Sunday Salon is a prose reading series and online magazine. Based in New York City and founded by Nita Noveno in the summer of 2002, Sunday Salon swept through the Midwest to Chicago in 2006. In 2007 Sunday Salon launched an online zine to showcase the prose of its alumni and up and coming writers.
Nita Noveno and co-hosts Sara Lippmann and Lynne Bamat Mijangos keep a refreshing blend of new and experienced literary voices on tap at Jimmy’s No. 43 every third Sunday of the month and online in the Sunday Salon zine.
Nita Noveno was born and raised in Southeast Alaska. She is a graduate of the New School MFA Creative Writing Program in Creative Nonfiction, and is the founder and co-host of Sunday Salon in NYC. Her writing has appeared in The MacGuffin and Ducts.org, amongst other places. She lives in Queens.
Sara Lippmann is a freelance writer and editor. Her fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from JewishFiction.net, PANK, Our Stories, Slice, Potomac Review, Big Muddy and elsewhere. It has been included in Sex Scene: An Anthology, Mamas & Papas (City Works Press) and two other anthologies from Wising Up Press. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.
Wah-Ming Chang has received fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Urban Artist Initiative, the Bronx Writers Center, and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Her fiction has appeared in Mississippi Review and Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, and her nonfiction on WordsWithoutBorders.org. She blogs at wmcisnowhere.wordpress.com.
Emily Cementina is an MFA candidate in Fiction at The New School. Before moving to New York City to get her BA at New York University, she lived in the same house in a small Connecticut town for seventeen years. In addition to writing, she likes running, tasting coffee from as many coffee shops as possible, and spending time with her pet fish, Mingus.
Natalia Nebel is a writer, translator, former managing editor of the literary journal Chicago Quarterly Review, and a board member of ShawChicago Theater Company. Having read her work at the New York City Sunday Salon several years ago, she’s thrilled to be involved in reintroducing Sunday Salon to Chicago.
Alexandra Sheckler is an assistant editor for Disney Learning in Disney Consumer Products’ Publishing division and a copyeditor for Los Angeles Review of Books. She spends her free time hiking, practicing yoga, and attending readings in Los Angeles, where she lives with her boyfriend.
Christine Sneed’s story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, won AWP’s 2009 Grace Paley Prize and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first-fiction category. It also won the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year award and Ploughshares’ John C. Zacharis Award. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, is just out from Bloomsbury. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, New England Review, Glimmer Train, Southern Review and a number of other journals. She lives in Evanston, IL and teaches for Northwestern University’s and Pacific University’s writing programs.
Suzanne Clores is a memoirist and fiction writer. She is the author of Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider (Conari, 2000) and is at work on a second book about The Extraordinary Project, a year she spent collecting meaningful and unusual human coincidences. Her work has aired on Chicago Public Radio and has appeared in Salon, The Huffington Post, Medium, SMITH, The Nervous Breakdown, and in many trade publications . She has taught at Northwestern University and DePaul University, and has performed on stage in Chicago and New York. She lives in Evanston, IL with her family.
Jaquira Díaz is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts. She’s been awarded fellowships or scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf, Tin House, Summer Literary Seminars, and the MacDowell Colony. Her work was noted in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and appears in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Southern Review, Five Chapters, The Los Angeles Review of Books, TriQuarterly, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in Miami Beach.
J.J. Colagrande is the author of the novels Headz and Decò.
Serving as the Community Coordinator for the Orange Island Arts Foundation, Sergio Mora is a poet and performance artist who has appeared at the Miami Performance International Festival, Edge Zones Art Fair during Art Basel Miami 2013, and acted in various short films and plays including Nomadis (2014), the physical theatre piece by Antiheroes Project, which was developed during his artists’ residency with the North Miami Arts Collective. Since 2012, he has worked in public relations, marketing, and coordinating community events with Antiheroes Project, a Miami-based nonprofit organization, which focuses on artistic projects and education that integrates people with and without disabilities. Sergio has spent the better part of the last decade as a paralegal in Broward County, but now dedicates his time to the enrichment of the South Florida arts community through the arts and as a certified yoga instructor.
Laura McDermott Matheric
Laura McDermott Matheric, a true native of South Florida, was born and raised in Broward County, Florida. She is the founder and executive director of the Orange Island Arts Foundation and also a tenured assistant professor of English at Broward College where she was the recipient of the 2014 Wells Fargo Endowed Teaching Chair. Laura studied creative writing at FSU and received her MFA degree in poetry from FIU. Because of her dedication to higher education and writing, Laura received recognition as a 2008 Conference on College Composition and Communication Professional Equity Project Grant Recipient and was awarded the 2012 Paragon Award by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She is the 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residency of Girls’Club. As a member of the Miami Poetry Collective, her poetry is regularly featured in its Cent Journal Series. She also won honorable mention in the 2013 Poetry Society of Virginia’s annual poetry contest.
In the spring 2007, Salon opened in Nairobi via a transatlantic connection established between Salon founder, Nita Noveno, and Kwani? Readings founder, June Wanjiru Wainaina. Since then, Salon Nairobi has grown into a unique, well-rounded gathering that not only engages the audience, but leaves one with a sense of pride at the achievements of Kenyan writers in reflecting the rights, and the wrongs of the Kenya they live in and love.
Past Salon Collaborators
NYC Salon: Caroline Berger, Krista Madsen Chicago Salon: Melanie Pappadis, Mike Zapata Nairobi Salon: June Wanjiru Wainaina