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NYC | June 18, 2017

On June 18th, we’re celebrating 15 YEARS of literary love in NYC! That’s right: 15! For this special event, EAST meets WEST. Two superb NYC-based writers join a marvelous trio of literary talent from California, Oregon, and Washington to make magic on the stage. Join us in welcoming these indelible voices of the literary arts and let’s raise a glass to another year of phenomenal readings. At Jimmys no. 43. At 7pm.

Hari Alluri is the author of The Flayed City (Kaya) and the chapbook The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel). His work appears in anthologies, journals and online venues, recently through Blueshift, Sundog Lit and The Margins. A VONA/Voices and Las Dos Brujas alum who has received several grants and awards, he immigrated to Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, at age 12, and currently writes in San Diego, Kumeyaay land, where he serves as an editor at pacific Review and a co-founding editor at Locked Horn Press.

Donald Breckenridge is the author of four novels and the editor of two fiction anthologies. His latest novel, And Then, was published by Black Sparrow Press. He also engages in editorial work as the Fiction Editor of the Brooklyn Rail, the Co-Founder and Co-Editor of InTranslation, and the Managing Editor of Red Dust Books.

Michael Copperman teaches writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse background at the University of Oregon.  His prose has appeared in The Sun, The Oxford-American, Boston Review, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Copper Nickel, Unsaid, Post Road and Southword, among others. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, the Oregon Arts Council, Literary Arts, and Breadloaf Writers Conference. From 2002-04 he taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America, which is the subject of his memoir, Teacher (University Press of Mississippi). Find it at www.mikecopperman.com.

Kavita Das writes about culture, race, feminism, and their intersections, having worked in social change for fifteen years, on issues ranging from homelessness, to public health disparities, to racial justice. Nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, Kavita’s work has been published in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, NBC News Asian America, Guernica, Quartz, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Colorlines, and elsewhere. She’s at work on a biography about Grammy-nominated Hindustani singer, Lakshmi Shankar, who played a pivotal role in bringing Indian music to the West, to be published by Harper Collins India, as well as a collection of personal essays. Find Kavita on Twitter @kavitamix and her work at kavitadas.pressfolios.com.

Heather Ryan is a single parent of three kids who also teaches full time at Wenatchee Valley College. In her spare time, which she takes pains to find, she writes fiction and creative non-fiction. Her essay “En Passant” was a notable essay in Best American Essays 2016. She’s currently working on a dystopian novel Bait, and finishing her memoir about single motherhood and travel titled Now Entering America. She also has a deep love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Bonus: WORD Bookstore will be at this event to sell our writers’ books!


Chicago / May 21, 2017

The rain is breaking and spring is finally here, along with Sunday Salon Chicago’s May 21 event! Please join us for one of our best lineups ever. We guarantee excellent poetry and prose, along with good beer at Riverview Tavern’s bar, and even better conversation!

 

Gint Aras (Karolis Gintaras Žukauskas) is the author of two books, the cult novel Finding the Moon in Sugar (2009), and The Fugue, finalist for the 2016 Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year award. He works as a teacher of Language Arts and Humanities in a community college and is the leader of the Gint Aras Prose Workshop in Oak Park where he lives with his family.

 

Re’Lynn Hansen’s prose poem memoir, To Some Women I Have Known, is published by White Pine Press. Her work has appeared in Hawai’i Review, Prism, Rhino, New Madrid, Water~Stone, New South,  Poem Memoir Story, Fourth Genre and online at contrary and Slag Glass City. She is the recipient of the New South Prose Prize and the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her chapbook 25 Sightings of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker was published by Firewheel Press. Her Novel Take Me to the Underground was nominated for a Lambda Literary award. She edits Punctuate: A Nonfiction Magazine.  Her work is at www.relynnhansen.com

 

Leslie Parry is the author of the novel Church of Marvels (Ecco, 2015). Her short fiction has appeared in such publications as The Missouri Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. She is the recent recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Chicago.

 

Elise Paschen’s new book of poems, The Nightlife, will be published this spring by Red Hen Press. Other books include Bestiary, Infidelities (winner of the Nicholas Roerich prize) and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Yorker and Poetry Magazine.  Co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, she teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 


Chicago | April 30

Sunday Salon Chicago is popping up at the Evanston Literary Festival! We’re thrilled to have four writers for our pop-up, each one of them proving that the power of language and the freedom to share our work has never been more important. Lauryn Allison, Toni Nealie, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Ryan Kenealy, and Suzanne Clores will be reading. Many thanks to the Evanston Literary Festival for inviting us to join their fantastic line-up!

April 30, 7pm at the Celtic Knot Tavern (626 Church St., Evanston, IL)

Lauryn Allison is an artist, editor, and the author of the novella Solo Down, which won an Independent Publishers Book Award in the horror category. Her chapbook, The Beauties, won Knee Jerk Magazine’s chapbook contest in 2012. Corium Magazine nominated her for a Pushcart Prize, and her fiction, essays, and reviews have been published widely online and in print.

Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about borders, homeland, dispersal, heritage and family, published by Curbside Splendor. Her essays have appeared in Guernica, Hobart, The Offing, The Rumpus, Entropy, Midwestern Gothic, Essay Daily, Chicago Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for a Chicago Review of Books nonfiction award. Originally from New Zealand, she teaches and writes in Chicago, is Literary Editor of Newcity and co-editor of The Sunday Rumpus.

Quraysh Ali Lansana is a faculty member of the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His most recent books include Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks w/Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Curbside Splendor, 2017); A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016); The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop w/Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall (Haymarket Books, 2015) and The Walmart Republic w/ Christopher Stewart (Mongrel Empire Press, 2014).

Ryan Kenealy lives in Evanston with his wife and two sons. Animals in Peril (Curbside Splendor, 2014) is his debut collection.

Suzanne Clores is the author of Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider (Conari, 2000), and the founder of The Extraordinary Project, an online collection of exceptional human experiences. Her work has appeared in Elle, Salon, The Rumpus, on Chicago Public Radio, on the Radiotopia podcast Strangers. She received her BA in literature and writing from Columbia University and her MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. She has been awarded residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and has taught at Depaul University and Northwestern University’s MA/MFA program in the School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Evanston, IL with her family. Suzanne is also co-curator of Sunday Salon Chicago.