Genesee Reading Series – Banke Awopeto-McCullough and Diane Rivoli

Hosted by: Wanda Schubmehl

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.

February 14: Banke Awopeto-McCullough and Diane Rivoli



screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-11-26-28-amDiane Rivoli is the author of License – a novel about people living their lives, following their dreams, falling in love and making mistakes. She is also the author of Every Moment is a Poem, Every Poem a Song – the moments of life, wrapped in cadence and rhyme. She enjoys the changing of the seasons, singing karaoke, puttering in the garden, and moonlight walks with her husband of forty plus years, Joseph. She also greatly enjoys visits to the now empty nest by the two grown sons that vacated years ago and the daughter-in-law of her dreams.




screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-11-26-42-amBanke Awopetu-McCullough is a natural teacher and story teller. Her passion for words and books began at an early age and offered an escape from the otherness she often felt. As the daughter of a southern Black woman and brazen Nigerian man, Banke has an inherited awareness and appreciation of her Blackness that is emitted through all of her endeavors which include teaching at the secondary and collegiate levels, novels, poetry, blogs, essays, and creative contributions to dozens of companies and projects. Banke has been featured on the Maggie Linton Show, Democrat and Chroncile, Rochester Business Journal, The Source, Ebony Magazine, WXXI, and dozens of other media outlets. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama and African/African American Studies at the University of Virginia and a Masters in Adolescent Education from Roberts Wesleyan.


Up Next:

March 14: Adam Wilcox and Harlow Crandall
April 11: Jennifer Grotz and Andrea Weinstein



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