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Chicago / July 31, 2016

Sunday Salon Chicago will be celebrating its fifth year anniversary with writers Kathy Flann, Ross Ritchell, Emily Robbins and Martin Seay. Writer and musician Ignatius Valentine Aloysius will provide music.

KATHY FLANN’S short story collection, GET A GRIP, won the George Garrett Award and was released by Texas Review Press. It was named a top book of 2015 by Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore City Paper, and it won the short story category for the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards and the International Book Awards. A previous collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. For five years, she taught creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England, where she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, and Le Moulin à Nef in France. She is an associate professor at Goucher College in Maryland.

ROSS RITCHELL served in the 75th Ranger Regiment and upon his discharge, enrolled at Northwestern University where he earned an MFA in Fiction writing. His novel THE KNIFE was published in February of 2015 by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. He lives in Illinois with his family.

EMILY ROBBINS is the author of the novel A WORD FOR LOVE, forthcoming from Riverhead Books, January 2017.  She has received Fulbright Fellowships for writing in both Syria and Jordan, and has lived and worked across the Middle East.  A former Chicagoan, she’s just moved to Brownsville, TX, where she writes and translates.

MARTIN SEAY’s first novel, THE MIRROR THIEF, was released by Melville House in May.  Other writing has appeared recently in Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Publishers Weekly, MAKE, and The Believer.  Originally from Texas, he lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney.

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