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Chicago May 22 Reading

On May 22 we’ll be featuring readers Thea Goodman, Sarah Hollenbeck, Toni Nealie, David Welch and Zoe Zolbrod who will be sharing their latest work in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We’d love to have your company for this exciting line-up!

Thea Goodman is the author of the novel, THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE’S GONE. (Published by Henry Holt and co. 2013) She lives in Chicago with her family and is a lecturer in the creative writing department at The University of Chicago. She’s currently at work on a collection of short stories, personal essays and a new novel set in Cuba of the 1930s.

Sarah Hollenbeck has published personal essays in Dogwood and TriQuarterly. Her essay “A Goldmine” was nominated for a Pushcart and received a Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2014. She recently bought Women & Children First, one of the last remaining feminist bookstores in the country. As the store’s co-owner she has been featured in New CIty’s Lit50 and in Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch, which honors 40 young people who are making a difference in the U.S. publishing industry.

Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about homeland, dispersal, heritage and family. Her essays have appeared in GuernicaThe Prague Revue, The OffingThe Rumpus and Hobart. Her essay “the Displeasure of the Table” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she is literary editor of Newcity magazine.

David Welch is the author of a chapbook, It Is Such a Good Thing to Be in Love with You (The Laurel Review/Midwest Chapbook Series), and he has new poems just out or forthcoming in Boston ReviewColorado Review, and TYPO. He teaches creative writing and literature at DePaul University where he is Coordinator of Literacy Outreach and Managing Editor of the social justice publishing initiative, Big Shoulders Books.

Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling, which came out this month, and the novel Currency, which was a Friends of American Writers prize finalist. Her essays have appeared in Salon, Stir Journal, The Weeklings, The Manifest Station, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Rumpus, where she is now the Sunday co-editor.

 

 

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Thea Goodman at Chicago Sunday Salon May 22 Reading

Thea GoodmanThea Goodman is the author of the novel, THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE’S GONE. (Published by Henry Holt and co. 2013) The book was favorably reviewed in The New York Times, Vogue, Town and Country, and Publisher’s Weekly and was featured on The New York Time’s blog, The Motherlode and NPR’s Weekend Edition. She is the author of numerous short stories that have appeared in New England Review, Other Voices and Columbia among other venues and is the winner of a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and the Columbia Fiction Award.  Thea Goodman was born in New York City, studied at Sarah Lawrence College and earned and MFA at Brooklyn College, CUNY.  She lives in Chicago with her family and is a lecturer in the creative writing department at The University of Chicago. She’s currently at work on a collection of short stories, personal essays and a new novel set in Cuba of the 1930s.


Sarah Hollenbeck at Chicago Sunday Salon May 22 Reading

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Sarah Hollenbeck has published personal essays in Dogwood and TriQuarterly. Her essay “A Goldmine” was nominated for a Pushcart and received a Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2014. She has performed at Story Club, Guts & Glory, Essay Fiesta, Story Sessions, and The Bodies of Work Festival, among other live lit shows. Sarah is in the very early stages of writing a collection of essays that explores the experiences of women living with invisible and visible disabilities. But she’s been a little distracted from her writing recently since she bought Women & Children First, one of the last remaining feminist bookstores in the country. As the store’s co-owner she has been featured in New CIty’s Lit50 and in Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch, which honors 40 young people who are making a difference in the U.S. publishing industry.


Ryan Patrick Spooner

Ryan-Spooner

Ryan Spooner is the author of the collection Regret, published by The Lettered Streets Press. He lives in Chicago, where he teaches writing and literature, and works as an editor for Essay Press.

 


Rob Roberge

Rob Roberge is the author of LIAR: A MEMOIR (Crown, 2016), and four books of fiction, most recently THE COST OF LIVING (Other Voices Books, 2013). He’s core faculty at UCR/Palm Desert’s MFA in writing program, and his work has been widely published and anthologized. He also plays guitar and sings with the LA band The Urinals. For more info: robroberge.com

 

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Juan Martinez

MartinezJuanFiction writer Juan Martinez  was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and has since lived in Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He now lives in Chicago with his wife, the writer Sarah Kokernot, and their son and two cats. He’s an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His work and has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, Ecotone, Huizache, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, the Cossack Review, the Santa Monica Review, National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, Norton’s Sudden Fiction Latino, and elsewhere. Visit and say hi at http://fulmerford.com


Amy Strauss Friedman

Amy Strauss Friedman is the author of the prose/poetry chapbook Gathered Bones Are Known To Wander (forthcoming from Red Bird Chapbooks). She is a regular contributor to the newspaper Newcity, and a staff writer for Yellow Chair Review. Amy’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Jet Fuel Review, Lunch Ticket, Burningword, Typehouse, *82 Review, Menacing Hedge, Rogue Agent and elsewhere. Amy lives in Chicago and teaches English at Harper College. Her work can be found at amystraussfriedman.com.ASF Photo SuSa


Siobhan Adcock

Siobhan Adcock is a novelist, essayist, humor writer, and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of a novel, The Barter, as well as two humor books. Her short fiction has been published in Triquarterly and The Massachusetts Review, among others, and her essays and humor writing have appeared in Salon, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and XOJane. A former creative writing and humor writing teacher, she has taught classes and workshops at the Columbia Publishing Course, the Gotham Writers Workshop, Cornell University, and the Auburn Federal Correctional Facility. For many (many) years she has worked in digital and print publishing, putting in time at Random House, HarperCollins, Conde Nast, the XO Group, and Time Inc. She and her husband and her Dolly-Parton-obsessed five year old daughter live in Brooklyn.Siobhan Adcock Author Photo


Tony Fitzpatrick

tonyfitzpatrickTony Fitzpatrick is a Chicago-based artist best known for his multimedia collages, printmaking, paintings, and drawings. Fitzpatrick’s works are inspired by Chicago street culture, cities he has traveled to, children’s books, tattoo designs, and folk art. Fitzpatrick has authored or illustrated eight books of art and poetry, and, for the last two years, has written a column for Newcity. Fitzpatrick’s art appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.


Dave Reidy

DReidyDave Reidy’s fiction has been published by GRANTA and other journals. His first book, Captive Audience, a collection of short stories about performers, was named an Indie Next Notable Book by the American Booksellers Association. Reidy works at closerlook, inc., where he is the VP of Creative. He lives in Chicago.


Dasha Kelly

DASHA KELLY Photo Credit - Catina Cole (1)Dasha Kelly is a nationally-known writer, artist and social entrepreneur. As a spoken word artist, Dasha has performed throughout the U.S., in Canada and appeared on the final season of HBO presents Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. Dasha holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is an alum of the iconic Squaw Valley Writers Community, the former writer-in-residence for the historic Pfister Hotel, and founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2014, Dasha was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa.


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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