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Chicago / November 20 / 2016

Sunday Salon Chicago is ending another great year of readings with four of our favorite writers: Mary Hawley, Maggie Kast, Mike Puican and Christine Sneed. Join us at 7 pm at the Riverview Tavern, 1958 W Roscoe Ave. /

Mary Hawley is a poet, novelist, and occasional translator. Her poetry collection Double Tongues was published by Tia Chucha Press. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including Notre Dame Review, qarrtsiluni, Mudlark, and The Bloomsbury Review, and she was the co-translator of the bilingual poetry anthology Astillas de luz/Shards of Light (Tia Chucha Press). She is currently seeking an agent for her first novel, The Sparkle Experiment.

Maggie Kast’s first novel, A Free, Unsullied Land, was published by Fomite Press November 1 2015. An excerpted story, “The Hate that Chills,” won 3rd prize in the Hackney Literary Contests and was published in the Birmingham Arts Journal. She is the author of The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer’s memoir of loss, faith and family, published by Wipf and Stock. She received an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published fiction in The Sun, Nimrod, Carve, Paper Street, Rosebud and others. Two stories have received Pushcart nominations. A chapter of her memoir, published in ACM/Another Chicago Magazine, won a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council. Her essays have appeared in America, Image, Writer’s Chronicle, Fiction Writers Review and elsewhere.

Mike Puican has had poems in Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Bloomsbury Review, and New England Review, among others. His essays and reviews have appeared in TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Brevity, and MAKE Magazine. He won the 2004 Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, 30 Seconds. Mike was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team and for the past ten years has been president of the board of the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago.

Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men, which was published in September 2016.
Her stories or essays have been included in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Ploughshares, New England Review, and a number of other periodicals.
Christine is the faculty director of Northwestern University’s MA/MFA program in creative writing; she is also on the fiction faculty of the Regis University low-residency MFA program.

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jaquiradiazheadshotJaquira Díaz is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts. She’s been awarded fellowships or scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf, Tin House, Summer Literary Seminars, and the MacDowell Colony. Her work was noted in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and appears in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Southern Review, Five Chapters, The Los Angeles Review of Books, TriQuarterly, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in Miami Beach.

JJ--niceJ.J. Colagrande is the author of the novels Headz and Decò.

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SergioServing as the Community Coordinator for the Orange Island Arts Foundation, Sergio Mora is a poet and performance artist who has appeared at the Miami Performance International Festival, Edge Zones Art Fair during Art Basel Miami 2013, and acted in various short films and plays including Nomadis (2014), the physical theatre piece by Antiheroes Project, which was developed during his artists’ residency with the North Miami Arts Collective. Since 2012, he has worked in public relations, marketing, and coordinating community events with Antiheroes Project, a Miami-based nonprofit organization, which focuses on artistic projects and education that integrates people with and without disabilities. Sergio has spent the better part of the last decade as a paralegal in Broward County, but now dedicates his time to the enrichment of the South Florida arts community through the arts and as a certified yoga instructor.

lauraheadshot2Laura McDermott Matheric, a true native of South Florida, was born and raised in Broward County, Florida. She is the founder and executive director of the Orange Island Arts Foundation and also a tenured assistant professor of English at Broward College where she was the recipient of the 2014 Wells Fargo Endowed Teaching Chair. Laura studied creative writing at FSU and received her MFA degree in poetry from FIU. Because of her dedication to higher education and writing, Laura received recognition as a 2008 Conference on College Composition and Communication Professional Equity Project Grant Recipient and was awarded the 2012 Paragon Award by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She is the 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residency of Girls'Club. As a member of the Miami Poetry Collective, her poetry is regularly featured in its Cent Journal Series. She also won honorable mention in the 2013 Poetry Society of Virginia’s annual poetry contest.