Reginald Dwayne Betts

Reginald Dwayne Betts was born in a city in San Diego and raised in Suitland, MD, a small city in the DC Metropolitan area. He is the National Spokesperson for the Campaign for Justice and the Program Director for the DC Creative Writing Workshop. His memoir, A Question of Freedom, shows his journey away from the neighborhoods he called home to the prison cells where he spent most of his teenage years and early 20s. The Washington Post ran a front-page profile about Dwayne and YoungMenRead, a book club he began for boys. He has also been profiled on the front page of the Baltimore Sun and has given commentary …

Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Charles Rice-González was born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx. He is a writer, community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He holds an MFA from Goddard College. His work has been published in The Pitkin Review, Los Otros Cuerpos, the first anthology of Puerto Rican queer work, and in Best Gay Stories 2008. His plays include Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo and I Just Love Andy Gibb winner of Pregones Theater’s 2005 ASUNCION Play Series. He has been awarded writerships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2006 and 2007, a residency from the Byrdcliffe Guild …

Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau is an assistant professor in the English Department at the City College of New York. She has an MFA in Fiction from New York University, where she was a New York Times Fellow. Her short stories have appeared in Callaloo, the Missouri Review, the Gettysburg Review, Tin House, Best American Short Stories 2003 and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2006, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Henry Holt published her first novel, The Professor’s Daughter, in 2005. The Professor’s Daughter …

Nina McConigley

Nina McConigley was born in Singapore to Irish and Indian parents, and grew up in Wyoming, where she still lives. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where she was an Inprint Brown Foundation Fellow. She is the winner of a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship in Non-Fiction and served as the Non-Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast: a Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Her play, Owen Wister Considered was produced in 2005 for the Edward Albee New Playwrights Festival, in which Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson was the producer. She has received writerships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference from 2005-2009. She has been nominated for …

Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman’s creative and political writing has appeared internationally. Her debut novel, A Disobedient Girl is published in the US and Canada by Atria/Simon & Schuster by Viking in the UK, Australia and India, in translation in Italy, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil and the Netherlands and in audio by Tantor Media with award-winning narrator, Anne Flosnick.

NYC | March 21, 2010

We’re celebrating the arrival of spring and a special reading with writers from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at the next Sunday Salon. Join us at Jimmys 43 at 7pm!

Writers from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference bring a long-held conference tradition, Readings From The Dark Tower, to NYC. Five writers of color who reflect the complex diversity of America read from their work and answer questions about what it means to be “the first” (in a family, a country, an ethnic group), to achieve literary success.

Ru Freeman’s creative and political writing has appeared internationally. Her debut novel, A …

Hettie Jones

Hettie Jones is a poet and prose writer, author of How I Became Hettie Jones, a memoir of the “beat scene” of the fifties and sixties, currently available in a paperback edition from Grove Press. Jones’s short prose has been published in journals such as Fence, Global City Review and Ploughshares, and she has also written numerous books for children and young adults. In 1998 Jones’s poetry collection, Drive, was issued by Hanging Loose Press. Drive won the Poetry Society of America’s 1999 Norma Farber First Book Award. Jones’s second collection, All Told, was published in 2003. Her third collection, Doing 70, appeared in March 2007 and …

Mitch Levenberg

Mitch Levenberg has published essays and short fiction in such journals as The Common Review, Fiction, The New Delta Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Confluence, and others. His collection of stories, Principles of Uncertainty and Other Constants was published in March 2006. He teaches writing at St. Francis College and New York University and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and four dogs.

Spring Ulmer

Spring Ulmer holds a M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Arizona, and a M.F.A. in Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She’s worked as a photo-journalist, a journalist, a teacher of photography and writing to migrant, homeless, and incarcerated youth, an ESL instructor, and a horse hand. Her honors include grants for photography and writing from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Andrea Frank Foundation, as well as residencies from the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and the University of Iowa’s Museum of Art. Ulmer’s book of poetry, Benjamin’s Spectacles, was selected by Sonia Sanchez for Kore Press’s 2007 First Book …

Ethan Gilsdorf

Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. After playing Dungeons & Dragons religiously in the 1970s and 1980s, Ethan Gilsdorf went on to become a poet, teacher, and journalist. In the U.S. and in Paris, he’s worked as a freelance correspondent, guidebook writer, and film, book and restaurant reviewer. Now based in Somerville, Massachusetts, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories regularly in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Christian Science Monitor, and has been published in other magazines and newspapers including National Geographic Traveler, Psychology Today, …

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