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Please join us at the annual Holiday Author Mingle — the festive December Pen Parentis Literary Salon in New York featuring live acoustic guitar by Wilson Montuori. Our Salons are free and open to the public (21+). The Holiday Author mingle doubles as our end-of-year fundraiser. Terrific prizes and giveaways from Brain, Child Magazine. Books will be available for signings by donation. Complimentary wine and light refreshments are provided by Andaz Wall Street. Join us in their beautiful hotel at 75 Wall in New York City on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm.
Nelly Rosario was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, NY circa its era of affordability. She’s the author of Song of the Water Saints (Pantheon), winner of a PEN/Open Book Award. Other pen honors include a Sherwood Anderson Award in Fiction and a Howard Foundation Fellowship. She earned an MFA in writing from Columbia University, where she was a classmate of M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu. Rosario’s work has appeared in various anthologies and in Chess Life, Americas Review, el diario/La Prensa, meridians, and Callaloo. Rosario was formerly on the MFA Program faculty at Texas State University and a recent Visiting Scholar in the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Program. Currently, she serves as assistant director of writing for the Blacks at MIT History Project and working on independent writing projects. Rosario lives in a Brooklyn with her teenaged daughter Olivia, who begs not to attend readings.
Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections, most recently Aftermath, and a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress. Winner of the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and an Oregon Book Award, he teaches at Willamette University. His novel Between You and Me was published by Engine books in November 2015. He lives in Salem, Oregon, with his wife, the artist Alexandra Opie, and their young daughter.
Kamy Wicoff is the author of Wishful Thinking and the nonfiction book I Do But I Don’t: Why The Way We Marry Matters (DaCapo 2006). She is the founder of one of the world’s largest communities for women writers, www.shewrites.com, with 30,000 members worldwide. She is also the founder, with Brooke Warner, of She Writes Press, a “third way” publisher leading the way in creating alternative publishing companies for authors. Kamy lives in Brooklyn with her two boys, Max and Jed. Max is 11 and still thinks it is possible to become a professional poet with a fabulous life in Manhattan; she has not yet had the heart to disabuse him of this notion.
Wilson Montuori (guitar) holds a BFA in music from City College of New York, where he won the prestigious “Sidney Zolot Award,” given each year to a graduating music major who has demonstrated excellence as a performer. He has toured worldwide and recorded two CDs with Livio Guardi, the latest titled “Diomedee” is a collection of songs and instrumentals inspired by the Mediterranean Sea. He records extensively for 2soul Music Incorporation, plays lead guitar in the folk-rock band of Irish singer-songwriter Allen Gogarty, in the Italian musical group “I giullari di piazzi”, and with famous remo percussionist Alessandra Belloni, and comes to us courtesy of the Church Street School of Music and Art, a local nonprofit school, where he has many students.
(Morowa Yejide had to cancel due to family conflict – we will reschedule her soon!)