Chicago|July 31, 2011

EILEEN FAVORITE’s debut novel, The Heroines, was selected as a Best Debut Novel of 2008 by The Rocky Mountain News and has been translated into Italian, Finnish, Korean and Russian. The audio version of The Heroines was nominated forthe American Library Association’s Best Recordings of 2008. Her poetry and prose have been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in many publications, including TriQuarterly, the Chicago Reader, Conscious Choice and Poetry East. She is the two-time recipient of individual artist fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and currently teaches writing at SAIC and at the Graham …

Robert Rodi

Robert Rodi has written fiction, nonfiction, criticism, plays and comic books. His newest effort, Seven Seasons in Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance Among Tuscany’s Proudest People, was released in June by Ballantine Books. He has also just released a new novel — a Hitchcock-for-the-YouTube-age thriller entitled The Sugarman Bootlegs — exclusively as an e-book. He has published seven other novels, including Fag Hag and When You Were Me, and the nonfiction book Dogged Pursuit: My Year of Competing Dusty, the World’s Least Likely Agility Dog. His short fiction can be found in a number of anthologies, including Men …

Alyson Lyon

Alyson Lyon is the co-producer/co-host of Essay Fiesta (every third Monday at the Book Cellar) and a founding member of The Chicago Story Collective. Alyson also has a background in acting. A Chicago native and graduate of DePaul’s Theatre School, Alyson’s performance highlights include 12 Ophelias at Trap Door; The Vagina Monologues at the Apollo Theatre; Pajama Girl, her one-woman show, at the Chopin Theatre; a guest-star appearance on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and a cameo in Jeff Garlin’s I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. She reads her personal essays all over town and currently …

Jesus Angel Garcia

Jesus Angel Garcia is the author of badbadbad, a transmedia novel about sex, God, rock ‘n’ roll and the social web: What’s the line between self-destruction and redemption? Is there such a thing as sexual morality? What does intimacy look like in a culture dominated by e-communication? Stories adapted from the project — which combines a traditional print book with a soundtrack of original songs derived from the narrative and a series of short documentary films based on the novel’s themes — have been published or podcasted in 3:AM Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Orange Alert and other venues. Info, …

Eileen Favorite

Eileen Favorite’s debut novel, The Heroines, was selected as a Best Debut Novel of 2008 by The Rocky Mountain News, and has been translated into Italian, Finnish, Korean and Russian. The audio version of The Heroines was nominated for the American Library Association’s Best Recordings of 2008. Favorite’s poetry and prose have been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in many publications, including TriQuarterly, the Chicago Reader, Conscious Choice and Poetry East. She is the two-time recipient of individual artist fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art …

We’re back

Sunday Salon Chicago is back! Join us at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at Uncommon Ground on Devon. We’ll hear from Eileen Favorite, Jesus Angel Garcia, Alyson Lyon and Robert Rodi, and pass the hat for the Neighborhood Writing Alliance.