and I’m no exception to that rule. I was an awkward, nerdy kid who liked reading and writing, and I started with mysteries and horror stories, but then my mother’s boss decided a kid like me …

René Georg Vasicek

René Georg Vasicek lives in Astoria, Queens with his wife Catherine and son Radek. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Divide, High Times, Post Road, Diner, The Prague Revue, and Yuan Yang. He teaches at Hofstra University and Lehman College of the City University of New York.

{REVIEWED} Ask the Dust

By René Georg Vasicek
Ask the Dust is a dangerous book. Arturo Bandini, the narrator, is a terrorist of the mind. He explodes reality and makes you believe in the urgency of now: “Los Angeles, give me some of you! Los Angeles come to me the way I came to you, my feet over your streets, you pretty town I loved you so much, you sad flower in the sand, you pretty town.”

I didn’t think literature was possible in Los Angeles, and then I read Ask the Dust (1939) by John Fante. At the time I thought I was finished …

Nairobi | March 16, 2008

More writers, more stories, more of Kenya’s finest: Judy Kibinge, Barrack Muluka, Shalini Gidoomal, Dr. Patrick “PLO” Lumumba. Four unique voices in a tranquil outdoor setting. All Sunday Salon Alumni are entitled to one free entry ticket.

Chicago | March 30, 2008

MARY ANNE MOHANRAJ is the author of BODIES IN MOTION, a set of Sri Lankan-American linked stories, covering two families and three generations (HarperCollins). She currently teaches fiction writing and Asian American literature at Northwestern University, and is working on a mainstream novel, a memoir/travelogue, and a YA fantasy novel. Mohanraj recently received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose. She currently serves as the Executive Director of DesiLit (desilit.org), an organization that works to support S. Asian and diaspora literature, and also directs the Speculative Literature Foundation(speclit.org). Mohanraj was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. maryannemohanraj.com

ELIZABETH WETMORE’s stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crazyhorse, Black …

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