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NYC | March 18, 2018

Hallelujah! The season of illumination is arriving and just in time. Join us on March 18th for the Ninth Annual Dark Tower Reading at Sunday Salon. A rising star comedian and DJ will share the stage with a stellar lineup of poets and writers of color. Ru Freeman, author and curator extraordinaire, will MC this literary celebration with a twist. Bring your dancing shoes! Head to Von Bar at 3 Bleecker St. At 7pm.

Elijah Bean was living with his parents in Alabama and writing poems in their kitchen several months ago. Now that isn’t so. Poet. Storyteller. Curator. elijahbean.com

Kanya D’Almeida is a Sri Lankan writer, editor and journalist. She was formerly the Race and Justice Reporter at Rewire. From 2013-2016 she held the post of Regional Editor for Asia and the Pacific at the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and has reported for IPS from the United Nations, Washington, Mexico and Sri Lanka. Her journalism has appeared on Al JazeeraTruthoutAlternet, and The Margins. She is currently completing an MFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia University.

Christine Kendall grew up in a family of artists, the fourth of six children, where everyone studied the piano along with one other instrument. She still feels sorry for the neighbors. They woke up one morning and found themselves living next door to a flute, two clarinets, a french horn, a cello, a set of drums, and always, always somebody on the piano. Christine wasn’t any good on the clarinet but she loved writing. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College and studied children’s literature at the Southampton Writers’ Conference. Christine’s short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and her debut novel, Riding Chance, published by Scholastic in October 2016, was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens. Christine lives in Philadelphia, PA where she co-curates the Cannery Lounge Reading Series.

Shreyas Manohar is a graduating senior at Columbia University majoring in English and Creative Writing. He’s a stand-up comic and performs regularly in comedy clubs in Mumbai and New York. He served as a writer for Season 1 of On Air With AIB, India’s first news comedy show on television. He’s previously worked as a cricket commentator, and as a prank-caller on the radio.

Geeta Tewari is a writer and human rights lawyer, born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts after her parents emigrated from India. She has a BA from Cornell University, a JD from Fordham Law School and an MFA from Columbia University. Tewari now lives in New York, where she is raising her three daughters. Her stories have been published by GrantaNarrative MagazineCaustic Frolic/NYU Center for Experimental Humanities and NY Tyrant. Learn more about her: Instagram @tewargirl, Twitter, @tewarigirlwww.geetatewari.com.


GUEST DJ: DOUBLESIX was born and raised in Queens, NYC. He used to mix cassette tapes as a child and dropped needles to grooves as a teen, but now he curates soundscapes that make the night a night to remember. His selections tell stories and fill dance floors. They are why people say he is the “music man”. Remember to wear your dancing shoes when DOUBLESIX is juggling tunes. He is about musical revolution using the 1’s and 2’s.

GUEST MC: Ru Freeman is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), a New York Times  Editor’s Choice Book. Both novels have been translated into several languages including Italian, French, Hebrew, Dutch, and Chinese. She is the editor of the ground-breaking anthology, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015). Her writing appears internationally including in the UK Guardian, the New York Times,and the Boston Globe. She blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics, is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and is the recipient of many fellowships including from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Lannan Foundation. She is the 2014 winner of the Sister Mariella Gable Award for Fiction, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. ​She teaches creative writing at Columbia University.


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Sunday Salon NYC has a new location as of Fall 2017

As of September 2017, Sunday Salon readings will take place at Von Bar at 3 Bleecker St. (between Bowery and Elizabeth St) in the East Village. Take the B, D, F, V to Broadway–Lafayette St or the 6 to Bleecker St.

SalonZine CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Antidote Issue

Our next theme is antidote, and we are looking for work that interprets that theme, that engages the possibility of remedy, and that begins to counteract some of the damaging fallout from personal, global, and systemic ills during a time when we need it most.

Sickness comes in many forms. Pain and suffering, loss and change are all inevitable. We know that. We’ve been shaken, what now? How do we heal? What is the remedy for anxiety and uncertainty? What might curb the fallout of a broken system, counteract a huge political upset? How do we offer an antidote to climate change, to racism, to war, to disease, to heartbreak, to grief, to boredom? We are searching for a flicker of light, a reparative ray of hope through prose and poetry that address the theme of antidote.

Send us your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry by April 30th. Word count: 3,500 max.

Email your submission here: [email protected]

SalonZine 2015 Issue: Call for Submissions

For the 2015 issue of SalonZine, we’re looking for prose and poetry that speak to the theme of THRESHOLD. Plank of wood, metal, stone beneath the door. A boundary. A door. The point at which something begins or changes. That “There, we’ve arrived; now, let’s cross over” moment. Consider the threshold of pain, of love, of language. What happens when you approach, remain, and/or take a step to the other side?

We are looking for prose and poetry that starts in one place, or mindset, or emotion, or life, or room, and moves toward another, voices that pose the question, “What’s next?”

Give us your definition/interpretation of threshold.

Thank you for sending your best work for consideration. No previously published work please. (Up to 5,000 words.)

Email your submission (with FICTION, NONFICTION, or POETRY in the heading) to: sundaysalon at yahoo dot com.

Deadline: February 15.

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Guillermo Filice Castro

Guillermo Filice Castro is a poet, translator and photographer. In 2013 he was a recipient of an Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship from the Poetry Project. A collection of poems, “Agua, Fuego” is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the the Kundiman Poetry Prize and Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has received awards from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Jerome Foundation. A founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, she is Managing Director at Kundiman. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Jen Knox

Jen Knox’s short story collection, After the Gazebo, was released by Rain Mountain Press in 2015. Her work appears in The Adirondack Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Istanbul Review, PANK, Per Contra and Room Magazine, among others. She earned her MFA from Bennington’s Writing Seminars in 2010 and currently works as a writing coach and teacher in San Antonio. Find Jen here: www.jenknox.com.

Krista Madsen

Krista Madsen, found online at SleepyHollowInk.com, is the mother of two young girls and the author of two novels (Four Corners and Degas Must Have Loved a Dancer, both published by Livingston Press). Born and raised in Bristol, CT, she majored in English at Yale University and received an MFA in creative writing from The New School in New York City. Her short fiction and essays have been printed in The Citizen, 11211, Lit, Small Spiral Notebook, Urban Folk, Driftwood, and the River Styx, anthologized in Hunger and Thirst and Little Red Book, and found online on All Things Girl, Reading Divas, Front Street Review, Emerging Writers Forum, Bite Magazine, Suitcase, and MiPOesias. She lives with her husband and children in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Nathan McClain

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2017). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Southern Indiana Review, Union Station Magazine and Inch. A recipient of scholarships from The Frost Place and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Nathan is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers and a Cave Canem fellow. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

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Nita Noveno and co-hosts Sara Lippmann and Lynne Bamat Mijangos keep a refreshing blend of new and experienced literary voices on tap at Von Bar at 3 Bleeker Street (take 6 to Bleeker) every third Sunday of the month and online in the Sunday Salon zine.

Nita Noveno

Nita Noveno was born and raised in Southeast Alaska. She is a graduate of the New School MFA Creative Writing Program in Creative Nonfiction, and is the founder and co-host of Sunday Salon in NYC. Her writing has appeared in The MacGuffin and Ducts.org, amongst other places. She lives in Queens.

Sara Lippmann

Sara Lippmann is a freelance writer and editor. Her fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from JewishFiction.net, PANK, Our Stories, Slice, Potomac Review, Big Muddy and elsewhere. It has been included in Sex Scene: An Anthology, Mamas & Papas (City Works Press) and two other anthologies from Wising Up Press. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

Wah-Ming Chang

Wah-Ming Chang has received fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Urban Artist Initiative, the Bronx Writers Center, and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Her fiction has appeared in Mississippi Review and Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, and her nonfiction on WordsWithoutBorders.org. She blogs at wmcisnowhere.wordpress.com. emily

Emily Cementina

Emily Cementina is an MFA candidate in Fiction at The New School. Before moving to New York City to get her BA at New York University, she lived in the same house in a small Connecticut town for seventeen years. In addition to writing, she likes running, tasting coffee from as many coffee shops as possible, and spending time with her pet fish, Mingus.

Past NYC Salon Collaborators

Caroline Berger, Krista Madsen