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Chicago | September 28, 2014

September is just around the corner and we’re thrilled because it means we’ll be bringing you five outstanding authors (one more than usual) and we’ll be seeing you! Please join us! September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave. in Chicago.

Amina Gautier is the author of two short story collections: Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction has been supported with fellowships and scholarships from American Antiquarian SocietyKimmel Harding Nelson CenterMacDowell ColonyPrairie Center of the ArtsUcross FoundationVermont Studio Center and Writers in the Heartland.

Chris Green is the author of three books of poetry: The Sky Over Walgreens, Epiphany School, and Résumé. His poetry has appeared in such publications as PoetryNew York TimesNew LettersVerse, and Nimrod. He’s edited four anthologies, includingBrute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography and the forthcoming, I Remember: A Poem by Chicago Veterans of War. He co-founded LitCity (www.litcity312.com), a comprehensive literary site for Chicago. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University. More information can be found atwww.chrisgreenpoetry.com.

Peter Orner is the author of two novels, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, set in Namibia and Love and Shame and Love, set in Chicago, and two collections of stories, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, just out in paperback. Of the new book the New York Times wrote last year, “This is an ideal moment to appreciate a master of his form.” Born in Chicago, Orner now lives in San Francisco.

Raised in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, Angela Pneuman was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, a Presidential Fellow at SUNY Albany, and the recipient of the inaugural Alice Hoffman Prize from Ploughshares. She is the author of a collection of stories, Home Remedies, and the just-released novel Lay It on My Heart.

Megan Stielstra is the author of Once I Was Cool, a collection of essays, and her first book, the story collection Everyone Remain Calm, was a Chicago Tribune Favorite of 2011. Her work appears in The Best American Essays 2013Poets & WritersThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. She’s the Literary Director of the 2nd Story storytelling series and teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

NYC | September 21, 2014

We’re back! The end of summer is just the beginning of more exciting literary celebrations! We’re over the moon to welcome to the stage four newly-published Dock Street Press authors, an award-winning poet, and a beloved musical guest. Come raise a glass or two to shiny, new books and electrifying literary & musical talent! Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

Dane Bahr is the editor of Dock Street Press. He lives in Seattle with his wife. ThompsonBookCover 205x300 NYC | September 21, 2014

Kyle Coma-Thompson is the author of The Lucky Body (Dock Street Press, 2013); Qua, a novel, is forthcoming in 2015.

Sara Lippmann’s work has appeared in The Good Men Project, Fourth Genre, Slice magazine, Carve magazine, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, LippmannBookCover 212x300 NYC | September 21, 2014PANK, Tupelo Quarterly, Joyland, and elsewhere. Her stories have been reprinted in a handful of anthologies including Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting (San Diego City Works Press). She is a recipient of a 2012 fiction fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and co-hosts the Sunday Salon, a longstanding reading series in the East Village. Doll Palace is her debut story collection, newly out from Dock Street Press. For more, visit: saralippmann.com

R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria (U. Nebraska Press, 2014), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; he is also the winner of the Reliquaria cover 200x300 NYC | September 21, 2014inaugural Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in FivePoints, The Common, AGNI, Gulf Coast, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he lives in Brooklyn and London.

Christian Winn is a fiction writer, poet, journalist, and teacher of creative writing, living and working in Boise, Idaho. He is a graduate of the ChristianWinnBookCover 194x300 NYC | September 21, 2014Boise State University MFA program. His fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Greensboro Review, Chattahoochee Review, Gulf Coast, Bat City Review, Every Day Fiction, The Pinch, Santa Monica Review, Handful of Dust, The Strip, and Revolver. His collection of short stories, Naked Me, is now out from Dock Street Press.


This summer, Brooklyn queer country band Karen & the Sorrows released The Names of Things, their debut album full of “haunting pedal thesorrowshires 300x268 NYC | September 21, 2014steel work and unvarnished heartbreak” (Bust Magazine). New York Music Daily writes, “Country keeps evolving and Karen & the Sorrows are taking it to a place it’s never been before, a good and creepy one.” And F**k Yeah, Queer Music says, “They write loss and heartbreak, and goddamn are they good at it.” The Sorrows also co-produce the Gay Ole Opry, the first ever queer country music festival, and host Branded Saloon’s popular Queer Country Monthly, helping to build new community for people who love country music even if country music doesn’t always love them back. Find them at karenandthesorrows.com

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