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Whistling Shade—New Issue Launch Party!

Join us in celebrating the launch of the latest issue of Whistling Shade literary journal! The evening will feature readings from the following contributing authors: Fred Amram, Sharon Chmielarz, Mike Finley, Margaret Hasse, and John-Ivan Palmer.

Contributor Bios:

Fred Amram left a successful career in academia to write fiction and creative nonfiction—to write without footnotes. Now, in his second childhood, he hopes to become a successful author and inventor. You can check him out at Amram’s work has been published in Prick of the Spindle, Hippocampus, Poetica Magazine, The Jewish Chronicle and in an anthology of stories by Holocaust Survivors called Marking Humanity.

Sharon Chmielarz’s latest books are Visibility: Ten Miles (North Star Press) and The Widow’s House (Brighthorse Books). You can hear her read on She’s the happy recipient of the 2012 Jane Kenyon Prize.

Mike Finley is a Pushcart winner, and author over 200 books of various kinds, and 100 provocative videos. His latest work is the book Suffering Cats, available for download on In recognition of this work, Mike was awarded the 2010 KPV Kerouac Award, a lifetime achievement honor.

Margaret Hasse, twice winner of the Loft-McKnight Fellowship in poetry, is author of five collections of poetry, including Between Us, which will be published in 2016.

John-Ivan Palmer’s literary work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in Pushcart Prizes, Fortean Times, Exquisite Corpse, Nth Position, Book Happy and others. His journalism and interviews have appeared in large circulation newspapers like the San Francisco Examiner and Milwaukee Journal as well as underground shock culture publications. He is author of the novel Motels of Burning Madness.