Happy hour with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett & contributors to Palm Springs Noir

Join us July 11 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET for a virtual happy hour to celebrate the publication of Palm Springs Noir, published by Akashic on July 6, 2021, and to talk about the art, craft, and business of writing short stories.

Event moderator COREY ROSKIN has been programming, producing, participating in, and serving on planning committees for literary events for 20 years. Events include the West Hollywood Book Fair (Author Coordinator for 10 years), Lambda Lit Fest, Sci-Fest LA, Pasadena Lit Fest, and Literature for Life, among others. Roskin also dabbles in writing fiction and personal stories and is currently a member of the Queer Wise writing group.
CHRIS J. BAHNSEN is known as a “zebra” by his Chicano uncles, in that he is half Mexican and half white, and thus walks the strange and sometimes precarious edge between cultures. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian’s Air & Space, and various literary journals. He is a jazz critic for DownBeat Magazine‘s Annual Critics Poll, and an assistant editor with Narrative Magazine. Chris divides his time between Southern California and Northwest Ohio.
ROB BOWMAN moved to the desert several years ago from Denver, his longtime home and setting for his upcoming detective novel. His fiction has appeared in the Coachella Review and the Donnybrook Writing Academy. Additional credits include Modern in DenverBook and Film Globe, and others. He cohosts the film and pop culture podcast Reel Disagreement. When not immersed in these things, he is with his wife Mindy and their sons, Jetson and Rocket.
BARBARA DEMARCO-BARRETT‘s first book, Pen on Fire, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Her short story “Crazy for You,” published in Orange County Noir, later chosen for USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series, seeded her fascination with noir. Her stories and essays are in Dark City Crime and Mystery Magazine, Rock and a Hard Place Magazine, Literary Hatchet, Ocotillo Review, Inlandia, Shotgun Honey, Partners in Crime, and Paradigm Shifts. She has published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Los Angeles, Times, and Poets & Writers, and writes for the Authors Guild Bulletin. She hosts Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM.
EDUARDO SANTIAGO’s first novel, Tomorrow They Will Kiss, was an Edmund White Debut Fiction Award finalist. His next book, Midnight Rumba, won the New England Book Award for best fiction. His short stories have appeared in ZYZZYVASlow Trains, and the Caribbean Writer. His nonfiction was featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Advocate, and Out Traveler magazine. He served on the faculty at Idyllwild Arts Academy, which sits high above Palm Springs.
KELLY SHIRE has published work in numerous journals, including BrevityEntropy, and the Coachella Review. Her essay “Beautiful Music,” about long-standing Cathedral City radio station KWXY, appeared in Full Grown People. As a half–Mexican American, third-generation resident of Southern California, her writing often explores themes of place and identity. She lives south of Palm Springs with her children and husband, and is completing a memoir.
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Write up of speaker series event with Elizabeth Marro and T. Jefferson Parker

In case you missed it, writer Chelsey Drysdale did a detailed write-up. Right here.

Recap of speaker series/salon with Bret Anthony Johnston, Aline Ohanesian, and Lisa Glatt

Essayist and editor Chelsey Drysdale wrote this incredibly detailed recap of last Tuesday night’s event.  If you were there and didn’t take notes, or if you weren’t there but wish you had been, check out her blog. Right here. Thank you, Chelsey!

Author T. Jefferson Parker, two-time guest of the
Pen on Fire Writers Salon:

T. Jefferson Parker T. Jefferson Parker's new novel, The Jaguar "What a terrific evening with you at the gallery. You've got some really fine readers/writers/fans. It was an enjoyable night for me. I felt much appreciated and not a little spoiled!"

- T. Jefferson Parker
featured author at the Pen on Fire Writers Salon
January 18, 2011

Comments from Pen On Fire Writers Salon Attendees

"Thanks for Tuesday evening with Heidi Durrow and Danzy Senna. I hesitated when I paid my $20, as I was not sure this was the program for me. When I arrived to realize I was the only man, I was convinced of it. The only thing I remembered was that by far the majority of writers and readers are women. But I was committed, and sitting by the wall; leaving wasn't an option. But then the authors started talking and reading. Wow! It was then that I knew why I came. I listened to every word. And each word was valuable.

—Frederick R. Andresen

Past guests include authors, literary agents, and editors: Bret Anthony Johnston, Chris Bohjalian, Lisa See, Dani Shapiro, Seth Greenland, Diana Wagman, Jillian Lauren, Dana Johnson, Martin J. Smith, Susan Straight, Tatjana Soli, Jess Walter, Pam Houston, Suzanne Redfearn, Jane Porter, Anita Hughes, Kaira Rouda, Betsy Amster, Stacy Berlein, Eric Puchner, Claire Bidwell Smith, James Brown, Dinah Lenney, T. Jefferson Parker, Merrill Markoe, Karen Karbo, Heidi Durrow, Danzy Senna, Taylor Martindale, Sally van Haitsma, Elise Capron, Katie Arnoldi, Marisa Matarrazo, Lisa Fugard, Andrew Winer, Dan Smetanka, Dennis Palumbo, Daniel Pyne, Aimee Bender, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Jill Marr, Stacy Chilton Weiss, Gary Phillips, Mary Castillo, Martin J. Smith, Patricia McFall, Ron Carlson, Tod Goldberg, Victoria Patterson, Carolyn See, Norman Ollestad, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Kelly Sonnack, Debra Ollivier, Aline Ohanesian.