Mark your calendars! On February 19th, Sunday Salon returns with a renewed vitality to make the world a better place one writer at a time! Please join us in welcoming to the stage five powerhouse writers and one inimitable guest host, poet Chiwan Choi, for a rousing, make-your-voices-heard night of readings! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.
L.A. Kauffman has spent more than 30 years immersed in radical movements, as a participant, strategist, journalist, and observer. She has been called a “virtuoso organizer” by journalist Scott Sherman for her role in saving community gardens and public libraries in New York City from development. Kauffman coordinated the grassroots mobilizing efforts for the huge protests against the Iraq War in 2003-2004, and is currently involved in a number of initiatives to resist the Trump presidency. Her writings on American radicalism and social movement history have been published in The Nation, n+1, The Baffler, and many other outlets.
Alice Sola Kim, a left-handed anchor baby currently residing in New York, is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Tin House, The Village Voice, McSweeney’s, Lenny, BuzzFeed Books, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.
Robert Lopez is the author of three novels and two story collections, most recently, All Back Full, published by Dzanc Books in February, 2017, and Good People, published by Bellevue Literary Press. He teaches at Pratt Institute, The New School, Columbia University, and the Solstice Low-Res MFA Program of Pine Manor College.
Shelly Oria’s book of short stories, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG & Random House Canada, 2014) earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction among other honors. It was later translated into Hebrew and published in Israel by Keter Books. In December of 2016, CLEAN, a collaborative novella Shelly was commissioned to write for McSweeney’s was published on the WeTransfer website. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review among many other places, and has won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. A recipient of grants and fellowships from MacDowell, LMCC, and the Sozopol Seminars in Bulgaria, she lives in Brooklyn and has a private practice as a life & creativity coach. www.shellyoria.com
Jeremy Tiang’s short story collection It Never Rains on National Day was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize; his novel State of Emergency, about the Malayan Emergency of the 1950s, is forthcoming from Epigram Books. He also writes and translates plays, and has translated more than ten books from Chinese, most recently Chan Ho-Kei’s The Borrowed (Grove Atlantic) and Tianxia Bachang’s City of Sand (Random House). Jeremy was a 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow, and a judge for the PEN Translated Book Award 2017.