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{SALON READS}

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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.


NYC | April 23, 2017

Spring has finally arrived and so has National Poetry Month! On April 23rd, we’re celebrating our love for poetry with four phenomenal poets and their smart, spirited, and stunning work. Come raise a glass to the bards and their verse! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

Cathy de la Cruz is an artist who uses the mediums of film, writing and comedy to create her work. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, she has an MFA in Visual Arts from UC-San Diego and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. In 2016, she released her first chapbook of poems called Libido on Spooky Girlfriend Press. Writer Eileen Myles called the collection, “funny & brave & hot & very smart.” Bustle.com said of the collection: “Cathy de la Cruz writes with an almost brutal clarity about the (all too relatable) subjects of feeling lonely and horny and anxious, often all at the same time.” Cathy just completed a west coast tour as part of the feminist traveling road show, Sister Spit. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a recipient of scholarships from The Frost Place and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Ploughshares, Sou’wester, Southern Humanities Review, Tinderbox, and Hunger Mountain. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of three books of poems: Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016); Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010); and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books 2004). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2016). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. He is Poetry Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Associate Editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. An Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, he lives in Brooklyn with his husband Michael Broder. 

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (ELJ Publications, 2016), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016) and the editor of “A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault” (CCM, 2017). Joanna received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM, as well as an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of Joanna’s writing has appeared in Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, BUST, and elsewhere.


Chicago/ March 26, 2017

We’re thrilled to have five writers for our March reading event, each one of them proving that the power of language and the freedom to share our work has never been more important. Howard Axelrod, Josh Barkan, Kelcey Parker Ervick, and Reginald Gibbons will be reading: come listen and then talk about all that’s timely with us!

Howard Axelrod’s memoir, The Point of Vanishing, was named one of the best books of 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and Entropy Magazine, and one of the best memoirs of 2015 by Library Journal. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, VQR, Shambhala Sun, Harvard Magazine, and The Boston Globe.  Axelrod has taught literature and writing at Harvard University and University of Arizona, and he recently joined the faculty at Loyola University in Chicago.

Josh Barkan is the winner of the Lightship International Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and his writing has appeared in Esquire. He earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at Harvard, Boston University, and New York University. With his wife, a painter from Mexico, he divides his time between Mexico City and Roanoke, Virginia.

 

Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová (Rose Metal Press), a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and visual art. Her previous books include Liliane’s Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater (Rose Metal Press) and For Sale By Owner (Kore Press), winner of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction. A recipient of grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches at Indiana University South Bend.

 

Reginald Gibbons has published ten books of poems, most recently LAST LAKE (fall 2016, U. of Chicago).  His book of short fiction, AN ORCHARD IN THE STREET, will be published in October 2017 by BOA Editions.  His other prose includes the novel SWEETBITTER (LSU Press) and the critical book HOW POEMS THINK (U. of Chicago).  His volumes of translation include SELECTED POEMS OF LUIS CERNUDA (Sheep Meadow), the SELECTED POEMS: ODES AND FRAGMENTS of Sophocles (Princeton U. Press), and other volumes translated from Spanish and ancient Greek, including Sophocles’ ANTIGONE (Oxford).  He edited a book about the great American poet Thomas McGrath (U. of Illinois Press) and also William Goyen’s posthumous novel HALF A LOOK OF CAIN and the 50th anniversary edition of Goyen’s THE HOUSE OF BREATH (Northwestern U. Press).  He teaches at Northwestern.

 
Deborah Siegel, PhD is the author of two books and one pair of boy/girl twins, creator of the Girl w/Pen blog, and founder of the public voice consultancy, Girl Meets Voice Inc. She’s also co-founder of She Writes, Senior Facilitator with The OpEd Project, a TEDx speaker, a Visiting Scholar in Gender Studies at Northwestern, an ex-New Yorker, and a lover of all things lake. Deborah is currently obsessed with a multimedia experiment in thinking out loud, and in community, about gender and early childhood. Check out the Pinterest board Tots in Genderland and learn more about Deborah’s writing, speaking, and coaching at www.deborahsiegelphd.com.