NYC | May 20, 2012

Ah, the arrival of May. How much do we love this month? This very merry literary month? We’ll give you five reasons at the upcoming Sunday Salon. Hint: four will read from their new books/work, and one (really four in one) will perform from a new EP. Come join us! At Jimmys 43. 7pm.

Catherine Chung is the author of Forgotten Country. She is a Granta New Voice, and her work has appeared in Epoch Magazine, The Journal, and Quarterly West, among others. She is a member of the birdsong collective, and is on the advisory board of Paris Press. A fellow of The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, and Yaddo, she has taught creative writing at The University of Leipzig and Cornell University, where she received her MFA.

Roxane Gay’s writing appears or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, NOON, American Short Fiction, Salon, The Rumpus and others. She lives in the Midwest.

Megan Mayhew Bergman’s collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was published by Scribner in March 2012. She lives on a small farm in Vermont with her veterinarian husband and two daughters. She is a justice of the peace and teaches literature at Bennington College. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Best American Short Stories 2011, New Stories from the South, Ploughshares, Oxford American, One Story, and elsewhere.

Matthew Salesses is the author of a novella, The Last Repatriate (Nouvella), and two chapbooks, Our Island of Epidemics (PANK) and We Will Take What We Can Get (Publishing Genius). His stories have or will appear in Glimmer Train, Witness, American Short Fiction, West Branch, and others. He is the Fiction Editor for the Good Men Project, an online men’s magazine for which he also writes a biweekly column about his wife, new baby, and two cats. More about his current projects can be found at:


Karen & the Sorrows are camped out in a vinyl booth, saving all their quarters for the saddest country songs on the diner jukebox. The band has been a constant fixture at the honky tonks of Brooklyn for the last year and a half. They also co-produce the Gay Ole Opry—Brooklyn’s first ever queer country music festival—and host Branded Saloon’s Queer Country Monthly. Their first EP, Ocean-Born Mary, will be released this June. If there’s a tear in your beer, Karen & the Sorrows is the band for you.


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