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.
June 13: Bart White and Paulette Swartzfager
Bart White serves as president and grant writer of Just Poets, a non-profit group that supports poets and promotes poetry in Rochester and the Finger Lakes. He has helped create poetry events at Wilmot Cancer Center, The Gay Alliance, Deaf Jam at RIT, George Eastman House and at Poet’s Garden in Highland Park. He teaches French and Spanish at the Harley School, and champions poetry there. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, he grew up among storytellers and loves to write narrative poetry. He enjoys the friendships of poets, poetry workshops and hearing poems in the voices of their creators. Bart enjoys the collaborative work of editing: he has co-edited two anthologies, Vigil for the Marcellus Shale, 12 Poets Opposing Hydraulic Fracturing, and this year, in time for spring migrations, Birdsong: Poems in Celebration of Birds, both from FootHills. His collection of poems The Faces We Had As Children was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2014.
Paulette Swartzfager is a poet, a freelance journalist, and an activist originally from New Orleans. She is a lecturer in the University Writing Program, Rochester Institute of Technology. Her poetry chapbook years of dust is available through FootHills Publishing, NY. Her work has also appeared in regional publications, Counterpunch, and as lyrics for “Journey” by Push Physical Theatre, White Whore (MUCC Rochester NY), and reimagined as a musical work for the Thelonius Monk Competition (New Orleans).
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