Babylon Salon Online Performance
December 5 @ 5:00 pm PST
5pm PST / 8pm EST
Douglas Stuart is a Scottish – American author. His debut novel, Shuggie Bain, was published in 2020 and is shortlisted for the Booker Prize and is a finalist for the National Book Award. Stuart wrote Shuggie Bain over a ten year period and is currently at work on his second novel, Loch Awe. His short stories, Found Wanting, and The Englishman, were published in The New Yorker magazine. His essay, Poverty, Anxiety, and Gender in Scottish Working-Class Literature was published by Lit Hub. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he has an MA from the Royal College of Art in London and since 2000 he has lived and worked in New York City.
Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s “The Organist,” The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, and other publications. Her short story “Heads of the Colored People…” won StoryQuarterly’s 2016 Fiction Prize, judged by Mat Johnson. Her writing has received support from Callaloo, Tin House, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Illinois. Her first book, Heads of the Colored People, was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize.
Meg Elison is a science fiction and horror author, as well as a feminist essayist and cultural critic. Her work has been on the Tiptree long list, nominated for the Audie Award, and won the Philip K. Dick Award. She has also been published in McSweeney’s, Shimmer, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Catapult, Terraform, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley.
Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, Zimbabwe, and England. Sarah is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, and founding books editor for Ozy.com. Her debut novel, In Dependence, is an international bestseller while her second novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, has been translated into a number of languages. Her nonfiction includes personal essays and intimate profiles of people she meets from Mrs. Harris to Toni Morrison and Michelle Obama. Sarah is host of Conversations Across the Diaspora and currently serves as Board Director for the women’s writing residency, Hedgebrook.
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Rock vocalist Rachel “Lightning” Rose is best known for her performances with Jefferson Starship and George Clinton, and is an alumni of the world-famous Berklee College of Music. Her powerful vocals and surrealistic songwriting make for an immersive and chilling experience unlike anything else in popular music.