{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 / 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.


NYC | September 18, 2016

Mark your calendars! On September 18th we’re welcoming four outstanding writers and poets to the stage, thrilled to celebrate beautiful new books and relish an exquisite union of prose and poetry. Join us for this special Sunday Salon fall kickoff after your trek to the Brooklyn Book Festival! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.Grace Cover_Jpeg

Natashia Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship and was recently named one of L.A.’s “Most Fascinating People” by L.A. Weekly. A writer, lawyer and law professor, she is also the creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, The Rattling Wall, B O D Y, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, and other places. Her debut novel, GRACE (Counterpoint Press) is out now.

Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National OlioPoetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference. Olio, his second collection, is out now (Wave Books). Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.Riverine

Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, an Indie Next selection and winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Palm was awarded the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Axinn Foundation Fellowship in Narrative Nonfiction. Her work has been published in Ecotone, At Length Magazine, Brevity, Paper Darts, and elsewhere. She lives in Vermont, where she works as a developmental editor, and teaches creative writing at Champlain College and the New England Young Writers’ Conference.

Patrick Rosal is the author of four books of poetry including the most recent collection Brooklyn Antediluvian, which Publishers Weekly calls “an earth-shattering performance.” BrooklynAnteHis poems and essays have appeared in New England Review, Grantland, the New York Times, Best American Poetry and the Breakbeat Poets Anthology. A dynamic performer who has appeared in Europe, Africa, Asia and throughout the Americas, he is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden.

 


Chicago / July 31, 2016

Sunday Salon Chicago will be celebrating its fifth year anniversary with writers Kathy Flann, Ross Ritchell, Emily Robbins and Martin Seay. Writer and musician Ignatius Valentine Aloysius will provide music.

KATHY FLANN’S short story collection, GET A GRIP, won the George Garrett Award and was released by Texas Review Press. It was named a top book of 2015 by Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore City Paper, and it won the short story category for the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards and the International Book Awards. A previous collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. For five years, she taught creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England, where she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, and Le Moulin à Nef in France. She is an associate professor at Goucher College in Maryland.

ROSS RITCHELL served in the 75th Ranger Regiment and upon his discharge, enrolled at Northwestern University where he earned an MFA in Fiction writing. His novel THE KNIFE was published in February of 2015 by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. He lives in Illinois with his family.

EMILY ROBBINS is the author of the novel A WORD FOR LOVE, forthcoming from Riverhead Books, January 2017.  She has received Fulbright Fellowships for writing in both Syria and Jordan, and has lived and worked across the Middle East.  A former Chicagoan, she’s just moved to Brownsville, TX, where she writes and translates.

MARTIN SEAY’s first novel, THE MIRROR THIEF, was released by Melville House in May.  Other writing has appeared recently in Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Publishers Weekly, MAKE, and The Believer.  Originally from Texas, he lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney.