Mohan Sikka

Mohan Sikka’s story “Uncle Musto Takes a Mistress” was selected for a 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize. His fiction has also been published in the journal One Story, the Toronto South Asian Review, Trikone Magazine, and in anthologies, including Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. Mohan’s story “Railway Aunty” just appeared in Delhi Noir, part of the award-winning urban noir series from Akashic Books. In 2006, Mohan graduated with an MFA from the Brooklyn College fiction program, where he received the Hiram Brown Award and the CUNYarts First Prize for Graduate Short Fiction. Mohan is a past recipient of a New Forms Regional Grant Award, for a project to …

Meera Nair

Meera Nair grew up in India and came to the United States in 1997. She is the author of VIDEO: Stories, and a forthcoming novel from Pantheon, tentatively titled HARVEST. Her collection VIDEO won the Asian-American Literary Award and was chosen a Best Fiction Book of the Year by The Washington Post and Book magazine and was the Editor’s Choice at the San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories, articles and essays have also appeared in the New York Times magazine, the National Post , The Threepenny Review, Calyx, Discover as well as in various anthologies and on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. Meera has won fiction fellowships from the New …

Hirsh Sawhney

Hirsh Sawhney edited and contributed a short story to Delhi Noir, an anthology of brand-new fiction published by Akashic Books. The book will be released by HarperCollins in India, Asphate in France, and Metropoli d’Asia in Italy. In 2005, he moved to Delhi, the city his parents abandoned during the 1960s. While based in the Indian capital for the next three years, he wrote for a variety of publications including the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Outlook, the Indian Express, and Helsinki’s Vihreä Lanka. Having recently returned to the US, Hirsh, 30, is working on a novel. He has received a fellowship to study and teach writing …

NYC | December 13, 2009

“I hope that no copies of Delhi Noir ever fall into the hands of the city’s police. If they do, many of the 14 authors of these nerve-shredding tales of life – and death – on the wrong side of the tracks in India’s capital may face a sweaty hour or two the next time they need to renew a permit or report a crime.”
–Boyd Tonkin of The Independent, UK (Read the entire review here.)delhinoir1

Dangerous, yes. How else to describe the writers of Delhi Noir, the compelling new anthology from Akashic Press? Bold. Very bold. Join us in welcoming these …

Chris Grillo

Chris Grillo is a graduate of the New School MFA Creative Writing Program and is currently adjusting to life as a suburban dad. He lives in Rockland County, New York, with his wife and daughters, and while he doesn’t spend nearly enough time writing creatively, he is exhaustively versed in the world of the Disney Princesses, can navigate his way to the diaper aisle at Target blindfolded, and appreciates the far too frequent Spanish lessons thanks to close friends, Dora and Diego. (Immersion truly is the best way to learn.) He hopes to discover the delicate balance between being a productive writer and responsible parent, if such a thing exists. …

Poor Her Soul


Child's MobileNicole Carpenter used to go through my city like a walking middle finger. She fought, smoked, dipped, drank and skipped school, and by the time she finally reached her junior year of high school, she altogether dropped out. I met her some years ago in my hometown of Battle Creek, the Cereal Capitol of the world (think: Kellogg’s Cornflakes).

Nicole wore sandy blond cornrows that dropped to her waist and wrapped around her like seaweed. She’d sway her head side to side and fling those braids behind her shoulders, rake back the strays with two acrylic …

One Day

bougainvilleaBY ANNABEL SMITH

We arrive in the nameless village early, when the morning light is still thick and golden, marred only by the dark smudge of hills on the horizon. Doctors, nurses, dentists, support staff: a team of ten, we’ve flown into the Dominican Republic for a week of one-day stands. Day four, this is our fourth and final village. Like most foreigners, we’ve brought a sense of adventure and spare memory cards. Unlike them, we won’t be staying at luxury resorts or visiting golf courses. We have come to do good, to make a difference.

Our local partners are waiting …



War DevestationWhen I was a child, we lived inside the war.  Our parents went away sometime during the last year, leaving me and my sister, Olly, to fend for ourselves amidst the rubble.  Our house was old and solid, made of stone, and the shelling had mostly been to the other side of town, so all the walls of the house were still intact and there were only a few holes in the roof.  Most of the windows had shattered, but we covered our bedroom’s windows with trash bags taped to the frames, and that mostly …

Why Believe?

Cafe by the RuinsThe writers and poets in this issue of SalonZine remind us of community and possibility, of what is absurd and beautiful in our world. Take a break from your work and worries and read this issue. Believe that the world is on your side, even in challenging times.

We dedicate this issue to risk takers, caretakers, and survivors.

-The Editors, Nita Noveno & Caroline Berger
-Assistant Editor, Barbara Sueko McGuire

Special thanks to writers Padmapani L. Perez and Luisa A. Igloria for connecting our communities.

In early October, devastating typhoons hit regions …


Why Believe? by Salon Staff

Death Becomes Us by Tim Kreider

Revelations by Matt Cheney

One Day by Annabel Lucy Smith

Poor Her Soul by Mira Ptacin

Pinheads No More by Chris Grillo

Composure by Louisa A. Igloria

Birthmark by Prabhakar Vasan

Noise by Cheryl Burke

Consider by Diane Schenker

Yes No Yes by Diane Schenker

Nancy Agabian by Nita Noveno

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