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March 2021

Lyz Lenz: Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women

March 11 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. credit: Pilsen Photo Co-op In conversation with Megan Stielstra Journalist Lyz Lenz lays bare the misogynistic logic of cultural narratives about pregnancy, tracing them back to our nation’s murky, potent cultural soup of religious and historical myths. With her trademark blend of wit, snark, and raw intimacy, she explores how received opinions inform our expectations for pregnant people--whether we're policing them, asking them to make…

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Mary Frances Winter: Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit

March 18 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Mary-Frances Winters will be in conversation with Stephanie Paredes, Assistant Director, Multicultural Programs in the Division for Diversity & Inclusion at RIT.   Black people, young and old, are fatigued.  Experiencing inequities and even atrocities, day after day, is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. And it is exhausting to constantly explain this to white people, even--and especially--well-meaning white people, who fall prey to white fragility and…

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52 Snapshots Memoir Starter Workshop

March 20 @ EST 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Virtual Classroom NY United States
$75

Member Price: $65 1 Session, 2.5 hours Deadline to Register: March 19, 5 pm Instructor: Sonja Livingston Most of us have stories to tell. Whether you’re working on a memoir, family history or series of essays, the challenge lies in translating the riches and troubles of our lives into actionable, manageable writing projects. This workshop describes the low-pressure and intuitive process of writing short vivid pieces of scene and memory (or snapshots) as a means of building your book and…

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April 2021

Sarah Freligh: We

April 1 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. "In her brilliant new chapbook, master microfictionist Sarah Freligh creates characters who are simultaneously tough and vulnerable, revealing the weird light found in sad, unsolvable situations.These are the most delicious microfiction truffles one can find here on planet Earth and I swallowed them whole." - Meg Pokrass, author of The Loss Detector and Co-Editor of Best Microfiction   “Sarah Freligh is one of the best poets practicing the…

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Holly Wren Spaulding: Familiars

April 5 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Evocative and intimate, the linked poems in Familiars arise from questions and observations in the more than human world. In characteristically compact lyrics, Holly writes about trees, flowers, magic, touch, memory, erasure, power, and her grief over the changing climate. Familiars takes us on a three-part journey, with fresh observations of the natural world and our relationship to it.    Spaulding will be in conversation…

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Craig Morgan Teicher: Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey

April 6 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. TUESDAYS WITH BOA Craig Morgan Teicher will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize-winning poet (2018) and nationally recognized literary critic Craig Morgan Teicher’s Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey is a collection of poems about entering middle age, raising a young family, sustaining a marriage, and taking care of a severely disabled child. These sonnets and…

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David Ruekberg & Alicia Hoffman: Poetry Reading & Conversation

April 8 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Originally from Pennsylvania, Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Alicia Hoffman lives, writes, and teaches in Rochester, NY. She is the author of the full-length collections Railroad Phoenix (Kelsay Books, 2015) and Like Stardust in the Peat Moss (Aldrich Press, 2013). Her new book, Animal, is forthcoming from Futurecycle Press.    “Hoffman’s gorgeous poems deftly navigate the tightrope between grief and humor, and find their muscular, beating heart…

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Getting Unstuck Poetry Workshop

April 10 @ EST 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Virtual Classroom NY United States
$32

Member Price: $25 1 Session, 1.5 hours Deadline to Register: April 9, 5 pm Instructor: David Ruekberg Writer’s block: Is there such a thing? William Stafford’s solution: Ignore "high standards" and get into action. Expecting every draft to say it all is a lot of pressure. Instead, exercising our writing muscles every day can help prepare us for when the big poem needs to be born. In this workshop we’ll explore ways to move through fear and doldrums. Criticism—especially from…

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Justin Jannise: How to be Better by Being Worse

April 13 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. TUESDAYS WITH BOA Justin Jannise will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Justin Jannise turns the self-help manual on its head in his Poulin Prize-winning debut collection. His poems flout, subvert, question, and ignore the rules with exploratory energy. Queer experiences are celebrated—from crushing on long-dead, sad-eyed poets to drag divas dancing at Halloween parties—gender constructs are questioned, and…

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Hanif Abdurraqib: A Fortune for Your Disaster

April 15 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib’s second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster (Tin House, 2019), won the 2020 Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Throughout, Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside—from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor’s dogs—to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility. His topics wrestle with…

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Using “Literature” of Illness in Writing

April 17 @ EST 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Virtual Classroom NY United States
$32

Member Price: $25 1 Session, 1.5 hours Deadline to Register: April 16, 5 pm Instructor: Sarah Cedeño Prescription medication guides, prescription advertisements, medical encyclopedia entries, symptom “diaries,” medical charts, doctor’s notes, physiological diagrams and illustrations, medical instructions, health histories, etc. are all promising forms that can be used to explore the writer’s experience, guiding us out of the familiar and comfortable narratives we tell ourselves and others about our bodies. In this workshop, we will find new ways to view…

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Kendra Decolo: I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World

April 20 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Kendra Decolo will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Kendra DeColo reaffirms the action of mothering as heroic, brutal, and hardcore with poems that interrogate patriarchal narratives about childbirth, postpartum healing, and motherhood through the lens of pop culture and the political zeitgeist. With references ranging from Courtney Love to Lana Del Rey to Richard Burton to Nicholas Cage,…

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Stephen Kuusisto: Old Horse, What Is to Be Done?

April 22 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. "...Kuusisto is writing at the height of his powers. But what does that mean? It means that the poet finds a lyric key to the word, and knows it. But how is it done, what is his secret? Perhaps it is his knowledge of "the pressure that makes each fact float." Old Horse, What Is to Be Done? is a beautiful, unrelenting, moving book. It…

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Rachel Mennies: The Naomi Letters

April 27 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Rachel Mennies will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Told through a time-honored epistolary narrative, The Naomi Letters chronicles in poems the relationship between a woman speaker and Naomi, the woman she loves. These letter-poems form a braid, first from the use of found texts; next from the speaker’s personal observations about her bisexuality, Judaism, and mental illness; and…

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May 2021

Patrice Gopo: All the Colors We Will See

May 6 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Patrice Gopo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being Black in America. From her white Sunday school classes as a child, to her early days of marriage in South Africa, to a new home in the American South with a husband from another land, Patrice’s life is a testament to the challenges and beauty of the world…

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E.C. Osondu: Alien Stories

May 11 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. E.C. Osondu will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Celebrated Nigerian-born writer E.C. Osondu delivers a short-story collection of nimble dexterity and startling originality in his BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning Alien Stories. With a nod to the dual meaning of alien as both foreigner and exterrestrial, Osondu turns familiar science fiction tropes and immigration narratives on their heads, blending…

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Thomas J. Mickey: All about Flowers: James Vick’s Nineteenth-Century Seed Company

May 13 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. “There is much in this sin-plagued world of ours; and, had we no flowers, I believe existence would be hard to be born.” So states a customer’s 1881 letter—one of thousands James Vick regularly received. Vick’s business, selling flower seeds through the mail from Rochester, NY, wasn’t unique, but it was wildly successful because he understood better than his rivals how to engage customers’ emotions.…

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Elizabeth Everett: A Lady’s Formula for Love

May 20 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. A Lady’s Formula for Love is  Elizabeth Everett’s first novel, inspired by her admiration for rule breakers and belief in the power of love to change the world. She lives in upstate New York with her family near sites that figure prominently in the history of civil rights and women’s suffrage.   “ Fiercely feminist and intensely romantic, A Lady’s Formula for Love is a…

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July 2021

Heather Lanier: Raising a Rare Girl

July 8 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Award-winning writer Heather Lanier’s memoir about raising a child with a rare syndrome, defying the tyranny of normal, and embracing parenthood as a spiritual practice that breaks us open in the best of ways.   “Lanier’s memoir is now on the short list of books I’ll give, when the time comes, to my own pregnant daughters. Lanier shines a clear light on what we sign…

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