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NYC | September 20, 2015

Books ahoy! Sunday Salon returns from summer break with a wind at our back and four writers onboard to kickoff the super fall reading season. Join us on September 20th (after your journey to the Brooklyn Bookfest) in welcoming to the stage four incredible writers with stunning tales and new books. You know where: Jimmys no. 43. At 7pm.


Syreeta McFadden is a Brooklyn based writer, photographer, and adjunct professor of English. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Feministing, The Huffington Post, Salon and Storyscape Journal. She is the managing editor of the online literary magazine Union Station and a co-curator of Poets inMullany-Three-Cover-WebDragonfish mech 3p_r12.indd Unexpected Places. She is currently working on collections of short stories and essays.


Edward Mullany is the author of If I Falter at the Gallows, Figures for an Apocalypse, and The Three Sunrises. He is also the author of the comic strip Rachel and Ben.


Vu Tran was born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his short stories have appeared in many publications, including the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Best American Mystery Stories. He teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.NightAtTheFiestas_V4.2 correct.indd


Kirstin Valdez Quade’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. A recipient of the 2014 National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, she was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and teaches writing as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan.

Chicago | July 26, 2015

Please join us July 26 at 7:00 p.m. Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St. (corner of Roscoe & Damen). Please note the new venue! We’re featuring five outstanding authors this month: Kathleen Rooney, James Shea, David Berner, Scott Miles, and Eileen Favorite. We’ll see you there!

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a non-profit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a collective of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. Her most recent book is the novel, O, Democracy! and with Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of the first ever English edition The Selected Writings of Rene Magritte, forthcoming in 2016. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Toast, the Poetry Foundation website, and the Chicago Tribune. Follow her @KathleenMRooney.

Eileen Favorite’s first novel The Heroines (Scribner, 2008) was named a Best Debut Novel by The Rocky Mountain News, and has been translated into Finnish, Italian, Russian, and Korean. The audio version was nominated for best recording by the American Library Association. A writer of both poetry and prose, she’s twice received Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowships (prose, 2001; poetry 2005). Her work has appeared in many publications, including Triquarterly, Folio, Chicago Reader, Poetry East, and Diagram. She’s been nominated for Pushcart Prize for fiction and nonfiction. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA in Writing and at the Graham School of Continuing Studies at the University of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

Scott Miles is from Downriver Detroit and lives in Chicago. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he’s had his short stories published in nationally distributed magazines such as LIT, Cimarron Review, Atticus Review, Storyglossia, Crime Factory, Beloit Fiction Journal, The MacGuffin, Oyez Review, The Summerset Review, and Pebble Lake Review.

David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and professor at Columbia College Chicago. His first book, Accidental Lessons, was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His second memoir, Any Road Will Take You There won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writer’s Association for nontraditional nonfiction, and has been re-released by DREAM OF THINGS Book Publishing. His collection of essays – There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard – was released by Dream of Things in June, 2015. In 2011, David was named the Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida. You also may have heard his voice regularly on the radio. He’s a reporter and anchor or CBS radio and regularly fills in as the morning news anchor on WXRT.

James Shea is the author of two poetry collections, The Lost Novel and Star in the Eye, which was selected for the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series. A former Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong, he is currently an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Ft. Lauderdale | September 20, 2015

The bad news: summer will be over before you know it. The good news: September brings our fourth South Florida Salon! We are very pleased to announce Gregg Shapiro and Dan Vera as our readers for the evening. Please join us on September 20th for what is sure to be a fantastic night. You know you want to.  At Undergrounds Coffeehaus at 3020 N Federal Hwy (map). 6:30pm. 

Gregg Shapiro is the author of the short story collection Lincoln Avenue (Squares and Rebels Press, 2014Author pic color 1(Shapiro-300dpi-5inch-color)), as well as the chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Press, 2012) and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008). His forthcoming short story collection, How to Whistle, will be published in 2016 by Lethe Press. An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick Karlin and their dog k.d.VERA-AuthorPhoto

Dan Vera is a writer, editor, and literary historian from Washington, DC. He’s the author of two poetry collections: SpeakingWiriWiriHighResSpeaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen, 2013), the inaugural winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008). His poetry has appeared in various journals including Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Delaware Poetry Review, and Gargoyle, and anthologies like Queer South, Divining Divas, and Full Moon On K Street. He’s a curator of the literary history site, DC Writers’ Homes, and chairs the board of Split This Rock Poetry. LatinoStories.com named him a “2014 Top Ten “New” Latino Author to Watch (and Read)” writing “[Vera] is earning a reputation as a talented, sophisticated poet who is a master at playing with words. This collection, his second book of poetry, is a dazzling display of language and emotion.”