NYC | March 16, 2014


It’s here, it’s here! On March 16th: The Fifth Annual Bread Loaf Writers at Sunday Salon’s Dark Tower Reading. Thanks to Ru Freeman, author of On Sal Mal Lane and the MC for the evening, this special event will feature talented writers of color, who’ve all had the honor of connecting and cultivating their work at past Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. Join us in welcoming this year’s line up of five talented, award-winning writers who’ll share their illuminations on race and identity on the Salon stage! 7pm at Jimmy’s No. 43.


Jessamine Chan grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. She received her M.F.A. from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was awarded a teaching fellowship. She has also been awarded residencies by the Ragdale Foundation and a work-study scholarship by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Currently living in Brooklyn and completing a collection of short stories, she works as a nonfiction reviews editor at Publishers Weekly. Her first published story appears in EPOCH.

Jaquira Díaz is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing in Madison, a Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Bread Loaf waitership, and an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts. Her work has been noted in Best American Essays, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Southern Review, Five Chapters, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, among other publications.

Chaney Kwak’s writing appears in Zyzzyva, The Washington Post, The New York TimesThe 2012 Best American Short Plays and other publications. He is working on a novel.

Nathan McClain holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Collagist, Weave, Quarterly West, The Journal, Toad and the Best New Poets series. A recipient of scholarships from Vermont Studio Center and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, he currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Phillip B. Williams is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels (Arts in Bloom Inc., 2011) and Burn (YesYes Books, 2013). Williams is a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellow, Cave Canem graduate, and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry, The Southern Review, West Branch and others. Williams is currently a Chancellor’s Graduate fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and is working on his MFA in creative writing.


Ru Freeman’s creative and political writing has appeared internationally. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013),  both of which have been translated into several languages including Italian, French, Hebrew, and Chinese. She blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics, is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and has been a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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