Until we get the new website up and running, here is a recap of past Sunday Salons:
David Gates is the author of the highly acclaimed novels Jernigan (Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Preston Falls (National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist), and The Wonders of the Invisible World (Vintage). He has published short stories in Esquire magazine and Ploughshares, GQ, Grand Street, and TriQuarterly. David is currently a senior writer in the Arts section at Newsweek magazine, specializing in articles on books and music. He also teaches at the graduate program at Bennington College in Vermont and The New School in New York City.
Jess Row’s collection of stories, The Train to Lo Wu, was shortlisted for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Award. His fiction has appeared twice in the Best American Short Stories, and has won a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, and an NEA fellowship; his essays and reviews have appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Kyoto Journal, and the New York Times Book Review. He recently appeared in the Granta special issue, “Best of Young American Novelists.” He lives in Princeton and is an assistant professor of English at The College of New Jersey.
Rudolph Delson was raised in San Jose, California, and went to Stanford and N.Y.U. Law School. Except for a brief stint in Berlin, where he earned money by selling subscriptions to his occasionally risqué personal letters, he has made a living, miscellaneously, as a paralegal, a law clerk, and a litigation associate. He quit his job at the law firm on the eve of his thirtieth birthday to write his first novel Maynard & Jennica (Houghton Mifflin, Sept. 2007).
Zaedryn Meade is a queer butch writer working for subversion and joy. She has produced two chapbooks and one CD, and her work has been included in various anthologies and literary magazines, including The Seattle Review, Monkey Bicycle, Our Truths, Benthology, Best Lesbian Erotica 2006 and 2007, and others.
Last month at the Sunday Salon . . .
Bowery Women Poets rocked the house!
July . . .
We just can’t get enough literary delight, so Sunday Salon has added summer readings in July & August this year. Please join us . . . if it’s nice, we’ll be out back in the garden!
Tao Lin is the author of EEEEE EEE EEEE and Bed, a novel and a story-collection published last month by Melville House. He is also the author of a poetry-collection, You Are a Little Bit Happier Than I Am, published by Action Books. His site is Reader of Depressing Books.
Lynn Harris (www.lynnharris.net) is author of the comic mystery Death By Chick Lit, its prequel, Miss Media, and several humorous non-fiction titles. An award-winning journalist, she writes about gender, politics, and culture for Salon.com, The New York Times, Glamour, Nerve.com, and others; she also writes “The Rabbi’s Wife” column for Nextbook.org. Lynn is co-creator of the venerable website BreakupGirl.net.
Diana Lind is a 2006 graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in creative writing. Her fiction career is forthcoming, with publications in Best Life and other magazines and journals. Meanwhile, she makes a living as an architecture critic for Architectural Record. Her book on new residential architecture, Brooklyn Modern, will be published by Rizzoli in April 2008.
Douglas Light grew up in Indiana. His writing has appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, Identity Theory, Alaska Quarterly Review, failbetter, Pindeldyboz, and The Morning News. His fiction won an O. Henry Award, and was selected for the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003 anthology. His novel East Fifth Bliss (Behler Publications 2006) received the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Fiction. Additionally, he was a founding editor of the literary journal Epiphany. His website is: www.douglaslight.com.
June . . .
These writers helped us celebrate our 5th birthday on a lovely summer eve in the garden behind Stain Bar.
This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc.
Doreen Baingana is a Ugandan writer and author of Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005, Harlem Moon/Doubleday, 2006). The book won the Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Award in Short Fiction and the Commonwealth Prize for First Book, Africa Region, and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Prize for Debut Fiction. She has also won a Washington Independent Writers Fiction Prize and was a two-time finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her fiction and essays have been published in journals such as Glimmer Train, Chelsea, African American Review, and The Guardian, UK. Ms. Baingana has been a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, where she received an MFA, and been twice on the faculty of the Summer Literary Seminars-Kenya/Kwani?, which she joins again this year. She teaches at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, works for Voice of America radio, writes a monthly column for the Ugandan magazineAfrican Woman and cannot decide if she lives here or there.
From 2001 to 2005, Henk Rossouw was a foreign correspondent reporting from Africa for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Born in South Africa, Henk currently lives in Montreal. His work has appeared in Tin House and the Threepenny Review. He won the 2006 Summer Literary Seminars fiction contest, with a trip to Kenya as the prize. This fall, he’ll begin an MFA at UMass Amherst. His website is: www.henkrossouw.com.
Nick Antosca’s writing has appeared in The Barcelona Review, Identity Theory, Nerve.com, The New York Tyrant, The Antietam Review, Hustler, Opium, elimae, and others. His first novel, Fires, was published in 2007 by Impetus Press. He was born in New Orleans, graduated from Yale in 2005 with a film studies degree, and now lives in New York, writing and working at a hedge fund. His website is http://brothercyst.blogspot.com/.
Erica Miguel moved to New York City from California to attend The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program. Seven years later, she is still in the city absorbing and deflecting all that it chucks at her. She desperately misses the smell of ocean air, the taste of tomatoes, the sight of fuchsia sunsets and hopes to return to the West Coast before the last sequoia dies. She dabbles in other forms of writing such as articles about art and culture in Alarm Magazine, haikus and questionable screenplays to justify her sporadic novel writing. Just recently, she became aware that a play she co-wrote called Export Quality, based on the true stories of mail order brides from the Philippines who came to the United States to meet their fate as victims of abuse and death, will be performed for second time in California this June. (She hopes to actually see it one day.) Meanwhile, Erica’s novel about a mail order bride who comes from a very peculiar family of women in the Philippines waits patiently for her attention.
And special musical guest to help celebrate our b-day . . .
Reed Dickson is a professionally obsessive amateur guitarist who occasionally lets himself sing his mind, when in drop-D tuning. When not directing a teacher training program at Teachers College, Columbia University, Reed composes pieces for guitar, piano and tin-whistle, and continues to work on his first novel. He also thoroughly enjoys editing and feels fortunate to have been an early editor for Neshani Andreas’ first novel, the Purple Violet of Oshaantu (Heinemann African Writers Series). He is currently the series editor of a forthcoming collection of short non-fiction pieces about city teaching. Reed has previously shared one story from his novel-in-progress with the Sunday Salon back in October of 2002.
May . . .
Taylor Antrim is an editor at ForbesLife and a regular contributor to the New York Times and to Vogue. His journalism has appeared in Esquire, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Village Voice, and other publications, and his stories have won prizes from Black Warrior Review, Terminus Magazine and Phoebe. A graduate of Stanford and of Oxford, he earned his MFA from Virginia, where he held the Poe-Faulkner Fellowship and won the Balch Short Story Prize. His first novel, The Headmaster Ritual, will be published by Houghton Mifflin in July. See more about him at www.taylorantrim.com.
Catherine Stine writes fiction for teens and adults. Refugees, her historical fiction about the friendship between an Afghan boy and an American girl, received a Booklist featured review and “Story Behind the Story” interview, was selected by the New York Public Library as a “Best Book for Teens,” and is featured in the United Nations student study guide. She has also written for Scholastic and Pleasant Company’s American Girl. Stine teaches creative writing at the New School. Visit her on the Web at www.catherinestine.com.
Thomas Burke grew up outside Chicago, received a BA from Union College and an MFA from UMASS Amherst. He has lived in Asia and Europe, and spent time in Africa, South America, and Central America. His most recent work is forthcoming in The Literary Review, Muse & Stone and the new online journal Vibrant Grey. He currently lives in Brooklyn, teaches, and is Co-Director/Assistant Director of the Summer Literary Seminars programs in Kenya and Russia.
Jamie Cat Callan is the creator of “The Writers Toolbox,” which Writers Marketplace has dubbed, “Julia Cameron meets “Who’s Line is it, Anyway?” She’s the author of three young adult novels and a relationship book called Hooking Up or Holding Out. Jamie’s work has been published in The New York Times Modern Love column, The Missouri Review, Story, Best American Erotica and many other places. Her essays on beauty, fashion and culture appear regularly in Bliss Magazine. Jamie teaches writing at Wesleyan University Graduate Liberal Studies Program.
Musical mischief provided by:
Heather Kristin, playwright/ singer/ songwriter/ violinist/ actor began performing at the age of eight under the direction of Gina Wendkos at the infamous Studio 54. After being home-schooled her whole life, earning a GED, she studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Circle in the Square, and recently graduated from The New School. Most recently her nonfiction articles have been featured in The St. Petersburg Times in Russia and on J.T. Leroy’s website. She is a two-time recipient of the SAG/ John L. Dales and the AFTRA Memorial Foundation personal essay grant. “MoonDance,” a composition she wrote on violin and performed was featured at The Frankfurt Film Festival. To view go to www.clauswithopf.com click on “Diner NYC.” She can usually be found singing her compositions with the literary gang, The Sunday Salon in Brooklyn. Prior to her musical mischief at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, she was Kristin Davis’ stand-in on “Sex and the City” and kissed the cook on the reality show, “The Restaurant.” Heather is currently writing her memoir.
April 22nd in history:
1509 Henry VIII became King of England.
1766 Madame de Stael, French writer, was born.
1970 The first Earth Day was observed.
2007 Four exceptional writers read at the Sunday Salon.
Join us for history in the making!
Terese Svoboda has published nine books of prose and poetry, most recently Tin God (U. of Nebraska Press, 2006). Critic Geoffrey O’Brien named her first novel, Cannibal, one of the best books in print. Her honors include an O’Henry Prize for the short story, a nonfiction Pushcart Prize, a translation NEH grant, three New York Foundation for the Arts grants in poetry and fiction, a New York State Council for the Arts and a Jerome Foundation grant in video, the John Golden Award in playwriting, the Bobst Prize in fiction and the Iowa Prize in poetry. Her tenth book, Black Glasses Like Clark Kent, won the 2007 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and will be published next year.
Binyavanga Wainaina is a Kenyan writer. In 2002 he won the Caine Prize for African Writing. He is the Founding Editor of Kwani? – a leading Kenyan magazine (www.kwani.org). In 2007, he won the Virginia Quarterly’s Emily Clark Balch prize for fiction. He was written for Tin House, Chimurenga, National Geographic and the New York Times. He is the Visiting Writer at Union College, in upstate New York. His travel/memoir book Discovering Home will be published by Graywolf Press in 2008.
Bino A. Realuyo is the author of The Gods We Worship Live Next Door, selected for 2005 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Manoa, The Literary Review, New Letters and The Nation. He was a recipient of the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from Poetry Society of America. The son of a survivor of the Bataan Death March and a World War II Japanese concentration camp in the Philippines, Bino A. Realuyo was born in Manila and raised there and in New York City. He is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Umbrella Country. He lives in Manhattan.
Cheryl Burke is an award-winning poet and writer. Her work appears in dozens of print and online publications including: The Guardian, Small Spiral Notebook, BLOOM, Reactions 5, Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache, The Milk of Almonds and Poetry Nation. Her awards include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. As a performer, Cheryl has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and in Australia. She is also the creator and producer of PVC: The Poetry vs. Comedy Variety Show at the Bowery Poetry Club. Cheryl lives in Brooklyn, NY and online at www.cherylb.com.
Mitch Levenberg has published short fiction and essays in such journals as Fiction, The St. Ann’s Review, The Common Review, Fine Madness, The New Delta Review, The Cream City Review and others. A collection of his short stories entitled “Principles of Uncertainty and Other Constants” was published last March. He teaches Creative Writing at NYU and St. Francis College–He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, three dogs and one hamster. The other one ecaped.
Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell 1999), and of the widely celebrated and influential novel, Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction. His other awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, The Chicago Public Library’s Twenty-first Century Award, a Recognition for Pioneering Achievements in Fiction from the African American Literature and Culture Association, and a support grant from Creative Capital, and the 2003 Charles Angoff award for fiction from The Literary Review. Born in Chicago, he holds a Ph.D. in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently an Associate Professor of English at Queens College of The City University of New York and an instructor in the graduate writing program at New School University. He has also taught for Cave Canem, the Summer Literary Seminars program in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Nairobi, Kenya, and in the writing program at Columbia University. And he is the director of the Pan African Literary Forum, a writers’ conference, which will open in Accra, Ghana in the summer of 2008.
Kate Hunter grew up in Thetford, Vermont and Nashville, Tennessee, among other places. She moved to New York City at eighteen to go to school and has been here ever since, except for periods spent traveling in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She lives in North Brooklyn with her dog, Tuva. Her novel, The Dream
Sequence, has recently been published by Impetus Press.
Shelley Marlow is a writer and visual artist living in Brooklyn. In Marlow’s first New Narrative novel, Lesbians of Arabia aka Swann in Love Again in the Lesbian Arabian Nights underscores the inner journey as a way to understanding aggression and trauma. Lesbians of Arabia is encyclopedic in intention where magic realism meets psychological horror meets screwball comedy. In one section, dream and reality invert similar to a 1930’s experimental film. Marlow’s second novel Two Augusts in a Row in a Row is a work in progress. Notable recent projects include Mother, May I? exhibition, NY; LTTR journal: Nasty #V; The Mystery of Sophie Berman, photograph, cover of the Literary Review, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; Gender: photograph, LTTR Journal, Printed Matter Press; Best Witches: novel excerpt from Two Augusts in a Row in a Row, The Bonds of Love Exhibition Catalogue, John Connelly Presents; LPVTV, cable and web broadcasts, reading Optimism Reigns and Rains, invocation to the garden fairies; Literary Fellowship Finalist, Summer Literary Seminars, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Eric McEntee (musical guest) is a musician and a filmmaker from California who lives in New York and attends the New School. Most often he performs by himself or with others by the name Hand. Music and contact information can be heard/ found at www.myspace.com/handsun & his all-time favourite song is by far “Nature Boy”, written by Eden Ahbez which he affectionately calls: “the saddest kind of cinema.”
February . . .
Harlem Writers Guild Reading
K.C. Washington is a member of the Harlem Writers Guild and a Mellon Fellow. K.C. believes in illuminating the present by revealing the past. Along with other works of fiction and poetry, K.C. has also published in Nubian Gallery, Urban Latino and Cover Magazine. Mourning Becomes Her: a novella is her first novel.
Grace F. Edwards was born and raised in Harlem. She earned a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at CUNY and teaches fiction at Marymount Manhattan College and Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center. Grace is the Secretary of the Harlem Writers Guild and the author of In the Shadow of the Peacock (McGraw-Hill, 1988)
reissued by Guild Press 2000, If I Should Die (Doubleday, 1997), A Toast Before Dying (Doubleday 1998), No Time to Die (Doubleday, 1999), Do or Die (Doubleday 2000), and The Viaduct (Doubleday, 2003).
Judy C. Andrews is a high school teacher in Brooklyn. She received a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from The City College of New York. She has worked as an editor and freelance writer as well as an advocate for the Children’s Advisory Panel for the International Year of the Child under the leadership of former president Jimmy Carter. Ms. Andrews is a member of The Harlem Writers Guild. An Ocean of Jewels published through the Harlem Writers Guild Press is her first novel.
Adding to an already eclectic and impressive resume, actress and director Gammy L. Singer has brought another color to her artistic palette: author, and she explores storytelling from a perspective that many more-experienced writers wish they could tap. Singer
has been a teacher, a masseuse, a clerical worker, a proofreader, an actress and director. Released in March of 2006, her second novel, Down and Dirty: Another Landlord’s Tale has likeable landlord Amos Brown back in action. The first, A Landlord’s Tale,
was recently optioned for film and television by Laurence Fishburne’s film company, Gypsy Cinema Productions. Ms. Singer earned a master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania and has contributed theater reviews for
the New York Amsterdam News and book reviews for online FlavahReviews.com. She resides in Harlem, the setting for her novels, having moved there from Los Angeles and has a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren living in Atlanta whom she visits
January . . .
Maggie Pouncey is completing her MFA in creative writing at Columbia University, where she teaches undergraduate writing. She is at work on a collection of stories, and a novel. Maggie is a mentor for Girls Write Now (www.girlswritenow.org). GWN will be selling “pay what you can” raffle tickets. Prize winners will be announced at our GWN Mentor/Mentee pair reading on Wednesday, Jan. 24!! Click HERE for more info.
Through her controversial weekly political, social and cultural columns for the op-ed pages of the Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer, Joyce Marcel (www.joycemarcel.com)has become the voice of an entire county – Windham – in southern Vermont. In May 2006, she published a collection of essays called A Thousand Words or Less. Her weekly columns can be found on-line Thursdays at The American Reporter (american-reporter.com) and often on Common Dreams (commondreams.org.) She is also a free-lance journalist and music critic whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, Vermont Life Magazine, Vermont Business Magazine, Newsday, The New York Post and many other places.
Neo-screwball wit Lisa Ferber is a prolific story writer, playwright and lyricist. She has read at KGB, Dirty Laundry, Mad Hatters/Rogue Scholars Ball, Satchmo’s, and Barbes Brooklyn. Published stories, including “Bed of Plastic Bags and a Salad Bowl,”Popsicle Stick on Floor,” and “Worst Pie Ever” can be found on the websites Ducts, Apollos Lyre, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Glut, Tryst, Paperplates, The Shore Mag, Ward 6 Review, Mad Hatters Review, and the print version of The Shore Magazine. Her plays include “Oh, Mister Cadhole!” “An Evening With Molly Hadafew,” and “Bonbons for Breakfast.” She is a member of the Tony-honored BMI Musical Theatre workshop; her first film “The Celery Stalker” will premiere at the Asian American International Film Festival this March, and her film “Penny’s One Date” is currently in production with Ping Pictures.
In a previous life Tony O’Neill played keyboards for bands and artists as diverse as Kenickie, Marc Almond and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. After moving to Los Angeles his promising career was derailed by heroin addiction, quickie marriages and crack abuse. While kicking methadone he started writing about his experiences on the periphery of the Hollywood Dream and he has been writing ever since. His autobiographical novel Digging The Vein was described by poet John Giorno as “Mining diamonds for the crown of the king of hell,” and published in June 2006 by Contemporary Press in the US and Canada. Wrecking Ball Press plans to release a UK edition in Feb 2007. A short story collection Seizure Wet Dreams, is available in the UK from Social Disease press. A volume of poetry, Songs From The Shooting Gallery is
slated for a spring 2007 release on Burning Shore Press. He lives in New York where he works a variety of odd jobs and writes.
Michael Indeglio (www.mike-indeglio.com)is an actor/director/singer/musician/utterly charming and generally broke storytelling individual. He is a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York and will probably someday be a graduate of the New School. As an actor he’s appeared in various national touring companies including “Titanic: the Musical,” “Mame,” and “Forever Plaid,” and countless regional productions. He also created the role of Miller in the premier of the new musical “Fags & Cellphones” (original workshop cast recording.) He’s been a member of various bands and musical collectives of varying levels of success since he began playing guitar at age 8. After many years, he is excited to turn his focus again to creating his own music. He dedicates this and every performance to the memory of his father.
December . . .
David Treuer (www.davidtreuer.com) is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the author of three novels, The Translation of Dr Apelles (Graywolf Press), Little, and The Hiawatha, as well as a book of essays, Native American Fiction. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Canada, a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the Penn West prize in 1999. David teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Minnesota.
Katherine Lanpher ( www.katherinelanpher.com) is a writer and broadcaster who now makes her home in New York. Until last fall, she was the co-host of “The Al Franken Show” as heard on Air America Radio and seen on the Sundance Channel. She moved to Manhattan from Minnesota to join the show on Leap Day 2004. She is the former host of Minnesota Public Radio’s “Midmorning” show and its “Talking Volumes” series; she also hosted an evening talk show on KSTP-AM 1500, then the Rush Limbaugh flagship in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She was a reporter at the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press for 16 years, the last six as a columnist. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and with a master’s degree in American Cultural History from the University of Chicago. Her writing has appeared on both the op-ed and book review pages of the New York Times, as well as More magazine. She is the host of “Upstairs at the Square,” an event series featuring authors and musicia ns at the Barnes and Noble flagship store in New York’s Union Square. Leap Days, published by Springboard Press in October, is her first book.
Ronna Wineberg (www.ronnawineberg.com) is a writer and editor in New York. Her collection of short stories, Second Language, won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition, dedicated to discovering the best new writing, and was the runner-up for the 2006 Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction. Ronna’s stories have appeared in Berkeley Fiction Review, Colorado Review, South Dakota Review, So To Speak and other literary journals, and her work has been read on National Public Radio. Ronna is the fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, “a forum for illuminating humanity and human experience” that is published by the Department of Medicine at New York University. She has received fellowships from organizations including the New York Foundation for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Born in Chicago and educated at the University of Michigan and the University of Denver College of Law, Ronna has been a public defender and had a private law practice, and taught writing at New York University. She lives in Greenwich Village with her husband and children.
Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Esquire, New York Magazine, GQ, and The New York Times Book Review. He is the author of over 20 books, including From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, An Oral History of the NBA, and co-author of My Zany Life and Times, by Soupy Sales. He has been a Visiting Professor at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and now teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, the New York Writer’s Workshop and the Writer’s Voice. His novel, Swann’s Last Song, will be published in the near future.
November . . .
Alison Smith’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Granta, The London Telegraph, The New York Times, The Believer, Glamour, Best American Erotica, and other publications. Her first book, a memoir titled Name All the Animals (Scribner) was named one of the top ten books of 2004 by People Magazine and was shorted-listed for the Book-Sense Book-of-the-Year Award. Alison has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Judy Grahn Prize for Nonfiction and a Lambda Literary Award. Alison teaches in the MFA writing program at Goddard College and lectures at universities and high schools throughout the country.
Jami Attenberg is the author of the short story collection Instant Love. She has written about design, technology, books, music, sex and urban life for Print, Nylon, Salon, and the San Francisco
Chronicle. Her fiction has been published in Nerve, Pindeldyboz, Bullfight Review, and Spork. Attenberg curates the Class of 2007 reading series, which spotlights debut authors, in New York City. Her novel, The Kept Man, will be published in 2008.
Scott Snyder has been published in Zoetrope, One Story, Tin House, Epoch, and other journals. His first collection of short stories, Voodoo Heart, was published this fall. Scott teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York with his wife. Stephen King lauds, “…Voodoo Heart just blew me away. These dispatches from disaffected but strangely likeable American oddities have much the same effect as good American roots music: their simplicity is deceptive, their emotional power considerable.”
Melissa Petro graduated from Antioch College in 2002 with a degree in Self, Society and Culture, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at The New School. The first chapter of her memoir (‘Mexico’) was awarded second place in Memoirs Ink
2005 Nonfiction Contest and was featured in Cultural Shock, a multimedia exhibition at Local Project Gallery. She recently presented a paper at Sex Work Matters: Beyond Divides, a conference for scholars, activists and analysts involved in issues surrounding sex work. This paper, entitled “I Did It… For the
Money: Sex Work as a Means to Socioeconomic Opportunity”, was published in the August edition of Research in Sex Work. The third chapter of her memoir is being published in the forthcoming edition of Post Road.
October . . .
The Sunday Salon welcomes readers from Global City Review . . .
Edith Chevat is the Senior Editor of Girls, An Anthology. She is the author of a novel, Love Lesson, which received a starred review in Book List. She is one of the original members of the Global City
Collective and was co-editor of several issues of Global City Review. Her long narrative poem “Lost” deals with personal loss and 9/11. She has seven grandchildren and six are girls.
Bill Cheng graduated from Baruch College with a degree in Creative Writing. His fiction has appeared in Ballyhoo Stories. He lives in Queens, New York and is currently applying to graduate school.
Beth Herstein has an M. A. in Creative Writing from City College of New York. Her fiction has appeared in Promethean and Owen Wister Review, and another story will appear in Woman This Month. She is a columnist for the “What’s New on the Rialto” section of the website “Talkin’ Broadway”; and she has written
several articles for the New Orleans-based magazine Southern Woman.
Peter Marcus has had poems published in Poetry, Ploughshares, New England Review and other journals. His manuscript, “Dark Remedies,” has been a finalist for various prizes including The National Poetry Series. He was awarded a Connecticut Commission of the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 2001.
September . . .
Mark Swartz is the author of Instant Karma (City Lights, 2002). His writing has appeared in the Village Voice, The Believer, Bomb, Bookforum, Chicago Reader, and other publications. Originally from Chicago, he lives in Forest Hills, Queens, with his wife and daughter. His new novel, H2O, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press.
Jessica Anthony’s stories have appeared in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, CutBank, Mid-American Review, New American Writing and elsewhere. She won McSweeney’s first “Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award,” and the fiction contest to Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has been a fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony. She is currently finishing her first novel.
Michael Hawley’s stories have appeared in SunDog: A Southeast Review, The New Yorker, and the Boston Review. He is currently building a collection of stories and is developing two novels. Michael has a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University.
Susan Tepper writes fiction, poetry and essays. Her work appears in Salt Hill, Green Mountains Review, American Letters & Commentary and other publications. “Blue Edge,” her first poetry collection, is available from Cervena Barva Press (www.cervenabarvapress.com)
June . . .
The Sunday Salon turns FOUR, and guess what? The hosts are taking over the stage! Briefly. To read a few things. And then other people will read a few things. And we will also have a very very exciting literary raffle, and maybe even t-shirts to sell, to raise money for Girls Write Now, a nonprofit which pairs high school girls with professional women writers for weekly one-on-one mentoring and monthly writing workshops.
Won’t you join us? Swell. We’ll see you there.
Literary Raffle featuring . . . awesome summer reading from Sunday Salon alums and friends of the Salon, Graywolf Press and Soft Skull Press . . .
From Greywolf Press:
When All Is Said and Done, Robert Hill (Sunday Salon alum)
Stump, Niall Griffiths (Sunday Salon alum)
Moon Crossing Bridge, Tess Gallagher
The Language of Blood: A Memoir, Jane Jeong Trenka
If You Want To Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, Brenda Ueland
From Soft Skull Press:
Jane: a Murder, Maggie Nelson
Everyone’s Pretty, Lydia Millet
Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood & Other Creative Acts, edited by Bee Lavender & Maia Rossini
Skels, Maggie Dubris
Heredity, Jenny Davidson
And from Sunday Salon alums:
Traveler’s Tales: Prague & the Czech Republic, edited by David Farley & Jessie Sholl
Around the Bloc, Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Edges: O Israel, O Palestine, Leora Skolkin-Smith
Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, featuring a short story by Susan Tepper
Don’t miss it! Also we will have Sunday Salon tshirts for sale to benefit GWN.
And our readers . . .
Bill Gordon’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mississippi Review, New York Press, Christopher Street, and Downtown . He received an MFA from Columbia University. Mary After All is his first novel. Luc Sante praises Mary After All as “sweet, funny, engrossing, and uncannily real, in the very best sense of that term. You feel like you could just move in for a while–Mary will feed you and put you up on the couch. You may not want to leave, though.” Bill grew up in Jersey City and now lives in New York.
Zaedryn Meade is a queer writer, classically trained in formal poetry but passionate about spoken word and aspiring to write fiction. Her work has previously been published in various literary magazines, she has produced two chapbooks, Covet (2002) and Valence: Fool’s Gold in the Shape of Poems (2005), and one CD, For the Record (2005). She recently co-wrote and performed with the group Girlstory in “Boxes and Boundaries” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She received bachelor’s degrees in both Social Change and Creative Writing, which she believes are actually the same thing, from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004. Originally born in Juneau, Alaska, she is now living in New York City. More about her upcoming performances and publications is available on her website, at www.zaedryn.com. Zaedryn is a Girls Write Now mentor and has been teaching writing in various organizations including the Community Word Project in New York, and the Bent Writing Institute for queers in Seattle for the past four years.
Nita Noveno has been a teacher, mentor, and literacy consultant at Bronx public schools for the past thirteen years. She is a graduate of the New School MFA Creative Writing Program and founded the Sunday Salon series in the summer of 2002. She has most recently been published in Lost and Found: An Anthology of Teachers Writing and Worldview magazine and was a finalist for the Missouri Review’s 2005 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. Nita still calls Ketchikan, Alaska home, but lives in lovely Astoria.
Caroline Berger joined the Sunday Salon as cohost in 2002. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing with a concentration in fiction from The New School. Her short prose has appeared most recently in La Petite Zine, Pindeldyboz and Barrow Street. She was a 2004 Artist in Residence at The Artists’ Enclave at I-Park and a 2006 juror for the Scholastic Writing Awards. She is currently a mentor for Girls Write Now and also teaches creative writing at The New School. She lives in forever up-and-coming Bed-Stuy Brooklyn.
With musical surprises by . . .
Sophie Herbert, singer/ songwriter for guitar and voice, aspiring yoga teacher, and visual artist. Sophie performs music regularly at the Himalaya Teahouse in Astoria to raise money for the Tibetan Children’s Village in India. She spent 4 months of 2005 in India teaching English to Tibetan refugees, traveling, and studying yoga and some Buddhist philosophy. She hopes to return to India after graduating to work on a project involving yoga therapy for disabled children.
May . . .
Born in Liverpool in 1966, Niall Griffiths now lives in Wales. His latest novel, Wreckage, has just been released by Graywolf Press. The Daily Telegraph says, “Wreckage is really a remarkable piece of work. In the foreground is a caper story; in the background, a poetically expressed, apocalyptic history of Liverpool.” The Guardian praises Griffiths’ “exuberant wordplay” in this “tragicomic lament for the generations of rejects and hopefuls who fetched up in the erstwhile ‘muddy pool’ of Liverpool.” Griffiths’ novel Stump won the Welsh Book of the Year Award in 2004. His previous novels include Sheepshagger, Kelly + Victor, which is being made into a feature film, and Grits, which is currently being filmed for television in the UK.
Danyel Smith is a former editor-at-large for Time Inc. and a former editor-in-chief of Vibe. She has written for Time, Rolling Stone, Elle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. Smith is on the part-time faculty at the New School University, and wrote the introduction for the New York Times’ bestseller Tupac Shakur. She has written two novels, More Like Wrestling (Crown), and Bliss (Crown). She lives in Manhattan but was born and raised in California. Visit her at http://nakedcartwheels.blogspot.com.
Christopher Castellani holds an MA in creative writing from Boston University, a BA in English from Swarthmore College, and is ABD in English Literature at Tufts. His first novel, A Kiss from Maddalena, (Algonquin, 2003) won the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award, was a Top Ten BookSense pick, and has been published in five countries. Chris has been twice a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and currently works as Artistic Director of Grub Street Writers, Inc., Boston’s only independent writing center. His second novel, The Saint of Lost Things, was published by Algonquin in October 2005. For more about Chris, visit www.christophercastellani.com.
David Winner has two Pushcart nominations, an Associated Writing Program Intro Contest nomination, and first prize in The Ledge’s 2003 Fiction Contest. His stories have appeared in Fiction, Confrontation, Stickman Review, Buzzwords, Phantasmagoria and other literary magazines both here and in the UK. An independent filmmaker in Chicago is making a short movie of a short story of his to be distributed in festivals in the Fall, and he is the fiction editor of The American, a monthly magazine based in Rome.
April . . .
Robert Hill writes advertising copy for movies and grants for not-for-profit organizations. When All is Said and Done (Graywolf Press) was written in the Dangerous Writer’s workshop led by Tom Spanbauer, and was awarded the Oregon Literary Arts Walt Morey Fellowship for fiction as a work in progress. AM Homes says: “I read it in a single sitting—the writing is wonderful, rich, evocative and truly unique. Hill’s novel is strong for all that it does say, and all that it leaves to the reader’s imagination. There’s something poetic in the best of ways about the way that the lines and language unfold. This book reminds me of Cheever and Yates and a young Rick Moody.” Robert lives in Portland, Oregon, and is at work on a new novel.
Roberta Allen is the author of eight books, including the novel, The Dreaming Girl, the story collections, Certain People, The Traveling Woman, the novella-in-stories, The Daughter, the memoir, Amazon Dream, and the writing guide, The Playful Way To Serious Writing. She teaches at The New School and runs Playful Writer Workshops in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY. She is also a visual artist in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum. Her website is www.robertaallen.com.
Jason Schossler works as a freelance legal journalist and teaches creative writing at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. His short stories and poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in The Sun, Indiana Review, Notre Dame Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Willow Springs, U.S. Catholic, Confrontation, North Dakota Quarterly, Pearl, Event, Evansville Review and Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, among other places. He holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Temple University, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany.
Cassandra Neyenesch wrote about visual art, fashion and movies for newspapers in East Asia and more recently has done book reviews for Kirkus Special Projects and the Brooklyn Rail. She’s just finished her second novel, The Living. She lives around the corner, across from the creepy tire shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
March . . .
John Verbos’s fiction has appeared in Pindeldyboz, Tatlin’s Tower, Conjunctions, and the Backwards City Review. His story “Lost Boys” was selected by Dave Eggers for the anthology The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003. He is currently at work on a novel.
Tim Geaghan’s fiction has appeared in Tatlin’s Tower. His poetry has appeared nowhere but on the shadows of everyone’s skulls. He, like Federico Garcia Lorca, is from the country, and, like him, dislikes cities because he believes man is not the center of existence.
Edges: O Israel, O Palestine was selected by Grace Paley for Glad Day Books, a new publishing house founded by Ms. Paley. A 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award Nominee, Edges is Leora Skolkin-Smith’s first published full-length novel. Born in Manhattan in 1952, Leora spent her childhood between New York and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother’s birthplace in old Jerusalem every three years. She has been published in Persea: An International Review and The Sarah Lawrence Review. The recipient of grants from The Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and P.E.N. American Center, she has also developed and directed writing programs for the mentally ill in eight major psychiatric hospitals. In the last few years she was co-founder of The Emmett Till//Anne Frank program, a multicultural educational initiative for Afro-American and Jewish youth in Brooklyn. Leora holds a BA and MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Since getting her MFA in Nonfiction from the New School, Lisa Freedman has been teaching writing workshops for patients and caregivers that focus on the boundaries and synergies between literature and therapy. She has presented these courses for the New School, the International Women’s Writing Guild and Amethyst Women’s Project. Lisa grew up in the Snow Belt south of Buffalo. As an adult, she spent a year on a teeny island in the Caribbean, the setting for most of her memoir. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Art&Understanding, and POZ. Lisa has received fellowships and awards from The Puffin Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, The Poetry Society of America, and Soul Mountain. Last year, she gave into her ocean fixation and moved to Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn.
Musical mischief provided by:
Heather Kristin, native New Yorker. Most recently she played her fiddle in Brooklyn with Sweet William, Brazilian music with Misha Piatigorsky at The Zinc Bar, Celtic folk music with Carlos Nunez in Spain, classical violin with The Alairia Group in Prague, jazz with the Jacob Melchior Trio at Sidewalk Cafe, country folk with Gary Heidt at Tobacco Road, and enjoyed more musical mischief with Valery Panov at Swing 46. Favorite highlights have been composing music for German film director Claus Withoph, for The Brooklyn Heights Players, and singing with Jennifer Davis in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has written about her adventures in The West Side Spirit, Our Town, St. Petersburg Times, and has been featured on J.T. Leroy’s website. Her goal is to never live in the country, but to live in a shoe with her eight children and twelve musical instruments.
February . . .
Honor Moore’s most recent collection of poems is Red Shoes (WW Norton). She is the author of The White Blackbird, A Life Of The Painter Margarett Sargent By Her Granddaughter and is at work on The Bishop’s Daughter, a memoir.
Tara McCarthy’s first novel, Love Will Tear Us Apart, was published in September. She is also the author of a memoir, Been There, Haven’t Done That (Warner Books), and her work has appeared in magazines including Seventeen and Good Housekeeping, and on websites including Killing the Buddha and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. Her novel for teens, The Pursuit of Happiness, is due out in March from MTV Books. She lives in Astoria.
Brett Berk has been teaching short-fiction writing in the New School Writing Program since 2000. His stories have appeared in journals including Fiction, Tin House, The Mississippi Review, Other Voices, and Another Chicago Magazine. Brett’s work has garnered national grants and awards including the Chicago Literary Award and residencies at The MacDowell Colony and the Breadloaf Writers Conference, and he has read at a number of New York-based reading series, including those at: The National Arts Club, Halcyon, Happy Ending, and Pete’s Candy Store. Brett is working on a new collection of stories, as well as finishing his first novel.
Ericka Lutz lives in Oakland, California where she writes in many genres. Her short stories, including selections from her collection San Andreas: Short Fiction on Shaky Ground, have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including Green Mountains Review, Scrivener Creative Review, Chemical Lust: a sex and drugs anthology (Monophonic), Kaleidoscope, Pindeldyboz, and Sideshow: An anthology of contemporary fiction (Somersault Press). She is a recent fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the fiction editor at the online magazine Literary Mama. Her creative nonfiction appears in the themed anthologies Child of Mine (Hyperion), and in Literary Mama, Toddler, and France: A Love Story (allSeal Press). She is also the author of seven commercial non-fiction books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stepparenting, and she teaches writing at U. C. Berkeley.
January . . .
Brett Leveridge’s book, Men My Mother Dated And Other Mostly True Tales (2000, Villard), was a finalist for the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor, though it lost in a what was widely considered a stunning upset to a volume entitled Me Talk Pretty One Day by a little-known but not untalented young upstart named David Sedaris. Of the 4,326 people who purchased a copy of Leveridge’s humble little hardback, only four are known to have asked for their money back. Leveridge is an occasional contributor to PRI’s This American Life and has offered commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered. His work has appeared in online and print publications, including Salon, Entertainment weekly, Oklahoma Today, and Might magazine. His essay, “See You in September,” was included in the 2002 humor anthology 101 Damnations: The Humorists’ Tour of Personal Hells (Thomas Dunne Books, Michael Rosen, ed.). Leveridge lives in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, where he spends most of his time alone with
Elizabeth Logan Harris is a native of Virginia. Before moving to New York a few years ago, Elizabeth worked as an actor and film producer in Ohio for ten years. She also wrote and performed original monologues at Midwestern regional theaters. She was a writing fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 1999. Her play, Skirmishes, was produced by the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati in 2000. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Cincinnati Magazine, X-Ray Cincinnati, Mid-American Review, Columbia, Glimmer Train and New England Review. She is currently working on a novel and pursuing her MFA at Brooklyn College.
Cheryl Burke (a.k.a. Cheryl B.) is an award-winning poet and creative nonfiction writer. Her work appears in dozens of print and online publications including; BLOOM, Small Spiral Notebook, The Guardian, Reactions 5, Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache, The Milk of Almonds and Poetry Nation. Cheryl lives in Brooklyn where she curates and hosts The Atomic Reading Series. Her website is www.cherylb.com.
David Harlan Webber is a graduate of Columbia and NYU Law School. He is currently working on a novel about a young incarcerated paralegal who bluffs his way out of jail, into law school, and into the hearts and minds of a federal judge and, more importantly, his granddaughter. A chapter was awarded a prize in the New York Law Journal Fiction contest and published online. David has taken fiction workshops at the New School and the 92 Street Y with Joseph Caldwell and Nahid Rachlin. He works as a lawyer in New York where he lives with his wife Irit.
Sunday Salon’s Radio Debut . . .
It’s true. We are now radio stars. Won’t you tune in?
Happy Holidays to all,
Caroline & Nita
“Composed on the Tongue”
online live broadcast at www.wkcr.org
Sunday, December 18, 8:30-9pm
For over three years, writers Caroline Berger & Nita Noveno have curated a monthly prose reading series, the Sunday Salon. Currently situated at Stain Bar in Brooklyn, the series hosts both published and emerging authors. Ms. Berger, Ms. Noveno, and Salon alum René Georg Vasicek join host Scott Statland to discuss the series and read some of their own prose.
The show will broadcast this Sunday, 12/18, 8:30-9:00pm EST. In the tri-state area, you can tune into 89.9 FM. Worldwide, you can listen to a live online stream at www.wkcr.org (click on “live broadcast”). Within a week of the 12/18 broadcast, the show will be archived at www.wkcr.org. To hear it, click on Archives, then Selected Arts Archives, then search for “Sunday Salon,” then click on the speaker icon.
December . . .
Jackson Taylor is most proud to have helped launch The New School’s Graduate Writing Program where he is the Associate Director. He also teaches courses at mediabistro in SoHo. He holds a BA from Columbia and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. For three years he worked at The New York Times as floater in many departments including The Week in Review, Culture, Arts and Leisure, the UN bureau, National and Metro desks. For more than fifteen years he has been the Director of The Prison Writing Program at PEN American Center. He has written film, theater and restaurant reviews for Downtown Express, SoHo Weekly, and Time Out NY. His short fiction has appeared in small “zine” publications many of which have four-letter titles ie; Spit, Pink, Moss and Punk. He recently completed his first novel and is at work on a second.
Anne Elliott has done spoken word in NYC since the early 90’s, appearing (with and without ukulele) at the Whitney Museum, KGB Bar, the Knitting Factory, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. She is the big cheese of Big Fat Press, which publishes hand-printed chapbooks of experimental fiction, poetry and performance texts. Her work has appeared in anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poet’s Café (Henry Holt), and Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the Poemfone Poets (St. Martin’s), and periodicals including Interview, Lungfull, Excursus Literary Journal, and WV. She was a 2001 fiction fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Elliott earned an MFA from UC San Diego, and a BFA from Washington University, both in visual art/performance. She lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and earns her keep as a quantitative analyst.
Born in 1972 to parents who met on the 1/9 train, Ellis Avery teaches creative writing at Columbia. She is the author of The Smoke Week, an award-winning personal account of life in downtown Manhattan during and after September 11, 2001, and her work has appeared in The Village Voice, Publishers Weekly, and Lit. She spent most of last year in Japan working on her current project, a novel set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Kyoto. Please visit her website, ellisavery.com.
Thomas Hopkins is a recent graduate of NYU¹s Creative Writing Program, which nominated his work for Best New American Voices 2007. His stories have appeared in the online edition of Pindeldyboz, the current issue of Quick Fiction, and the anthology Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader. He has also written for Poets & Writers. His drawings and photographs have been published in the online journals Flâneur, La Petite Zine, and Unpleasant Event Schedule, as well as in the print publications Black Book, Alternative Press, Quill and Quire, and The New York Times. He enjoys Barthelme, Borges, Calvino, Cortazar, long walks on the beach, quiet nights in front of a roaring fire, and just all kinds of music, really. His website is tomhop.com.
November . . .
Marcy Dermansky is a MacDowell Fellow and the winner of the 2002 Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award, and the 1999 Story Magazine Carson McCullers short story prize. Her stories have been published in numerous literary journals, including McSweeneys, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Indiana Review, and included in the anthology Love Stories: A Literary Companion to Tennis. She is a film critic for About.com and belongs to the New York Online Film Critics Society. Her novel, Twins, was published by William Morrow in September of this year. Marcy lives in Astoria, New York. She is not an identical twin.
James VanOosting has published ten books to date. In 2005, he brought out a novel, Walking Mary, with HarperCollins, as well as And the Flesh Became Word: Reflectins Theological and Aesthetic with Crossroad. He’s now at work on a tetralogy of novels. He teaches at Fordham University.
René Georg Vasicek’s essays have appeared in Divide, High Times, and Yuan Yang. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College. He teaches writing at Hofstra University and Globe Institute of Technology. René is currently at work on a coming-of-age story about his misadventures in Czechoslovakia and Long Island. He lives in Astoria, Queens, with his wife Catherine and their dog Sonja.
Tom Beer grew up in Corning, New York, and Concord Massachusetts, and attended Carleton College. He has worked at Bantam Books, and from 1995 to 2000 he was an editor at Out magazine. Since then he has worked as a freelance editor and journalist, and his nonfiction writing has appeared in Newsday, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, InStyle, Travel + Leisure, A&E Biography magazine, Poz magazine, and other publications. In 2004 he was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in fiction. He is currently at work on a collection of stories set in Sri Lanka, where he lived in 1989 and 1990.
October . . .
Michael Graves was a student of James Wright’s at Hunter College. He is the author of a book of poems Outside St. Jude’s, which was re-issued as an ebook by Rattapallax. He has published more than one hundred twenty-five poems in journals and magazines, some of which include The Classical Outlook, European Judaism, The Journal of Irish Literature (4), Writer’s Forum, Rattapallax (5), The Hurricane Review, The Hollins Critic (11), Archipelago, Salonika and nycBigCityLit. He has published poems in the James Joyce Quarterly, and his poem “Apollo to Daphne” appeared in Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (Oxford, 2001). He has held editorial positions at Rattapallax and has been an editor for R. E.M. Press and The Poetry NewsLetter as well as a contributing editor to the Aeraiocht Press. In his spare time, he runs the Phoenix Reading Series.
Trinidadian-American, Kelvin Christopher James holds a B.Sc. from the University of West Indies (St. Augustine campus), and a doctorate in Science Education from Columbia University Teachers College. Born in Port of Spain and grown up in Arima, Kelvin has been an apprentice research scientist, hitched his way around the Caribbean archipelago, and found time to be a national athlete. Eventually in New York he decided to pursue the writer’s life. In 1989, he was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. In 1996, was granted a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in literature. From 1992 through 1996, and managed through the Board of Education, each year he donated approximately $3000 to New York City high-schoolers for his eponymous annual writing awards. He lives in Harlem.
Bonny Finberg’s fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews, and photographs have been published in numerous anthologies, including Best American Erotica of 1996, Crimes of the Beats, Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Long Shot, Café Review, A Gathering of Tribes, and Appearances. Publishers Weekly described her work as reflecting a “…stunning erotic sensibility.” She is included in the N.Y.U. Fales Library archives of Lower East Side Writing, and her work has been translated into French and Japanese. She has done readings in New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington D.C. since the late 1980’s. Last spring she was awarded a writer’s residency at Can Serrat in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently working on a novel set in New York, India and Nepal, as well as a short story collection.
Matteo Pericoli was born in Milan where he graduated from the Polytechnic School of Architecture. His drawings have been published in the New York Times and the New Yorker, among others. In the fall of 2001, he published his first book, Manhattan Unfurled (Random House). Manhattan Within (Random House), was published in the fall of 2003. His first children’s book See the City, inspired by Manhattan Unfurled, was published in 2004 with Random House Children’s Books. He is now working on a new children book that will be published in the spring of 2006. He teaches architecture at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn.
September . . .
Robert Marshall’s novel Ixtlan is forthcoming from Carroll & Graf (Fall 2006). He is a visual artist as well as a writer; his drawings and paintings have been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe at venues such as The Thread Waxing Space, the Basel Art Fair, and the Richard Anderson Gallery. His writing has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly (Winter 2003) and in the anthologies Afterwords and Queer 13. New stories are forthcoming in Euphony, and in the anthology Fresh Men II, also from Caroll & Graf. His interviews and criticism have appeared in New York Press, on ArtNet, and in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. He was the founder and for three years the director of the Prose in General reading series at Art in General. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Macdowell Colony, Yaddo, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Carol Novack is a re-emerging writer, a lapsed criminal defense and constitutional lawyer with a Masters Degree in Social Work (community organizing). A book of her poems, Living Alone Without a Dictionary, was published in Australia, where she received a creative writer’s grant from The Australian Arts Council. Her poetry and prose have appeared and are forthcoming in various publications, including The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets, Diagram, Pindeldyboz, Yankee Pot Roast, SmokeLong Quarterly, Wild Strawberries and Newtopia. Carol is Editor and Publisher of Mad Hatters’ Review (www.madhattersreview.com), an ezine featuring “edgy and enlightened literature, art and music in the age of dementia.” Her website is: http://carolnovack.bravehost.com.
Michelle Herman has two new books out this year, Dog, a short novel and The Middle of Everything, her first work of nonfiction. Herman’s earlier work includes Missing, a novel, and a collection of novellas, A New and Glorious Life. Her many awards and honors include the Harold U. Ribalow Award from Hadassah for “best Jewish book of the year” for Missing, a National Endowment for the Arts grant in fiction, a James Michener Fellowship, numerous individual artist’s grants in fiction and creative nonfiction from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and a major teaching award from the Ohio State University, where she has taught since 1988. Born and raised in Brooklyn and educated at Brooklyn College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives now with her husband, still life painter Glen Holland, and their twelve-year-old daughter, Grace, in Columbus, Ohio.
Scott Cameron is finishing a novel about Freud, Indian curses, and Oklahoma that he hopes will be banned in at least one red state. In addition to fiction, Scott writes and produces television shows, and is a co-founder of a small educational publishing company. He also works as an educational specialist for children’s programs, including the new Japanese version of Sesame Street.
June . . .
Sunday Salon celebrates our 3rd anniversary with:
Thaddeus Rutkowski grew up in central Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Cornell University and The Johns Hopkins University. His new novel, Tetched (meaning “touched in the head”), has been printed by Behler Publications. His first novel, Roughhouse (Kaya Press, New York), was a finalist for the Members¹ Choice of the Asian American Literary Awards. His work has been anthologized in Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He won the Friday slam one time at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and was selected to read in the former home of East German President Erich Honecker in Berlin. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter. His web site can be found at www.thaddeusrutkowski.com.
Ross Minichiello came to New York as an actor/director in 1990 but found waiting tables to be much more lucrative. In 1996, while directing the OOBR award winning comedy, Donkeybar, he met his lovely, future wife, Mary. And in 2003 he became a dad to Max. He has workshopped fiction with Thad Rutkowski at the Writer’s Voice for the last few years. Outside of fiction Ross has written a screenplay, several 10 minute plays, some corporate stuff and a comedy/cooking show, Chow, Baby! Chow! He has read his work in a few downtown watering holes and cafes but has always stopped just shy of management asking him to leave. He is currently working on something longer than 10 pages.
Krista Madsen’s second novel, Four Corners, has just been released. Both this and her first novel Degas Must Have Loved a Dancer are available at the bar. Eight months after opening Stain Bar, she’s reactivated the writing side of her brain again and is at work on her third novel.
Catherine Kanjer Kapphahn is finishing a memoir The Stories You Never Told Me, an adventure-love story that takes place on three continents about a daughter’s search for her mother’s elusive history. She holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University and has taught writing workshops at Lehman College, Hunter College, Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center, Globe Institute of Technology, and Colorado Free University. She’s also an Om Yoga teacher. It is her life’s work to explore the connection between writing and healing.
May . . .
Jonathan Dee is the author of four novels, Palladio, St. Famous, The Liberty Campaign, and The Lover of History. His short fiction, nonfiction and criticism have appeared in many periodicals, including Harper’s, New York Times Magazine, and Paris Review, where he was formerly senior editor. He teaches in the graduate writing programs of The New School, Columbia University and Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Naomi Leimsider earned an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She attended the Breadloaf Writers Conference, was recently chosen to participate in the New American Writers program at Hartwick College, and she is one of the co-founders of the now defunct fiction reading series, Lambs to the Slaughter. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming online and in print, most recently in Zone 3, Pindeldyboz, Drunkenboat, Nerve Cowboy, Slowtrains, and The 13th Warrior. She is almost finished with her first collection of stories, tentatively titled, Delusions of Grandeur. She is an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing.
Josh Weil holds an MFA from the creative writing program at Columbia University. He has published fiction in Carve Magazine and been a finalist in The Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Novella Competition and in the Raymond Carver Short Story Competition. In addition to his prose, he has written a screenplay that was a runner-up for the 2003 Sundance Writer’s Lab, had a stage play produced in Edinburgh, Scotland, and made a film that won Best Short and Best Actor at the Chicago Alternative Film Festival. He recently completed a novel, River Horse.
Wallace Bullock is an English teacher at Herbert H. Lehman H.S. and has worked as an actor for theater companies such as House of Tribes Theater of NYC and the Vineyard Playhouse company on Martha’s Vineyard Island. Wallace has directed 7 school plays a Lehman, both hard drama and musicals. He worked as an associate for Time Capsule Literary Magazine where he published a short story. He was also a critic on the history of film for Film and History Magazine where he wrote and published reviews. Besides, having worked at Lehman Wallace lived in Cuba as a researcher for two years and worked at Kean Univerisity as an adjunct professor of English. Much of his fiction is about his own experiences. Presently, he is working on an autobiographical novel.
April . . .
We bid a farewell to our Upper West Side home of the last three years. These fine writers sent us of in high literary style and helped us say goodbye to the ever fabulous Soundz Lounge:
Tsaurah Litzky is the author of Baby On The Water – New And Collected Poems (Long Shot Press 2002) as well as five poetry chapbooks including Kamikaze Lover and Good Bye Beautiful Mother. Her work has appeared in over ninety publications including The Outlaw Bible Of American Poetry, Rattapallax, Long Shot, Best Amercian Erotica and Penthouse. In 2004 Simon and Schuster published her erotic novella, The Motion Of The Ocean as part of Three The Hard Way; a series of erotic novellas edited by Susie Bright. Tsaurah has read her work in many venues including the National Arts Club, Fales Library NYU, New School University, Angel Orensantz Foundation and the Bowery Poetry Club. She teaches erotic writing at the New School.
Alix Strauss’ articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers including: The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, Time Magazine, Men’s Health, Outside, Marie Claire and Self among others. Her collection of short stories, The Joy of Funerals, published by St. Martin’s Press, won the Ingram Award and was named Best Debut Novel by The New York Resident. In addition, Alix’s work has been anthologized, and her short fiction has appeared in the Hampton Shorts Literary Journal, the Idaho Review and Quality Women’s Fiction. Her short story, “Shrinking Away,” won the David Dornstein Creative Writing Award. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships: The Wesleyan Writers Conference, Skidmore College Writer’s Institute, Sarah Lawrence Summer and Squaw Valley’s Screenwriters’ Summer program.
Ken Levinson has been writing literary fiction since the mid-nineteen nineties. He completed his first novel, Traveling in Anhedonia, and is currently at work on his second novel, Reclaiming My Mother, in addition to a novella. Ken was an artist-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming in October 2003. He has been on the faculty at Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York since 1983. There he teaches writing to English as second language students as well as linguistics. Ken has also played piano in salsa bands both locally and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Amy Ouzoonian is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology of poetry, White Horses: Poems for Tsunami Relief (Sherman Asher/Foothills press 2005) and is the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology of poetry Skyscrapers, Taxis and Tampons (Genesis/Fly By Night press 1999). She is also the editor of A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine and is the author of Your Pill (Foothills Press 2004), her first book of poetry and prose. Presently, she is living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
March . . .
1) Vestal McIntyre has published in Open City and Tin House. His first book You Are Not The One was published in January by Carroll and Graf and has a giant bunny on the cover. Intruiged? Read the what the the New York Times Book Review had to say ’bout the bunny, et cetera, here.
2) Aida Zilelian is a writer, singer-songwriter, and teacher whose novel The Girl Who Cried Tuscany is an autobiographical account of her experiences growing up in America and being raised by immigrant parents.
3) Ona Mirkinson grew up in San Francisco and studied poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives and teaches in Brooklyn.
4) Lori Lynn Turner is a graduate of The New School MFA Creative Writing Program. She is currently writing a book Boys & Their Trains, which takes place in Fairbanks, Alaska where she grew up.
February is for LOVERS and we love us some good prose. . . Please join us as we welcome the following readers.
AND check out photos from our January fundraiser here.
Ellen Umansky graduated from Columbia’s MFA program in 2000. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as Playboy, Jane, the anthology The Lost Tribe and the upcoming anthology Sleep Away. Her nonfiction has appeared in a variety of places, including the New York Times, Salon, the Forward, and the New York Sun. She is currently working on completely her first novel.
Ed Hamilton’s fiction is forthcoming in The Riverwalk Journal and Modern Drunkard and has appeared in various small literary magazines, including The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Exquisite Corpse, Southern Ocean Review, and Lumpen Times, as well as online in Pif, 3AM Publishing, and Eclectica. The story that appeared in Eclectica was selected as being among the best new fiction on the web by the fiction editor at About.com. Ed has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Philosophy, and studied toward a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also taught logic, ethics, and philosophy to undergraduate students.
Writer, political economist and activist Dorotea Agustin Mendoza immigrated to New York City from the Philippines in 1984. Art and politics form Dorotea’s double helix. She writes, lectures on and organizes around issues faced by women of Philippine ancestry. As National Secretary General of GABRIELA Network, a Philippine-US women’s solidarity mass organization, she co-founded Kataga, a collective of women writers and artists that uses cultural work to advocate for social change. Dorotea lives in Brooklyn and is working on a novel.
Sarah D. Bunting was born and raised in the fine state of New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Television Without Pity.com, the site that enables your love/hate relationship with TV, and chief cook and bottle-washer at Tomato Nation.com, where she publishes essays, advice, and fiction. Last year, she wrote, directed, and produced “The Famous Ghost Monologues” so far off-Broadway that it was practically in the Hudson River. Her patent on the use of PBS art-history programming as a sleep aid is pending.
Reading & Tsunami Relief Effort Fundraiser
We’d like to thank everyone for a fun evening & for helping us raise over $600 for folks effected by the tsunami. Check back for more photos from the event soon!
Nita & Caroline
Proceeds | A Personal Story | Literary Raffle | Readers
The reading, as always, is free and open to the public. We hope you will also join us in supporting the tsunami relief efforts by participating in a special literary raffle, featuring the works of many of our Sunday Salon alumni.
Raffle tickets will be:
$10 for one ticket
$15 for two tickets
$20 for three tickets
We can accept cash & checks made out to ETAN. Not only will these raffle tickets help raise much needed funds for the East Timor Action Network’s tsunami relief efforts AND give you a chance to win one of the excellent prizes listed below, but they will also come with a 1/2 price drink coupon, thanks to the generosity of our host, Soundz Lounge (thanks, Ned!).
Before we get to the literary raffle delicacies, here are a few more words about the East Timor Action Network (www.etan.org):
The December 26 earthquake which triggered the tsunami occurred just off the coast of Aceh, Indonesia. Aceh is suffering the worst of the damage, at least 100,000 people have died and countless are homeless.
The East Timor Action Network is collecting contributions from people in the United States who want to give direct aid to local grassroots and humanitarian organizations in Aceh. This money is being sent directly to Acehnese groups whose usual work is with displaced persons and children. Now that their entire province has become victims of the tsunami, these groups are providing emergency humanitarian aid to those most in need, bypassing the politics and constraints that challenge governments and international organizations.
Also, we wanted to share with you the writings of Jabiz Raisdana, a writer and former NYC public school teacher now teaching in Malaysia. We are storytellers. It’s what we do & how we understand the world. Jabiz and his wife were on a boat off the coast of Thailand when the devastating tsunami hit, when it changed the way they understood their world. We will be reading an excerpt from his first-hand account at the Salon, but here it is in it’s entirety: click here to read.
Okay. Let’s talk raffle. How this works is that we will pull raffle tickets & winners can choose a prize on a first come/first serve basis. Here are just some of the goodies we have for you (many of these are signed copies). An asterisk denotes Sunday Salon alumni:
The Joy of Funerals
Andrew Sean Greer
Confessions of Max Tivoli
Pavement Saw #8; American Letters & Commentary, 15th Anniversary Issue
Low Flying Planes; Virginia Quarterly Review
Key to the Golden Firebird
Run, Catch Kiss; My Old Man
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z
Chapbook “Baby Girl Mijangos”
Pindeldyboz #2, #3, and #4
Maisonneuve box-sets: 6 issues of Maisonneuve, a free subscription, a CD, a fancy wooden box and a few other goodies.
And last but most certainly not least, we welcome our January readers:
Justin Courter’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Northwest Review, Pleiades, The Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, the Berkeley Fiction Review and other magazines. His first novel will be published by Omnidawn in 2006.
Leni Zumas’s fiction is published or forthcoming in Quarterly West, Carve, The Journal, So to Speak, and other magazines. One of her stories has been nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of the U Mass-Amherst MFA program and lives in Brooklyn.
Nichelle Newsletter is a Southern girl who loves New York City. She keeps nickels in her pocket working as a management consultant. She finds happiness in writing, hanging out with friends, and sending steamy text messages to her Italian boyfriend. She has read her work previously at WYSWYG Reading Series at PS 122, the Barbes Reading Series and the Atomic Reading Series in Park Slope. Her work has been published online at The Black Table.
Elizabeth Smith is a writer, teacher, and printmaker living in Brooklyn, just north of the hippest neighborhood in the United States. A graduate from art school, she alternated between writing and visual art for many years, and just recently began publishing her short stories. Her writing can be found in Starry Night Review, Terrain, and Carve Magazine, and she has been a part of writing groups and a featured reader in New York City. She is currently working on a novel, entitled Loveland.
Daniel Hayes, author of the hilarious and quirky debut novel Tearjerker, in which a frustrated writer kidnaps a renowned editor and cages him in a basement equipped with a TV, a treadmill, and a Porta-Potty. (Hey, we’ve all been there, right?) Daniel is also the author of a short story colletion, Kissing You. He lives in San Francisco, California. Visit his web site at www.hayestearjerker.com.
Janyce Stefan-Cole, whose stories or non-fiction have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ducts, Caprice and LABEL Magazine, and soon to appear in the American Review of Books. A story, “My Private Eye,” is included in the Boston Globe best-selling anthology, Dick for a Day. Her novel, Outside Eden, was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship.
Jami Attenberg’s writing has appeared in Salon, Nylon, Self, and Time Out NY, amongst other publications. Her short collection of stories about New York, Deli Life, was published by So New Media in 2003. Last spring she began distributing her new zine series “Instant Love,” which is available at her website (and will be available at the reading!), whatever-whenever.net. She is currently at work on a full-length collection of stories.
Luis Jaramillo has most recently been published in the Summer/Fall issue of Open City and in an anthology on video games, Gamers, from Soft Skull Press. He teaches at The New School and is currently working on a novel set in Big Sur.
October readers on tap . . .
1) Andy Friedman has been touring the nation’s music, art, theater, literary and drinking venues as a “Slideshow Poet” for almost three years. After the publication of his first book, Drawings & Other Failures in 2001, Friedman left his post as a cartoonist at The New Yorker to tour full-time. Friedman’s second book, Future Blues, was published in 2003. The artist is currently working on two new books, The Realist Manifesto and Slideshow Poet Live.
2)Elise Miller hosts and curates East Side Oral, “the reading series your mother warned you about,” monthly, on the Lower East Side. Her first novel, Star Craving Mad (Warner Books) part romantic comedy, part celebrity satire, is in stores now. Maverick Films (Madonna’s production company) has recently optioned the novel for a film. For more information, visit www.elisemiller.com, or www.eastsideoral.com.
3) Kathleen Warnock’s stories have appeared in Harrington Lesbian, Fiction Quarterly, Free Spirit, Uturn Magazine, and in the anthology It’s Only Rock and Roll. She is a contributing editor to ROCKGRL Magazine.
2) James VanOosting is the author of Electing JJ (named “Best Book of the Year” by Parents Magazine) and The Last Paycheck (awarded “Blue Ribbon” by the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature). His forthcoming young adult novel Walking Mary will be published by Harper Collins next year.
September’s Sunday Salon featured:
-Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004)
-Merrill Feitell, author of Here Beneath Low Flying Planes (Univ. of Iowa Press, 2004) and winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award
-brenda Lin, author of Wealth Ribbon: Taiwan Bound, America Bound (U.of Indianapolis Press, 2004)
-Kristan Ryan, author of Strange Angels~The Book of Damaris
Sunday Salon turned *TWO* this June. Our very super special stunningly talented readers were:
John Bensko, author of Sea Dogs (www.graywolfpress.org)
Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart (www.fivemen.com)
Wendy Shanker, author of The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life (www.wendyshanker.com)
Thanks to our May Salon readers! We heard: Alexandra Leggat’s short story of a lonely, troubled character named Sonny who returns to the dark places of his past and to a small town in which he is no longer welcomed. Lynn Harris’ tale of love, media and a reunion with a rudely successful, handsome and engaged ex-boyfriend. Dina Pearlman’s memoir-in-progress about fifth grade, her shamelessly libidinous father (Hustlin’ Harvey), and her dreams of escaping to her grandparents’ retirement home where she can watch Love Boat (in color) and eat Junior Mints in bed to her heart’s content. David Farley’s essay on being trapped on vacation in Bulgaria with a Czech family prone to nudity, a dancing bear, unfriendly border guards, and lots of drinking.
April’s Sunday Salon welcomed two memoirists to the stage, Catherine Kapphahn whose imagined conversations between her young mother and grandmother revealed the hardships of life in Croatia, and Rene Vasicek who recalled a coming-of-age journey from the Long Island Expressway to Las Vegas with uncles from Czechoslovakia. In her tragic-comic personal essay, Melanie Broussard described a love affair turned sour while Susan Tepper’s short story contrasted the innocent tale of two teens cruising in the Midwest–fighting over eclairs, girls, and who gets to drive–against the violent backdrop of the Vietnam War.
The audience at March’s Sunday Salon heard the fierce and frolicky prose of four very different writers. Victoria Redel gave a graceful, yet chilling reading of a mother’s obssessive love for her son, while Paul Levinson introduced us to fictional NYPD’s forensic Detective Phil D’Amato, called into investigate the disappearance of squirrels from Central Park. Geronimo Madrid recounted a Filipino-American writer’s family battles while discovering the subject of his book. Finally, Catherine Price shared two very funny essays about her ‘lost in translation’ experience in China and an eye-opening stint as a member/employee of Park Slope’s Food Co-op!
What do a superwoman, a nursing mother, six women named Mary, and a hot tub lounger have in common? They all appeared at January’s Sunday Salon! Jewish feminist academic science fiction writer Marleen Barr started off the New Year Salon reading about a Jewish feminist academic science fiction writer who discovers she is really a superhero with the powers to save a plane from hijackers. Amy Koppelman’s delicate prose delved into the delicate subject of postpartum depression. Regina Gillis’ dramatic reading of a poker game played between six holy Marys had us rolling our eyes heavenward. Finally, David Webber’s wincingly humorous character fumbles his way through a hot tub conversation with the opposite sex and comes out squeaky clean. Hang on! Stayed tuned! There’s more strange and wonderful prose coming.
A wonderful wintry night at Soundz Lounge it was. December’s Sunday Salon readers dazzled us with their gems of prose. Chris Grillo opened the evening with a memoir about a stormy family vacation, Luis Francia spun a mystifying tale of real-life shamans in the Philippines, Amanda Stern brought a new twist to the aphorisms of AA in her fiction, and finally, Matthew Fox created a writer-character who was painfully unaware of his ego and a failing relationship.
With a little black cat darting around Soundz Lounge, November’s Sunday Salon was an outer (and inner) worldly experience! Felicia Sullivan recounted a story of a divorcee facing loneliness, a water-logged house and an adolescent daughter’s demands for a lace bra; Miriam Seidel’s worlds of sci-fi and art and a pipe-cleaner clad Barbie collided to create a spectacle for her characters and listeners alike; Sara Gran unravelled a tale of a young woman haunted and obsessed by a tap-tapping noise; and finally Deirdra McAfee continued the haunting and obsession themes with her carefully crafted shorts.
Save the tricks for Halloween, the October Sunday Salon has some treats for you! Join us on Sunday, October 19 at 7pm as we feature ALEXANDER CHEE (rescheduled from September), author of the highly acclaimed novel Edinburgh; ISHLE PARK, whose first book The Temperature of this Water will be released by Kaya Press this winter; JOSH MELROD, short story writer (published in River Styx, Happy, Snow Monkey, Rattapallax) and founding editor of Land-Grant College Review; and also ELAINE KIM.
September: Ah, magnificent autumn! Celebrate its return with a mosaic of fine writers and their prose: Allen Ellenzweig (author of The Homoerotic Photograph: Male Images from Durieu/Delacroix to Mapplethorpe), Rob Jacklosky (essayist and tonic short story writer), Tara Wray (associate editor of the fresh Land-Grant College Review) and Krista Madsen, who’s first novel Degas Must Have Loved a Dancer is hot off the presses. Note: Originally scheduled for this month, Alexander Chee has been rescheduled for October.
August’s Sunday Salon was a welcome flight from the summer doldrums and post blackout blues! Taking off with Pitchaya Sudbanthad’s offbeat prose about two siblings and a pet armadillo to the the steady aim of Doreen Becker’s scientific analysis on love and other chemical reactions, the literary voyage continued with the unexpected (but welcome) turbulence from Dave Koch’s Paul MacCartney-and-Miami Vice infused summer camp story, and finally Thaddeus Rutkowski brought the evening in for a dynamic prose performance landing which included a spoken version of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”.
In the ring at June’s knock-out Sunday Salon: Starting the evening’s lineup, Whitney Pastorek’s heroine of a head-spinning relationship tale regained her sight and other senses when she clips back her bangs. Frank Smith delivered a punch of a story about a young malcontent struggling (humorously) with life’s sore spots that include an older, successful sister. Julie Polk’s unbeatable essay observed the thresholds of young and old on a sunny day in Carroll Park while contemplating the absurdities of New York City apartment hunting. In the final round, Bara Swain’s chorus of deceased family characters belted out versions of “I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly” in the midst of their unearthly bickering.