April showers bring… literary flowers? You bet! But these writers and poet are far from your garden variety. Come listen for yourself. Join us at the Salon this month to celebrate the spoken word, the written word, and the arrival of spring. At last!
John Goldbach’s writings have appeared in Descant, the Globe and Mail, Hobart, Matrix, and he’s the author of the short story collection Selected Blackouts (Insomniac Press). He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Josip Novakovich, professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State and new professor of English and Creative writing at Concordia, was born in Croatia. He has published four books of fiction, including April Fool’s Day and Infidelities (Harper), two of nonfiction, and two of practical criticism, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. He has won many awards, including the Whiting Writer’s award, Ingram Merrill, and the Margolis prize.
Crystal Belle was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is a high school English teacher in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. Belle is an activist and idealist who has been writing poetry since the age of 10. She loves performance poetry and has an audio CD titled Size Me, featuring ten poems. As a graduate of Middlebury College, her work has been featured in several on-campus journals such as Skin Deep Magazine, The Campus Newspaper and a few online blogs. Her essay titled Hope Through Fire will be published in the upcoming anthology Souls of My Young Women. You can find her work at www.crystalbellepoet.blogspot.com.
Jami Attenberg is the author of two books of fiction, Instant Love and The Kept Man. She has written about sex, technology, design, graphic novels, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times, Jane, Print, New York, Nylon, Nerve and others. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone, and has an essay forthcoming in Love Is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts. A third book, The Melting Season, will be published by Riverhead Books in the future.