April showers bring…four literary gems to the next Sunday Salon! So ready yourself for some bright, shiny prose and leave your umbrellas at home (um, unless, it’s really raining outside).
Janice Erlbaum (www.janiceerlbaum.com) is the author of Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir (Villard, March ’06), and Have You Found Her: A Memoir (Villard, Feb. ’08). She was a contributor to BUST magazine from 1994 through 2007. She lives in her native New York City with her domestic partner, Bill Scurry, and their three cats.
Paul Pines grew up in New York City and is the author of six books of poetry, including his most recent Taxidancing. His novel, The Tin Angel, was critically very well received. He currently lives with his wife, Carol, and daughter, Charlotte, in Glens Falls, NY, where he practices psychotherapy at Glens Falls Hospital, and hosts the annual Lake George Jazz Weekend. Paul was the owner/operator of the Tin Palace, a legendary Bowery Jazz club. He has most recently published a memoir about his life and his brother’s battle with schizophrenia entitled My Brother’s Madness with Curbstone Press in 2007.
Ed Pavlic’s next book is a prose-poetic photo essay set on a dhow amid the islands off the coast of Kenya, but here are small clear refractions (Kwani? Books, Nairobi, 2008). His other books of poems are Winners Have Yet to be Announced, an epic poem centered in the life and music of soul singer Donny Hathaway (UGA Press, 2008), Labors Lost Left Unfinished (UPNE, 2006), and Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue which won The American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Award in 2001. He’s also author of the critical study of African-American modernism, Crossroads Modernism (U Minn P, 2002). He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, St. John’s College (York, UK), and Union College as well as in poetry workshops at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the Kwani? Literary Festival in Kenya. He now lives in Athens, Georgia where he directs the MFA / PhD Program in Creative Writing and teaches at the University of Georgia.
Myla Jones is a teacher, writer and poet/spoken word artist who has been performing on the Spoken Word scene since 2002, winning competitions on Long Island, in Manhattan and Virginia. A graduate of Nassau Community College (A.A.), Adelphi University (B.A.) and Molloy College (M.S.), she has taught Middle School and High School level students for over a decade in the Hempstead School District as an English Language Arts teacher, although her professional skills have taken her into the role of instructor for various other subjects, such as Writing, College Prep, Public Speaking and Drama—and for the past five years, as co-facilitator for the district’s annual Teen Poetry Slam. When Myla is not teaching, writing or performing poetry, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with her adopted pit bull Cinnamon.