No Baggage Travel

Is it possible? I met up recently with travel writer supreme Rolf Potts and a few other travel writing enthusiasts at a watering hole in NYC before Rolf embarked on his 6-week journey around the world with no baggage. Yea, you read that right: no baggage. However, he did show off his cool vest with lots of pockets that stored everything he’d need for the trip, including one ultra-compact, mini keyboard to attach to his iPod touch, eh voila, transforming it into a nifty tool of the trade!

So, yes, the answer is yes. For you luggage hounds out there, take heed. All you really need is the spirit, and …

Aid to Pakistan

Consider donating to the International Rescue Committee to help out those affected by the flood in Pakistan.

Or here: Save the Children.

Or here: Mercy Corps.

Bahut Shukria. Thank you.

Alexis Romay

Alexis Romay received a Master of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the City University of New York. His novel Salidas de emergencia (Emergency Exits) was published in Spain and in Italy; his book of poetry Los culpables (The Guilty) was published in Spain. He is a contributor to the quarterlies Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana, Caleta, Replicante and Letras Libres. He has translated into Spanish the novel Flight to Freedom, by Ana Veciana-Suarez, as well as the Newbery Award winning book of poetry The Surrender Tree, by Margarita Engle and, into English, the novel Al norte del infierno, by Miguel Correa Mujica. With Enrique Del Risco, he has …

Matthew Sharpe

Matthew Sharpe is the author of the novels You Were Wrong (published this fall by Bloomsbury), Jamestown, The Sleeping Father, and Nothing Is Terrible, and the short-story collection Stories from the Tube. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has taught at Wesleyan and Columbia Universities, and in the MFA program at Bard College. He lives in New York City. For more information: http://www.matthew-sharpe.net/?page_id=98

Jessica DuLong

After journalist Jessica DuLong was laid off from her dot-com job, life took an unexpected turn. A volunteer day aboard an antique fireboat, the John J. Harvey, led to a job in the engine room, where she found a taste of home she hadn’t realized she was missing. Working with the boat’s finely crafted machinery, on the waters of the storied Hudson, made her wonder what America is losing in our shift away from hands-on work. Her questions crystallized after she and her crew served at Ground Zero, where fireboats provided the only water available to fight blazes. Vivid and immediate, My River Chronicles is a journey with an extraordinary …

Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943 and received a BA from Columbia in 1964, and a doctorate from the Union Graduate School in 1979. He has written fifteen books of poems, essays, novels, film criticism, biographical monograph, urban meditation, and a memoir about teaching. He has edited numerous anthologies including Writing New York (Library of America, 2008) and The Art of the Personal Essay (Doubleday-Anchor, 1994). Phillip has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. His most recent …

Coming soon: Salonzine’s new issue SPILL

Stayed tuned for the upcoming issue of Salonzine. SPILL is still marinating, but boy, it’s gonna be good!

NYC | September 19, 2010

Ah summer! We’re holding onto you for as long as possible, but what’s that on the literary horizon…? You guessed it: four phenomenal writers who will keep that summer spirit going at the September 19th Sunday Salon. We’re looking forward to it! Join us at Jimmys 43 at 43 E. 7th St. 8pm. (Please note time change for this month’s event.)

Phillip Lopate was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943 and received a BA from Columbia in 1964, and a doctorate from the Union Graduate School in 1979. He has written fifteen books of poems, essays, novels, film criticism, …