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Chicago | April 30

Sunday Salon Chicago is popping up at the Evanston Literary Festival! We’re thrilled to have four writers for our pop-up, each one of them proving that the power of language and the freedom to share our work has never been more important. Lauryn Allison, Toni Nealie, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Ryan Kenealy, and Suzanne Clores will be reading. Many thanks to the Evanston Literary Festival for inviting us to join their fantastic line-up!

April 30, 7pm at the Celtic Knot Tavern (626 Church St., Evanston, IL)

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.

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.

Quraysh Ali Lansana is a faculty member of the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His most recent books include Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks w/Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Curbside Splendor, 2017); A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016); The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop w/Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall (Haymarket Books, 2015) and The Walmart Republic w/ Christopher Stewart (Mongrel Empire Press, 2014).

Ryan Kenealy lives in Evanston with his wife and two sons. Animals in Peril (Curbside Splendor, 2014) is his debut collection.

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. She lives in Evanston, IL with her family. Suzanne is also co-curator of Sunday Salon Chicago.

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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 & Community (with Georgia A. Popoff) was published in March 2011 by Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee. His most recent books include Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks w/Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Curbside Splendor, 2017); A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016); The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop w/Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall (Haymarket Books, 2015) and The Walmart Republic w/ Christopher Stewart (Mongrel Empire Press, 2014). Forthcoming titles include: The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience & Change Agent, w/Georgia A. Popoff (Haymarket Books, 2017), and; Clara Luper: The Woman Who Rallied the Children w/Julie Dill (Oklahoma Hall of Fame Press, 2018).

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

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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, at the Celtic Knot (626 Church St. Evanston, IL).


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. She lives in Evanston, IL with her family. Suzanne is also co-curator of Sunday Salon Chicago.

Suzanne 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).


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 poet Thomas McGrath (U. of Illinois Press) and also William Goyen’s posthumous novel HALF A LOOK OF CAIN and the 50th anniversary edition of Goyen’s THE HOUSE OF BREATH (Northwestern U. Press).  He teaches at Northwestern.


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,      and coaching at www.deborahsiegelphd.com.


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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Natalia Nebel

Natalia Nebel is a writer, translator, former managing editor of the literary journal Chicago Quarterly Review, and a board member of ShawChicago Theater Company. Having read her work at the New York City Sunday Salon several years ago, she's thrilled to be involved in reintroducing Sunday Salon to Chicago.




Christine Sneed

Christine Sneed's story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, won AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first-fiction category. It also won the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year award and Ploughshares' John C. Zacharis Award. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, is just out from Bloomsbury. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, New England Review, Glimmer Train, Southern Review and a number of other journals. She lives in Evanston, IL and teaches for Northwestern University's and Pacific University's writing programs.



Suzanne Clores

cloresSuzanne Clores is a writer, editor, consultant, and teacher. She is the author of Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider (Conari 2000) and her work has appeared in Salon.com, Chicago Public Radio, The Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, SMITH, The Nervous Breakdown, The Sunday Rumpus and many other publications. She has taught in the MA/MFA program at Northwestern University, and at the Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. She lives with her family in Chicago.



Betsy Finesilver Haberl

Betsy Finesilver Haberl is a freelance writer and editor. She is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction from Northwestern University. She lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband and son.




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Alexandra Sheckler, Jeanie Chung, Melanie Pappadis, Mike Zapata