NYC | September 11, 2011: Dax-Devlon Ross, Elizabeth Eslami, Joseph Salvatore, & Courtney Maum
Sunday Salon is back for another fantastic reading season with new and beloved writers at Jimmys 43 (43 E. 7th St). Join us for the first celebration! 7pm.
Elizabeth Eslami is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her debut novel, Bone Worship (Pegasus, 2010), about the complex relationship between an Iranian father and his daughter, has been called “a treasure” by author David Haynes, and Janet Peery has called Eslami “a writer of uncommon wit and depth.” Her essays, short stories, and travel writing have appeared in numerous publications, including The Millions, Fifty-Two Stories, Matador, and The Literary Review, and she is a regular contributor to The Nervous Breakdown. Her work will be featured in the forthcoming anthologies Not in My Father’s House: An Anthology of Fiction By Iranian American Writers and Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories and a novel.
Joseph Salvatore has published fiction and criticism in The Brooklyn Rail, Dossier Journal, H.O.W. Journal, LIT, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Salt Hill, Sleeping Fish, Willow Springs, 110 Stories (NYU Press, 2001), Routledge’s Encyclopedia of Queer Culture (2003). He is a regular fiction reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, and an assistant professor at The New School — where, in 1997, he founded their literary journal, LIT, and in 2001, was awarded the University’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in New York. His debut collection of short stories, To Assume a Pleasing Shape, will be published in November, 2011.
Dax-Devlon Ross is the author of six books including The Nightmare and the Dream: Nas, Jay-Z and the History of Conflict African-American Culture. His new crime novel, Make Me Believe, is based on the true life and trial of the last juvenile offender executed in the state of Texas. Using actual interviews with the accused, case documents, news articles and courtroom testimony, the novel blends fact and fiction to render a compassionate meditation on the power of conviction. Dax is also the co-publisher of Outside the Box Publishing, the editor of the politics and culture blog The HNIC Report, the co-founder of the pro basketball blog 3 From Deep.
Courtney Maum is a fiction writer and brand strategist based in between the Berkshires of Massachusetts and New York City. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Slice Magazine, Construction Magazine, The Agriculture Reader, Freerange Non-Fiction, Black Heart Magazine, Upstreet and Defenestration. She is currently working on performance-based comic fiction and deciding whether or not to join Google+. Procrastinate with her at Twitter.com/cmaum.