{SALON READS}

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Chicago / July 31, 2016

Sunday Salon Chicago will be celebrating its fifth year anniversary with writers Kathy Flann, Ross Ritchell, Emily Robbins and Martin Seay. Writer and musician Ignatius Valentine Aloysius will provide music.

KATHY FLANN’S short story collection, GET A GRIP, won the George Garrett Award and was released by Texas Review Press. It was named a top book of 2015 by Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore City Paper, and it won the short story category for the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards and the International Book Awards. A previous collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. For five years, she taught creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England, where she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, and Le Moulin à Nef in France. She is an associate professor at Goucher College in Maryland.

ROSS RITCHELL served in the 75th Ranger Regiment and upon his discharge, enrolled at Northwestern University where he earned an MFA in Fiction writing. His novel THE KNIFE was published in February of 2015 by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. He lives in Illinois with his family.

EMILY ROBBINS is the author of the novel A WORD FOR LOVE, forthcoming from Riverhead Books, January 2017.  She has received Fulbright Fellowships for writing in both Syria and Jordan, and has lived and worked across the Middle East.  A former Chicagoan, she’s just moved to Brownsville, TX, where she writes and translates.

MARTIN SEAY’s first novel, THE MIRROR THIEF, was released by Melville House in May.  Other writing has appeared recently in Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Publishers Weekly, MAKE, and The Believer.  Originally from Texas, he lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney.


Chicago / June 26, 2016

Five of Sunday Salon’s favorite writers will be joining us to kick off our summer reading season: Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Kim Brooks, Amina Gautier, Rana B. Khoury, and Christine Rice. And by the way, we’ll be celebrating year five of our reading series this July! We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of all the writers who have read for us, and our supportive audience. 

Ignatius Valentine Aloysius completed his MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on fiction from Northwestern University, where he received the Distinguished Thesis Award. A finalist for The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists competition, he was guest panelist at the 2015 Chicago Writers Conference, and currently teaches in the Integrated Design and Strategy graduate program at Northwestern University. His writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, Newcity, the Chicago Tribune, LaTolteca Zine, and Gander Press Review.

Kim Brooks‘ first novel, The Houseguest, is now available from Counterpoint Press. Her memoir, Small Animals: A Memoir of Parenthood and Fear, will be published in 2017 by Flatiron Books/ Macmillan. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, Five Chapters and other journals, while her essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, and Buzzfeed. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

Amina Gautier, is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy and the The Loss of All Lost Things. Gautier’s stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Agni, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. For her individual short stories, Gautier has been the recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize, the Danahy Fiction Prize, among many others. A recent former professor at DePaul University, she currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami and now divides her time between Miami and Chicago.

Rana B. Khoury is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. Her book, As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation, was published in May of this year by Kent State University Press, and tells the stories of average Americans living in a moment of record income inequality and declining standards of living. She has received writing awards from Northwestern and Georgetown and research support from the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and the Buffett Institute. Khoury has lived as far afield as Syria and Singapore, but Ohio is the place she calls home.

Christine Rice is the author of Swarm Theory (University of Hell Press/April 2016). Most recently, her short stories have been published in The Literary Review, Rusted Radishes, F Magazine, and online at Roanoke Review, F Magazine, Chicago Literati, and Bird’s Thumb. Her essays and long-form journalism have appeared in numerous papers, including the The Big Smoke, The Millions, the Chicago Tribune; her radio essays have been produced by WBEZ Chicago. Christine is the managing editor of Hypertext Magazine and the director of Hypertext Studio Writing Center.


NYC | June 19, 2016

Here’s a glorious combination: the arrival of summer and the number 14. This June, Sunday Salon celebrates 14 years of literary love in NYC! Since 2002, we’ve hosted well over 500 incredibly talented writers and poets and so many fine musical guests. Let’s keep the fire burning! Join us in welcoming four amazing writers, who will knock you off your feet with their new and beloved books, and marvelous musical talent you won’t want to miss. Come celebrate with us! You know where: Jimmys no. 43. At 7pm. Let’s toast to all things literary.GreenidgeCover

Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, Transition MagazineVirginia Quarterly Review, the BelieverAmerican Short Fiction and other places. She is a contributing writer for LENNY Letter. She received her MFA from Hunter College. Originally from Boston, Kaitlyn now lives in Brooklyn.

LinmarkCoverR. Zamora Linmark is the author of the best-selling Rolling the R’s and Leche. He also published three poetry collections, including The Evolution of a Sigh, all from Hanging Loose Press. His forthcoming books are Pop Verite, a poetry collection, and These Books Belong to Ken Z, a young adult novel. He divides his time between Manila and Honolulu.

As a poet and essayist, Richard Jeffrey Newman’s work explores the impact of feminism on his life as a man, NewmanCoverespecially as a survivor of childhood sexual violence. As a co-translator of classical Persian poetry, he writes about the impact of that canon on our contemporary lives. His books include For My Son, A Kind of Prayer (Ghostbird Press 2016), The Silence of Men (Cavankerry Press 2006), and the translation The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahameh (Junction Press 2011). He curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Elmhurst, NY. His poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and his essays have been published in, among other places, Salon.com, The Scavenger, and The Good Men Project. Newman is Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. His website is www.richardjnewman.com.

SchulmanCoverSarah Schulman’s most recent novel, The Cosmopolitans, was called “A Modern Classic” by Kirkus, and “Voluptuous” by the NY Times. Her new nonfiction book Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair is forthcoming in October.

MUSICAL GUEST

After years of barstool conversations in the East Village & Lower East Side, Lovett Hines and Vikas Saint BlueMenon wrote their first song together in 2011.  Inspired by the emotional catharsis of the blues and r&b, the storytelling of country and Afro-Brazilian rhythms, they began a collaboration that reflected their eclectic, polyglot musical obsessions.  With the addition of drummer Jun K and guitarist/vocalist CJ this year, the project crystallized into Saint Blue. With songs steeped in bourbon & ‪Sunday morning services, Saint Blue works organically, paying tribute to music as it was traditionally made— from porch to pulpit, from parades to parlors, wherever people gathered to make music.