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.


NYC | December 20, 2015

To literary love in 2015. To the page, the book, the literary magazine. To wintertide arriving curbside. To you along for the joyride. We’re celebrating it all at the next Sunday Salon. With poetry! Let’s toast! Join us in welcoming to the stage four phenomenal poets and one poet’s band. They’re gonna amplify your world. At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

Castro_Guillermo_Filice_COVGuillermo Filice Castro’s newly minted collection of poems is Agua, Fuego (Finishing Line Press, 2015). He’s the recipient of an Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship from the Poetry Project. His work is featured in About Place, Assaracus, Barrow Street, The Brooklyn Rail, Court Green, The Bellevue Literary Review, Hinchas de Poesía,The Good Men Project, Quarterly West, Sunday Salon Zine, and more; as well as the anthologies Rabbit Ears, Flicker & Spark, Divining Divas, My Diva, Saints of Hysteria, and others. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, appear in Guernica, Terra Incognita, U.S. Latino Review, and Visions. Some of his photographs have been showcased on Sunday Salon Zine and Canopic Jar. In 2012 his full length manuscript was a finalist for the Andrés Montoya prize. Castro lives in Astoria, Queens.Streaming-357x535

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s books include Year of the Rat, Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, Streaming, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies and Effigies II. She teaches for VCFA Writing & Publishing MFA, Red Earth MFA, and Naropa. Hedge Coke came of age in North Carolina, working fields, factories, and waters. She directs the Literary Sandhill Cranefest, is currently at work on a film, Red Dust: resiliency in the dirty thirties, and performs with her band Rd Klā.

SarahGambitoBookSarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.

MarkNowakMark Nowak is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” He is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow and recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism from Split This Rock (2015) and most recently, a Lannan Literary Fellowship. A native of Buffalo, Nowak currently directs both the MFA Program at Manhattanville College and the Worker Writers Institute at PEN.


Streaming cd coverAllison Adelle Hedge Coke will perform with her band Rd Klā.


Chicago | November 22, 2015

Please join us November 22 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: Rebecca Makkai, Clayton Smith, Kate Harding, and Anne Calcagno. We’ll see you there!

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the story collection Music for Wartime, as well as the novels The Hundred-Year House (a BookPage “Best Book” of 2014 and winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award) and The Borrower (a Booklist Top Ten Debut). Her short fiction was featured in The Best American Short Stories anthology in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in publications such as Harper’s, Tin House and Ploughshares, and on public radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca teaches at Northwestern University, Lake Forest College, and StoryStudio Chicago; this fall, she is visiting faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her website is www.rebeccamakkai.com.

Clayton Smith is a writer of speculative fiction living in Chicago, where he has become exceedingly good at cursing the winters. He writes novels, short stories, and plays, mostly, including Apocalypticon, Death and McCootie, and the upcoming Anomaly Flats. His work has been featured on the popular Internet site Amazon, and he has had plays produced rather mercilessly around the country.

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do About It, which came out in August. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate grew up in the northwest suburbs and was a proud Chicagoan until her husband dragged her to Minnesota earlier this year. She’s currently at work on a Ph.D. in fiction and a novel about 19th-century feminists.

Anne Calcagno’s first novel, Love Like a Dog, set in Chicago, won a 1st place award from the “New Generation Indie Awards,” the Bronze from the 15th Annual Independent Book Publisher Awards, and an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. She is at work on a second novel Struck By Dina about the Italian colonization of East Africa. For stories in her collection Pray For Yourself, she won the San Francisco Foundation Phelan Award, an NEA Fellowship, and two IAC Artists Fellowships.  Her fiction has appeared in Triquarterly, Epoch, Denver Quarterly, the North American Review & other publications. She is editor of Travelers Tales: Italy, which won Foreword’s Silver Medal for Best Travel Book of the Year.   Her travel features have been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post and other publications.  She teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago | September 27, 2015

Please join us September 27 at 7:00 p.m. Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St. (corner of Roscoe & Damen). Please note the new venue! We’re featuring four outstanding authors this month: Bayo Ojikutu, Lynn Sloan, Garnett Kilberg Cohen and Barrie Jean Borich. We’ll see you there!

Bayo Ojikutu‘s critically-acclaimed first novel, 47th Street Black (2003), received both the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Great American Book Award. His second novel, Free Burning (RH/Crown – 2006), has been called “Gritty lyrical [and]intense,” by Kirkus Book Review, “the most foreboding love letter the city [Chicago] has ever received” (Tim Lowery- Timeout Chicago), and “a searing portrayal of one of the shameful realities within an oft unjust society” (Denolyn Carrol – Black Issues Book Review). Ojikutu’s fiction has appeared in the various anthologies, magazines and collections.  His work has garnered a nomination for the Pushcart Prize.  The author and his family currently live in the Chicagoland area.

Lynn Sloan is the author of Principles of Navigation (Fomite, 2015), a novel set mostly in small town Indiana, when a young couple, he’s a sculptor, she’s a small town journalist, decide to have a baby. This simple decision cracks open their marriage, and when they receive disastrous news, launches them on separate and complicated journeys. Lynn’s short stories have appeared in American Literary Review, The Literary Review, Nimrod, Puerto del Sol, Sou’wester, among other journals, and they have been nominated for the Pushcart Award, and finalists for the Dana Award, the Katherine Anne Porter prize, and the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. Also a visual artist, Lynn’s fine art photographs have been widely exhibited and collected by museums, galleries, and private collections in the United States and abroad. She received her master’s degree from the Institute of Design, and taught in the photography department of Columbia College Chicago. She lives with her husband in Evanston, Illinois.

Garnett Kilberg Cohen has published three collections of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press), How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press), and, most recently, Swarm to Glory, published by Wiseblood Books in September 2014. Some of her awards include a Notable Essay Citation from Best American Essays (2011), the Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize (2004); and four awards from the Illinois Council of the Arts, including a 2001 IAC Individual Artist’s Fellowship for prose. Her essays, poems and short stories have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction, Ontario Review, TriQuarterly, The Antioch review, Brevity, The Rumpus, The Gettysburg Review and many others. She has also published a chapbook of poetry, Passion Tour (Finishing Line Press) and poetry in two anthologies. She has served as an editor on several literary magazines, most recently as Guest Nonfiction Editor at Fifth Wednesday, and will co-editor the Columbia College Chicago Creative Writing Department’s new nonfiction journal, Punctuate. She is a professor at Columbia where she has taught for over 20 years.

Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series), winner of a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir and an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction. Her previous book, My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf), won the ALA Stonewall Book Award. Her work has been cited in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading and she’s currently working on a book-length essay about repurposed industrial landscapes, urban joy, and riding her bicycle on the mean streets of Chicago. Borich was the first creative nonfiction editor of Hamline University’s Water~Stone Review and is currently a member of the creative writing faculty of the English Department/MA in Writing & Publishing Program at Chicago’s DePaul University, where she’s developing Slag Glass City, a creative nonfiction and new media journal focused on sustainability, identity and the arts in urban environments. Borich earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop and lives now with her spouse Linnea, a few blocks from Lake Michigan, in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, which was recently voted the most “incomparable” gayborhood in the world.