The Salon – Ubud Writer’s Festival 2014

Mozaic_cocktailsEnter The Salon if you dare, the Festival’s den of iniquity, where stories of rockstars, drug addicts and inept gangsters will be stirred not shaken, with a healthy dose of Mozaic’s addictive martinis and canapes. Rayya Elias, Kate Holden, Carlos Andrés Gómez and Liam Pieper will incite plenty of pink-cheeked chuckles with their adults-only, behind-closed-doors stories that we all want to hear.

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Skid-More: established a salient voice as a Montreal-based art critic, columnist, and alternative press editor throughout the 90s, experimenting with conventions of live performance in poetry and comedy when her print voice was first censored. Ending a long-term media relationship in 2005, this reluctant exhibitionist devotes herself to writing and performance. She has performed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Toronto’s Power Plant, Voix des Ameriques spoken word festival, Montreal’s Kiss My Cabaret, and The Ottawa International Writer’s Festival. Recent works include A Shrinking Violent audio play, Tour busT a performance on a traveling, luxury bus, and the newly founded Bali Gong Show.

Kate Holden: born in 1972 and went to progressive community schools and the University of Melbourne, where she studied classics and literature. She also has a graduate diploma in professional writing and editing and a Masters in Creative Writing from RMIT. Her first book, the best-selling In My Skin: A memoir, was published by Text in 2005 to critical acclaim and sold to 10 countries. The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, a second memoir, was published in 2010 and also became a bestseller. Kate also wrote a popular column for The Age for several years as well as essays, short stories, and literary criticism for publications such as The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Australian, Australian Book Review, Griffith Review, Meanjin and Cleo. She lives in Melbourne. Supported by Australia Council for the Arts

Liam Pieper: lives in Melbourne and works as a freelance writer. Before that he was a chef, a music critic, a non-union itinerant labourer and a terrible criminal. Not terrible like a pirate is terrible, but terrible as in mediocre. His memoir, The Feelgood Hit of The Year follows his journey from starry-eyed flower child to inept gangster and is published by Penguin Australia in 2014. Other writing has appeared in Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and The Sleepers Almanac, and he is co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Residency. You can find him on Twitter @liampieper or on the Internet Proper, Supported by Australia Council for the Arts

Rayya Elias: Syrian born, Detroit raised, and New York tested. Rayya Elias’ debut is Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side (Bloomsbury, Viking). Rayya depicts her years of growing up in Aleppo, Syria. Trying to find herself in Detroit, and then getting lost in the New York underground music and drug scene of the 1980s. Rayya wrote and directed two short films: ‘Anonymous’, a 35-minute harrowing piece about her time through an eviction on the Lower East Side, and ‘The Lunchroom’, a five-minute short depicting the difficulties of a young foreigner. She wrote the soundtracks for both with producer Barb Morrison. In 2004, Filmmaker magazine named her, “one of 25 new faces to watch”. She has contributed essays to the LA Times, Salon, and the Huffington Post. For music and films please go to

Carlos Andrés Gómez: is an award-winning poet, actor, and writer from New York City who has performed at more than 300 colleges and universities and across four continents. A star of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and Spike Lee’s #1 movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, he is the author of Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Gotham