We’re biting our nails in anticipation! Why? Alligators, dinosaurs, and birds and lovers along with four extraordinary writers from near and far are landing at the November 20th Sunday Salon. It’s bound to be a fierce and beautiful literary spectacle. And, to top it all off, we have a special musical guest! Join us! You know where: Jimmys no. 43. At 7pm.
Karissa Chen is the author of the fiction chapbook, Of Birds and Lovers. Her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Gulf Coast, PEN America, The Toast, and Guernica, among others. She was a 2015-2016 Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan, and a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow. She currently serves as the Senior Literature Editor at Hyphen magazine and is a co-founding editor of Some Call It Ballin’. She is currently at work on a novel. Find her online at: www.karissachen.com
Leland Cheuk is the author of the novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong and the story collection Letters from Dinosaurs. Cheuk has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, I-Park Foundation, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Salon, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, [PANK] Magazine, and others. He lives in Brooklyn.
Laura McDermott is the founder and executive director of Orange Island Arts Foundation, a literary arts organization. McDermott studied creative writing at Florida State University, received her M.F.A. in poetry from Florida International University, and is a tenured assistant professor of English at Broward College. She was the recipient of the 2014 Wells Fargo Endowed Teaching Chair. As a member of the Miami Poetry Collective, McDermott’s poems are regularly featured in its Cent Journal Series: A Modern Anthology of Miami Poets. Her poems have also appeared in Screw Iowa! The Virginia Key website, The Selected Collective: Volume VII of Tigertail, and Poets & Artists. She is the 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence of Girls’ Club, Ft. Lauderdale. McDermott is the author of Visions on Alligator Alley, an ekphrastic story in verse inspired by the 2015 Girls’ Club Fort Lauderdale gallery exhibit “The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona.”
Chicago-born Peter Orner has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the past sixteen years. He is the author of two novels published by Little, Brown (The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, 2006, Love and Shame and Love, 2010) and two story collections (Esther Stories, 2001, 2013 with new foreword by Marilynne Robinson and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, 2013), as well as the editor of two oral histories (Voice of Witness/ McSweeney’s/ Verso). Orner’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, and many other publications. Stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and twice received a Pushcart Prize. Orner has been awarded a the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, as well as a Fulbright to Namibia. Orner’s latest book, Am I Alone Here?, an essay collection/ memoir, will be published in November, 2016 by Catapult with illustrations by Eric Orner. He currently teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers as well as at San Francisco State University where he is currently chair of the Creative Writing Department. Orner is a member of the Bolinas, California Volunteer Fire Department.