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Jeffrey Ethan Lee: One-night Poetry Workshop

Jeffrey_Ethan_LeeMedia Contact: Chris Fanning

Public Relations Associate

585-473-2590 ext 105


Jeffery Ethan Lee offers one-night poetry workshop

Part of Writers & Books Visiting Writer Workshops


Rochester, NY : Award-winning poet Jeffrey Ethan Lee will be holding a one-night poetry workshop at Writers & Books on Wednesday, March 26th. The workshop will run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Cost is $45 for Writers & Books members, $50 for General Public.

This special workshop will provide all participants with writing exercises that connect one with one’s spontaneous and natural voice. Early registrants will receive a free, autographed copy of Lee’s Many Mountains Moving.

Lee has taught creative writing at many community arts organizations and universities throughout the country and his work has won many awards and publications. His towards euphoria (2012), co-winner of the editor’s prize from Seven Kitchens Press, is the prequel to invisible sister (2004), his poetry book that was praised in American Book Review. He has a Ph.D and an MFA from NYU.

To register for this unique workshop, call (585)-473-2590 ext 107 or go to our website,

For more information, contact Kristen Zory King at



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2 Pages / 2 Voices Performance & Winners

W&B  and Geva Collaboration:

2 Pages / 2 Voices winners announced


Rochester NY –  Writers & Books in collaboration with Geva Theatre are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 2 Pages / 2 Voices submissions.



Bundle of Bytes, by Melissa Fox Pheterson

T.M.I. by Steve Donner

They Were Real, by Maria Brandt

Obsolete, by Bill Capossere

Servants on Strike, by Len Messineo

Science of the Damned, by Byron Wilmot

Beware the Jabberwock, by Ted Wenskus

Benched, by Mark Jabaut

Transition Department, by Hank Shaw

In Memoriam, by Terry Lehr


2 Pages / 2 Voices is an evening of short plays written by area writers and read by area actors. Each play must be no more than two pages in length and contain no more than two characters. The only other stipulation for this year’s submissions is that at some point in the play the word “fox” must be included.

Performance of plays – TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2014, 8PM at Writers & Books.

On Twitter – @WritersandBooks @Gevatheatre #2Pages2Voices


For more information contact Chris Fanning at



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2013 Big Pencil Award Winners Announced

2013 Big Pencil Award Winners Announced


Rochester, NY – Writers & Books is proud to release this year’s 6 winners of the prestigious Big Pencil Award. The event will be held on November 16th from 6PM to 9PM at 740 University Ave. Tickets can be purchased online and over the phone for $20 for members, $25 for General Public

Writers & Books

The evening focuses on acknowledging those people and groups responsible for enriching the Rochester community through literature.


Local Honorees:


  • Gregory Gerard – A teacher of adults who has inspired the creation and appreciation of literature


  • Donna Marbach – A teacher of young people who has inspired the creation and appreciation of literature


  • Mary Widger – An individual who has made significant contributions to Writers & Books


  • Steven Huff – An individual who has made lifelong contributions to Rochester’s literary community


  • Patricia Braus on behalf of Rochester Education Foundation’s program Give Back, Give Books – An organization that has made significant contrubutions to the Rochester literary community


  • David Schickler – A writer who has had an impact on Rochester Readers


The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, proceed with the presentation of awards, and conclude with fine teas, coffees and desserts.


For more information or to purchase tickets call 473-2590 ext 107 or visit our website at




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First Friday Festival of Sound & Light and Read, White, & Blue Book Sale

Rochester, NY – A First Friday like no other. On July 5th, starting at 6:00 pm, Writers & Books will be hosting a Read, White and Blue Book Sale in our bookstore at 740 University Ave. Then at 9:30 pm, join us in our back lot as we use our new projection equipment to celebrate our First Festival of Sound & Light.

A full description of our First Festival of Sound & Light can be found on our website here – Bragdon, Claude

Drawing on inspiration from Rochester Architect Claude Bragdon, the first show on July 5th will be a tribute to him, involving images, words, and a selection of music he used in his own Festival events a century ago.

The Read, White & Blue Book Sale will run from 6pm to 10 pm. With the exception of books on consignment, all paperback books will be $1.00 and all hardcover books will be $3.00.

For a more detailed description of the Festival of Sound & Light, or questions regarding our First Friday event, please call Chris Fanning at 473-2590 ext 105 or via cell phone at 315-719-7262. You can also e-mail