Origin Story

Started in NYC in 2002, Sunday Salon is a wondrous reading series and online magazine. By 2022, Sunday Salon will have featured incredibly talented writers and poets at the mic for 20 years, building on a welcoming, inclusive NYC-based literary community.

After completing an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, Nita Noveno asked her MFA advisor, Honor Moore, some advice for the writing life: “What do I do next?”

Moore replied, “Start a reading series!”

So Sunday Salon was born.

Based in New York City and founded in the summer of 2002, Sunday Salon swept through the Midwest to Chicago in 2006, and had stints in Nairobi, London, and South Florida. In 2007 Sunday Salon launched an online zine to showcase the prose, poetry and artistic talents of its alumni and up and coming writers.

Celebrating over 15 years hosting Sunday Salon: Sara Lippmann & Nita Noveno.

Our Indomintable Hosts

Sunday Salon Founder, Nita Noveno, and co-host Sara Lippmann keep a refreshing blend of new and experienced literary voices on tap. And a special thanks to past, present (and sometimes returning!) Sunday Salon Alumni Co-Collaborators Emily Cementina, Caroline Berger, Wah-Ming Chang, Krista Madsen, Barbara Sueko McGuire, and Lynne Bamat Mijangos.

nita noveno

Founder

Nita Noveno teaches composition and literature at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. She is a graduate of The New School MFA Creative Writing Program. Her work has appeared in Kweli, The MacGuffin, About Place Journal, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Open City Magazine. Originally from Southeast Alaska, she lives in Queens.

Sara Lippmann

Co-Host, Writer, Teacher

Sara Lippmann is the author of the story collection, Doll Palace (Dock Street Press), which was long-listed for the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She was the recipient of an artist’s fellowship in fiction from NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) and her work has appeared in Slice Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Fourth Genre, Diagram, Midnight Breakfast, Wigleaf and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. Find her @saralippmann

Salon Zine

Sunday Salon’s online magazine features emerging poetry and prose, publishing writing that grapples with the emotive truths of all things lost and adrift. We’re looking for powerful work that engages us through our emotions, senses, and realities—marking a sense of urgency we find is important for art that affects others with a drive for social change.

Sunday Salon Chicago

Visit our sister series, Sunday Salon Chicago, which offers the Windy City’s most compelling prose each month. Stop by THE REVELER, 3403 N Damen Ave (corner of Damen and Roscoe) in Roscoe Village, Chicago the last Sunday of every other month at 7:00 p.m. for a sample and hear what’s going on.

Sunday Salon Chicago reading at The Reveller. Photo credit Myra Thompson.
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