Get ready! The unexpected, heart-stopping, and unstoppable combination of truth and fiction is coming to the May 21st Sunday Salon. We’re ecstatic to welcome four incredible authors with their brand new memoirs, essay collection, and novel to the stage. Plus, a special musical guest joins this awesome lineup! Come out for a memorable night of readings and music at Jimmys no. 43. At 7pm.
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has appeared in venues including The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Granta, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Salon, New York Times, Guernica, Dissent, Poets & Writers, Lenny Letter, Elle UK, Vogue.com, and her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers. She is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, and has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Ragdale, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for ten years. She lives in Brooklyn.
Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. Her work has appeared in NPR’s “Weekend America,” Entropy, The Rumpus, Hyphen, & Korean American Story, among others. A Small Revolution is her first novel. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives outside New York City with her husband and children.
Christine Hyung-Oak Lee is the author of the memoir Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Zyzzyva, Guernica, the Rumpus, and BuzzFeed, among other publications. Her novel, The Golem of Seoul, is forthcoming from Ecco / Harper Collins.
Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, and other places. He’s an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. His memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of The Center for Fiction’s 2014 Christopher Doheny Award.
Rory Michelle Sullivan is a singer-songwriter and composer who has released three studio albums of original songs: Turtledove (2013), Inner Child (2014), and The God Album (2015). Her latest musical endeavor, The God Album, includes fun folk, funk, rock, and swing music with songs infused, inspired, and informed by Jewish text. Listeners have called Rory Michelle’s music “most enjoyable … worshipful as well as fun” and “clever, honest, soul-bearing folk songs that transcend place, time, and circumstance and stir the imagination and tug gently but deservedly and genuinely at your heartstrings.” When she is not composing music, Rory Michelle is singing it with Jewish communities in the New York/Long Island/New Jersey area. She is currently working on a musical. Find out more about Rory Michelle at www.rorymichelle.com.