Readings | Prose Reading Series & Magazine


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 | October 22, 2017

Autumn brings startling perspective and talent to the literary space on the page and at the mic at the October Sunday Salon! We’re excited to welcome four remarkable writers with new novels, short stories, and poetry. Join us at our current venue, Von Bar at 3 Bleecker St. (It’s super cool.) At 7pm.

Michael Hawley’s short stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Boston Review, The New Yorker, Post Road Magazine, The Southern Review and other publications. Some of his published work can be accessed at He lives in New York City. (photo by Amy Quint, AFQ Photography)

Carlos Hernandez is the author of The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria (Rosarium 2016) and over 40 works of fiction, poetry, and drama. He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, with an additional appointment in the CUNY Graduate Center, where his scholarly work focuses on digital pedagogy and game-based learning. Follow him online! @writeteachplay

Virginia Konchan is the author of a collection of poetry, The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and two chapbooks, including That Tree is Mine (dancing girl press, 2017).  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Best New Poets, and her honors include an NEH fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Award.  Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, she teaches at Marist College.

Ines Rodrigues is a Brazilian journalist and teacher, who wrote for newspapers and magazines such as Elle and Marie Claire. She also worked as a reporter, lived in London, studied in Italy, and hosted radio programs before moving to New York, 18 years ago. She just published her first book, Days of Bossa Nova (Black Opal Books), a historical novel set in her hometown of São Paulo. She currently teaches Fiction Writing Workshops at The Writing Institute – Sarah Lawrence College, and Italian and Creative Writing at Bronxville Adult School. Ines is also one of the creators of the Scarsdale Salon, a literary event that happens three times a year in Scarsdale, NY.


Chicago | September 24, 2017

Celebrate the return of fall to Chicago with poetry and prose at our fall reading! The line-up is AMAZING! The reading is at 7pm at the Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe Ave. in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood. Come early if you want to have dinner and grab a good seat.


Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She is the winner of 2017Bughouse Square Debates. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. She has performed her solo show, NOT QUITE: ASIAN AMERICAN BY LAW, ASIAN WOMAN BY DESIRE, at National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, and Boulder International Fringe Festival this year. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell

Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. She attended Cornell University and Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found at NPR’s “Weekend America,” Poets & Writers Magazine, Entropy, The Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, Kartika Review,, Bloom, and elsewhere. A Small Revolution is her first novel. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives outside New York City with her husband and children. photo credit: Janice Chung

David Hicks grew up in New York, moved to Colorado in his thirties, and now lives in Denver and teaches at Regis University, where he is four-time Professor of the Year and co-founder/co-director of the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing. He has published stories in many journals, including Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, and Saranac Review. White Plains, his first novel, has been called “a captivating debut” by Leni Zumas, “beautifully and honestly wrought . . . a stunning portrayal of one man’s journal to redemption and transformation” by Kathy Fish, and in Ron Carlson’s words “a glowing set of stories, like late-night messages sent from a friend.”

Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of THE SUPREMES SING THE HAPPY HEARTACHE BLUES, which was published in June of 2017. His first novel, the New York Times and international bestseller THE SUPREMES AT EARL’S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT, was chosen as a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was awarded the 2014 First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Edward’s award-winning essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and a number of literary magazines, including Ninth LetterIndiana Review, and African American Review. He currently writes a series of essays for Minnesota Public Radio. In addition to his writing, Edward maintains a career as a professional cellist. He performs with a number of ensembles, including the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.


David Lazar was a Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction for 2015-16. His books include Who’s Afraid of Helen of TroyAfter MontaigneOccasional Desire: Essays, The Body of Brooklyn, Truth in NonfictionEssaying the Essay, Powder Town, Michael Powell: Interviews, and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher. Forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in Fall 2017 is I’ll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms. Seven of his essays have been “Notable Essays of the Year” according to Best American Essays. Lazar received the first PhD in the United States in nonfiction writing, in 1989. He then created the PhD program in nonfiction writing at Ohio University and directed the creation of the undergraduate and M.F.A. programs in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago where he is Professor of Creative Writing. He is founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika, now in its seventeenth year, and series editor, with Patrick Madden, of 21st Century Essays, at Ohio State University Press.

Chicago / July 30, 2017

Join Sunday Salon Chicago in July as we celebrate four outstanding Chicago writers: Amin Ahmed, Nadine Kenney Johnstone, Dipika Mukherjee, and Rachel Jamison Webster. Our writers will be sharing mystery novels, memoir, fiction and poetry.  We’re also featuring Chicago Books to Women in Prison, our non-profit of the month.

Roscoe Books will be selling our authors’ books after the reading. We’ll also have copies of Chicago Quarterly Review’s excellent South Asian American Issue in which Dipika Mukherjee’s writing appears.