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Quraysh Ali Lansana | Chicago | April 30

Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of eight poetry books, three textbooks, three children’s books, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is a faculty member of the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2011, where he was also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing until 2014. Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom …

Toni Nealie | Chicago | April 30


Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about borders, homeland, dispersal, heritage and family, published by Curbside Splendor. Her essays have appeared in Guernica, Hobart, The Offing, The Rumpus, Entropy, Midwestern Gothic, Essay Daily, Chicago Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for a Chicago Review of Books nonfiction award. Originally from New Zealand, she teaches and writes in Chicago, is Literary Editor of Newcity and co-editor of The Sunday Rumpus.

Toni will read at Sunday Salon Chicago’s Pop-Up at the Evanston Literary Festival on April 30, 7pm, …

Ryan Kenealy | Chicago | April 30

Ryan Kenealy lives in Evanston with his wife and two sons. Animals in Peril (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2014) is his debut collection.
Ryan will read at Sunday Salon Chicago’s Pop-Up at the Evanston Literary Festival on April 30, 7pm, at the Celtic Knot (626 Church St. Evanston, IL).
 

Lauryn Allison | Chicago | April 30

Lauryn Allison is an artist, editor, and the author of the novella Solo Down, which won an Independent Publishers Book Award in the horror category. Her chapbook, The Beauties, won Knee Jerk Magazine’s chapbook contest in 2012. Corium Magazine nominated her for a Pushcart Prize, and her fiction, essays, and reviews have been published widely online and in print.

Lauryn will read at Sunday Salon Chicago’s Pop-Up at the Evanston Literary Festival on April 30, 7pm, at the Celtic Knot (626 Church St. Evanston, IL).

Suzanne Clores | Chicago | April 30

Suzanne Clores is the author of Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider (Conari, 2000), and the founder of The Extraordinary Project, an online collection of exceptional human experiences. Her work has appeared in Elle, Salon, The Rumpus, on Chicago Public Radio, on the Radiotopia podcast Strangers. She received her BA in literature and writing from Columbia University and her MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. She has been awarded residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and has taught at Depaul University and Northwestern University’s MA/MFA program in the School of Continuing Studies. …

Reginald Gibbons, March 26, 2017

Reginald Gibbons has published ten books of poems, most recently LAST LAKE (fall 2016, U. of Chicago).  His book of short fiction, AN ORCHARD IN THE STREET, will be published in October 2017 by BOA Editions.  His other prose includes the novel SWEETBITTER (LSU Press) and the critical book HOW POEMS THINK (U. of Chicago).  His volumes of translation include SELECTED POEMS OF LUIS CERNUDA (Sheep Meadow), the SELECTED POEMS: ODES AND FRAGMENTS of Sophocles (Princeton U. Press), and other volumes translated from Spanish and ancient Greek, including Sophocles’ ANTIGONE (Oxford).  He edited a book about the great American …

Deborah Siegel, March 26, 2017

Deborah Siegel, PhD is the author of two books and one pair of boy/girl twins, creator of the Girl w/Pen blog, and founder of the public voice consultancy, Girl Meets Voice Inc. She’s also co-founder of She Writes, Senior Facilitator with The OpEd Project, a TEDx speaker, a Visiting Scholar in Gender Studies at Northwestern, an ex-New Yorker, and a lover of all things lake. Deborah is currently obsessed with a multimedia experiment in thinking out loud, and in community, about gender and early childhood. Check out the Pinterest board Tots in Genderland and learn more about Deborah’s writing, speaking,   …

Kelcey Parker Ervick, March 26, 2017

Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová (Rose Metal Press), a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and visual art. Her previous books include Liliane’s Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater (Rose Metal Press) and For Sale By Owner (Kore Press), winner of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction. A recipient of grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches at Indiana University South Bend.

Josh Barkan, March 26, 2017

Josh Barkan is the winner of the Lightship International Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and his writing has appeared in Esquire. He earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at Harvard, Boston University, and New York University. With his wife, a painter from Mexico, he divides his time between Mexico City and Roanoke, Virginia.

Howard Axelrod, March 26, 2017

Howard Axelrod’s memoir, The Point of Vanishing, was named one of the best books of 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and Entropy Magazine, and one of the best memoirs of 2015 by Library Journal. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, VQR, Shambhala Sun, Harvard Magazine, and The Boston Globe.  Axelrod has taught literature and writing at Harvard University and University of Arizona, and he recently joined the faculty at Loyola University in Chicago.

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