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Chicago/ March 26, 2017

We’re thrilled to have five writers for our March reading event, each one of them proving that the power of language and the freedom to share our work has never been more important. Howard Axelrod, Josh Barkan, Kelcey Parker Ervick, and Reginald Gibbons will be reading: come listen and then talk about all that’s timely with us!

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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, 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.

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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.


Aleksandar Hemon Chicago/January 29

unknownAleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian-born American fiction writer, essayist, and critic. Among his best known novels are Nowhere Man (2002) and The Lazarus Project (2008). In 2011, Hemon was awarded PEN/W.G. Sebald Award chosen by the judges Jill Ciment, Salvatore Scibona, and Gary Shteyngart. Hemon’s first nonfiction book The Book of My Lives was released in 2013, and Hemon’s novel The Making Of Zombie Wars was released in 2015.[5].He frequently publishes in The New Yorker, and has also written for Esquire, The Paris Review, the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and the Sarajevo magazine BH Dani. He is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation grant.


Renee Rosen Chicago/January 29

Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of WHAT THE LADY WANTS: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age and DOLLFACE: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties and WHITE COLLAR GIRL, set in the 1950s against the backdrop of the Chicago Tribune and the Daley Machine. She is also the author of the young adult novel, EVERY CROOKED POT. Her latest noverenee-rosenl WINDY CITY BLUES, tells the story of Chess Records, the birth of Chicago Blues and the Civil Rights Movement. It will be published on February 28 by Penguin Random House/Berkley. She lives in Chicago and is currently at work on a new novel about Helen Gurely Brown. 
 Renée has contributed to many magazines and newspapers, including Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Complete Woman, DAME and Publisher’s Weekly. 
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James Tadd Adcox Chicago/January 29

James Tadd Adcox is the author, most recently, of a novel, Does Not Love, and a novella, Repetition. His work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Collagist, and Granta, among other places. He lives in Urbana.                                                
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Abby Geni Chicago/January 29

abby-geniAbby Geni is the author of The Lightkeepers, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2016 selection, and The Last Animal (2013), a finalist for the Orion Book Award and a winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. Her stories have won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Chautauqua Contest and have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Geni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Her website is www.abbygeni.com.


Christine Sneed / Chicago / November 20

christine-sneed-headshotChristine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men, which was published in September 2016.
Her stories or essays have been included in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Ploughshares, New England Review, and a number of other periodicals.
Christine is the faculty director of Northwestern University’s MA/MFA program in creative writing; she is also on the fiction faculty of the Regis University low-residency MFA program.


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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