Sunday Salon Chicago Hosts First Reading of 2016

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Please join Sunday Salon Chicago in celebrating a new year of literary excellence featuring four authors from local indie press Curbside Splendor Publishing on January 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Riverview Tavern,1958 W. Roscoe St. (corner of Roscoe & Damen).  Please note the new venue! We’re featuring four outstanding authors this month: Halle Butler, Dasha Kelly, Dave Reidy, and Tony Fitzpatrick. We’ll see you there!

Halle Butler is a writer living in Chicago. Jillian is her first novel. “[Jillian] offers up its characters for hatred and ridicule with such energy, obsessive detail and hopelessness that the reader can’t help but read on, through exasperating flinches of sympathy and recognition. A novel that reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter in the face of outrageously painted everyday sadness.”—Kirkus Reviews

Dasha Kelly is a nationally-known writer, artist and social entrepreneur. As a spoken word artist, Dasha has performed throughout the U.S., in Canada and appeared on the final season of HBO presents Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. Dasha holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is an alum of the iconic Squaw Valley Writers Community, the former writer-in-residence for the historic Pfister Hotel, and founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2014, Dasha was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa.

Dave Reidy’s fiction has been published by GRANTA and other journals. His first book, Captive Audience, a collection of short stories about performers, was named an “Indie Next Notable Book” by the American Booksellers Association. Reidy works at closerlook, inc., where he is the VP of Creative. He lives in Chicago.

Tony Fitzpatrick is a Chicago-based artist best known for his multimedia collages, printmaking, paintings, and drawings. Fitzpatrick’s works are inspired by Chicago street culture, cities he has traveled to, children’s books, tattoo designs, and folk art. Fitzpatrick has authored or illustrated eight books of art and poetry, and, for the last two years, has written a column for Newcity. Fitzpatrick’s art appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.

Curbside Splendor is an independent press located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.  They publish fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that celebrates extraordinary voices and work that is deeply rooted in the Midwest.