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.
Lynne Bamat Mijangos
Lynne Bamat Mijangos is a mother, grandmother, nurse, social worker and writer. She cares about people, the stories they tell, and those they might never get to tell. She graduated with an MFA in nonfiction from The New School in 2002. A chapbook Baby Girl Mijangos was published in 2003. Currently she is at work on a memoir The Easy Child. She lives in New York with her husband and ballroom dance partner Luis Mijangos. He illustrated her retelling of the Mexican myth La Mujer Dormida, which they hope to publish in English and Spanish.
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 editor of instructional materials at Chicago Public Schools and a freelance writer/editor after hours. A literary enthusiast, Alexandra is delighted to be involved with Sunday Salon Chicago, where she can share her passion for the written word and rub elbows with writers and literati alike. When she isn’t finding grammatical errors in menus and text messages, she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, and cooking.
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.
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