Read Local: Tony Leuzzi and Sean Thomas Dougherty

Like the local food movement, Read Local is a program that seeks to get readers to enjoy books grown right in their own back yard. It is a book club and event series, highlighting books published by publishing houses based right here in Rochester. Read the book, meet the author, and support local businesses along the way!

This winter, we will be featuring Tony Leuzzi and Sean Thomas Dougherty, whose latest books will published by local presses Tiger Bark Press and BOA Editions respectively. Both authors will be in town to read from their newest books. Don’t miss out on these wonderful events!

Tony Leuzzi (Tiger Bark Press)
Monday, February 12
Location: The Little Theatre
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Price: Free and open to the public

About Tony Leuzzi:
Tony Leuzzi’s Radiant Losses won the New Sins Editorial Prize in 2009 and was published the following year. In 2012, BOA Editions released Passwords Primeval, a collection of interviews with 20 American poets. His poems, reviews, and interviews have been published in American Literary Review, Arts & Letters, Sentence, HTML Giant, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. A painter and assemblage artist, he is Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

Sean Thomas Dougherty (BOA Editions)
Saturday, April 14
Location: Nox Cocktail Lounge
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Price: Free and open to the public

About Sean Thomas Dougherty:
Sean Thomas Dougherty has written or edited fifteen books including All You Ask for is Longing: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions 2014) and Double Kiss: Stories, Poems, & Essays on the Art of Billiards (Mammoth Books 2017). His awards include a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans and an appearance in Best American Poetry. Known for his dynamic readings, he has performed at hundreds of venues, universities, and festivals including the Dodge Poetry Festival, the Old Dominion Literary Festival, and a tour across Albania and Macedonia sponsored by the US State Department. He lives in Erie, PA. For more information about Sean Thomas Dougherty, visit

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