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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.

 


NYC | May 21, 2017

Get ready! The unexpected, heart-stopping, and unstoppable combination of truth and fiction is coming to the May 21st Sunday Salon. We’re ecstatic to welcome four incredible authors with their brand new memoirs, essay collection, and novel to the stage. Plus, a special musical guest joins this awesome lineup! Come out for a memorable night of readings and music at Jimmys no. 43. At 7pm.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has appeared in venues including The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Granta, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Salon, New York Times, Guernica, Dissent, Poets & Writers, Lenny Letter, Elle UK, Vogue.com, and her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers. She is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, and has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Ragdale, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for ten years. She lives in Brooklyn.

Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. Her work has appeared in NPR’s “Weekend America,” Entropy, The Rumpus, Hyphen, & Korean American Story, among others. A Small Revolution is her first novel. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives outside New York City with her husband and children.

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee is the author of the memoir Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Zyzzyva, Guernica, the Rumpus, and BuzzFeed, among other publications. Her novel, The Golem of Seoul, is forthcoming from Ecco / Harper Collins.

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, and other places. He’s an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships
from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. His memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of The Center for Fiction’s 2014 Christopher Doheny Award.

MUSICAL GUEST

Rory Michelle Sullivan is a singer-songwriter and composer who has released three studio albums of original songs: Turtledove (2013), Inner Child (2014), and The God Album (2015). Her latest musical endeavor, The God Album, includes fun folk, funk, rock, and swing music with songs infused, inspired, and informed by Jewish text. Listeners have called Rory Michelle’s music “most enjoyable … worshipful as well as fun” and “clever, honest, soul-bearing folk songs that transcend place, time, and circumstance and stir the imagination and tug gently but deservedly and genuinely at your heartstrings.” When she is not composing music, Rory Michelle is singing it with Jewish communities in the New York/Long Island/New Jersey area. She is currently working on a musical. Find out more about Rory Michelle at www.rorymichelle.com.


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.