Allison Tartalia

Musical Guest:

“Tartalia is to pop music what granola is to cereal.”

Indeed, Allison Tartalia is not your run-of the-mill songwriter. Her unconventional arrangements, brutally honest lyrics, and wry humor make her as unpredictable as she is unforgettable. Audiences have taken notice at clubs, colleges and festivals around the country. A classically trained pianist, Allison draws upon diverse influences to create her eclectic brand of orchestral chamber pop. In addition to her work as a singer-songwriter, Allison composes for both theater and film. The musical drama 1918: A House Divided, was produced by Theater for the New City, and she recently co-wrote music for the documentary 5,000 Miles From …

Diane Schenker

Having grown up on both coasts and in between, and lived in the Seattle and Paris, Diane Schenker now happily reads and writes poetry in New York City. She has a chapbook, Relation/Couch/Dreaming and has published poems in The Gettysburg Review, Gargoyle, Writers’ Bloc and, of course, SalonZine. Her reviews of poetry appear in and The Boxcar Poetry Review. She has also worked and taught in theater, directed opera, was co-creator of the performance piece Jane Smith Jane Smith (directed by Rinde Eckert) and wrote and staged Nannerl: A Speculative Morality.

Tim Kreider

Tim Kreider’s work has appeared in Lynx Eye. He currently lives and writes in Philadelphia.

Mira Ptacin

Mira Ptacin is the founder and host of “Freerange,” a monthly nonfiction reading series. She recently completed her first book, Poor Your Soul, which is a memoir about the uterus and the American Dream. She lives in Brooklyn, loves all dogs and most people.

Meakin Armstrong

Meakin Armstrong is a freelance writer, an adjunct professor of English, a former employee at The New Yorker, and the fiction editor at Guernica ( His work has appeared in Noö Journal, elimae, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Stories Literary Journal, InDigest, Sweeeeet, and three fiction anthologies. His nonfiction has been featured in,, Time Out New York, and in the books, New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg and Museyon Guides Film + Travel North America. He has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.

NYC | June 13: Salon celebrates 8!

Raise your glasses and mugs! This June, SUNDAY SALON CELEBRATES 8 GREAT YEARS of literary readings in NYC and much gratitude goes out to all Salon supporters and writers & readers over the years. You are a vital part of this series: in person, online, in spirit!

To kickoff the series’ eighth year of existence, we’re welcoming four fantastic writers (three featured in Salonzine’s “Believe” issue) and, oh yes, more super musical talent! 7pm at Jimmys 43. Come. Join. Celebrate.

Meakin Armstrong is a freelance writer, an adjunct professor of English, a former employee at The New Yorker, and the fiction …

Alyson Greenfield


Alyson Greenfield is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who experiments with pianos, guitars, glockenspiels, chord organs, synthesizers, and vintage Casio beats. Alyson’s music has been recognized by Paste, Relix, Beyond Race, The Deli, CTN-Music, and more, and her music has been heard on Fox Television, Rubyfruit Radio (SPIN Magazine’s Essential Mix), and at festivals such as the CMJ Music Marathon, Estrojam, Ladyfest, and EarthFusion. She recently released her first full-length album, “Tuscaloosa,” engineered by Denise Barbarita (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige), and featuring Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco) on bass. As well as performing on her own, Alyson also performs with the electronic band Future Rock (Matisyhau, The Disco …