{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 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.”

 


NYC | June 21, 2015: Celebrating 13 Years!

Since the summer of 2002, Sunday Salon has hosted 500 magnificent writers and poets and a beautiful bounty of musicians and singer-songwriters who’ve shared their immense, inspiring talents on the stage. This June, the reading series celebrates its 13th year of literary love and community! Yes, we’re having a party! Join us in welcoming five more remarkably-talented writers and their extraordinary work and the return of a much loved musical guest (stay tuned) to the stage. We’ll toast to Lucky 13, to more magic at the mic, and to the sweet arrival of summer. Come celebrate with us! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.Alvar_11.10

Mia Alvar’s work has appeared in One Story, The Missouri Review, the Cincinnati Review, FiveChapters, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Columbia University and has been a writer in residence at Yaddo, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Djerassi, and the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts. This past spring she was awarded the 2015 Sirenland Fellowship in Positano, Italy. Her first book, In the Country, is a collection of short stories published by Knopf this June.

Chiwan Choi is the author of two traditional books–The Flood and Abductions. In 2015, he will have written, theflood_coverpresented, and destroyed a new book, Ghostmaker. His other non-traditional “book” projects include The City is My Book, a novel written on numerous utility/electrical boxes in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, and the Living Book Project, original text written to be tattooed onto volunteers, turning the idea of publishing around (the person with the tattoo as ‘book'; the tattoo artist as ‘publisher'; the author as the author. Chiwan is also founding partner of Writ Large Press, an indie publisher that uses books and publishing to resist, disrupt, and transgress.

mensah demary is co-founder and publisher of Specter Magazine, and is the literary editor of Fourculture Magazine. A columnist for The Butter and regular contributor to Thought Catalog, mensah’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Metazen, Little Fiction, PANK, and elsewhere. mensah also co-hosts LIT: A Music and Reading Series. Originally from New Jersey, mensah currently lives and writes in Brooklyn.goodgirlcover

Sarah Tomlinson is a Brooklyn- and Los Angeles-based writer. She has ghostwritten twelve books, including two un-credited New York Times bestsellers. Her writing has appeared in publications including Marie Claire, MORE, Salon.com, Publisher’s Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. Herfather-daughter memoir, GOOD GIRL, was published by Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) on April 21, 2015.

Erika T. Wurth’s novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, was published by Curbside Splendor. Her collection of poetry, Indian CHG_finalcoverTrains, was published by The University of New Mexico’s West End Press. A writer of both fiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, such as Boulevard, Drunken Boat, and Southern California Review.  is represented by Peter Steinberg. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.

MUSICAL GUEST:

Robert Lopez is the author of four books, including the forthcoming, Good People, to be published by Bellevue 8214782856_e38c2d72dd_mLiterary Press in January, 2016. Along with David Hollander, he is part of The Unnameable, an acoustic duo.

 

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., 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.nysca

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