NYC | February 21, 2010 : Sunday Salon

NYC | February 21, 2010

We’re cutting the February chill with four literary luminaries, a fabulous musical guest, and heaps of hope for Haiti. Please consider donating to the Haitian Health Foundation and join us in the warm and welcoming subterranean Jimmys 43 (7th St. b/w 2nd & 3rd Aves) at 7pm!

Hettie Jones is a poet and prose writer, author of How I Became Hettie Jones, a memoir of the “beat scene” of the fifties and sixties, currently available in a paperback edition from Grove Press. Jones’s short prose has been published in journals such as Fence, Global City Review and Ploughshares, and she has also written numerous books for children and young adults. In 1998 Jones’s poetry collection, Drive, was issued by Hanging Loose Press. Drive won the Poetry Society of America’s 1999 Norma Farber First Book Award. Jones’s second collection, All Told, was published in 2003. Her third collection, Doing 70, appeared in March 2007 and Marie Ponsot writes in Commonweal, “tuneful poems…centered and engaged….I know of no other poet’s voice so at ease in welcoming the fact that we are all people of color, “looking/for bread but asking/ for roses.” Jones teaches currently in the Graduate Writing Program of the New School and at the 92nd St. Y Poetry Center. The mother of two grown daughters, Hettie Jones lives in Manhattan’s East Village. She is currently at work on Love, H. a memoir in letters; Race Tracks, a book of linked stories; and Press Firmly, a collection of new and selected poems.

Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. After playing Dungeons & Dragons religiously in the 1970s and 1980s, Ethan Gilsdorf went on to become a poet, teacher, and journalist. In the U.S. and in Paris, he’s worked as a freelance correspondent, guidebook writer, and film, book and restaurant reviewer. Now based in Somerville, Massachusetts, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories regularly in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Christian Science Monitor, and has been published in other magazines and newspapers including National Geographic Traveler, Psychology Today, and the Washington Post. His blog “Geek Pride” is seen regularly on and he has also been a guest on talk radio as a fantasy and escapism expert. He does not own elf ears, but he has kept all his old D&D gear, and has been known to host a Lord of the Rings party or two. Follow Ethan’s adventures at

Spring Ulmer holds a M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Arizona, and a M.F.A. in Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She’s worked as a photo-journalist, a journalist, a teacher of photography and writing to migrant, homeless, and incarcerated youth, an ESL instructor, and a horse hand. Her honors include grants for photography and writing from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Andrea Frank Foundation, as well as residencies from the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and the University of Iowa’s Museum of Art. Ulmer’s book of poetry, Benjamin’s Spectacles, was selected by Sonia Sanchez for Kore Press’s 2007 First Book Award. A collection of Ulmer’s essays, The Age of Virtual Reproduction, was published by Essay Press in 2009. She lives in Brooklyn and also teaches at John Jay College and Fordham University.

Mitch Levenberg has published essays and short fiction in such journals as The Common Review, Fiction, The New Delta Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Confluence, and others. His collection of stories, Principles of Uncertainty and Other Constants was published in March 2006. He teaches writing at St. Francis College and New York University and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and four dogs.

Musical Guest:

Sophie Herbert is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter who’s in the midst of recording her first EP, Take a Clear Look. Stay-tuned! In addition to music, Sophie is passionate about yoga and photography. She teaches at Park Slope Yoga in Brooklyn and East Yoga and Yoga Sutra in Manhattan. Sophie in a 2007 graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art. Her love of yoga and photography led her to work on projects extensively in India, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere. Her music always, of course, went along for the ride… For more information, please visit


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