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Chicago / November 20 / 2016

Sunday Salon Chicago is ending another great year of readings with four of our favorite writers: Mary Hawley, Maggie Kast, Mike Puican and Christine Sneed. Join us at 7 pm at the Riverview Tavern, 1958 W Roscoe Ave. /

Mary Hawley is a poet, novelist, and occasional translator. Her poetry collection Double Tongues was published by Tia Chucha Press. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including Notre Dame Review, qarrtsiluni, Mudlark, and The Bloomsbury Review, and she was the co-translator of the bilingual poetry anthology Astillas de luz/Shards of Light (Tia Chucha Press). She is currently seeking an agent for her first novel, The Sparkle Experiment.

Maggie Kast’s first novel, A Free, Unsullied Land, was published by Fomite Press November 1 2015. An excerpted story, “The Hate that Chills,” won 3rd prize in the Hackney Literary Contests and was published in the Birmingham Arts Journal. She is the author of The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer’s memoir of loss, faith and family, published by Wipf and Stock. She received an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published fiction in The Sun, Nimrod, Carve, Paper Street, Rosebud and others. Two stories have received Pushcart nominations. A chapter of her memoir, published in ACM/Another Chicago Magazine, won a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council. Her essays have appeared in America, Image, Writer’s Chronicle, Fiction Writers Review and elsewhere.

Mike Puican has had poems in Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Bloomsbury Review, and New England Review, among others. His essays and reviews have appeared in TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Brevity, and MAKE Magazine. He won the 2004 Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, 30 Seconds. Mike was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team and for the past ten years has been president of the board of the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago.

Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men, which was published in September 2016.
Her stories or essays have been included in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Ploughshares, New England Review, and a number of other periodicals.
Christine is the faculty director of Northwestern University’s MA/MFA program in creative writing; she is also on the fiction faculty of the Regis University low-residency MFA program.

NYC | October 23, 2016

Keep the door open! Fresh air and cool prose are heading our way. Four compelling writers take the stage at the October 23rd Sunday Salon. Maybe you’re familiar with the work of these global citizens as editor, academic, or reviewer. Now, witness their mega talents at the mic. Please join us! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

Emmanuel Iduma, born and raised in Nigeria, is a writer and art critic. He is the author of the novel soundFarad (2012, Nigeria) now available as the North American version in a new edition called The Sound of Things to Come (The Mantle, New York) and co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing. He has contributed essays on art and photography to a number of journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogues, including Guernica, ESOPUS, Music and Literature, ARTNews, and The Trans-African, for which he works as managing editor. His interviews with photographers and writers have appeared in the Aperture blog, Wasafiri, and Africa is A Country. He co-founded and directs Saraba magazine. Since 2011, Iduma has worked with Invisible Borders, a trans-African organization based in Nigeria. He played a major curatorial role in the group’s installation A Trans-African Worldspace at the 2015 Venice Biennale. He was longlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize in 2013. In 2015, he was writer-in-residence at the Danspace Project’s Platform in New York, L’appartement 22 in Rabat, and the Thread Residency in Sinthian, Senegal. A lawyer by training, he holds an MFA in art criticism and writing from the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Peter Kispert is a recent graduate of Indiana University’s MFA program, where he served as editor-in-chief of Indiana Review, and Columbia University’s Publishing Course. His work has appeared in OUT Magazine, Salon, Slice, McSweeney’s, Colorado Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and has been cited in The New Yorkeradioheartr and NPR. He lives in New York City.

Margaret Rhee is the author of chapbooks Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015, cover design by The Mystery Parade) and Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011). She co-edited Glitter Tongue: queer and trans love poems and Here is a Pen: An Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. She is a Kundiman Fellow and the Kathy Acker Fellow and is a poetry reviewer at Publisher’s Weekly. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a visiting assistant professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon.

Meredith Talusan has written features, personal essays, and opinion pieces for VICE Magazine, The Guardian, Matter, BuzzFeed, Narratively, The American Prospect, The Nation, and many other publications. She’s currently working on a memoir.

Chicago / September 25, 2016

On September 25 Sunday Salon Chicago will be welcoming the return of fall with writers Vu Tran, Gina Frangello, Ben Tanzer, Dan Stolar, and Doro Boehme. Join us at 7pm at the Riverview Tavern, 1958 Roscoe Ave.

Vu TranVU TRAN’S first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book of 2015. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his short stories have appeared in publications like the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Best American Mystery Stories. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

Gina FrangelloGINA FRANGELLO’S fourth book of fiction, Every Kind of Wanting, was released by Counterpoint in September.
Her other books of fiction include the novel A Life in MenSlut Lullabies, and My Sister’s Continent. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies.

Ben TanzerBEN TANZER is the author of Orphans, Lost in Space, The New York Stories, SEX AND DEATHand Be Cool – a memoir (sort of), among others. He has also contributed to Punk Planet, Clamor, and Men’s Health. He serves as Senior Director, Acquisitions for Curbside Splendor and frequently speaks on the topics of messaging, framing, social media, blogging, fiction, essay writing and independent publishing. He can be found online at tanzerben.com, the center of his vast lifestyle empire.

Dan StolarDAN STOLAR is the author of a collection of short stories, The Middle of the Night, a BookSense 76 Pick and runner up for the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Literature. His fiction and creative nonfiction hav
e been published in a number of places including The Missouri Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Utne Reader, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader. He is an Associate Professor of English at DePaul.

Doro BoehmeDORO BOEHME is a visual artist and writer with an MFA from the Kunstakademie Stuttgart and MLIS from Dominican University. She teaches in the Interdisciplinary Arts program at Columbia College and oversees library special collections at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has contributed to, produced, and edited reference books and exhibition catalogs, all of which discuss the visual conventions and history of artists’ publications and contemporary DIY culture. Her short stories have been published byYew Journal, Canopic Jar, and Nailed Magazine.