Contributor Reading: S. Afzal Haider, Faisal Mohyuddin, Toni Nealie,Sachin Waikar, and John S. Green for Chicago Quarterly Review Volume 24, the South Asian American Issue

Join us at City Lit Books for a reading with S. Afzal Haider, Faisal Mohyuddin, Toni Nealie, Sachin Waikar, and John S. Green, contributors to the Chicago Quarterly Review's Volume 24, the South Asian American Issue.

“This rich issue of Chicago Quarterly Review is the perfect antidote for the cultural ignorance of those who demonize immigrants and fear the inevitable browning of America. In these memorable stories, essays, poems, and photos, we see past differences of culture, country, and religion straight into the heart of South Asian Americans, realizing that it is our own heart, one that powerfully reminds us of our shared humanity.”

–Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage and The Way of the Writer

“In a time of mounting distrust of foreign cultures and unprecedented attacks against immigrants, this sweeping collection of writing by a new wave of South Asian writers is an antidote that both transports and illuminates. The irrepressible voices within rage against widely diverse assumptions and stereotypes and yet unite to remind us of the universality of the human condition.”

—Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu

“This rich collection of short stories, poems, and creative non-fiction not only achieves Guest Editor Moazzam Sheikh’s goals but also displays the complex issues of identity and language, diaspora and migration, culture and history, gender and sexuality, experienced today by South Asian American writers. Immigrant identities are almost always in flux, but in their century-old presence in North America, South Asians have not settled on one particular approach to their diverse lives. This “unruly bunch” loves “to talk, argue, holler,” not always choosing to learn from other ethnic and racial histories. Readers, South Asians and others, will have a chance to discover themselves in the voices they hear in these pages.” 

--Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English, Ohio University

S. Afzal Haider is founder and senior editor of Chicago Quarterly Review. His short stories and essays have been published in a variety of literary magazines. Oxford University Press, Milkweed Editions, Penguin Books, Pearson and Longman Literature have anthologized his writings. He is author of the novel To Be With Her.

Faisal Mohyuddin teaches English at Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago, is a recent fellow in the U.S. Department of State's Teachers for Global Classrooms program and received an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia College in 2015. His writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Poet Love, Atlanta Review, RHINO, Crab Orchard Review, the minnesota review, Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry and elsewhere. Also a visual artist, he lives in Chicago with his wife and son.

Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about borders, homeland, dispersal, heritage and family, published by Curbside Splendor. Her essays have appeared in Guernica, Hobart, the Offing, the Rumpus, Entropy, the Prague Revue and elsewhere. Her essay "The Displeasure of the Table" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from New Zealand, where she worked in journalism, politics and public relations, she holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She currently teaches and writes in Chicago, where she is literary editor of Newcity and coeditor of the Sunday Rumpus.

Sachin Waikar's award-winning writing appears in national magazines and journals including Esquire, Amazon's Day One, Drunken Boat, South Asia Review, Highlights, Parents, Kahani and several published anthologies. His screenwriting has placed in HBO/Miramax's Project Greenlight and been nominated for an ABC/Disney Talent Development Grant. As a freelance writer he writes for businesses, universities and individuals. Before turning to writing he worked as a business strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company and a Beverly Hills psychologist. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he earned a BA in psychology with honors and distinction from Stanford University and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in Evanston with his family.

John S. Green wrote the play, THE LIQUID MOON, first produced at Chicago Dramatists where it won Chicago’s Jeff Award and After Dark Award for best new play. It was subsequently produced at the Barter Theatre, nominated for the Pulitzer and published in the anthology, “New Plays from Chicago.” His musical, LET IT PLAY, premiered at Chicago's Body Politic Theatre and then moved to the 78th Street Playhouse in Manhattan.  His comedy, HAMBURGER TWINS, was produced by Michael Leavitt at the Body Politic and Briar Street Theatre. It has since been done at the Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado and in Paris at Theater de La Main D'or. He is a Resident Alum with Chicago Dramatists. As an actor, John won the Joseph Jefferson Award (OF MICE AND MEN) and was nominated two other times. He has appeared in film, television and on stages across the United States and Europe. His short story, THE ME ZONE, won the Leon Forrest Prose Award given by the Guild Literary Complex.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647