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April is National Poetry Month

Every April, the nation celebrates the vital art of poetry. Join Writers & Books at any of our numerous events throughout the month to celebrate the writing & reading of poetry.

 

Sign up for any poetry class during the month of April and receive an additional 5% discount on the class. Contact the front office (585-473-2590 x107) to claim the discount. 

 

Click here to see all of our upcoming Poetry workshops!

 

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Friday, April 1st

$35 Deal!

April is National Poetry Month. For the Month of April, sign up and receive a daily writing prompt via email. Post your results in the forum and read the works of others. Individuals who successfully complete all 30 Days get bragging rights and receive a certificate from Writers & Books. Come celebrate the end of the month at the 30/30 open mic during the Poetry, Pinot, & Potluck celebration on Saturday, April 30!

 

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Friday, April 1st

6:00 – 10:00 PM

Free

National Poetry Month Kick off – Grab a poem to keep in your pocket, get started with writing prompts, and write a poem on a flower to be hung up at Writers & Books all month. Also that night we’ll have a reception with author Deborah Gregory from 5:30 – 7:30, followed by Wide Open Mic hosted by Norm Davis starting at 7:30 PM

 

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Friday, April 8th

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Member’s Price: $ 3
General Public Price: $ 6

Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell, Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, and Ryki Zuckerman are travelling to Rochester Friday April 8 in celebration of the 45th continuous year of publishing Earth’s Daughters. These poets are members of the editorial collective for the feminist literary and arts periodical, the oldest extant continuously published feminist literary arts periodical in the US.

 

Reading: Bill Zavatsky with special guest poetry

Friday, April 15th

7:00 PM

Member’s Price: $ 3
General Public Price: $ 6
$3 for Eastman School of Music students (Call W&B for more information)

Bill Zavatsky, a former Editor-in-Chief of The SUN, will be in Rochester to give a special reading accompanied by talented musicians from the Eastman School of Music. This will be a special evening full of poetry and music.

 

Breathing Fire: Grand Slam

Friday, April 29th

6:30 PM

$1 Students & members / $5 General Public

Location: Rochester Academy of Medicine

This is it! After months of slams at Press Coffee House, the Grand Slam is here. Listen to some Rochester’s most exciting young voices. Participate in the judging! Be a part of this new movement in the community!

 

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Saturday, April 30th

2:00 – 7:00 PM

Free, but bring a bottle of wine or a dish to pass!

Join us for readings by poets and members of the Writers & Books community. Each hour of this poetic celebration will include five poets who will read original poems, in addition to work by other poets. The afternoon and evening will celebrate our literary community with a sharing of poetry, food, and drink (Pinot, both Noir and Grigio). Free, but bring a dish to pass and/or a bottle of pinot!
The line up:
2PM
1. George Steele
2. David Michael Nixon
3. Harlow Crandall
4. Norm Davis
3PM
1. Wanda Schubmehl
2. Toren Reaves
3. Paulette Swartzfager
4. Sarah Freligh
Break
4PM
1. Lytton Smith
2. Allison Brown
3. Ralph Black
4. Megan Backer
Break
5PM
1. Roc Bottom Slam Team
6PM
Open Mic

 

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Saturday, April 30th

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

On “Poem In Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others in their neighborhood and community. Stop by Writers & Books during our business hours that day (9:00 AM – 7:00 PM) and pick one up!

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Pictures from Rochester Reads 2016

RR_logo_CMYK_2016Another Rochester Reads has come to an end. Click on the following links to view our Facebook albums of Sonja’s readings at each venue.

Wood Library

Finger Lakes Community College

Palmyra Community Library

Nazareth College

Rochester Institute of Technology

St. John Fisher College

Penfield Public Library

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY

The Summit at Brighton

Greece Public Library

Roberts Wesleyan College

Valley Manor

Novel Evening with Sonja Livingston

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Our Venues: Wood Library, Finger Lakes Community College, Palmyra Community Library, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology,St. John Fisher College, Penfield Public Library, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY, The Summit at Brighton, Greece Public Library, Roberts Wesleyan College and Valley Manor

Our Presenting Sponsor: Ameriprise Financial
Our Supporting Sponsors: The Fred & Floy Willmott Foundation, HBT Architects, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, Paychex, Harris Beach PLLC, City Blue Imaging Services, New York State Council on the Arts, andNational Endowment for the Arts

Our gracious author Sonja Livingston

…and to all of you. Without your participation in ‪#‎RochesterReads‬, we could not turn Rochester into one giant book club for 5 days and four nights. Your support of Writers & Books workshops and programs makes us excited looking forward to our next 35 years!

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Sonja Livingston: Author Appearances Rochester Reads 2016

 

During her time in Rochester, Sonja Livingston will make over a dozen appearances at schools, senior living centers, and libraries. Each site will enjoy a reading by the author, followed by a book signing. Find a reading near you! (Note, all events are free, but some require registration)

 

Tues. March 15 – 10:00-11:15am Wood Library

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing 

Wood Library – 134 N. Main St. CANANDAIGUA Free.

No registration required. For more information call (585) 394-1381.

 

Tues. March 15 – 12:45-2:00pm Finger Lakes Community College  

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing 

Finger Lakes Community College Auditorium 3325 Marvin Sands Dr. CANANDAIGUA.

Free for students/$2 general public.

No registration required. For more information call (585) 785-1367 or email curtis.nehringbliss@flcc.edu.

 

Tues. March 15 – 3:00-4:30pm Palmyra Community Library           

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing

Palmyra Community Library 402 E. Main St. PALMYRA

Free. Free, but registration required starting February 19.. For more information call (315) 597-5276.

 

Tues. March 15 – 7:00-9:00pm Nazareth College          

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing

Nazareth College Callahan Theater, Arts Center 4245 East Ave. ROCHESTER   (sponsored by The Marie Callahan Reading Center Memorial Fund and the Graduate Literacy Programs of Nazareth College)

Free. No registration required. For more information call Dr. Naomi Erdmann at (585) 389-2614.

 

Wed. March 16 – 1:00-2:15pm Rochester Institute of Technology   

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing

Rochester Institute of Technology, Reading Room Campus Life Center One Lomb Memorial Dr. HENRIETTA

(sponsored by the English Department, RIT Libraries, the University Writing Program and the Center for Women and Gender)

Free. No registration required. For more information email kmvgla@rit.edu.

 

Wed. March 16 – 3:00-4:30pm St. John Fisher College

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing 

St. John Fisher College, Golisano Gateway Midlevel, 3690 East Ave. ROCHESTER

Free. No registration required. For more information contact MJ Iuppa at miuppa@sjfc.edu.

 

Wed. March 16 – 7:00-9:30pm Penfield Public Library           

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing

Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Rd. PENFIELD

Free but registration required beginning Feb. 17. To register or for more information call (585) 340-8720.

 

Thurs. March 17 – 12:00-1:30pm Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County           

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave. ROCHESTER

Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 428-8350 or email Rebecca.Fuss@libraryweb.org.

 

Thurs. March 17 – 2:00-3:30pm The Summit at Brighton       

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing

The Summit at Brighton, 2000 Summit Circle Dr. BRIGHTON

Free but registration required. For more information or to register call Julia Ryan at (585) 341-2311 or email jryan@jewishseniorlife.org.

 

Thurs. March 17 – 7:00-8:30pm Greece Public Library           

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing 

Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd. GREECE

Free but registration required. For more information or to register call (585) 225-8951 or visit www.greecepubliclibrary.org.

 

Fri. March 18 – 11:00am-12:30pm Roberts Wesleyan College

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing

Roberts Wesleyan College, Cox Hall Auditorium, 2301 Westside Dr. ROCHESTER

Free. No registration required. For more information email moorem@roberts.edu.

 

Fri. March 18 – 3:00-4:30pm Valley Manor        

Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing 

Valley Manor, 1570 East Ave. ROCHESTER

Free but registration required. To register or for more information call (585) 770-1956 or email Gail Reeves at greeves@episcopalseniorlife.org.

 

Fri. March 18 – 5:30-7:00pm          

A Novel Evening with Sonja Livingston     

Location provided with tickets; space for this intimate event is very limited.

Tickets are $75 each. To purchase tickets call (585) 473-2590 x106.

 

Sat. March 19 – 10:00am-12:00pm            Writers & Books

Master Class with Sonja Livingston

Writers & Books, 740 University Ave. ROCHESTER

$45 W&B members/$50 nonmembers. To register call (585) 473-2590, x107.