Chicago | September 24, 2017
Celebrate the return of fall to Chicago with poetry and prose at our fall reading! The line-up is AMAZING! The reading is at 7pm at the Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe Ave. in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood. Come early if you want to have dinner and grab a good seat.
The readers are ADA CHENG, JIMIN HAN, DAVID HICKS, EDWARD KELSEY MOORE, and DAVID LAZAR (bios below)
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She is the winner of 2017Bughouse Square Debates. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. She has performed her solo show, NOT QUITE: ASIAN AMERICAN BY LAW, ASIAN WOMAN BY DESIRE, at National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, and Boulder International Fringe Festival this year. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell
Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. She attended Cornell University and Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found at NPR’s “Weekend America,” Poets & Writers Magazine, Entropy, The Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, Kartika Review, KoreanAmericanStory.com, Bloom, and elsewhere. A Small Revolution is her first novel. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives outside New York City with her husband and children. photo credit: Janice Chung
David Hicks grew up in New York, moved to Colorado in his thirties, and now lives in Denver and teaches at Regis University, where he is four-time Professor of the Year and co-founder/co-director of the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing. He has published stories in many journals, including Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, and Saranac Review. White Plains, his first novel, has been called “a captivating debut” by Leni Zumas, “beautifully and honestly wrought . . . a stunning portrayal of one man’s journal to redemption and transformation” by Kathy Fish, and in Ron Carlson’s words “a glowing set of stories, like late-night messages sent from a friend.”
Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of THE SUPREMES SING THE HAPPY HEARTACHE BLUES, which was published in June of 2017. His first novel, the New York Times and international bestseller THE SUPREMES AT EARL’S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT, was chosen as a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was awarded the 2014 First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Edward’s award-winning essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and a number of literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, and African American Review. He currently writes a series of essays for Minnesota Public Radio. In addition to his writing, Edward maintains a career as a professional cellist. He performs with a number of ensembles, including the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.
David Lazar was a Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction for 2015-16. His books include Who’s Afraid of Helen of Troy, After Montaigne, Occasional Desire: Essays, The Body of Brooklyn, Truth in Nonfiction, Essaying the Essay, Powder Town, Michael Powell: Interviews, and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher. Forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in Fall 2017 is I’ll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms. Seven of his essays have been “Notable Essays of the Year” according to Best American Essays. Lazar received the first PhD in the United States in nonfiction writing, in 1989. He then created the PhD program in nonfiction writing at Ohio University and directed the creation of the undergraduate and M.F.A. programs in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago where he is Professor of Creative Writing. He is founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika, now in its seventeenth year, and series editor, with Patrick Madden, of 21st Century Essays, at Ohio State University Press.