Sunday Salon is thrilled to be hosting the fourth annual Bread Loaf Writers From the Dark Tower Reading on March 17th. Thanks to Ru Freeman, author of On Sal Mal Lane and the MC for the evening, this special event will feature talented writers of color, who’ve all had the honor of connecting and cultivating their work at past Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, and shared their illuminations on race and identity on the Salon stage. This year’s line up of five talented, award-winning writers and a marvelous musical guest is guaranteed to bring the house down.
Michael Copperman’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Sun, The Oxford-American, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf …
Dana Norris is the founder and host of Story Club. She once went on a lot of Internet dates and she writes about those mistakes for the websites In Our Words and Role Reboot. She blogs at her website dananorris.net. She has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Tampa Review, The Rumpus, and her stories have been featured on Vocalo.org (89.5 FM). She performs around Chicago with Mortified, The Paper Machete, The Kates, Essay Fiesta, This Much is True, Write Club, Beast Women, and many others. Dana is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Northwestern …
In addition to her work on Life of the Law, Shannon Heffernan is a producer for Chicago Public Media/WBEZ’s in-depth reporting project Front and Center, where she has reported on everything from tribal fishing rights to the validity of GED testing. Prior to working at Chicago Public Media/WBEZ, Heffernan was an Open Society Foundation Media Fellow.
Steve Trumpeter’s short story “Sky Boys” won the Chicago Reader’s 2012 Pure Fiction contest. His short stories have also been published in Jabberwock Review and selected as a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open contest and Third Coast’s Jaimy Gordon Fiction Prize. Steve lives in Chicago with his wife, Kathryn, and Talisker the cat. He is currently toiling away at his first novel, Glow.
Rebecca Makkai’s first novel, The Borrower, was a Booklist Top Ten Debut of 2011. Her short fiction was chosen for The Best American Short Stories in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in places such as Harpers, Tin House, Ploughshares, and New England Review, and on public radio’s Selected Shorts and This American Life. She has just completed her second novel, The Happensack, as well as a short story collection. She lives in the northern suburbs.
Our March reading event features four of our favorite writers from StoryStudio Chicago; Rebecca Makkai, Steve Trumpeter, Shannon Heffernan, and Dana Norris. We’re extremely excited that they will be our March feature, presenting a new slate of their instructors and students. 7 p.m., Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen. See you there!