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{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.


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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. https://chicagobwp.org/about-us/

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.  http://www.roscoebooks.com/


NYC | June 18, 2017

On June 18th, we’re celebrating 15 YEARS of literary love in NYC! That’s right: 15! For this special event, EAST meets WEST. Two superb NYC-based writers join a marvelous trio of literary talent from California, Oregon, and Washington to make magic on the stage. Join us in welcoming these indelible voices of the literary arts and let’s raise a glass to another year of phenomenal readings. At Jimmys no. 43. At 7pm.

Hari Alluri is the author of The Flayed City (Kaya) and the chapbook The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel). His work appears in anthologies, journals and online venues, recently through Blueshift, Sundog Lit and The Margins. A VONA/Voices and Las Dos Brujas alum who has received several grants and awards, he immigrated to Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, at age 12, and currently writes in San Diego, Kumeyaay land, where he serves as an editor at pacific Review and a co-founding editor at Locked Horn Press.

Donald Breckenridge is the author of four novels and the editor of two fiction anthologies. His latest novel, And Then, was published by Black Sparrow Press. He also engages in editorial work as the Fiction Editor of the Brooklyn Rail, the Co-Founder and Co-Editor of InTranslation, and the Managing Editor of Red Dust Books.

Michael Copperman teaches writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse background at the University of Oregon.  His prose has appeared in The Sun, The Oxford-American, Boston Review, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Copper Nickel, Unsaid, Post Road and Southword, among others. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, the Oregon Arts Council, Literary Arts, and Breadloaf Writers Conference. From 2002-04 he taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America, which is the subject of his memoir, Teacher (University Press of Mississippi). Find it at www.mikecopperman.com.

Kavita Das writes about culture, race, feminism, and their intersections, having worked in social change for fifteen years, on issues ranging from homelessness, to public health disparities, to racial justice. Nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, Kavita’s work has been published in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, NBC News Asian America, Guernica, Quartz, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Colorlines, and elsewhere. She’s at work on a biography about Grammy-nominated Hindustani singer, Lakshmi Shankar, who played a pivotal role in bringing Indian music to the West, to be published by Harper Collins India, as well as a collection of personal essays. Find Kavita on Twitter @kavitamix and her work at kavitadas.pressfolios.com.

Heather Ryan is a single parent of three kids who also teaches full time at Wenatchee Valley College. In her spare time, which she takes pains to find, she writes fiction and creative non-fiction. Her essay “En Passant” was a notable essay in Best American Essays 2016. She’s currently working on a dystopian novel Bait, and finishing her memoir about single motherhood and travel titled Now Entering America. She also has a deep love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Bonus: WORD Bookstore will be at this event to sell our writers’ books!


Chicago / May 21, 2017

The rain is breaking and spring is finally here, along with Sunday Salon Chicago’s May 21 event! Please join us for one of our best lineups ever. We guarantee excellent poetry and prose, along with good beer at Riverview Tavern’s bar, and even better conversation!

 

Gint Aras (Karolis Gintaras Žukauskas) is the author of two books, the cult novel Finding the Moon in Sugar (2009), and The Fugue, finalist for the 2016 Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year award. He works as a teacher of Language Arts and Humanities in a community college and is the leader of the Gint Aras Prose Workshop in Oak Park where he lives with his family.

 

Re’Lynn Hansen’s prose poem memoir, To Some Women I Have Known, is published by White Pine Press. Her work has appeared in Hawai’i Review, Prism, Rhino, New Madrid, Water~Stone, New South,  Poem Memoir Story, Fourth Genre and online at contrary and Slag Glass City. She is the recipient of the New South Prose Prize and the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her chapbook 25 Sightings of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker was published by Firewheel Press. Her Novel Take Me to the Underground was nominated for a Lambda Literary award. She edits Punctuate: A Nonfiction Magazine.  Her work is at www.relynnhansen.com

 

Leslie Parry is the author of the novel Church of Marvels (Ecco, 2015). Her short fiction has appeared in such publications as The Missouri Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. She is the recent recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Chicago.

 

Elise Paschen’s new book of poems, The Nightlife, will be published this spring by Red Hen Press. Other books include Bestiary, Infidelities (winner of the Nicholas Roerich prize) and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Yorker and Poetry Magazine.  Co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, she teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.