Alex Shakar’s latest novel, Luminarium, won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. It was also named a Notable Book of the year by The Washington Post, an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times, and a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, the Austin Chronicle, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, and the Kansas City Star. His novel The Savage Girl was a New York Times Notable Book and Book Sense 76 pick. His story collection City in Love won the FC2 National Fiction Competition. A Brooklyn native, he now lives in Chicago.
Susanna Daniel is the author of two novels. Stiltsville was a winner of the 2011 PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction, and Sea Creatures will be available in July 2013 from HarperCollins. Susanna is a co-founder of the Madison Writers’ Studio and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University. Her work has been published in Newsweek, Slate, Epoch, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Rosellen Brown’s five novels include, most recently, Half a Heart and Before and After (which became a movie starring Meryl Streep and [lamentable] Liam Neeson). She has published three books of poems, a collection of stories, Street Games, and the Rosellen Brown Reader, part of a series by Bread Loaf faculty. Her stories have appeared frequently in Best American Short Stories, O. Henry and Pushcart Prizes and one was included in The Best American Stories of the Century edited by John Updike. She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute.
Please save the date for Monday, August 26 as Sunday Salon Chicago mixes it up with a Monday for a benefit. 7:00 PM-9:30 PM at Due Lire Vino & Cucina (4250 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago) featuring writers Rosellen Brown, Alex Shakar, and Susanna Daniel. Small bites, wine, beer & soda. Tickets are $25.00. Hope to see you there!
Micki LeSueur is a freelance copywriter, writing fiction posing as non-fiction for major corporations and their advertising agencies. She writes fiction for her own amusement, and is the founder and host of Fictlicious, a live reading and music series, and its podcast series. LeSueur is also the president and founder of Coat Angels, a local not-for-profit providing warm winter coats for cold Chicago kids.
Adam McOmber is the author of The White Forest (Touchstone 2012) and This New & Poisonous Air (BOA Editions 2011). His work has appeared recently in Conjunctions, The Fairy Tale Review and Third Coast. He is the associate editor of Hotel Amerika, a literary magazine at Columbia College Chicago where he also teaches literature and creative writing.
Michael Nye’s debut short story collection is Strategies Against Extinction. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boulevard,Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review, and New South, among many others. He lives in the Midwest and works as the managing editor of The Missouri Review. Visit him online at mpnye.com.
S.L. Wisenberg is the author of The Sweetheart Is In, stories; Holocaust Girls, essays: and The Adventures of Cancer Bitch,a nonfiction chronicle. She is working on a personal encyclopedia of the South, and was a visiting professor at the University of Alabama in spring 2013. In Chicago, she directs the MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Illinois Arts Council and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Sunday Salon Chicago is turning 2! Come celebrate Sunday Salon Chicago’s 2nd year of literary love, word creativity, and community at the July 28, 2013 reading! It’s been a pleasure to put together lineups we’re proud of over the last two years, drawing on the depth, talent, and generosity of Chicago’s literary community.
The four writers we’ve asked to help celebrate the beginning of our third year in Chicago show the range of voices we’ve been privileged to draw on. All our readers are not only talented writers, but important contributors to Chicago’s cultural excellence through journals they help edit, through Northwestern University’s MFA program, through Micki LeSueur’s Fictlicious series, and the teaching they …