Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. On the second Tuesday of each month, listen to two authors read their work up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs. By the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). Stay afterward and talk to the authors while eating cookies. $3 for members, $6 for the general public.
Paulette Swartzfager, alecturer in the RIT Department of English, is a poet, journalist,and essayist originally from New Orleans. In New Orleans, she taughtwriting at Loyola University and administered several Humanities and Artsgrants for creative writing in the schools (1985-2005). After Katrina, shemoved to Rochester and joined RIT faculty. She is a member of Just Poets andhas published poetry in several anthologies. She has authored two poetrychapbooks: years of dust (2009) and distance (2019). She is alsoa member of the Flying Squirrel Community Space, a collective nonprofit spacefor Rochester activists, artists, and community members.
Karla Linn Merrifield, a nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, has had 700+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has 14 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll
(Poetry Box Select) is the newly released full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North
from Cirque Press. Her Godwit: Poems of Canada
(FootHills Publishing) received the Eiseman Award for Poetry. She is a frequent contributor to The Songs of Eretz Poetry Review
, and assistant editor and poetry book reviewer emerita for The Centrifugal Eye
. She is a member of Just Poets (Rochester, NY), the Florida State Poetry Society, the New Mexico Poetry Society, and The Author’s Guild. Visit her blog, Vagabond Poet Redux
, at http://karlalinn.blogspot.com
. Google her name to learn more; and see https://www.facebook.com/karlalinn.merrifield