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Chicago / June 26, 2016

Five of Sunday Salon’s favorite writers will be joining us to kick off our summer reading season: Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Kim Brooks, Amina Gautier, Rana B. Khoury, and Christine Rice. And by the way, we’ll be celebrating year five of our reading series this July! We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of all the writers who have read for us, and our supportive audience. 

Ignatius Valentine Aloysius completed his MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on fiction from Northwestern University, where he received the Distinguished Thesis Award. A finalist for The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists competition, he was guest panelist at the 2015 Chicago Writers Conference, and currently teaches in the Integrated Design and Strategy graduate program at Northwestern University. His writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, Newcity, the Chicago Tribune, LaTolteca Zine, and Gander Press Review.

Kim Brooks‘ first novel, The Houseguest, is now available from Counterpoint Press. Her memoir, Small Animals: A Memoir of Parenthood and Fear, will be published in 2017 by Flatiron Books/ Macmillan. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, Five Chapters and other journals, while her essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, and Buzzfeed. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

Amina Gautier, is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy and the The Loss of All Lost Things. Gautier’s stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Agni, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. For her individual short stories, Gautier has been the recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize, the Danahy Fiction Prize, among many others. A recent former professor at DePaul University, she currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami and now divides her time between Miami and Chicago.

Rana B. Khoury is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. Her book, As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation, was published in May of this year by Kent State University Press, and tells the stories of average Americans living in a moment of record income inequality and declining standards of living. She has received writing awards from Northwestern and Georgetown and research support from the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and the Buffett Institute. Khoury has lived as far afield as Syria and Singapore, but Ohio is the place she calls home.

Christine Rice is the author of Swarm Theory (University of Hell Press/April 2016). Most recently, her short stories have been published in The Literary Review, Rusted Radishes, F Magazine, and online at Roanoke Review, F Magazine, Chicago Literati, and Bird’s Thumb. Her essays and long-form journalism have appeared in numerous papers, including the The Big Smoke, The Millions, the Chicago Tribune; her radio essays have been produced by WBEZ Chicago. Christine is the managing editor of Hypertext Magazine and the director of Hypertext Studio Writing Center.

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Christine Rice, Chicago, June 26

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Christine Rice is the author of Swarm Theory (University of Hell Press/April 2016). Most recently, her short stories have been published in The Literary Review, Rusted Radishes, F Magazine, and online at Roanoke Review, F Magazine, Chicago Literati, and Bird’s Thumb. Her essays and long-form journalism have appeared in numerous papers, including the The Big Smoke, The Millions, the Chicago Tribune; her radio essays have been produced by WBEZ Chicago. Christine is the managing editor of Hypertext Magazine and the director of Hypertext Studio Writing Center.


Rana B. Khoury, Chicago, June 26

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Rana B. Khoury is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. Her book, As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation, was published in May of this year by Kent State University Press, and tells the stories of average Americans living in a moment of record income inequality and declining standards of living. She has received writing awards from Northwestern and Georgetown and research support from the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and the Buffett Institute. Khoury has lived as far afield as Syria and Singapore, but Ohio is the place she calls home.


Amina Gautier, Chicago, June 26

amina_gautier5.creditjennibryantAmina Gautier, is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy and the The Loss of All Lost Things. Gautier’s stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Agni, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. For her individual short stories, Gautier has been the recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize, the Danahy Fiction Prize, among many others. A recent former professor at DePaul University, she currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami and now divides her time between Miami and Chicago.


Kim Brooks, Chicago, June 26

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Kim Brooks’ first novel, The Houseguest, is now available from Counterpoint Press. Her memoir, Small Animals: A Memoir of Parenthood and Fear, will be published in 2017 by Flatiron Books/ Macmillan. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, Five Chapters and other journals, while her essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, and Buzzfeed. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children. 


Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Chicago, June 26

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Ignatius Valentine Aloysius completed his MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on fiction from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, where he received the Distinguished Thesis Award. A finalist for The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists competition, he became the 2014 Writer-in-Residence at el Ranchito Cielito con Nopales in La Union, New Mexico. A guest panelist at the 2015 Chicago Writers Conference, Ignatius teaches in the Integrated Design and Strategy graduate program at Northwestern University and his writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, Newcity, the Chicago Tribune, LaTolteca Zine, and Gander Press Review


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

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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


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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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