Chicago | March 30, 2014 : Sunday Salon

Chicago | March 30, 2014

Sunday Salon is sure to warm you up after our ridiculously cold winter. We are bringing you four of our favorite writers, a newly released novel and short story collection, the usual great audience, and Black Rock’s amazing beer list. This month’s lineup includes Janice Deal, Gina Frangello, Alan Grostephan, and Kelly O’Connor McNees. Sunday, March 30 at 7 PM at Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago). Please join us!



Janice Deal‘s stories have appeared in literary magazines including The Sun, CutBank, the Ontario Review, The Carolina Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, and New Letters, and in the anthology New Stories from the Midwest. Her collection was a finalist in the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and she is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award for prose. The Decline of Pigeons (July 2013, Queen’s Ferry Press) is her first collection of stories to be published in book-length form. She is currently working on a novel. Janice lives in Downers Grove, IL, with her husband and daughter. Learn more about her at

Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), which has been a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus and The Nervous BreakdownSlut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006).  She is the Sunday editor for The Rumpus and the fiction editor for The Nervous Breakdown, and is on faculty at UCR-Palm Desert’s low residency MFA program in Creative Writing.  The longtime Executive Editor of Other Voices magazine and Other Voices Books, she now runs Other Voices Queretaro (, an international writing program in the Central Highlands of Mexico. She can be found at

Alan Grostephan was born and raised in Minnesota. He lived for a number of years in Bogotá, Colombia, where he taught writing and theater in a slum called Cazucá. He is the editor and translator of “Stories of Life and Death,” a collection of writing from emerging Colombian writers, and the author of “Bogotá,” a novel. A graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA program, he currently teaches creative writing and literature at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called Word Bird Editorial Services, through which she helps authors of all stripes improve their craft and prepare their writing for publication. She is the author of three novels: The Island of DovesThe Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, and In Need of a Good Wife, which was a finalist for the 2012 Willa Award.



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