NYC | March 21, 2010

We’re celebrating the arrival of spring and a special reading with writers from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at the next Sunday Salon. Join us at Jimmys 43 at 7pm!

Writers from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference bring a long-held conference tradition, Readings From The Dark Tower, to NYC. Five writers of color who reflect the complex diversity of America read from their work and answer questions about what it means to be “the first” (in a family, a country, an ethnic group), to achieve literary success.

Ru Freeman‘s creative and political writing has appeared internationally. Her debut novel, A Disobedient Girl is published in the US and Canada by Atria/Simon & Schuster by Viking in the UK, Australia and India, in translation in Italy, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil and the Netherlands and in audio by Tantor Media with award-winning narrator, Anne Flosnick.

Nina McConigley was born in Singapore to Irish and Indian parents, and grew up in Wyoming, where she still lives. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where she was an Inprint Brown Foundation Fellow. She is the winner of a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship in Non-Fiction and served as the Non-Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast: a Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Her play, Owen Wister Considered was produced in 2005 for the Edward Albee New Playwrights Festival, in which Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson was the producer. She has received writerships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference from 2005-2009. She has been nominated for Best New American Voices 2009 and her work has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and Forklift, Ohio. She is currently finishing a collection of short stories, Cowboys and East Indians.

Emily Raboteau is an assistant professor in the English Department at the City College of New York. She has an MFA in Fiction from New York University, where she was a New York Times Fellow. Her short stories have appeared in Callaloo, the Missouri Review, the Gettysburg Review, Tin House, Best American Short Stories 2003 and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2006, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Henry Holt published her first novel, The Professor’s Daughter, in 2005. The Professor’s Daughter was written in part to answer the question, “What are You?” when her answer, “”My mother is white, and my father is black” felt entirely unsatisfactory. Grove will publish her next book, Searching for Zion.

Charles Rice-González was born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx. He is a writer, community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He holds an MFA from Goddard College. His work has been published in The Pitkin Review, Los Otros Cuerpos, the first anthology of Puerto Rican queer work, and in Best Gay Stories 2008. His plays include Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo and I Just Love Andy Gibb winner of Pregones Theater’s 2005 ASUNCION Play Series. He has been awarded writerships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2006 and 2007, a residency from the Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY and a fellowship to the Macondo Writing Workshop in summer 2009. He received an Audre Lorde scholarship in 2007 from the ZAMI Foundation and a P.R.I.D.E. Award in 1997. His debut novel, Chulito about a tough, sexy, hip hop-loving, young Latino, coming out and of age in the South Bronx, will be published by Alyson Books in April 2010 and he will edit a queer Latino Anthology that will be published by Tincture, a new imprint of Lethe Press, in September 2010. He is currently working on his second novel, Hunts Point, a look at a South Bronx neighborhood through a queer Latino lens.

Reginald Dwayne Betts
was born in a city in San Diego and raised in Suitland, MD, a small city in the DC Metropolitan area. He is the National Spokesperson for the Campaign for Justice and the Program Director for the DC Creative Writing Workshop. His memoir, A Question of Freedom, shows his journey away from the neighborhoods he called home to the prison cells where he spent most of his teenage years and early 20s. The Washington Post ran a front-page profile about Dwayne and YoungMenRead, a book club he began for boys. He has also been profiled on the front page of the Baltimore Sun and has given commentary for NPR’s All Things Considered. His poetry has been widely published and he is the winner of the 2009 Beatrice Hawley Award.

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