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Tyler Barton: Eternal Night at the Nature Museum

Virtual Event Tyler Barton will be in conversation with Kevin Wilson. Loss and rediscovery occupy the heart of this adventurous debut collection. The characters in Eternal Night at the Nature Museum find refuge in strange, repurposed spaces: a middle-aged addict emcees a demolition derby, which transforms into a hostel, then a cult; a church congregates […]

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Character-driven Fiction: Making it Happen

Virtual Writing Workshop with David B. Seaburn  Curated by Writers & Books Sponsor & Host:  Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County February 12, 2022, 10:30 am - 1 pm Free to the Public | Enrollment limited to 16 Registration opens on January 15, 2022: Register here.  Workshop is fully enrolled, but a waiting list […]

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Read & Write With Dante Micheaux

Prose Rhythm in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 6 - 7:30 pm: Craft Talk with Dante Micheaux Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 6 - 7:30 pm: Workshopping Session, facilitated by Alison Meyers The Whitmanian corpus, large and ever-growing, will never be as large as Whitman himself—whom we remember for his […]

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Virtual Literary Conference 2022

Taking Care in Writing, Publishing, & Building Community

January 21-23

Kwame Dawes, Keynote Speaker on Literary Citizenship
“We can train ourselves to respect our feelings, and to discipline (transpose) them into a language that matches those feelings so they can be shared.”  (Audre Lorde, Poetry is Not a Luxury)

As  COVID sweeps across the planet and through our lives, we continue to confront our vulnerabilities, both public and private. Hard truths about our nation are in sharp focus. How do we carve out purpose, chart a meaningful course, through troubling times that don’t seem to end? Taking care of ourselves and others is one answer, and it can take many forms.

Join 65 authors, poets, and publishing industry experts in engaging with and making literary art–transformational experiences that can offer solace, release, self-knowledge, and solidarity. Join us for Taking Care in Writing, Publishing & Building Community.

Tickets and more information are available here or by clicking on the January 20 event “Virtual Literary Conference 2022” on the right.
Early Bird Rate: $195 (extended through January 17) | January 18 – 23: $225

SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE Your $195 donation will pay for a scholarship. Your gift in any amount makes a difference! 


AMPERSAND BOOKS – Open House & Book Fair Join us in kicking off our Literary Conference at 740 University Avenue!