Eleni Gage’s life has been shaped by family, fate, and fiction. After graduating with a degree in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University, she worked in magazine journalism for six years before moving to the small Greek mountain village where her father was born to rebuild her grandparents’ home, hang out with retirees, have her fortune told in coffee grounds, and write a travel memoir, North of Ithaka, which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2005. In 2008, while pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Columbia University, and researching her first novel, Other Waters (St. Martin’s 2012), the story of an Indian-American psychiatrist who thinks her family has been cursed, Eleni met an Indian astrologer who told her she’d marry “a soft-hearted businessman who was not born in the U.S.” in October, 2010. On 10.10.10 she wed a Nicaraguan coffee trader on the Greek island of Corfu. While living with him and their daughter in Granada, Nicaragua, Eleni wrote the first draft of her second novel, The Ladies of Managua, inspired in part by her grandmother-in-law’s checkered past. Called “spellbinding,” “a smart page-turner,” and “a vibrant story about radical acts of womanhood,” The Ladies of Managua was released by St. Martin’s Press in 2015, with the paperback following in July, 2016. A magazine journalist who has been on staff at Allure, Elle, InStyle, People, and Martha Stewart Weddings, and a freelance writer who has contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Travel+Leisure, Town&Country Travel, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Elle Decor, and Dwell, among others, Eleni now lives in New York with her husband and their two Greekaraguan kids.
Christine Rice’s debut novel, Swarm Theory (April, 2016), was recently included in Powell’s Books Midyear Roundup, the Best Books of 2016 So Far and was called “a gripping work of Midwest Gothic” by Michigan Public Radio’s Desiree Cooper. Most recently, her short stories have been published in Farleigh Dickinson University’s The Literary Review, American University of Beirut’s Rusted Radishes, F Magazine, and online at Roanoke College’s Roanoke Review, Chicago Literati, and Bird’s Thumb. Her essays and long-form journalism have appeared in the The Big Smoke, The Millions, the Chicago Tribune, Detroit’s Metro Times, The Good Men Project, The Urbaness.com, CellStories.net, and her radio essays have been produced by WBEZ Chicago. Christine teaches at Columbia College Chicago, is the managing editor of Hypertext Magazine (www.hypertextmag.com), and the director of Hypertext Studio Writing Center (www.hypertextstudio.org).
Elizabeth Isadora Gold’s writing about motherhood, books, music, and feminism has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Tin House, The Rumpus, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her piece about her postpartum anxiety, “Meltdown in Motherland,” was featured on the New York Times Opinionator blog. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and young daughter. Please visit her at www.elizabethisadoragold.com.
With Special Guest: WILSON MONTUORI, Jazz/Latin Guitar
Wilson Montuori is a versatile guitarist who performs styles ranging from pop/rock,world, and jazz to classical music. He has recorded for many labels, including Universal Records, Sony Music, Def Japan, and many more and has performed throughout the world with various musical ensembles. Wilson holds a degree in classical guitar from the Accademia of Music in Florence, Italy, a BFA in jazz performance from City college, and Masters in Music from Boston University. His latest cd titled “Viaggio” has received positive reviews in the guitarist community.