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April 2019

Conan Doyle for the Defense with Margalit Fox

April 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, the most famous detective in the world, there is no American book that tells this story—in which Conan Doyle serves as detective on an actual murder case. In CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer (A Random House Hardcover, on-sale June 26), Margalit Fox takes us step by step…

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May 2019

Motherish: Laura Rock Gaughan Reading

May 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The women who populate Laura Rock Gaughan's debut story collection, Motherish, veer from playful to distraught, reckless to restrained, anchored to unmoored. Gambling grandmas, athletes and organists, pregnant bus passengers and punitive bank tellers are pushed to the brink by Gaughan's distinctively precise prose, while they grapple with what it means to mother and be mothered. Laura will also be teaching a class on Writing Mothers on Saturday, May 11, 10am-12pm

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Genesee Reading Series: Leah Zazulyer and Kyle Semmel

May 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$6.00

Leah Zazulyer and Kyle Semmel The Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and 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). It's up close and personal in the intimate performance space upstairs— stay afterward and talk to the authors while eating cookies.   Leah Zazulyer writers poetry and…

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CosmoCon

May 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

CosmoCon is a celebration of Cosmographia authors May 15-18, 2019 at Writers & Books. Cosmographia is a publisher of soulful books based in Rochester, New York whose authors include poets, fiction writers, memoirists, and artists from as far away at Beirut, Lebanon. Join us for a talk, workshop, and meet the authors at the big reading. Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 pm: Possible Lives, Past Lives—talk by Elizabeth Bodien $10 Thursday, May 16, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm: Readings and meet-and-greet with authors…

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Stories ROC: Corpus: Stories About the Body

May 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

Corpus: Stories About the Body   True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience. Everyone has a story. What's yours? Send your three-sentence story idea to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com. Join the conversation: www.facebook.com/Stories-Roc. Visit www.storieroc.wordpress.com to view past shows.

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June 2019

First Friday Mira Jacob Book Signing

June 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Due to this special event, we will not be hosting Wide Open Mic this First Friday. Writers & Books will only be open from 6:30 - 7:30 for this First Friday. Please join us at Writers & Books for a special conversation and book signing with critically acclaimed author/illustrator Mira Jacob. Ms. Jacob’s recently released graphic memoir, Good Talk, called “vibrant, inventive, and vulnerable” (Bustle) and “a beautiful and eye-opening account of what it means to mother a brown boy…

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Genesee Reading Series: Tony Leuzzi and Lytton Smith

June 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$6.00

Tony Leuzzi and Lytton Smith The Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and 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). It's up close and personal in the intimate performance space upstairs— stay afterward and talk to the authors while eating cookies.   Lytton Smith is Associate Professor…

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Jeff Spevak: 22 Minutes Book Launch

June 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Author Jeff Spevak was confronted with a dilemma: How do you tell the story of a man who can’t bring himself to talk about the most epic moment of his life? Ernie Coleman was a legendary sailor on Lake Ontario. But throughout his life he was haunted by nightmares from World War II: The Battle of Savo Island, the worst open-sea defeat in the history of the US Navy. During the 22-minute battle in the Japanese navy sank Ernie’s ship,…

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The Magician’s Cape

June 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$12
Hnossa

Hnossa presents an encore performance of their original adaptation of a Swedish folktale. A wizard and would-be kidnapper tells the story of his defeat at the hands of a dastardly kind child.   Hnossa is a multimedia artists’ collective that uses myths and folktales of the past to explore the present and dream the future by weaving together layered soundscapes, song, and prose. Featuring three shows written by Didrik Söderström and Matt Frost and performed by Didrik Söderström.

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July 2019

Genesee Reading Series: Alex Sanchez & Melissa Ostrom

July 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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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,…

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August 2019

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

August 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$12
Hnossa

A young woman ventures to the four corners of the earth to rescue her love and reclaim that which was hers. Hnossa continues their summer series of encore performances with their critically acclaimed adaptation of this beloved folk tale.   Hnossa is a multimedia artists’ collective that uses myths and folktales of the past to explore the present and dream the future by weaving together layered soundscapes, song, and prose. Featuring three shows written by Didrik Söderström and Matt Frost and…

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Lauren Acampora Reading: Paper Wasp

August 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Lauren Acampora’s acclaimed short story collection The Wonder Garden earned her comparisons to Wharton, Cheever and O’Connor. Now she delivers her electrifying debut novel The Paper Wasp, which tells the knife-edge story of two women’s dark friendship of twisted ambition set against the backdrop of contemporary Hollywood.   “A lyrical, provocative, imaginative page turner that makes the world feel new again, The Paper Waspis both a stunning portrait of a fixated woman and an addictive, modern commentary on an eternal…

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George Rollie Adams: South of Little Rock Reading

August 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$6
South of Little Rock

South of Little Rock is a story of love, hate, fear, and courage as the residents of a small town in southern Arkansas deal with change during the Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis of 1957. South of Little Rock is the recipient of the 2019 Independent Publishers Bronze Medal for Best Novel (South) winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Regional Fiction, and the 2019 National Indie Excellence Award for Regional Fiction: Southeast.   "Adams creates realistic characters…

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Genesee Reading Series: Chen Chen & Catherine Faurot

August 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$6

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…

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Barbara Braverman & Janet Nemetz Book Launch

August 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Come Fly with Me by Barbara Braverman is a memoir in poetry, beginning with the struggles of an immigrant family to the marriage and break up of her parents. Childhood experiences seared in memory, sometimes with tears, sometimes with humor, are recounted in her poetry. Time and travels and adventures heal a broken heart. While mindful of the challenges of aging, she continues to celebrate a life well lived.   Up from Rivington Street, a Memoir in Poetry and Prose by…

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Dead Metaphor Cabaret

August 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$6

Drawing from blues, cabaret and art song, the performance ensemble Dead Metaphor Cabaret, led by Curt and Nani Nehring Bliss, explores the fruitful territory that borders music and poetry. For well over a decade, members have collaborated to interpret, adapt and perform poems (both familiar and obscure) that inspire toe-tapping and finger- snapping -- poetry infused with a musical pulse.

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September 2019

Genesee Reading Series: Paulette Swartzfager and Karla Linn Merrifield

September 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$6

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…

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Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities

September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free to Members | $5 General Public Presentation and Book Signing with Katrina Smith Korfmacher Low-income and marginalized urban communities often suffer disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards, leaving residents vulnerable to associated health problems. With her ground-breaking book, Korfmacher examines ways to collaborate across systems and sectors to address environmental health disparities. Bridging Silos studies three efforts to address long-standing challenges: childhood lead poisoning in Rochester; unhealthy built environments in Duluth, Minnesota; and pollution related to commercial ports and international…

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Erik & The Wolf

September 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10
Hnossa

A young man learns of love and change at the hands of a mysterious young woman and a wood of ancient spirits. Hnossa concludes their series of encore performances with a return of their first show performed in Rochester.   Hnossa is a multimedia artists’ collective that uses myths and folktales of the past to explore the present and dream the future by weaving together layered soundscapes, song, and prose. Featuring three shows written by Didrik Söderström and Matt Frost and…

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October 2019

I Play His Red Guitar with Charlie Coté

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Book Launch with Charlie Coté and Special Guests Charles Coté’s new collection of elegies about his son’s illness and death, I Play His Red Guitar (Tiger Bark Press), has been lauded by Kim Dower as “remarkable and gorgeous poems, by turns tragic and joyful.” Coté is the author of Flying for the Window (Finishing Line Press, 2008). His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Big City Lit, Segue, Salamander, The Cortland Review, Connecticut River Review, Upstreet, Connotation Press, Ducts, Terminus,…

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Celebrating Joy Harjo

October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Participatory Reading | Featured poet: Rich Forester Free and Open to the Public Join us in celebrating Joy Harjo’s historic appointment as United States Poet Laureate, and plan to share your favorite Harjo poem at our “Open Mic for JH.” A selection of books by Joy Harjo will be available for purchase; refreshments provided.   Rich Forster has lived in the Rochester area AND started writing just over 30 years ago, exclusively poetry for much of that time. As an…

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Meet Peter Lovenheim

October 16, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Valley Manor, 1570 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Presentation, Q & A, and Book Signing  Valley Manor, 1570 East Ave., Rochester, NY Free and Open to the public Photo by DuHon Photography Join Valley Manor residents and neighbors and meet award-winning journalist and author Peter Lovenheim, who will present on his latest book of nonfiction, The Attachment Effect, an exploration of how early bonds with parents shape our personalities, relationships, and lives. Peter Lovenheim is an author and journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in the New York…

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Poetry with Terry Blackhawk: Reading and Book Signing

October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Free to Members | $5 General Public The Founder and Executive Director of InsideOut Literary Arts Project (1995-2015), Detroit’s legendary poets-in-the-schools program, Terry Blackhawk is the author of six collections of poetry, including Escape Artist, winner of the 2002 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and the recently released One Less River (Mayapple Press, 2019), called by Patricia Hooper an “unspecified story of loss and recovery, of grief and the many meandering paths away from grief. . . . a luminous…

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Poetry with Terry Blackhawk: Reading, Conversation, and Book Signing at Gell

October 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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Free to Members | $7 General Public The Founder and Executive Director of InsideOut Literary Arts Project (1995-2015), Detroit’s legendary poets-in-the-schools program, Terry Blackhawk is the author of six collections of poetry, including Escape Artist, winner of the 2002 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and the recently released One Less River (Mayapple Press, 2019), called by Patricia Hooper an “unspecified story of loss and recovery, of grief and the many meandering paths away from grief. . . . a luminous…

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ImageOutWrite Reading

October 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free and Open to the Public Experience the literary side of ImageOut, Rochester’s excellent LGBT Film Festival. At this special reading, local writers and members of the ImageOutWrite team are on hand to share selections from their 2019 literary journal. Hear the authors’ words in their own voices, grab a copy of ImageOutWrite, and network and mingle.

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November 2019

Rabindranath Tagore’s Śāntiniketan Essays: Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy

November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Presentation by Medha Bhattacharyya Medha Bhattacharyya discusses her new translation of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s rarely known collection of meditative essays, Śāntiniketan (Abode of Peace), which looks at his ideas of universality; his socio-cultural location; and his reflections on Buddhism, Vaiṣṇavism, Bāul philosophy, and the Bhagavadgītā, and their contemporary relevance.

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Bruna Dantas Lobato Reading

November 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Bruna Dantas Lobato is a Brazilian writer and translator based in St. Louis. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space, BOMB, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common, and elsewhere, and has been recognized with fellowships from Bennington College, NYU, the University of Iowa, A Public Space, and DISQUIET. Her translation of Caio Fernando Abreu’s Moldy Strawberries received a 2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and is forthcoming from Archipelago Books in 2020.

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Reading with Martha Collins

November 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Martha Collins has just published her tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do. Her previous volumes include Admit One: An American Scrapbook, White Papers, and the book-length  poem Blue Front, as well as the paired volumes Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day. Collins has also published four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, most recently Black Stars by Ngo Tu Lap, and co-edited, with Kevin Prufer, Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries. Founder of the Creative Writing Program…

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Genesee Reading Series: Sarah Freligh and Gail Hosking

November 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Members - Free | General Public - $5 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…

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Veteran’s Day Reading and Potluck

November 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

This Veterans Day join us for an open mic and potluck for veterans, and listen to them share their moving work. Writers & Books has been fortunate to host the Veterans Writing Group every first Saturday. This Veterans Day join us for an open mic and potluck for veterans, and listen to them share their moving work.

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Genesee Reading Series: Reenah Golden and Sally Bittner Bonn

November 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Members - Free | General Public - $5 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…

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December 2019

Genesee Reading Series: James Longenbach and Joanna Scott

December 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Members – Free | General Public – $5 James Longenbach is a poet and a critic who has taught at the University of Rochester for many years. His many books of literary criticism include The Art of the Poetic Line (Graywolf) and How Poems Get Made (Norton), and his books of poems include The Iron Key (Norton) and Earthling (Norton), the latter of which was a finalist for the National Books Circle Award. His poems have appeared individually in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.   Photo…

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National Poetry Series Winner, Lindsay Bernal Reading

December 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Free to members/ $5 general public Lindsay Bernal’s What It Doesn’t Have to Do With (University of Georgia Press, 2018) won the 2017 National Poetry Series competition. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Conjunctions Online, Gulf Coast, OVERSOUND, Tikkun, and other journals. She coordinates the Creative Writing Program and the Writers Here & Now reading series at the University of Maryland.

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The Threshing Floor: LGBTQ+ Writing Group — Reading

December 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

December 17, 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm Hosted by Reilly Hirst & Gracen Lynch Free and open to the public The deep end is fine here, so we don't have to stay in the safe shallows. If you love writing, especially "edgy" stuff, bring it. In all good writing, we benefit from many perspectives and are willing to take them in while standing in and speaking from our own truth.

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February 2020

Literary Partners: Lori Nolasco Martinez & Jennifer Kellogg

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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February 20, 2020 |  Lori Nolasco Martinez & Jennifer Kellogg Free and open to the public A Rochester, NY, native, Lori Nolasco Martinez is the author of two FootHills poetry collections, Ariadne of the Freezing Rains (2010) and Demetrio’s Scythe (2014). Her poem “Maplewood Rose Garden,” which pays tribute to the last stop on the Underground Railroad, is included in the Rochester Poets Walk at the Memorial Art Gallery. Lori is a graduate of the Sorbonne, where she earned a Doctoral degree…

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March 2020

Literary Partners: Regina Buttner & Ted Obourn

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Regina Buttner & Ted Obourn Free & open to the public Regina Butler has earned degrees in both landscape architecture and nursing, but it was Wendy Low’s “Time To Write” class at Writers & Books in 2014 that helped her to establish a daily writing habit that she has stuck with ever since. Her short fiction has appeared in Rochester Parent Magazine, Vine Leaves Journal, and Stone Canoe. Her debut novel, Absolution, will be published by Spark Press in October…

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Literary Partners: CaTyra Polland & Jesse Cruz

March 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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CaTyra Polland & Jesse Cruz Free & open to the public Author, editor, entrepreneur, and speaker CaTyra Polland’s debut book, Professionalism What’s That?, is available at Amazon as a paperback or e-book. CaTyra recently published a journal tailored to Black women and is working on her first poetry collection. A community volunteer serving on the boards of several Rochester nonprofits, her passions include promoting and celebrating Black excellence and encouraging youth to read and write. Author Jesse A. Cruz lives in upstate New York with…

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Literary Partners: Jennifer Hudak & David DeGraff

March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Jennifer Hudak & David DeGraff Free & open to the public Jennifer Hudak is a speculative fiction writer whose stories have appeared both online and off in such places as PodCastle and  Daily Science Fiction and the anthology Endless Apocalypse. Originally from Boston, she now lives with her family in Upstate New York, where, in addition to writing, she teaches yoga, knits tiny pocket-sized animals, and misses the ocean. Visit jenniferhudakwrites.com David DeGraff is an astronomer, science fiction writer, and Professor of Astronomy at Alfred University. In addition…

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Literary Partners: Lori Bruton & Seema Khaneja 

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Lori Bruton & Seema Khaneja  Free & open to the public Lori Bruton is a passionate, faith-filled, fun-loving entrepreneur who shares her stories and adventures about love, travel, faith, fun, writing, essential oils, wellness, and living the Oola Lifestyle creating balance in the key areas of your life. Her book, Hole To Whole: Journey To Hope And Transformation, was published in December 2019. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives in Western New York.  Seema Khaneja is the author of Physician,…

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Literary Partners: Claudia Stanek & Patricia Roth Schwartz

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Claudia Stanek & Patricia Roth Schwartz Free & open to the public Claudia M. Stanek grew up in the blur of murmurs and silences of Polish-accented English while living on the border of Polish-Catholic steel town Depew and German-Lutheran rural Lancaster in Western New York State. Her Language You Refuse to Learn was the 2013 co-winner of the Bright Hill Press chapbook contest, Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Dime Show Review, Inscape, Modern Poetry Quarterly, and Ithaca Lit, and in the anthologies Cinquainicity, Community Voices, and Le Mot Juste. She…

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April 2020

Literary Partners: Charles Lamarr Philips & Susan Vinocour

April 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Charles Lamar Phillips’s fiction appears in Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Cincinnati Review, Fifth Wednesday, Chaffin Journal, Raritan, and The Brooklyner. Dead South, his collection of short stories, has been praised by author George Rollie Adams as “skillfully rendered tales of troubled souls.” Phillips’s novel, Estranged, is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing in fall 2020. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Phillips has been writer, columnist, or editor at Congressional Quarterly, The Washington…

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Literary Partners: Danielle Pafundo & Edward Dougherty

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Danielle Pafundo & Edward Dougherty Free & open to the public Danielle Pafunda is the author of nine books of prose and poetry, including The Book of Scab (Ricochet Editions, 2018), Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books, 2013), and Manhater (Dusie Press, 2012), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press, 2010), as well as two chapbooks. Her work has appeared in three editions of The Best American Poetry, and has been widely anthologized. A teacher at Rochester Institutute of Technology, she has served on the board of directors of VIDA; and holds a BA…

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Literary Partners: Katherine Hastings & Charlie Coté

April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Katherine Hastings is the author of three collections from Spuyten Duyvil Press: Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar (2016), Nighthawks (2014), and Cloud Fire (2012), as well as several chapbooks.  Poet laureate emerita of Sonoma County, CA, she edited Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women; Digging Our Poetic Roots: Poems from Sonoma County; and What Redwoods Know: Poems from California State Parks. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. She…

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Literary Partners: Paula Weld-Cary & Kitty Jospé

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Paula Weld-Cary & Kitty Jospé Free & open to the public Paula Weld-Cary’s poetry has appeared in journals in the United States and abroad, including Portland Review, Slab, Cream City Review, Nimrod, Poetry Salzburg Review, Third Wednesday, and The Aurorean. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. One of her poems is forthcoming in The Midwest Quarterly and another in an environmental textbook. She lives in New York State. Kitty Jospé is a linguist and poet who has moderated popular weekly reading poetry appreciation sessions since 2008. She…

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Literary Partners: Gail Hosking & Georgia A. Popoff

April 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Georgia A. Popoff, of Syracuse, NY, is an editor, educator, and Workshops Coordinator and faculty member at the YMCA of Central NY’s Downtown Writers Center. For 20 years, she served on the editorial board of The Comstock Review, with 5 years as managing editor. Her poetry collections are Psychometry (Tiger Bark Press, 2019), Psalter: The Agnostic’s Book of Common Curiosities ( Tiger Bark Press, 2015), The Doom Weaver (Main Street Rag Publishers, 2008), and…

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Literary Partners: Jessica Cuello & Liza Flum

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Jessica Cuello is the author of Hunt (The Word Works, 2017) and Pricking (Tiger Bark Press, 2016). She has been awarded The 2017 CNY Book Award, The 2016 Washington Prize, The New Letters Poetry Prize, a Saltonstall Fellowship, and most recently, The New Ohio Review Poetry Prize. Her most recent poems can be found in Copper Nickel, Cave Wall, Bat City Review, Pleiades, and Salamander. Liza Flum is a poet and teacher living in…

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May 2020

Literary Partners: Len Messineo & Rob Tyler

May 13 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Len Messineo’s work has appeared in Shenandoah, Tampa Review, New Novel Review, The Sun: Journal of Ideas,  and elsewhere.  His stories have been twice nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Anthology; and his one-act plays, "By the Sea" and "My Anatomically Correct Artificial Life Form" have been performed at GEVA Theatre’s Regional Playwrights Festival in Rochester, NY.  Rob Tyler has dabbled in short fiction for decades. His stories, flash fiction, and prose poems…

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Literary Partners: Allison Roberts & Trish Annese

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Allison Roberts is co-founder of Impact Interactive, a theatre-based training company. www.impactinteractive.org. She is also a visual artist, actor, and writer. She is the founder and producer of the comedy troupe, EstroFest, (www.estrofestlaughs.com) and performs in local theater, TV commercials and film. Her visual art works include murals, theater sets, painting, illustration, and jewelry making.  Her written work has appeared in Rochester Magazine, City Newspaper, RocParent, and Democrat and & Chronicle.

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July 2020

Poets Denise Abercrombie and Jonathan Andersen

July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Hear poets Denise Abercrombie and Jonathan Andersen read from their published work via Zoom, then listen in as they join Executive Director Alison Meyers in conversation about their craft, the role of poetry as an agent for change, their work as teachers, and living together on a small farm in rural Connecticut.  Denise  Abercrombie’s work has appeared in Minnesota Review, Fireweed, Connecticut Review, Phoebe: Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Theory and Aesthetics, The Lumberyard: A Radio Magazine, Struggle, Writing on the…

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August 2020

Debut novelist Melanie Conroy-Goldman

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 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 event. Join Melanie Conroy-Goldman for the virtual launch of her debut novel, The Likely World, praised by Mary Gaitskill as “bizarre and beautiful, equal parts brainy lit and gut-bucket pulp.”    The author will read selections from her novel, then chat with Writers & Books’ executive director about the inspiration for The Likely World, her writing practice, and the path her manuscript traveled on its way to…

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