Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.
Now in its 34th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It’s up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs – stay afterward and talk to the authors while eating cookies.
May 9: Bethany Snyder and Greg Walsh
Greg Walsh has walked upright down a path of resistance for most of his life. The discovery of BMX bike riding and hardcore music in early adolescence sparked a love affair with the underground that continues to burn strong. Channeling the troubled creativity previously relegated to youthful mischief, Greg immersed himself in counter-culture. In fiction, Greg creates characters that we either want to run towards and embrace or run screaming from, appeasing the notion that sometimes what appalls us on one hand, appeals to us in-kind; the strongest responses in his life have been evoked by things in equal part good and evil. Theft of the Age, Volume 1 is Greg’s first full-length work of fiction. He has also published War of Attrition – a non-fiction anthology filled with seemingly fictional stories, letters to real and imaginary people, and unnerving cultural observations. He currently lives and works on the east side of Rochester, New York.
Bethany Snyder loves the sea and semi-colons. She is a voice-over artist, a 12x half-marathoner, an amateur photographer, a cookie connoisseur, a Maine enthusiast, a horror movie aficionado, and a serious pop-culture junkie. But above all, she is a writer. Her short fiction for adults can be found in literary journals from California to Massachusetts, and a copy of her short story collection, Copper and Stone, is available on Amazon. She has twice won the Charles McCorkle Hauser Prize for prose from the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends at the Chautauqua Institution (2015 and 2016). Born and raised in Penn Yan, in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Bethany received her bachelor’s in Creative Writing from Bradford College in Haverhill, Massachusetts. After stints in the publishing world in Boston and Nashville, she returned to western New York to be near her family. In addition to her fiction writing, she works as an instructional designer in Rochester, New York, and blogs about finding your fit at Big Fit Deal.
June 13: Bart White and Paulette Swartzfager
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