Chicago Reading / March 25, 2018 @Celtic Crown Public House : Sunday Salon

Chicago Reading / March 25, 2018 @Celtic Crown Public House

Our second 2018 reading happens on the last Sunday of March! Please join us at our temporary venue, Celtic Crown Public House, near Lincoln Square at Western Ave/Montrose. This month, our five featured writers are Quraysh Ali Lansana, Virginia Bell, Sahar Mustafah, Tony Romano, and Ines Rodrigues (see bios below). Come experience their current work and be inspired. And Roscoe Books will have readers’ titles to sell at the event.

Your hosts: Natalia Nebel, Betsy Haberl, Suzanne Clores, and Ignatius Valentine Aloysius

3/25/18, 7 pm (Arrive early, find a seat, order food, drink, and mingle)
Celtic Crown Public House, 
2356 W Cullom Ave, Chicago, IL 60618.
Call (773) 588-1110.

OUR 3/25/18 READERS:

Quraysh Ali Lansana is the 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. Lansana previously served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, where he was also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing. His most recent books include Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks with Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Curbside Splendor, 2017); A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016). Forthcoming titles include: The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience & Change Agent, with Georgia A. Popoff (Haymarket Books, 2017).

Virginia Bell is the author of From the Belly (Sibling Rivalry Press 2012). Her poetry is forthcoming in the anthology 50/50: Poems and Translations by Women and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems and personal essays have also appeared in Hypertext Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Rogue Agent, Gargoyle, Cider Press Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, and other journals and anthologies.  She was a finalist for the Lamar York Prize in Creative Nonfiction and she is a Senior Editor with RHINO Poetry, an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago High School for the Arts, and the recipient of a Ragdale Foundation residency.  She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. You can learn about more about her work at


Sahar Mustafah is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, a richly complex inheritance she explores in her fiction. Her story collection Code of the West was published in 2016. Her short stories have been awarded the Guild Literary Complex Prize for fiction, a Distinguished Story honor by Best American Short Stories 2016, and two Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net nominations. She is co-founder of Bird’s Thumb and has been teaching for over twenty years in Illinois. She’s at work on her first novel, a hate crime shooting that takes place outside of Chicago.



Tony Romano is the author of the novel, Where My Body Ends and the World Begins (Allium Press), When the World Was Young (HarperCollins) and the story collection, If You Eat, You Never Die (HarperCollins). He is also the coauthor of Expository Composition: Discovering Your Voice and coauthor or the text, Psychology and You. He was recently named Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association for Teachers of English (IATE) and was honored with a Norman Mailer award. One of his story collections was a finalist in AWP’s annual contest. He is a two-time winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award.  Both stories were produced on National Public Radio’s “The Sound of Writing” series and syndicated to newspapers nationwide. He lives near Chicago and writes about books, music, work, and family on his blog at


Ines Rodrigues is a Brazilian journalist, writer and teacher based in Westchester Co., NY. Her first novel, Days of Bossa Nova, was published in 2017 by Black Opal Books. Ines teaches Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College – The Writing Institute, and Italian language at Bronxville Adult School. She worked as a journalist and radio host in Brazil, and lived in Italy and London before making New York her home years ago. Since 2015, she also promotes the Scarsdale Salon, a quarterly literary event at the Scarsdale Public Library. Her website is



Support Chicago independent booksellers!
Chicago is home to many excellent independent bookstores. We are delighted to be partnering with Roscoe Village indie bookseller Roscoe Books ( to provide books for sale at our readings. They are at 2142 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618.
As well, this month Volumes Bookcafe is having a fundraiser to help them stay in their space in Wicker Park. Check out their website and please consider supporting them, if you can: They are at 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622.


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