WAB Staff

Albert Abonado

Born and raised on Long Island, Al once met Grandmaster Flash in the bathroom of a Barnes & Noble. Now he resides in the Rochester area, where he has lived… View More »

Sally Bittner Bonn

Sally is a writer, performer, and teaching artist who has been teaching creative writing and presenting her own work publicly for over 15 years. Her work has been published in… View More »

Sarah Brown

Sarah’s love for the literary world has only grown since she started at Writers & Books in 2015. She graduated from the University of Rochester that year with a B.S.… View More »

Tate DeCaro

A native Rochesterian, Tate has also lived in the Hudson Valley while at Bard College receiving her B.A. in Psychology, Perth, ON (Canada), Siena, Italy, and Wicklow, Ireland. Upon returning… View More »

Chris Fanning

Chris 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 doing… View More »

Dan 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 holds… View More »

Emma Lynge

Emma 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 the… View More »

Kathy Pottetti

Kathy has a B.A. in Rhetoric & Communications from SUNY Albany, and had a career in the travel industry prior to working at Writers & Books.  She enjoys traveling, bicycling,… View More »

Alexa Scott-Flaherty

Alexa officially joined the staff of Writers & Books in 2009, although she has been behind the scenes since its inception. She moved back to Rochester from New York City… View More »

Kyle Semmel

Kyle is a native western New Yorker. After graduating from York Central in 1992, he mostly lived outside of the area—making stops in Pennsylvania, Kansas, Denmark, Metro DC, and Milwaukee.… View More »

Karen vanMeenen

Karen has served as the Coordinator of the “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” program (aka Rochester Reads) since 2001. She is also a full-time Lecturer at Rochester… View More »