Kio Stark

When she is not writing fiction, Kio Stark writes about relational technology and teaches at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, a graduate program for geeks, hackers, and artists. Her fiction has been published in Joyland and Swink. She has written about feminism, NYC night court, the history of documentary, graphic novels, failure and her favorite saints for The Nation, Killing the Buddha, Feed, Lime Tea and other publications and wrote the introduction to Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots, a collection of vernacular police photography. She spent a racetrack season in Miami interviewing old thugs for her doctoral work in American Studies at Yale. She’s currently working on a handbook …

Daniel Nester

Daniel Nester most recent book is How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction called “hilarious” and “actually funny.” His first two books, God Save My Queen (Soft Skull Press, 2003) and God Save My Queen II (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third book, The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems. His work has appeared in such places as Poets & Writers, Salon, The Morning News, McSweeney’s, The Daily Beast, The Rumpus, the Poetry Foundation website and Bookslut, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock …

Suzzy Roche

Suzzy Roche is a singer/songwriter/performer/ and founding member of the singing group The Roches. She has recorded over fifteen albums, written music for TV and Film, and toured extensively for thirty years all across the U.S. and Europe. Zero Church: an unusual collection of prayers (a collaboration with Maggie Roche) which was developed at Harvard’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue was originally staged at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, and has been staged around the country. Suzzy has been an associate member of The Wooster Group; the experimental theater company based in New York City, and performed with them off and on for years throughout Europe. Her children’s …

Marlon James

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970. His second novel, The Book Of Night Women was a National Book Critics Circle Award fiction finalist, a NAACP Image Award Finalist, and winner of the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2010 Minnesota Book Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. His short fiction has appeared in Iron Balloons, Bronx Noir, and Silent Voices, and his essays have been published in New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost, and Publishers Weekly. Marlon James teaches Literature and Creative Writing …

NYC | February 19, 2012: Literary & Musical Sizzle!

We’re welcoming that pleasingly potent combination of literary and musical talent at the upcoming Salon. So escape the wintry winds and long work week for an inspiring new year event. Join us! 7pm.

Suzzy Roche is a singer/songwriter/performer/ and founding member of the singing group The Roches. She has recorded over fifteen albums, written music for TV and Film, and toured extensively for thirty years all across the U.S. and Europe. Zero Church: an unusual collection of prayers (a collaboration with Maggie Roche) which was developed at Harvard’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue was originally staged at …

January 15, 2012: Writers & Books for the New Year!

Sunday Salon is celebrating the new year with new books! Join us in welcoming four writers who’ll transport you to wondrous, urgent places. At Jimmys 43.

Called “disturbing, edgy and provocative” by Book Magazine, Terese Svoboda’s work is often the surreal poetry of a nightmare yet is written with such wit, verve and passion that she can address the direst subject. “She will, of course, compared to Willa Cather — and deservedly so,” wrote Kurt Andersen of her most recent novel, Bohemian Girl. A “fabulous fabulist” according to Publisher’s Weekly, Vogue lauded her first novel, Cannibal, as a female Heart of …

Marco Buscaglia

Marco Buscaglia earned his MA in Writing from DePaul University in 2009. He has worked as a reporter, producer and editor at Tribune Co. since 1994. His stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald, among others. Buscaglia’s fiction and poetry have run in the Chicago Reader, Druid’s Cave and other publications. He is currently an adjunct composition instructor at Roosevelt University and lives in Chicago with his wife and their four children.

 

Billy Lombardo

Billy Lombardo is the author of The Man with Two Arms, How to Hold a Woman, The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories and Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns. His forthcoming YA novel, The Day of the Palindrome, will be published by Razorbill in 2013. Billy is the 2011 recipient of the Nelson Algren Award for the Short Story. He is the founder and managing editor of Polyphony H.S., a student-run international literary magazine for high school writers and editors. He teaches at the Latin School of Chicago.

 

Christine Sneed

Christine Sneed’s first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, won AWP’s 2009 Grace Paley Prize in short fiction and was a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first fiction category. It has been awarded Ploughshares magazine’s first book award and the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year in the traditionally published short fiction category. Her second book, a novel  titled Little Known Facts, will be published by Bloomsbury Press in early 2013. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, The …

Chicago | January 29, 2012

We open 2012 with great readers and a new venue. Join us as we welcome 2011 Nelson Algren Prize winner Billy Lombardo  (The Man with Two Arms); Chicago journalist, fiction writer and poet Marco Buscaglia and DePaul and Northwestern professor Christine Sneed (Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry). We’ll pass the hat for our featured organization: Polyphony H.S., an international student-run literary magazine for high school writers co-founded by Billy, and feature Haiyun Cho and Rachel Stone, two contributors to the magazine. Join us at 7 p.m., January 29, Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen.