{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.


{ON TAP TO READ}

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.


NYC | March 19, 2017

The season of illumination is fast approaching! On March 19th, Sunday Salon welcomes to the stage six remarkably talented and powerful poets and writers of color for the Eighth Annual BREAD LOAF WRITERS FROM THE DARK TOWER Reading. You won’t want to miss this special event! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

Shauna Barbosa’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Awl, Colorado ReviewVirginia Quarterly Review, RHINO PoetryThe Atlas Review, No Tokens Journal, PANK and others. She received her MFA from Bennington College. Her first book, Cape Verdean Blues is forthcoming in 2018 from Pitt Poetry Series.

Maya Doig-Acuña is from Brooklyn, New York. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College, where she majored in American Studies and wrote a senior thesis about the incomparable Junot Diaz. While in college, she worked as a founding editor for a student-run blog, “Beyond the Green,” a platform for marginalized voices. She has been published on Medium, Between the Cracks Magazine, and several Middlebury College publications. She enjoys writing memoir and fiction, and sometimes poetry if she knows no one else will read it.

Duarte Geraldino is a national TV journalist and novelist. His work has been distributed through most major news networks. He is currently contributing reports to the PBS NewsHour and revising his first novel, from which he will read tonight.  He has attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA) conference for writers of color.

Ananda Lima holds an MA in Linguistics from UCLA. She was a mentee in the AWP Writer to Writer Program and has attended workshops at Sewanee and Tin House, as well as Bread Loaf. She has taught at UCLA and The Montclair State University. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review. Ananda is currently working on a collection of poems on identity in motherhood and immigration, and a novel set in Brasilia, where she grew up as the daughter of migrants from Northeast Brazil. Find her at anandalima.com.

Airea D. Matthews’s first collection of poems, Simulacra, received the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award (Yale University Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in Best American Poets 2015American Poet, Four Way Review, The Indiana Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She received the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and was awarded the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from the 2016 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.P.A. from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, and her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Ms. Matthews is working on her second poetry collection, under/class, which explores the behavioral and cultural ramifications of poverty. She lives in Detroit, Michigan, with her husband and four children.

Koye Oyedeji’s writing has appeared in a number of periodicals including Wasafiri Magazine (UK), BRAND Magazine (University of Greenwich, UK) and the Washington City Paper Fiction Issue. He has also contributed to collections such as IC3: The Penguin Book of Black British Writing (Penguin) and the anthology Closure (Peepal Tree). He has attended the Callaloo and VONA writing workshops and was recently a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. He is currently at work on a collection of short stories and a novel.

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SPECIAL THANKS to Ru Freeman for curating this annual reading for the past eight years! This special event features talented writers of color, who’ve all had the honor of connecting and cultivating their work at past Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. 

Ru Freeman is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book. She is the editor of the ground-breaking anthology, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015). Ru is the 2014 winner of the Sister Mariella Gable Award for Fiction, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman.


NYC | February 19, 2017

Mark your calendars! On February 19th, Sunday Salon returns with a renewed vitality to make the world a better place one writer at a time! Please join us in welcoming to the stage five powerhouse writers and one inimitable guest host, poet Chiwan Choi, for a rousing, make-your-voices-heard night of readings! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

L.A. Kauffman has spent more than 30 years immersed in radical movements, as a participant, strategist, journalist, and observer. She has been called a “virtuoso organizer” by journalist Scott Sherman for her role in saving community gardens and public libraries in New York City from development. Kauffman coordinated the grassroots mobilizing efforts for the huge protests against the Iraq War in 2003-2004, and is currently involved in a number of initiatives to resist the Trump presidency. Her writings on American radicalism and social movement history have been published in The Nation, n+1, The Baffler, and many other outlets.

Alice Sola Kim, a left-handed anchor baby currently residing in New York, is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Tin House, The Village Voice, McSweeney’s, Lenny, BuzzFeed Books, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Robert Lopez is the author of three novels and two story collections, most recently, All Back Full, published by Dzanc Books in February, 2017, and Good People, published by Bellevue Literary Press. He teaches at Pratt Institute, The New School, Columbia University, and the Solstice Low-Res MFA Program of Pine Manor College.

Shelly Oria’s book of short stories, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG & Random House Canada, 2014) earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction among other honors. It was later translated into Hebrew and published in Israel by Keter Books. In December of 2016, CLEAN, a collaborative novella Shelly was commissioned to write for McSweeney’s was published on the WeTransfer website. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review among many other places, and has won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. A recipient of grants and fellowships from MacDowell, LMCC, and the Sozopol Seminars in Bulgaria, she lives in Brooklyn and has a private practice as a life & creativity coach. www.shellyoria.com

Jeremy Tiang’s short story collection It Never Rains on National Day was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize; his novel State of Emergency, about the Malayan Emergency of the 1950s, is forthcoming from Epigram Books. He also writes and translates plays, and has translated more than ten books from Chinese, most recently Chan Ho-Kei’s The Borrowed (Grove Atlantic) and Tianxia Bachang’s City of Sand (Random House). Jeremy was a 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow, and a judge for the PEN Translated Book Award 2017.