Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born in Carmel, California to a Japanese mother and American father. Marie’s essay “Letter from a Japanese Crematorium” was published in Agni 65, cited as distinguished in the 2008 Best American Essays, and anthologized in Creative Nonfiction 3. Additional poems, stories and essays appear in The North Dakota Quarterly, Phoebe, Fugue, LIT and other journals. Marie’s debut novel, Picking Bones from Ash, was published by Graywolf Press on October 1st, 2009. The LA Times said of Picking Bones from Ash: “Some fiction makes the world a little smaller; illuminates the dark corners, puts the taste of, say, breakfast in a small mountain village of Japan in …

Reese Okyong Kwon

Reese Okyong Kwon’s stories are published or forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Sun Magazine, Missouri Review, and elsewhere; her nonfiction is published in the Believer, More Intelligent Life, and Rumpus. She has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony, and Ledig House International. In addition, she has been named one of Narrative’s “30 Below 30” writers.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is from Harlem, New York. Her fiction, nonfiction and visual arts have appeared internationally in publications including Callaloo, Best New Writing, Crab Orchard Review, The Minnesota Review, 2010 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing, and American Visions. Her plays have been staged and produced at Theatre 14, New WORLD Theatre, the Harlem Theatre Company, and other venues. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the William Gunn Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award. The recipient of scholarships, fellowships, and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Yaddo Colony, the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, the New …

Kaitlyn Greenidge

Kaitlyn Greenidge graduated from Hunter College’s MFA program in 2010. Her work has appeared in The Tottenville Review, Afro Beat Journal, American Short Fiction and is forthcoming in The Believer. She is the 2011 Visiting Emerging Writer at Johnson State College in Johnson, VT.

Natashia Deon

Natashia Deón is a PEN Emerging Voice Fellow, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarship recipient, award-winning screenwriter, attorney, and California native. Her work has appeared in the PEN Anthology Strange Cargo and NICI. She is currently penning her debut novel, The Spinning Wheel, a dark journey of three outcast women who, on the eve of the Civil War South, are fighting the battle of their lives.

NYC | March 20, 2011

The web is currently abuzz with the discussion about race and our treatment of and fraught relationship with speaking about race, between poets Claudia Rankine and Tony Hoagland. The title of the Blue Parlor reading at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, “From the Dark Tower,” comes from a poem of the same name by Countée Cullen, the focus of the text being the many ways in which our engagement with issues of ethnicity are “kept in the dark” and where he argues for taking those discussions to the heights reached by a tower which would allow us all to hear and benefit from the conversation. The “From the Dark Tower” …

A Tale of Four Cities


This online literary magazine will feature fiction and creative nonfiction set in real locations in three cities – NEW YORK, LONDON and DUBAI – as well as this month’s guest city, MUMBAI. This project bridges the gap between travel writing and creative writing, bringing together stories that reflect the real and the imagined within our cities.

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NYC | February 20, 2011

This month, and in spirit of the historic events in North Africa (they spilled onto the streets and a revolution began), we celebrate the the theme of spill, that is, what gets out of control, what we try to control, and what controls us. Join us for a special reading with writers from the latest issue of SalonZine: SPILL!

Roof Alexander is a fiction writer living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The past ten years he has lived in North Carolina, Amsterdam, Colorado, San Francisco, Central America and the Appalachian Mountains whilst collecting millions of words upon the page. Amongst these …