Instructors

Rajesh Barnabas

Rajesh Barnabas is a media producer and former city school district teacher who works on a variety of youth and media production projects in his job with Rochester Community Television.

Joshua Bloodworth

Joshua Bloodworth is an accomplished video editor and producer at RCTV-15, and a certified user of Apple Final Cut Pro 6 software. Bloodworth teaches youth and adult classes at RCTV-15… View More »

Edgar Brown

Edgar Brown received his BFA in Furniture Design and Master in Art Education from RIT. He has taught art at the middle and high school level for the last ten… View More »

Angela Cannon-Crothers

Angela Cannon-Crothers is an environmental educator, author, and writer with degrees in science and education. She publishes articles on nature and parenting as well as short stories. Her fiction has… View More »

Judy DeCroce

Judy DeCroce is an educator and professional storyteller who has taught and entertained for over 25 years. Her technique is “first person” storytelling—being the characters in each story. As a… View More »

Lindsay Herko

Lindsay Herko is a writer, visual artist, and social explorer. A childhood love for atlases has led her to explore ancient Cyprus and volcanic Iceland, yet she loves Rochester, NY… View More »

Paul L. Jonasse

Paul Jonasse cooked professionally at several local restaurants before deciding to change careers and return to college. He currently teaches English at his alma mater, East High School. Paul is… View More »

Henry Padrón

Henry Padrón is a bilingual poet and musician who teaches elementary school. Henry has been a visiting artist in the Rochester City School District, Rundel Library, and Geneseo/Brockport Migrant Education… View More »

Carol McMahon

Carol McMahon is a middle school teacher in the Williamson Central School District where she has taught Enrichment, Reading, Social Studies and English for seventeen years. Carol is an avid… View More »

Robert Ricks

Robert Ricks has worked with the Rochester City School District, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Kuumba Consultants, and Writers & Books for over 14 years teaching theater and creative… View More »

Esther Rogers

Esther Rogers, a Rochester native, has been playing cello since the age of six. Esther earned a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School, University of Hartford and a Master… View More »

Melissa M. Slocum

Melissa M. Slocum is a writer, teacher, and editor. She is currently working on a novel. For many years she has traveled the world to explore cultures, writing, people, places,… View More »

Kate Whorton

Kate Whorton is the Director of the Genesee Pottery at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education in Rochester. She received her Masters in Art Education and her BFA… View More »

Almeta Whitis

Almeta Whitis is a storyteller, writer and teaching artist, whose life work involves exploring, presenting, and honoring cultural connections. A member of Just Poets, her poem was featured in Le… View More »

Jason Yungbluth

Jason Yungbluth is the creator and publisher of two comic book series, Deep Fried and Weapon Brown. He is a regular contributor to MAD Magazine, and is most well known… View More »

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson is a poet, author of Reflections of My People, a long-time high school English teacher, and the former managing editor of Motion Magazine and the Frederick Douglass Voice.… View More »

Nicole Rowley

Nicole Rowley graduated from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, followed by a Masters in Art Education from R.I.T. She… View More »

Jennifer Kellogg

Jennifer Kellogg is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. A Rochester native, Jenny grew up taking creative writing classes at Writers & Books and School of the Arts.… View More »

Sonja Livingston

Sonja Livingston’s first book, Ghostbread, won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction and has been adopted for use in classrooms around the nation. Her writing has been honored with an NYFA Fellowship, an… View More »

John Roche

John met a number of poets associated with the Beat Movement while earning a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut and a PhD at SUNY/Buffalo. These included Allen… View More »

David Seaburn

David B. Seaburn has written five novels, the most recent being More More Time (2015). His novel, Charlie No Face (2011), was a Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award… View More »

Johannes Bockwoldt

Johannes Bockwoldt is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and film professor, who has been teaching at RIT since 2002. In 2014, his play Push the Button was selected for GEVA’s Regional… View More »

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram’s first book, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, was selected by Claudia Rankine as the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award winner and published by Red Hen Press in 2012… View More »

Arseniy Gutnik

Arseniy Gutnik has a Master’s degree in sociology and experience working as a trained university writing tutor with a diverse group of professional scholars and students in the humanities, social… View More »

David Yockel, Jr.

David Yockel, Jr. is a poet, writer, educator, and audiophile. His poems have been published in a number of literary journals across the country, and for the last three years,… View More »

Sean Thomas Dougherty

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of thirteen books including All You Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994- 2014 (2014 BOA Editions) Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press) and… View More »

Tobie Hewitt

Tobie Hewitt is a former English professor, an accomplished wordsmith, a seasoned motivational speaker, and an Intuitive Life Coach/Medium. She holds a BS and MA in English from SUNY Brockport… View More »

Lois Taubman

Lois Taubman is a published writer, writing coach, editor, contest winner, and educator. She has degrees in Psychology, Education, and Law. Lois’s own writing and her coaching practice cover both… View More »

Naomi Geier

Naomi Geier is a native Rochesterian, a voracious bookworm, and a sucker for a good conversation. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 2007 and her M.A.… View More »

Matthew Leonard

Matthew Leonard has been involved in public broadcasting since 1988, having worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio New Zealand and for the post-apartheid South African Broadcasting Corporation. He is… View More »

Nate Pritts

Nate Pritts is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Right Now More Than Ever.  Publishers Weekly described his fifth book, Sweet Nothing, as “both baroque and irreverent, banal… View More »

Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Nguyen Phan Que Mai was born in a small village in the North of Vietnam in 1973, and embraces the full range of Vietnamese traditions in her creative works. She… View More »

Sharon Knapp

Sharon Knapp earned her MFA in Fiction from Bennington College. Her work has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, and is included in the creative non-fiction anthology, The… View More »

Lytton Smith

Lytton Smith is the author of two poetry collections and the translator of novels from the Icelandic by Bragi Ólafsson and Kristín Ómarsdóttir. He is Assistant Professor of English at… View More »

Vanessa Hanks

Vanessa Brown Hanks is an attorney who works as a Labor Relations Coordinator for a local Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Vanessa graduated magna cum laude from the University of… View More »

Sarah Cedeño

Sarah Cedeño’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hippocampus Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Redactions Journal of Prose and Poetics, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. She lives in Brockport, NY with her… View More »

Roxana Aparicio Wolfe

Roxana Aparicio Wolfe has been an arts educator in the Rochester area for over 18 years. She has taught young people of all ages, engaging them with photography and visual… View More »

Sara Bickweat Penner

Sara Bickweat Penner is spent 12 years  working in theatre in New York City, Chicago, and regionally throughout the U.S. She has her MFA from The Actors Studio in New… View More »

Eddie Davis III

Eddie Davis III has taught at the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery since 1996, most recently drawing and design classes for kids and teens. Eddie earned a BFA… View More »

Nina Alvarez

Nina Alvarez is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright. Her writing has most recently been published in Split Lip Magazine and Prick of the Spindle. Her short play “Type Writer”… View More »

Sean Jefferson

Sean Jefferson is a drummer/composer/producer. He currently leads the modern jazz trio Sean Jefferson 3io, and is preparing to debut an indie-electro-rock project in the summer of 2015. In addition… View More »

Seth Horan

Seth Horan is a singer/songwriter and former RCA Artist. He toured the USA as an indie singer/songwriter non-stop from 2002 through 2005, then toured around the world from 2006 through… View More »

Susan Rizzo

Susan Rizzo, with graduate degrees in deaf education (National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology, 2003) and linguistics (University of Chicago, 2010), as well as a master-level Signing… View More »

Lindsey Buck

Lindsey Buck is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a BA in English Adolescent Education and a minor in Writing. She is currently attending The Warner School of Education… View More »

Rob Tyler

Rob Tyler has been nipping at the cuffs of short fiction for longer than he cares to admit, an obsession triggered by a science fiction workshop led by Nancy Kress… View More »

Sooze Lanier

Sooze Lanier is a writer and photographer living in Chicago, IL. Her first collection of short stories, The Game We Play, was called “deliciously painful” by Paste Magazine, and Joe… View More »

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins writes and teaches in St. Paul. She is the author of the chapbooks Ether/Ore (2012) and Oh No Everything (forthcoming 2015). Her work can also be found… View More »

Aricka Foreman

Aricka Foreman’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Drunken Boat, Minnesota Review, Union Station Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generationby… View More »

Aaron Gilbreath

Aaron Gilbreath is an essayist and journalist. He’s written for Harper’s, The New York Times, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, The Believer, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Morning News, and… View More »

Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc’s first story collection, A Different Bed Every Time, was released in October 2014 from Dzanc Books. Her novel, My Only Wife, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W.… View More »

Jae Newman

Jae Newman, author of COLLAGE OF SEOUL (Cascade Books 2015), lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife and daughters. He teaches writing courses at Monroe Community College and Roberts… View More »

Jane Sutter

Jane Sutter is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience in writing, editing, blogging and managing at newspapers, magazines and web sites. She earned master’s and bachelor’s… View More »

Matt Conn

Matt Conn spent the better part of my childhood playing drums and trying to improve local jingles. In 1994, after it was clear a record deal wasn’t imminent, Matt graduated… View More »

Amanda Goldblatt

Amanda Goldblatt is a fiction writer and essayist living in Chicago. Her work has appeared most recently in The Southern Review, Hobart, FENCE, and American Short Fiction. She’s led writing… View More »

Lauren Acampora

Lauren Acampora is the author of The Wonder Garden, a collection of linked stories published by Grove Atlantic in May 2015. Her short fiction has also appeared in publications such… View More »

MRB Chelko

Maria Chelko is the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Manhattations (PSA, 2014). Her work has appeared in many journals and chapbooks – new publications include… View More »

Carol D’Agostino

Carol D’Agostino is a licensed social worker, trainer and writer. She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Transformative Language Arts from… View More »

Stephen Schottenfeld

Stephen Schottenfeld’s novel, Bluff City Pawn, was published by Bloomsbury USA. His stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, StoryQuarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, The Iowa… View More »

Kathryn Howard

Kathryn Howard has been a writer, instructor, editor, and proofreader since she could hold a pencil in kindergarten. The recipient of an Artist’s Residency Exchange through the NYS Council of… View More »

Bob Holzwarth

Bob Holzwarth enjoyed standup comedy from the audience for decades before an instructor finally showed him that he could also participate. This opened up a whole new world for him… View More »

Tricia Asklar

Tricia Asklar received her MFA from UMass Amherst and teaches writing at Stonehill College. Her poems have appeared in The Bakery, Big River Poetry Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Cold Mountain… View More »

Jennifer Kehoe

Dr. Jennifer Kehoe is a published poet and Wilson IB World School teacher. Jennifer grew up working for Gardner Press, her father’s publishing house, where Seamus Heaney also published and… View More »

Kimberly Bunker

Kimberly Bunker earned her MFA in Fiction from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY. Her stories have been seen in Glimmer Train, Portable Magic, PANK Magazine, Storychord, Used Furniture Review,… View More »

Susanna Rose

Susanna Rose has a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from St. John Fisher College, where she learned about the importance of self-care for personal wellness. She is also a musician… View More »

Reenah Golden

Reenah Golden is a poet, spoken word artist, and playwright who has been a teaching artist and teacher educator for over 17 years. Reenah is a native of Rochester where… View More »

Carine Topal

Carine Topal is a transplanted New Yorker living in the southern California desert. Her work has appeared in The Best of the Prose Poem, Greensboro Review, Spoon River Poetry Anthology,… View More »

Bill Zavatsky

Bill Zavatsky was born in 1943 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Bill Zavatsky worked as a pianist from the age of fifteen to twenty-five and studied music at the New School. He… View More »

Margit Brazda Poirier

Margit Brazda Poirier, a nationally certified grant professional (GPC) and Owner/Founder of Grants4Good LLC, created the company in 2009 to help nonprofits and businesses find and get grants. Margit has written… View More »

Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith teaches Stress Management in academic and business institutions such as MCC, Boces #1, and MVP Health Care. She is an experienced, certified instructor of Qigong and Tai Chi.… View More »

James Tadd Adcox

James Tadd Adcox is author of the novel, Does Not Love, and the collection of flash fiction The Map of the System of Human Knowledge. He has taught writing at… View More »

Renée Schuls-Jacobson

Renée Schuls-Jacobson received her MA in English from SUNY Buffalo. An educator for over 20 years, she currently works as a Classroom Assistant and Tutor in the Transitional Studies Department at… View More »

Kaylon McFadden

Kaylon was a summer art instructor at the David Gantt Recreational Center in 2009 & 2010. He worked on the “Graffitti Art Squad”, teaching youth workers how to design murals… View More »

Christopher Dehon

Christopher Dehon is a native New Orleanian who relocated to Rochester after Hurricane Katrina. When he’s not writing, he’s a child and adolescent psychologist in private practice as well as… View More »

Danica Glamack

Danica Glamack has worked freelance as an illustrator and designer for companies in the Rochester area. Currently she is an instructor for an open art studio and a colored pencils… View More »

Stephen West

Stephen J. West’s writing has appeared in The Baltimore Review, PANK, Fugue, and Zone 3 among others, and he was a featured artist by Ninth Letter, who published his artist’s… View More »

Sarah White

Sarah White is a teacher, a blogger, and a perpetual student of literature. She received her MA in English Education from SUNY Brockport, and taught high school English for eight… View More »

Anne Panning

Anne Panning’s novel, Butter, was published in 2012 by Switchgrass Books. She has published two short story collections: The Price of Eggs and Super America, which won The Flannery O’Connor… View More »

Cynthia Iannaccone

Cynthia is a professional illustrator and fine artist with a passion for teaching. She previously taught both children’s and adult classes at the Creative Workshop from 1994 to 2000 including… View More »

Lisa Kleman

Lisa Kleman has been teaching writing courses for more than two decades, both at the college level and for community workshops. Currently, Lisa is researching and writing a book about… View More »

Gail Hosking

Gail Hosking is the author of the memoir Snake’s Daughter and the poetry chapbook The Tug. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and has taught for many years at… View More »

Alexia LaFortune

Alexia LaFortune, MA, Developmental Clinical Psychology, MARI, FAMI, is a creative arts therapist, writing coach, and screenwriter. She is the author of Sex, Love, and Spirit: a memoir. She is… View More »

Elizabeth Bell

Elizabeth Bell grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs; graduated from the University of Rochester; marched in NYC’s First Gay Pride Parade; danced professionally; walked across the country; lived on ranches… View More »

Leslie Youngblood

Leslie Youngblood received an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former assistant professor of creative writing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, she has lectured at… View More »

Aracelis Girmay

Born and raised in Santa Ana, California, poet Aracelis Girmay earned a BA at Connecticut College and an MFA from New York University. Her poems trace the connections of transformation… View More »

Robin Flanigan

Robin L. Flanigan launched a writing career in the early ‘90s while living in a Baltimore graveyard. She worked in newsrooms for eleven years, where she won several national awards… View More »

Lynn Marquart

Lynn Marquart has been teaching high school English for 24 years, first at Wayland-Cohocton, and now at Rush-Henrietta for the last 17 years, where she teaches both AP Language and… View More »

Nancy Kelton

Nancy Davidoff Kelton is the author of the recently published memoir, FINDING MR. RIGHTSTEIN and six other books including WRITING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. Her essays have appeared in The New… View More »

Amy Gamet

Amy Gamet is the author of eight romance novels, all of which she self-published. She’s sold more than a hundred thousand copies of her books and given away another half… View More »

Ryan Shepard

Rochester born and raised, poet Ryan Shepard earned a BS at SUNY Brockport and is currently obtaining his MFA at Goddard College in Vermont. His poems have appeared in The… View More »

Jennifer Kircher Carr

Jennifer Kircher Carr’s fiction is published in numerous literary journals, including The Rumpus, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Hobart, Alaska Quarterly, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, American Literary… View More »

James Martin

James Martin has a degree in political science, a job in technology, and a fascination with Japanese culture fed by his time there doing research. He has ample experience in building… View More »

Brian Wood

Brian Wood holds an MFA in Creative Writing. He’s served as the managing editor of Reed literary magazine and the fiction editor for Post. His creative nonfiction projects have taken… View More »

Christine Green

Christine Green is a freelance writer in Brockport, NY and writes a Literary Arts column for Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle. Green hosts a monthly literary reading, Words on the Verge,… View More »

David Michael Nixon

David Michael Nixon has had over 400 poems published in magazines, anthologies, and other venues. He has had four chapbooks and one full-length book of his poems published. David has… View More »

Daniel Herd

Daniel Herd has taught outdoor skills and ecology in the Catskills and has worked as a grant writer and podcaster for the Center for Sustainability at Penn State. He also… View More »

Albert Abonado

Albert Abonado is the Director of Adult Programs at Writers & Books. In 2014, he received New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. His poems have appeared or… View More »

Chris Fanning

Chris Fanning graduated from St. John Fisher College in May 2008 after spending a year abroad in The Netherlands. During college Chris received a Service Scholarship, which resulted in him… View More »

Emma Lynge

Emma Lynge has been around Writers & Books in some fashion almost as far back as she can remember, whether taking classes as a child, or as an Apprentice for… View More »

Claire Mulvey

Claire Mulvey has loved fantasy and speculative literature since long before she knew that those terms existed. She believes that fantasy worlds allow us a safe space to reflect on… View More »

Delores Jackson Radney

Delores Jackson Radney, actor, director, art historian, educator, curator, is the founding partner of Kuumba Consultants, an arts in education agency providing arts and cultural programming for schools and youth… View More »

Katie Rich

Katie Rich is the K-3 reading teacher at School 5 in the Rochester City School District, and she loves her job! Prior to this, she taught universal pre-K and first… View More »

John Watson

John Watson is a Producer/Director/Educator at RCTV. A lifelong resident of Rochester, he received his AA from MCC in Communications and Media Arts, and his BA in Journalism and Broadcasting… View More »

Lu Highsmith

Lu Highsmith is a writer, publisher, promoter, and spoken word artist who has performed at festivals, coffee houses, nursing homes, schools, churches, art galleries, clubs and community events throughout western… View More »

The Roc Bottom Slam Team

Founded in January 2013, the Roc Bottom Slam Team is Rochester’s first adult slam poetry team. Program director Lu Highsmith of LuCreations Productions leads the team, which consists of Aceyon… View More »

Michael M.B. Galvin

Michael M.B. Galvin spent the last twenty years as a professional screenwriter in Los Angeles. He has worked with major studios like MGM, Fox, Disney, Warner Brothers and Miramax along… View More »

Katherine Varga

Katherine Varga is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Ohio University. Her plays have been featured in Geva Theatre’s Regional Writers Showcase, the Rochester Fringe Festival, Writers & Books’… View More »

Lindsay Cray

Lindsay Cray, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Earthworks Institute, holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Risk Assessment from SUNY ESF.  Lindsay served as Education Director for a non-profit… View More »

Ryana Lawson

Ryana Lawson is a ceramic artist from Rochester, NY. She makes functional work with hand drawn surfaces featuring a wide array of flora and fauna. In 2016, she spent a… View More »

Sulyn Bennett-Hennesey

Sulyn Bennett-Hennesey received a BA in Fine and Studio Arts from SUNY Cortland, an MFA in Graphic Design and Fine Art Printmaking from RIT, and teacher certification K-12 Art from… View More »

Liz Raymonda

Liz Raymonda received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Monroe Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration in Photography, and a Minor in Psychology from SUNY… View More »

Marijana Ababovic

Marijana Ababovic has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2002 when she stumbled into a yoga class at a local YMCA. Something about that class, something about yoga, something about… View More »

Joy Argento

Joy Argento is a successful self-published author and artist. With three novels to her credit, her books have been on Amazon’s Best-Sellers list for hot new releases in their category. She… View More »

Karen Beck

Karen Beck has been an instructor at Writers and Books since 2009, teaching courses ranging topically from “Mirror up to Nature: Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Robert Kegan’s Psychology,” to “Three Courageous… View More »

Georgia Beers

Georgia Beers is a Lambda and Goldie award-winning author and editor of lesbian fiction. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, she still lives there with her partner of eighteen… View More »

Charles Benoit

Charles Benoit’s Franklin Award-winning debut mystery, Relative Danger, was nominated for an Edgar™ and a Barry™. The Denver Post called Out of Order “the kind of book Alfred Hitchcock would… View More »

Sally Bittner Bonn

Sally Bittner Bonn is a poet and writer, as well as a performer and teaching artist. Her poems have been published in various journals and anthologies and she has two chapbooks… View More »

Jennifer Blanchard

Jennifer Blanchard is an author and story coach who helps seriousemerging novelists save time, become more effective storytellers, and cut years off of their learning curves, so they write better… View More »

Mark Block

Mark Block is currently an Adjunct Instructor in both the English and Transitional Studies Departments at Monroe Community College, and formerly taught both high school and college level Spanish courses.… View More »

Edgar Brown

Edgar Brown received his BFA in Furniture Design and Master’s in Art Education from RIT. He has taught art at the middle and high school level for the last ten… View More »

Tom Callahan

Tom Callahan is a lifelong historian and avid researcher who holds a BA from SUNY Geneseo. He has traveled the camps and battlefields of North America, and he brings a unique… View More »

Jess Cayer

Jess Cayer holds an MFA degree in Poetry from Chatham University. Her work has appeared in numerous small press magazines including Superficial Flesh, Rear Window, and Decompression Magazine. In Rochester,… View More »

Charlie Coté

Charlie Coté has studied with some of the best poets and poetry teachers in the country (Stephen Dobyns, Thomas Lux, Gregory Orr, Thom Ward, and Kim Addonizio), and brings a wealth… View More »

Tracy Cretelle

Tracy Cretelle is a teacher, a coach for English Language Learners, a poet, a grant writer, a ghost writer, an editor, and a puppetry teacher. She has a B.S. in… View More »

Frank De Blase

In his tenure as senior music critic at City Newspaper for the past 15 years, Frank De Blase has been a three-time AAN (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) award winner for… View More »

Craig DeLancey

Craig DeLancey is a writer and philosopher. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Cosmos, Nature Physics, and in other magazines.  His novel Gods of Earth was recently published with 47North… View More »

Julie Donofrio

Julie Donofrio has been making people laugh for years, sometimes on purpose. She began performing at an early age, appearing in her first commercial when she was 3. More recently, she’s… View More »

Stevie Edwards

Stevie Edwards is a poet, editor, and educator. She is Editor-in-Chief at Muzzle Magazine and Acquisitions Editor at YesYes Books. Her first book, Good Grief (Write Bloody 2012), received two… View More »

Tony Falzano

Tony Falzano is an award winning songwriter who has been composing songs for over 40 years. He studied writing for the musical stage under the legendary Lehman Engel. He lived and… View More »

Patrick Flanigan

Patrick Flanigan is the new media editor for the City of Rochester. He has more than 20 years of experience in the journalism industry, including 15 years as a newspaper reporter… View More »

Sarah Freligh

Sarah Freligh is the author of Sort of Gone, A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, winner of the Editor’s Choice Award from Accents Publishing, and, most recently winner of… View More »

Tom Fugalli

Tom Fugalli has published poetry in The Absinthe Literary Review, Disquieting Muses, Exquisite Corpse, The Manhattan Times, Opium Magazine, The Western Humanities Review, and other publications. His poetry translations appeared… View More »

Joanna Gardner

Joanna Gardner’s short stories have appeared in journals such as Halfway Down the Stairs, Reflection’s Edge, Rosebud, and others. Her poetry has appeared in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Terrain.org,… View More »

Patrick Gear

Patrick Gear earned his degree in English from Nazareth College, where he also studied film and television. He has spent the last three summers as an apprentice for SummerWrite. In… View More »

Alfred Geier

Alfred Geier received his BA at St. John’s College, an MA in Political Science at the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Classics at Johns Hopkins University. He teaches the… View More »

Gregory Gerard

Gregory Gerard’s work has been published by Tiny Lights, Jonathan, and Lake Affect, and recognized/performed by Rochester’s Geva Theater and KRCB Radio’s Word by Word. Gerard was selected by City Newspaper’s 2015 Annual Manual as one of… View More »

Maria Gillard

Maria Gillard is a singer-songwriter-teacher who has taught Creative Journaling for many years. She has taught at Omega Institute, Writers & Books (adults and teens), Linwood Gardens, and Finger Lakes… View More »

David Henderson

David Henderson is a local writer and director with 15 years of experience working on new scripts for film and theater. Four More Years, a short film, was featured in the… View More »

Will Hubbell

Will Hubbell worked in public television, academia, and advertising before becoming a full-time author. He has written and illustrated three children’s picture books, Pumpkin Jack, Apples Here!, and Snow Day… View More »

Steven Huff

Steven Huff is the author of two full books of poetry, most recently More Daring Escapes (Red Hen Press 2008) and a story collection A Pig in Paris (Big Pencil Press 2008). He teaches writing… View More »

M.J. Iuppa

M. J. Iuppa has been successfully teaching poetry and creative writing workshops to students ages 8-89 since 1986. She is the Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Arts Minor Program at St.… View More »

Kitty Jospé

Kitty Jospé is a docent at the MAG, linguist, and poet. Kitty has moderated a popular weekly reading poetry appreciation session since 2008. MA French Literature, 1984; MFA 2009, creative… View More »

John Kastner

John Kastner, who earned his BFA in illustration from RIT, has taught at the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery since 1968. He has also taught at RIT, Finger… View More »

Matt Kotula

Matt Kotula lives in Rochester and writes poetry and fiction. He received his MFA from Rutgers University. He is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Brockport, where he teaches writing and… View More »

Dia Lawrence

Dia Lawrence has a PhD in Renaissance English Literature with a dissertation on Shakespeare from the University of Rochester. Now retired, she taught courses in English literature and composition at… View More »

Peter Lovenheim

Peter Lovenheim is author of seven books for the general reader from publishers including Random House and Penguin Books. His most recent work of narrative nonfiction, In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community… View More »

Wendy Low

Wendy Low writes poetry, prose, performance poetry, and drama, with poems, stories, and essays published in Breaking the Silence, Desperate Acts, HazMat Review, Napalm Health Spa, Rochester Woman, The Poet’s Walk, and… View More »

Megan Mack

Megan Mack is an improviser, sketch comedy writer, and television and radio producer. She is a graduate of the Conservatory and Writing programs at The Second City Training Centre in… View More »

Timothy J. Madigan

Timothy J. Madigan is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and the Director of its Irish Studies Program. A frequent lecturer on topics… View More »

Donna Marbach

Donna Marbach’s poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have been published in a variety of anthologies and periodicals. She has served as editor for the national monthly writer’s magazine ByLine, and for… View More »

Paula Marchese

Paula Marchese studied Theatre at the University of Michigan BA and MA.  In addition to acting off-Broadway and in regional theatre, she was a founding member in the New York and… View More »

Rachel McKibbens

Rachel is an ex-punk rock chola with five children. Known for her astonishingly visceral stage presence and devotion to craft, McKibbens has become one of the most respected poets in… View More »

Amie McLaughlin

Amie McLaughlin is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer with over 15 years of experience teaching English and writing in public and private schools and at SUNY Brockport and Bryant… View More »

Len Messineo

Len Messineo earned his MFA from Wichita State University and his MA in playwriting and directing from St. Louis University. He has published fiction in Shenandoah, The Sun, Tennessee Review, Rosebud, Midwest… View More »

Martin Naparsteck

Martin Naparsteck has taught business writing, creative writing, literature, and journalism at ten colleges in three states. He has published creative non-fiction and fiction in Mississippi Review, North American Review,… View More »

John O’Sullivan

John O’Sullivan is a native Dubliner who believes Ulysses is more important than ever, after a century of change to Ireland, Dublin, Catholicism, and Psychology. The book has not changed… View More »

Kerri Pierce

Kerri Pierce holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Pennsylvania State University and has studied abroad in Italy, Germany, and Denmark. She was the recipient of a translation fellowship from… View More »

Caren Pita

Caren Pita holds a MFA in creative writing, fiction, from George Mason University. Over the last ten years she has taught literature and writing to college students, babywearing to parents,… View More »

Annette Ramos

Annette Ramos, storyteller, actress, poet, and teaching artist, was named the 2004 W&B Teacher of Writing for Young People. Along with performances at the Memorial Art Gallery and ArtWalk Alive!, she… View More »

Saby Reyes-Kulkarni

Saby Reyes-Kulkarni has over a decade’s experience as a freelance journalist, and has conducted hundreds of hours worth of interviews on a vast range of topics with people from a… View More »

Carol Roberts

Carol Roberts was a member of the San Francisco improv comedy troupe Femprov for three years and the founder/co-director of Between the Lines in New York City. A former standup comic… View More »

Marna Rossi

Marna Rossi, PhD, is a storyteller and workshop leader who helps young people become more expressive through storytelling, poetry, and drama. In addition to her work at W&B, she has… View More »

Eric Rounds

Eric Rounds taught English in the Rochester City School District for 32 years. He writes both metrical and free verse poems. He has been a regular participant in Writers &… View More »

Leah Ruekberg

Leah Ruekberg M.A., is a writer, teacher, storyteller, certified Dreamwork Leader, and the Producer of Stories ROC!, a monthly evening at W&B of true, personal stories, shared in front of a… View More »

Anais Salibian

With a Master’s degree in English literature and a Certification in Secondary Education, Anais Salibian taught high school English and Drama for five years. She became a licensed massage therapist in… View More »

David Sanders

David Sanders is Professor Emeritus of English at St. John Fisher College, and , for more than forty years has taught British, American, and biblical literature at a wide range of… View More »

Caedra Scott-Flaherty

Caedra Scott-Flaherty is the recipient of the 2008 RRofihe Trophy Award for short fiction. She read at the 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival, and her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in… View More »

Becky Sernett

Becky Sernett has been writing fiction since she was in high school, crafting tales based on vocabulary lists, and brainstorming plot twists in study halls. After college, she found herself… View More »

Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah (www.sejal-shah.com) has published essays and stories in journals including Brevity, Conjunctions, The Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, and AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle. Her writing has been nominated for… View More »

Richard TenEyck

Richard TenEyck’s poetry has appeared in such journals as Snowy Egret, Nimrod, and Poet Lore. His work has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and several prizes in the Chautauqua summer… View More »

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter is an award-winning freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and presenter who has been published locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally in magazines, newspapers, books, newsletters, websites, and more. She is… View More »

Karen VanMeenen

Karen VanMeenen serves as the Coordinator of “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book….” She is also a full-time Lecturer at RIT, where she teaches classes in Writing, Literature,… View More »

Louise Wareham Leonard

Louise Wareham Leonard won the national James Jones Literary Society award for her 2004 first novel, Since You Ask (Akashic Books, New York). Her second novel, the 2007 Miss Me… View More »

Rashida Burch-Washington

Rashida Washington is an award-winning actor and musician from the United States Virgin Islands. Rashida attended high school in Rochester, NY at School of the Arts and higher education at… View More »

Leah Wescott

Leah Wescott is the founder and editor-in-chief of the satirical higher education publication CronkNews.com. She has almost twenty years of experience in university teaching and administration and four years as a… View More »

David White

David White is a Cornell-educated philosopher and co-founder of the Rochester Row Sherlock Holmes Society.  He has taught various courses at W&B, including some on Sherlock, and often uses parts… View More »

Dwain Wilder

Dwain Wilder, a native of a small town outside Dallas, moved to Rochester, NY, in 1970 to study Zen Buddhism. He has had a varied career as navy flightcrewmember, student… View More »