{SALON READS}

Make friends, enjoy a drink and stimulate your creative juices as both established and new writers share selections from their works. Don't be shy. Please do drop on by.


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NYC | February 21, 2016

Fierce literary forces are heading our way! February brings compelling new books by four bold and brilliant authors/poets to the Salon stage. Join us! You’ll want to get caught in this beautiful storm. At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

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WORD Books will be our bookseller at this evening’s event.

 

 

 

CheneyBookCoverMatthew Cheney’s debut collection, Blood: Stories, won the Hudson Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in January 2016. His work has been published by English Journal, One Story, UnstuckWeird Tales, Web Conjunctions, Strange Horizons, Failbetter.com, Ideomancer, Pindeldyboz, Weird Fiction ReviewRain Taxi, Locus, and SF Site, among other places. He is the former series editor for Best American Fantasy and the co-editor, with Eric Schaller, of the occasional online magazine The Revelator. He has taught English, Women’s Studies, and Communications & Media Studies at Plymouth State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of New Hampshire.KinneyBookCover

 

Alison Kinney’s nonfiction book, Hood (Bloomsbury 2016, Object Lessons series), is a cultural history of the hood from the Grim Reaper to the Klan, Red Riding Hood, Abu Ghraib, and anti-hoodie campaigns. Her nonfiction has appeared online at Paris Review Daily, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Berfrois, New Inquiry, Avidly, The Mantle, New Criticials, The Hairpin, Narratively, and Salon; her fiction has appeared in the Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories, The Literary Review, and Blue Mesa Review. Her opera article for Hyperallergic was picked for the Longreads Best of 2015 list.RutkowskiBookCover

 

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the books Violent Outbursts, Haywire, Tetched and RoughhouseHaywire won the Members’ Choice Award, given by the Asian American Writers Workshop. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA. He received a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in fiction, Terese Svoboda is the author of six books of fiction, seven books of poetry, a memoir, a biography, and a book of translation from the Nuer. When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems 1985-2015 was published in November; Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet has just been published. Live Sacrifice, a book of short stories, will appear in 2017.


Chicago | January 31, 2016

Please join Sunday Salon Chicago in celebrating a new year of literary excellence featuring four authors from local indie press Curbside Splendor Publishing on January 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St. (corner of Roscoe & Damen).  Please note the new venue! We’re featuring four outstanding authors this month: Halle Butler, Dasha Kelly, Dave Reidy, and Tony Fitzpatrick. We’ll see you there!

Halle Butler is a writer living in Chicago. Jillian is her first novel. “[Jillian] offers up its characters for hatred and ridicule with such energy, obsessive detail and hopelessness that the reader can’t help but read on, through exasperating flinches of sympathy and recognition. A novel that reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter in the face of outrageously painted everyday sadness.”—Kirkus Reviews

Dasha Kelly is a nationally-known writer, artist and social entrepreneur. As a spoken word artist, Dasha has performed throughout the U.S., in Canada and appeared on the final season of HBO presents Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. Dasha holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is an alum of the iconic Squaw Valley Writers Community, the former writer-in-residence for the historic Pfister Hotel, and founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2014, Dasha was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa.

Dave Reidy’s fiction has been published by GRANTA and other journals. His first book, Captive Audience, a collection of short stories about performers, was named an “Indie Next Notable Book” by the American Booksellers Association. Reidy works at closerlook, inc., where he is the VP of Creative. He lives in Chicago.

Tony Fitzpatrick is a Chicago-based artist best known for his multimedia collages, printmaking, paintings, and drawings. Fitzpatrick’s works are inspired by Chicago street culture, cities he has traveled to, children’s books, tattoo designs, and folk art. Fitzpatrick has authored or illustrated eight books of art and poetry, and, for the last two years, has written a column for Newcity. Fitzpatrick’s art appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.

Curbside Splendor is an independent press located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.  They publish fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that celebrates extraordinary voices and work that is deeply rooted in the Midwest.


Ft. Lauderdale | January 24, 2016

Hello, 2016! We’re ready for the new year and excited to start it off the right way: with literature! Orange Island Arts Foundation and Sunday Salon are thrilled to welcome M.J. Fievre and Geoffrey Philp as our readers this month. Please join us at Undergrounds Coffeehaus at 3020 N Federal Hwy (map) at 6:30 pm.

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Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, M.J. Fievre published her first mystery novel, Le Feu de la Vengeance, at the age of sixteen. At nineteen, she signed her first book contract with Hachette-Deschamps, in Haiti, for the publication of a Young Adult book titled La Statuette Maléfique. Since then, M.J. has authored nine books in French. Two years ago, One Moore Book released M.J.’s children’s book, I Am Riding, written in three languages: English, French, and Haitian Creole. M.J. holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Barry University and an MFA from the Creative Writing program aMJ Fievre_Book Covert Florida International University. She taught writing at Nova Middle School in Davie, FL, and is currently a professor at Miami Dade College.

Born in Jamaica, Geoffrey Philp has published one novel, five volumes of poetry, two short-story collections, Geoffrey Philp_headshotand three children’s books. His work is represented in nearly every anthology of Caribbean literature, and he is one of the few writers whose work has been published in the Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories and Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse. Philp is currently working on a collection of poems, “Letter from Marcus Garvey” and a novel, “Garvey’s Ghost.” He teaches English at the InterAmerican Campus of Miami Dade College.