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NYC | March 15, 2015

 March means double happiness! Spring is heading our way and so is the much-anticipated Sixth Annual BREAD LOAF WRITERS FROM THE DARK TOWER event at Sunday Salon! This special event will feature talented writers of color, who’ve connected and cultivated their work at past Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. Join us and Ru Freeman, author of On Sal Mal Lane and our marvelous MC for the evening, in welcoming this year’s line up of five award-winning writers who’ll share their illuminations on race and identity on the Salon stage. 7pm at Jimmys no. 43. Join us!

JoAnn Balingit is the author of Words for House Story (WordTech Editions, 2013) and Forage (Wings Press, 2011), JoAnn Balinigtwinner of the Whitebird Chapbook Prize. Her poems and prose have appeared in journals and anthologies such as the Best New Poets, The Crafty Poet, DIAGRAM, Kweli Journal, MiPoesias, Smartish Pace, Salt Hill and Verse Daily. Honors include the 2010 Global Filipino Literary Award in poetry, two Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation fellowships, and a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless/ Camargo Foundation fellowship in fiction. She is an assistant editor for YesYes Books. As Delaware’s poet laureate, she works in collaboration with the Division of the Arts to engage audiences with poetry and teach workshops for schools and nonprofit organizations across the state. She coordinates the Delaware Writing Region of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national recognition program for creative teens in grades 7 – 12.

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a writer and poet. His first collection of poems, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, won the ReginaldDBettsBeatrice Hawley Award. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. His writing has also led to a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship and a Ruth Lily Fellowship. He serves as the national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice and was appointed to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by President Barack Obama. He is currently a student at Yale Law School. His latest collection of poems, Bastards of the Reagan Era, is forthcoming from Four Way Books.

Charles Rice-González, is an award-winning writer, playwright, and community and LGBT activist. He received a B.A. in Communications from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut Charles Rice-Gonzalez - 2014A - Photo by Jose Ramon croppednovel Chulito (Magnus Books 2011) has received several awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor from the American Library Association and a “Small Press Highlights” mention from the National Book Critics Circle. He co-edited, From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture/Lethe Press 2011) with Charlie Vazquez. In 2014, he received the Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Rice-González is the Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College – CUNY where he also serves as Associate Artistic Director of Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture.

Crystal Hana Kim lives in Chicago and is working on her first novel. She holds a BA in English Literature from Processed with VSCOcamColumbia University, an MS in Education from Hunter College, and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where she was awarded a writing fellowship and a two-year teaching fellowship. She has received fellowships and support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and the Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellowship. Currently, she is the Development Manager of Apogee Journal and an education consultant for the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute.

Idrissa Simmonds is a Brooklyn born, Vancouver raised writer. Her writing has appeared in Event, Pearls, Black IdrissaSimmondsRenaissance Noire, The Caribbean Writer, As/Us, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from VONA, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Poets House, and Hedgebrook, and is the 2013 winner of the Crab Creek Review poetry award, a 2014 finalist for the Commonwealth Short Fiction Prize, and a 2014 NYFA grant finalist. Her literary and food salon Brunch and Word gathers writers for literature, fellowship, and good food in her Bed-Stuy home. She curates the website ineslouise.com, which profiles women of color globally who are using their lives to create change within their communities.

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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.


Sunday Salon NYC is turning 11!

Come celebrate Sunday Salon NYC’s 11th year of literary love and community at the June 16, 2013 reading!


Introducing A Tale of Four Cities

A Tale of Four Cities is an online literary magazine featuring fiction and creative nonfiction set in real locations in four cities — New York, London, Mumbai, and our first featured city, Dubai. This magazine seeks to highlight the similarities and differences between our cities, creating a cultural mosaic of writers and locations in a world that has grown increasingly small.

Check out it out here: www.talefourcities.com


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{SALON NYC RECENT WRITERS}

Marie-Jeanne Fethiere

Marie-Jeanne Fethiere was raised and educated in England. She studied law, and has experience with industrial democracy and community outreach. She went on to marketing and developing a curriculum for multicultural education in the UK. Fethiere came to the States largely engaged in marketing for pharmaceuticals, but is currently concentrating on rediscovering her love for photography using a mixture of vintage and new technology. She is an intuitive photographer in mostly street, architecture, informal portraits, abstract and macro, with a particular love for documenting the people and places of her Brooklyn where she was born.


Stash Hempeck

Stash Hempeck received a BA in History from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Prior work has been published in Red Weather, Ottertail Review, River Poets Journal, Manorborn, and lovechild. Three of his poems were included in the anthology County Lines, produced in celebration of Minnesota’s sesquicentennial. Born to an immigrant German/Russian father and a mother whose people came to the New World in 1630, he comes from a long line of peasants who earned their livelihood by tilling the soil, and by working with wood. He is the only offspring in his immediate family to graduate university. Currently he lives in northwestern Minnesota with his youngest son, three dogs, two cats, a flock each of chickens and ducks, and a budding truck garden enterprise.


Erika Dreifus

Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories, a collection inspired by the experiences and histories of her paternal grandparents. Erika read from Quiet Americans at the April 2011 Sunday Salon in New York City. Visit Erika online at www.erikadreifus.com.


Len Kuntz

Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State and an editor at the online literary magazine Metazen. His work appears widely in print and online. Len’s story collection, “I’m Not Supposed To Be Here And Neither Are You” debuts from Aqueous Books next year. You can find him and his writings at lenkuntz.blogspot.com


Kathy Fish

Kathy Fish’s short fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, The Denver Quarterly, New South, Quick Fiction, Guernica, Slice and elsewhere. She was the guest editor of Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2010. She is the author of three collections of short fiction: a chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women (Rose Metal Press, 2008), Wild Life (Matter Press, 2011) and Together We Can Bury It, the 2nd printing of which is forthcoming from The Lit Pub.


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{ABOUT SALON NYC}

Nita Noveno and co-host/fellow New School grad Caroline Berger keep a refreshing blend of new and experienced literary voices on tap at Stain Bar every third Sunday of the month and online in the Sunday Salon zine.

Nita Noveno and Caroline Berger Nita Noveno is a graduate of the New School MFA Creative Writing Program. She founded the Sunday Salon series in the summer of 2002. She has most recently been published in Lost and Found: An Anthology of Teachers Writing and Worldview and was a finalist for the Missouri Review's 2005 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors Prize. Nita read at the July 2002 Salon.

Caroline Berger lives in up-and-coming Bed Stuy (she's waiting patiently). Her proetry (that's not a typo; she likes to make up her own genres) has appeared most recently on La Petite Zine and Pindeldyboz and in Barrow Street. She is the co-host of the Sunday Salon and once used all 7 letters in a game of Scrabble to spell e-t-i-o-l-a-t-e. She teaches writing at The New School & has recently succumb to the world of blogging: Apocalyptic Whimsy. Caroline read at the August 2002 Salon.