NYC | May 15, 2011

April showers are bringing beautiful May flowers of the literary type to the next Sunday Salon! Do come and check out these not-your-garden-variety writers. Jimmys 43 at 7pm.

Jess Row is the author of two collections of short stories, The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost (just published in February 2011). His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, and many other journals, and has received a Whiting Writers Award, a PEN/O. Henry Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and three selections for The Best American Short Stories. In 2007 he was named a “Best Young American Novelist” by /Granta. /His nonfiction and criticism appear often in The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and Threepenny Review. He teaches at the College of New Jersey and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His website is

Ayesha Harruna Attah was born and raised in Ghana. She was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University, and is now pursuing an MFA in Fiction at NYU. Harmattan Rain, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best First Book, Africa Region. She shuttles between Ghana and New York, and loves to spend her free time walking and trying new food.

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond has written for Bluefly, AOL, Parenting Magazine, the Village Voice, Metro and Trace Magazine. Her short story “Bush Girl” was published in the May 2008 issue of African Writing and her poem, “The Whinings of a Seven Sister Cum Laude Graduate Working Board as an Assistant,” was published in 2006’s Growing up Girl anthology. A cum laude graduate of Vassar College, she attended secondary school in Ghana. Her debut novel Powder Necklace is loosely based on the experience. Find her on and

Cynthia Morrison Phoel is the author Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories (2010). The linked stories in Cold Snap take place in a small Bulgarian mountain town much like the place where Cynthia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the mid-1990’s. Cynthia holds degrees from Cornell University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and her work has appeared in the Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, and Missouri Review. She lives in Boston with her husband and three children. Visit her online at

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