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.


Chicago | July 27, 2014

We’ve been looking forward to our July reading with Peggy Shinner, Great Lakes Review authors John Power, Sahar Mustafah, Ellen S. Jaffe, and Allium Press author D.M. Pirrone. July 27, Sunday at 7 p.m. Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N. Damen).  We’ll see you there!



Peggy Shinner is the author of You Feel So Mortal/Essays on the Body (University of Chicago Press, April 2014).  Her work has appeared in BOMB, The Southern Review, Colorado Review, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Fourth Genre, Bloom, and most recently in Salon.  She has been awarded two Illinois Arts Council fellowships and a fellowship at Ausable Press.  Currently, she teaches in the MFA program at Northwestern University.  As a trained martial artist, she taught Seido karate for seventeen years.  A lifelong Chicagoan, she lives with her partner, designer and book artist Ann Tyler.

John Power, Sahar Mustafah, and Ellen S. Jaffe are all contributors to the newest issue of Great Lakes Review, which is edited by Rob Jackson and Donald G. Evans (Don will also be one of the featured authors for our January 2015 reading).

D.M. Pirrone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman, a longtime freelance editor and writer. She is the author of No Less in Blood and Shall We Not Revenge, which recently received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. She has also written and published extensively for fantasy role-playing games, including three sourcebooks on the history of the BattleTech (TM) universe and several short fiction pieces for the cyberpunk Shadowrun (TM) game. A Chicago native, history buff and avid reader of just about anything, Ms. Piron-Gelman is a longtime member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.


NYC | June 15, 2014

Happy Birthday to us! This month, Sunday Salon turns 12. We can hardly believe it’s been another year of literary love. To celebrate, we’re hosting the wonderful writers D. Foy, Brian Gresko, Eric Nelson, Emily Schultz, and Bob Smith. We hope you can join the party, too! 7:30pm at Jimmys no. 43.

D. Foy’s work has appeared in Salon, BombPost RoadElectric LiteratureThe Literary ReviewFrequenciesThe Collagist, DFoy MadeToBreak Cover 212x300 NYC | June 15, 2014and The Georgia Review, among others, and has been included in the books Laundromat and Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial. He is the author of the novel, Made to Break, and lives in Brooklyn. His website is www.dfoyble.com. 

Brian Gresko is the editor of the anthology When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the hi res cover 200x300 NYC | June 15, 2014Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood. His work has appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, Glimmer Train Stories, and The Brooklyn Rail, and online at The Huffington Post, Salon, TheAtlantic.com, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other sites. He curates and co-hosts the Pen Parentis Literary Salon, which features writers who are parents reading and discussing their creative lives.

Eric Nelson is a prose writer living in Queens, New York. His stories,
essays, criticisms, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in
Tin House, The Rumpus, The Billfold, Bust, Fanzine, Keep This Bag Away
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Emily Schultz is the author of the novel The Blondes, forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press. She is the co-founder of the literary magazine Joyland, and host of the podcast Truth & Fiction. Her work is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Byliner. She lives in Brooklyn.

Bob Smith was the first openly gay stand-up comic to appear on The Tonight Show and have his own HBO special. His first book of comic essays, Openly Bob, won the Lambda Literary Award. His first novel, Selfish and Perverse, was one of three nominees for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. His most recent novel, Remembrance of Things I Forgot, was picked by Amazon as one of the Ten Best Gay and Lesbian Books of 2011, was short-listed for the Green Carnation Prize, won an Honor Award from the American Library Association, and was nominated for the Ferro-Grumley Award. He is also a contributor to the anthology When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs.



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