NYC | September 16, 2012: A Sizzling Season

Ah, summer. We’re not ready to say goodbye…so we won’t! Sunday Salon returns for a new season with a sizzling summer vibe and welcomes to the stage four sensational writers. You won’t want to miss this. At Jimmys 43. 7pm.

Jessica Hagedorn is the author of Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, which won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. She is also the author of Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian …

Eugene Cross

Eugene Cross is the author of the short story collection Fires of Our Choosing, which was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His stories have appeared in Narrative magazine, which named him one of “20 Best New Writers” and selected his story “Harvesters” as a “Top Five Story of 2009-10; American Short Fiction; StoryQuarterly; TriQuarterly and Callaloo, among other publications. His work was also listed among Best American Short Stories’ 2010’s 100 Distinguished Stories. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as a fellowship …

Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc’s first novel, My Only Wife, was recently released from Dzanc Books. She is also the poetry editor of decomP and a new web editor at Hobart.


Lauryn Allison Lewis

Lauryn Allison Lewis writes fiction, essays, interviews and reviews of all sorts. She is the senior managing editor at Curbside Splendor Publishing, and an assistant editor at Barrelhouse Magazine. Her novella, Solo/Down, was recently published by The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, and her debut novel, The Beauties, is forthcoming from Silverthought Press in 2013.

Megan Stielstra

Megan Stielstra is the literary director of 2nd Story and co-editor of their forthcoming print anthology, Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story (Elephant Rock Books, 2012). She’s told stories for The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Poetry Center, Story Week, Wordstock, The Neo-Futurarium, Victory Gardens, Theater on the Lake and Chicago Public Radio, among others, and is a regular performer with 2nd Story, The Paper Machete and Write Club. Her story collection, Everyone Remain Calm (Joyland/ECW 2011), was a Chicago Tribune favorite of 2011, and her writing has …

Chicago | August 26, 2012

The Nervous Breakdown Literary Experience: Chicago returns this August with readers Eugene Cross, Jac Jemc, Lauryn Allison Lewis and Megan Stielstra. We’ll also pass the hat for this month’s featured literary organization, Chicago Writers House. 8 p.m., Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen. See you there.