Vu Tran’s first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book of 2015. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his short stories have appeared in publications like the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Best American Mystery Stories. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.
Gina Frangello’s fourth book of fiction, Every Kind of Wanting, was released by Counterpoint in September. Her other books of fiction include the novel A Life in Men, Slut Lullabies, and My Sister’s Continent. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame,Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, theChicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies.
Ben Tanzer is the author of Orphans, Lost in Space, The New York Stories, SEX AND DEATH and Be Cool – a memoir (sort of), among others. He has also contributed to Punk Planet, Clamor, and Men’s Health. He serves as Senior Director, Acquisitions for Curbside Splendor and frequently speaks on the topics of messaging, framing, social media, blogging, fiction, essay writing and independent publishing. He can be found online at tanzerben.com, the center of his vast lifestyle empire.
Dan Stolar is the author of a collection of short stories, The Middle of the Night, a BookSense 76 Pick and runner up for the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Literature.
His fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in a number of places including The Missouri Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Utne Reader, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader. He is an Associate Professor of English at DePaul.
Doro Boehme is a visual artist and writer with an MFA from the Kunstakademie
Stuttgart and MLIS from Dominican University. She teaches in the Interdisciplinary Arts program at Columbia College and oversees library special collections at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has contributed to, produced, and edited reference books and exhibition catalogs, all of which discuss the visual conventions and history of artists’ publications and contemporary DIY culture. Her short stories have been published byYew Journal, Canopic Jar, and Nailed Magazine.
On September 25 Sunday Salon Chicago will be welcoming the return of fall with writers Vu Tran, Gina Frangello, Ben Tanzer, Dan Stolar, and Doro Boehme. Join us at 7pm at the Riverview Tavern, 1958 Roscoe Ave.
VU TRAN’S first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book of 2015. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his short stories have appeared in publications like the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Best American Mystery Stories. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the …