NYC | December 18, 2011: Occupy Literature

Escape. Madness. Protest. Redemption. They’re all making a special appearance at the final Sunday Salon of 2011. Just in time for the holidays! Join us, won’t you? At Jimmys 43.

David Unger was born in Guatemala City in 1950 and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of The Price of Escape (Akashic Books, 2011), Para mi, eres divina (Random House Mondadori, Mexico, 2011), Ni chicha, ni limonada (F & G Editores, Guatemala, 2009; Recorded Books, 2010), and Life in the Damn Tropics (Wisconsin University Press; Plaza y Janes, Mexico, 2004; Locus Press, Taiwan, 2007). He has translated sixteen books into English, including works by Nicanor Parra, Silvia Molina, Elena Garro, Barbara Jacobs, Mario Benedetti, and Rigoberta Menchu. He is considered one of Guatemala’s major living writers even though he writes exclusively in English.

Leora Skolkin-Smith
’s first published novel, Edges, was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley’s own imprint at Glad Day books. Edges was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award by Grace Paley. The Fragile Mistress, a feature film based on Edges, is currently in pre-production, scheduled to begin shooting on location in Jerusalem, Jordan, and New York, produced by Triboro Pictures, directed by Michael Gunther, Articles by Leora Skolkin-Smith have appeared in The Washington Post, Psychology Today, The National Book Critic’s Circle, “Critical Mass”, “”, the Quarterly Review. Excerpts from Hystera were first published by Persea Books, and recently appeared in The Hamilton Stone Review. Recent publications include a piece from The Fragile Mistress, which appeared in Guernica Magazine in 2010.

Sunil Yapa is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program in Fiction, where he was selected for two Hertog Fellowships and the Alumni Scholarship awarded to one fiction student every three years. He has received scholarships to the Norman Mailer Writers’ Center, The New York State Summer Writer’s Institute and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Interviews, reviews and fiction have appeared in The Tottenville Review, The Multicultural Review, Pindeldyboz, and Hyphen Magazine. He was the 2010 winner of the Asian American Short Story Award, and is currently finishing a novel set during one day of anti-corporate protests in Seattle, November 1999.

Josh Rolnick’s debut short story collection, Pulp and Paper, won the 2011 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, selected by Yiyun Li. His stories have won the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Choice Prize. They have also been published in Harvard Review, Western Humanities Review, Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, and Storyville, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices. Rolnick holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He is publisher of Sh’ma, a journal of Jewish ideas, and editor of Unstuck, an independent literary annual. Rolnick has previously worked as a reporter or editor for publications including the Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly, Moment, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He is a frequent day-guest lecturer in fiction writing classes at the University of Akron, and a proud inductee of the Akron Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He currently divides his time between Akron, OH and Brooklyn, NY, where he lives with his wife and three sons. His website is


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