NYC | November 21, 2010

Ahhh, November brings more literary joy! The next Salon welcomes four writers who look closely at our compelling histories and gleefully delve into poetry, music, and food! Come, satisfy your hunger (and have a beer): Jimmys 43 (43 E. 7th St. b/w 2nd & 3rd Aves) at 7pm.

Luis H. Francia is the author of several books, including Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago which won both the 2002 PEN Center Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. His poetry collections include the recently released The Beauty of Ghosts (performed as theater at Topaz Arts in 2007); Museum of Absences; and The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems. He is also the author of A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos, published this year. He is the editor of Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature in English, and co-editor of Fiippin’: Filipinos on America, and Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999. He writes an online column for Manila’s Philippine Daily Inquirer and teaches creative writing at the City University of Hong Kong, literature at Hunter College, and Tagalog Language and Culture at New York University.

Laurel Fantauzzo is an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa Nonfiction MFA program. She earned the 2010 Astraea Lesbian Foundation Emerging Writers Grant for her fiction. She worked as a weekly restaurant reviewer for New York Magazine Online from 2006 to 2008, and in 2011, she will spend seven months in the Philippines on a Fulbright research grant for her nonfiction project, “Jolli Meals: The Rise of Filipino Fast Food.” You can hear her playing songs she likes and curating love letters on Mondays from 9am-10am, Central Standard Time, at, and you can also find her at

Steve Adams’ stories have been published in Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Chicago Review, Quarterly West, and Georgetown Review. He’s won Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers and The Bronx Writer’s Center “Chapter One” Contest. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and anthologized. His plays and musicals have been produced in New York City and across the country, and he’s been a guest artist at The University of Texas.

Paul Pines grew up in Brooklyn around the corner from Ebbet’s Field and passed the early sixties on the Lower East Side of New York. He shipped out as a merchant seaman, spending 1965-66 in Vietnam, after which he drove a taxi and tended bar until he opened The Tin Palace in 1973, on the corner of 2nd Street & Bowery, the setting for his novel, The Tin Angel (Wm Morrow, 1983/ Author’s Guild, 2008). Redemption (Editions du Rocher, 1997), a second novel, is set against the genocide of Guatemalan Mayans. My Brother’s Madness (Curbstone, 2007) a memoir that explores the unfolding of two intertwined lives and the nature of delusion has recently enjoyed wide critical acclaim. Pines has also published seven volumes of poetry including: Taxidancing (Ikon, 2007) and Last Call at the Tin Palace (Marsh Hawk, 2009). His essays have appeared in journals such as The Golden Handcuffs Review and Exquisite Corpse, and anthologized in The Body of This Life: Reading William Bronk (Talisman, 2001) and Why We’re Here, (Colgate University Press, 2010). He is the editor of Dark Times Full of Light, the Juan Gelman tribute issue of The Cafe Review (Summer, 2009). Pines has conducted workshops for the National Writers Voice program and lectured for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Foundation, and Virginia Center, as well as a recipient of an Artists’ Fellowship, N.Y.S. Foundation for the Arts, 1984 and a CAPS Fellow, Poetry, 1976. He lives in Glens Falls, New York, where he practices as a psychotherapist and hosts the Lake George Jazz Weekend.

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