NYC | July 19th: The Mysterious Life of the Heart

mysteriouslifeofheartAh July! Birdsong, blue sky, and beach! What to do after all that fun in the sun? Join us inside for some belle-lettres and beer, of course. Bask in the summer literary light of three writers from the anthology, The Mysterious Life of the Heart: Writings from The Sun about Passion, Longing, and Love, and a special guest poet.

James Kullander lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island — and on the long and winding roads between the two. He holds a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and is …

Nairobi | December 21, 2008

Join Sunday Salon Nairobi on December 21st at Kengeles Lavington for a special gathering of writers: Billy Kahora, David Kaiza and Muthoni Garland reading from Kwani? 05 with Zukiswa from Zimbabwe and mellow music from June Gachui.

Billy Kahora is Kwani? and Special Projects Editor. He also writes fiction and has recently completed an MS.c in Creative Writing with distinction and as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Edinburgh.
Billy studied and worked in South Africa for 8 years. After leaving South Africa Billy wrote ‘The True Story of David Munyakei’, an extended non-fiction piece with literary elements for Kwani? and joined the organization to spearhead a new kind …

NYC | November 16, 2008

Celebrate! Change has arrived! Hope is here! To usher us into this remarkable post-election era are four ambitious literary talents, including a translator and a psychologist, a novelist and a navigator. Join us!

Leni Zumas ( is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator (Open City, 2008). Her work has appeared most recently in New York Tyrant, Quarterly West, Harp & Altar, Open City, and New Orleans Review. A 2008 Fellow in Fiction, she is currently an Artist-in-Residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program. She is Associate Director of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and teaches at …

Chicago | October 26, 2008

You won’t want to miss our last reading of the year. An amazing line up of talented writers sure to bring cheer to even the most disappointed Cubs fan.

Jane Hertenstein lives in Chicago in the Uptown neighborhood and has been involved in community building for the past twenty-five years. Jane has published three books: A young adult novel titled Beyond Paradise; Home is Where We Live, a picture book about life at a homeless shelter as seen through the eyes of a young girl; and Orphan Girl, the story of a bag lady Jane met at the shelter. Orphan Girl was highly praised in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Book Section …

Idaho Fell

Mormon Tabernacle overlooking Idaho FallsBY JEN HIRT

When I moved to Idaho Falls in August 2005, I couldn’t take my new home seriously. It was a 75-unit apartment complex with a name meant to evoke grandeur and respite: Shadow Canyon. Two-story buildings ringed a parking lot and a grassy area, and tall Ponderosa pines provided the aesthetics that vinyl siding couldn’t. It was within walking distance to the mall, one of two Wal-Marts, and a buffet called Chuck-a-Rama. More importantly, it was within walking distance to a technical college. There, my partner in good times and …

Bone China


Everyone neglected to tell me that I had a house where my heart ought to be. Maybe they were unaware. Perhaps, on the ultrasound screen, it appeared as a tiny womb within my chest, an open throbbing gash, a wound. It will heal shut, just as any injury, the doctor must have assured my parents. Though it may leave a scar.

Only later did it coalesce into a house. The edges hardening into roofline, window panes, joists, scabs of shingles, little bone studs for framing, a structure pushing back against the press of lungs and muscles, holding open …

The Grand Inquisitor Comes to Tennessee


Even while he was attacking his friend Walter Bob Feston, practically accusing him of being possessed by the Devil, Jackie Barron knew that he was out of control, sounding like a revival preacher he once heard, calling down hellfire and damnation. It was not like him.

Jackie went to church, of course. Going to church and loving Jesus was taken for granted in Cherokee, Tennessee; it was like eating supper, or loving your mother. Being a good person just naturally meant going to Sunday School in the church basement at nine o’clock on Sunday morning, then going upstairs for the sermon at ten o’clock, and—this …

Nairobi | June 15, 2008

A literary evening with a government worker, a professor, a freelance writer, and a former drug trafficker? Indeed, it’s happening at the next Salon Nairobi!

Judy Akinyi aka Saga McOdongo was a teacher at the Kenya Polytechnic until 2001 when she was introduced to drug trafficking by one of the most feared operators in the murky business at the time. She was jailed for 11 years for trafficking in drugs but the sentence was commuted on appeal. She was recently released from prison.

Samuel Munene is a young Nairobi poet, short story writer, and contributor to Kwani? as well as …

NYC | June 8, 2008

Yowza! June blue skies and warmer weather have finally arrived! Sunday Salon turns SIX this month and we’re delighted to celebrate with a stellar crew of writers.

Felicia C. Sullivan is the author of The Sky Isn’t Visible from Here: Scenes from a Life, which has been featured in Vanity Fair, Elle, USA Today, Newsday, and The Washington Post. She received her MFA from Columbia University’s writing program and has been awarded fellowships from Tin House magazine and SLS Literary Seminars. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in anthologies and journals. In 2001, she founded the award-winning literary journal Small Spiral Notebook. Sullivan …

Chicago | May 25, 2008

In Celebration of Pilcrow Lit Festival, Sunday Salon Chicago Presents: Local Literary Magazines: A Fiction Editors’ Reading!

Join us this Memorial Day Weekend on the last day of the festival, SUNDAY, MAY 25th @ The Charleston Bar (2076 N. Hoyne) 7:30pm

Come check out these local literary magazines, pick up an issue, and hear the editors read their own work.

Chicago Review: Robert P. Baird is the editor of Chicago Review and a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slate, Bookforum, and Chicago Magazine.

Make Magazine: Mike Zapata is a writer and educator living in Chicago. He is co-founder, co-publisher, and fiction editor for MAKE: …

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