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September 2019

Fringe: Left For Dead Improv

September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  We are a local improv comedy group made up of performers aged 50 years and above. With more than four centuries of life experience, this team performs short and long-form improv, stand-up and sketch comedy. We started performing in assisted-living centers, cafes and theatre spaces around Rochester, and have graduated to shows and comedy festivals all over the Northeast. Catch us while you still can at the Fringe!   Show Length: 50 Minutes Ticket Price: $10.00 Genre: Comedy Ages:…

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Fringe: 50 Shades of Gay Takes on the ‘80s

September 12, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  "50 Shades of Gay" returns for a third outlandish year to Fringe and, this time, it takes on the fabulous 1980s. Join award-winning comedian Ike Avelli and his talented guests, Tym Moss and Vivian Darling, for a night of comedy, music, drag, costumes and – most importantly – audience participation and giveaways! You're even invited to dress up in an iconic look from the decade. "The mastermind of creativity, Ike Avelli showcased a riveting adult variety explosion." (Huffington Post)…

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Fringe: The Eulogy

September 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  Best Solo Performance, 2018 Boulder Fringe. Outstanding Performance, 2018 San Diego Fringe. Patrons’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Best Show, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2016 Atlanta Fringe. After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, "The Eulogy" (an absurd, theatrical parody of a funeral speech) returns. CITY Newspaper: “The kind of show you want to see again immediately.” Washington Post: “A comic gem.”  …

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Fringe: 50 Shades of Gay Takes on the ‘80s

September 13, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  "50 Shades of Gay" returns for a third outlandish year to Fringe and, this time, it takes on the fabulous 1980s. Join award-winning comedian Ike Avelli and his talented guests, Tym Moss and Vivian Darling, for a night of comedy, music, drag, costumes and – most importantly – audience participation and giveaways! You're even invited to dress up in an iconic look from the decade. "The mastermind of creativity, Ike Avelli showcased a riveting adult variety explosion." (Huffington Post)…

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Fringe: Aliens Like Us

September 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  It’s Poetry! It’s Theatre! It’s Poetry with Props! After the collapse of human civilization, aliens land on earth and embark on an intergalactic scholarly mission to see what went so horribly wrong that it caused human society to implode. During their exploration, these beings rely on an obscure twenty-first century poet’s work to decode the many mysteries of earth and make their anthropological conclusions, both serious and funny – just as all theatre should be.   Show Length: 60…

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Fringe: Sladki Doumi Women’s Balkan Chorus

September 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  Sladki Doumi Women’s Balkan Chorus performs traditional songs from the Balkans, celebrating a music with asymmetrical rhythms and radiant melodies that “makes your socks go up and down!” The singing style is focused and highly ornamented, harmonious and dissonant in turn. The songs tell stories of hard work, community, love, and pain. Sladki Doumi presents these songs in their original languages, as women (and sometimes men) have rendered them across time, and shares them lovingly with audiences of all…

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Fringe: Left For Dead Improv

September 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  We are a local improv comedy group made up of performers aged 50 years and above. With more than four centuries of life experience, this team performs short and long-form improv, stand-up and sketch comedy. We started performing in assisted-living centers, cafes and theatre spaces around Rochester, and have graduated to shows and comedy festivals all over the Northeast. Catch us while you still can at the Fringe!   Show Length: 50 Minutes Ticket Price: $10.00 Genre: Comedy Ages:…

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Fringe: The Eulogy

September 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  Best Solo Performance, 2018 Boulder Fringe. Outstanding Performance, 2018 San Diego Fringe. Patrons’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Best Show, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2016 Atlanta Fringe. After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, "The Eulogy" (an absurd, theatrical parody of a funeral speech) returns. CITY Newspaper: “The kind of show you want to see again immediately.” Washington Post: “A comic gem.”  …

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Fringe: Stand Up For Drag

September 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  A FABULOUS evening of some of the best divas of drag and stand-up comedians that Rochester has to offer! Musical performances and stand-up comedy will provide an all-inclusive night of enjoyment. Show Length: 60 Minutes Ticket Price: $15.00 Genre: Comedy Ages: 18 and over Purchase Tickets Here

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Fringe: 50 Shades of Gay Takes on the ‘80s

September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  “50 Shades of Gay” returns for a third outlandish year to Fringe and, this time, it takes on the fabulous 1980s. Join award-winning comedian Ike Avelli and his talented guests, Tym Moss and Vivian Darling, for a night of comedy, music, drag, costumes and – most importantly – audience participation and giveaways! You’re even invited to dress up in an iconic look from the decade. “The mastermind of creativity, Ike Avelli showcased a riveting adult variety explosion.” (Huffington Post)…

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Fringe: The 24 Hour Plays

September 16, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  What do you get when you take a group of actors, writers, directors and producers and give them 24 hours to create, rehearse and “tech” a handful of short original plays? Something uniquely amazing. The experience is profoundly exhilarating, culminating in a thrilling performance with lights, sounds, props and costumes for a live theatre audience.   Show Length: 60 Minutes Ticket Price: $20.00 Genre: Theatre Ages: 13 and over Purchase Tickets Here  

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Fringe: The 24 Hour Plays

September 16, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  What do you get when you take a group of actors, writers, directors, and producers and give them 24 hours to create, rehearse and “tech” a handful of short original plays? Something uniquely amazing. The experience is profoundly exhilarating, culminating in a thrilling performance with lights, sounds, props and costumes for a live theatre audience.   Show Length: 60 Minutes Ticket Price: $20.00 Genre: Theatre Ages: 13 and over Purchase Tickets Here

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Fringe: The Geriactors

September 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  We present a program of short plays by and in tribute to Byron Wilmot, a wonderful local playwright who left us too soon five years ago. Some of these plays were written expressly for us and all display Byron’s unique humor. We leaven the program with a song or two (or three) from the Rochester Songbook, a collection of Rochester-centric songs compiled in 1910.   Show Length: 60 Minutes Ticket Price: $15.00 Genre: Theatre Ages: 13 and over Purchase…

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Fringe: The Geriactors

September 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  We present a program of short plays by and in tribute to Byron Wilmot, a wonderful local playwright who left us too soon five years ago. Some of these plays were written expressly for us and all display Byron’s unique humor. We leaven the program with a song or two (or three) from the Rochester Songbook, a collection of Rochester-centric songs compiled in 1910.   Show Length: 60 Minutes Ticket Price: $15.00 Genre: Theatre Ages: 13 and over Purchase…

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Fringe: The Eulogy

September 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  Best Solo Performance, 2018 Boulder Fringe. Outstanding Performance, 2018 San Diego Fringe. Patrons’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Best Show, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2016 Atlanta Fringe. After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, "The Eulogy" (an absurd, theatrical parody of a funeral speech) returns. CITY Newspaper: “The kind of show you want to see again immediately.” Washington Post: “A comic gem.”  …

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Fringe: The Geriactors

September 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  We present a program of short plays by and in tribute to Byron Wilmot, a wonderful local playwright who left us too soon five years ago. Some of these plays were written expressly for us and all display Byron’s unique humor. We leaven the program with a song or two (or three) from the Rochester Songbook, a collection of Rochester-centric songs compiled in 1910.   Show Length: 60 Minutes Ticket Price: $15.00 Genre: Theatre Ages: 13 and over Purchase…

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Fringe: Town X

September 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  The Encounter (Baltimore-based magic team of Annie Montone and Brian Kehoe) is back at Rochester Fringe with their new narrative magic smash-up, "Town X." There’s been an event in Town X, and the entire community – including you – is on hand for an emergency meeting. The doors are locked, the cell phones down, and the radio says something that sounds like invasion. Part theater piece, part magic show, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen The Encounter.  …

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Fringe: Tiramisu

September 19, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, Michael Burgos returns with his second show, "Tiramisu." Several years after their relationship ends, Tony – a washed-up American musician – realizes that Teresa – an Italian pastry chef –was the one who got away. Not knowing what else to do, Tony writes a musical about tiramisu and tours it globally, in the hopes that Teresa will see the show and fall in love with him again.…

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Fringe: Town X

September 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  The Encounter (Baltimore-based magic team of Annie Montone and Brian Kehoe) is back at Rochester Fringe with their new narrative magic smash-up, "Town X." There’s been an event in Town X, and the entire community – including you – is on hand for an emergency meeting. The doors are locked, the cell phones down, and the radio says something that sounds like invasion. Part theater piece, part magic show, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen The Encounter.  …

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Fringe: Tiramisu

September 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, Michael Burgos returns with his second show, "Tiramisu." Several years after their relationship ends, Tony – a washed-up American musician – realizes that Teresa – an Italian pastry chef –was the one who got away. Not knowing what else to do, Tony writes a musical about tiramisu and tours it globally, in the hopes that Teresa will see the show and fall in love with him again.…

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Fringe: Town X

September 21, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  The Encounter (Baltimore-based magic team of Annie Montone and Brian Kehoe) is back at Rochester Fringe with their new narrative magic smash-up, "Town X." There’s been an event in Town X, and the entire community – including you – is on hand for an emergency meeting. The doors are locked, the cell phones down, and the radio says something that sounds like invasion. Part theater piece, part magic show, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen The Encounter.  …

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Fringe: Aliens Like Us

September 21, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  It’s Poetry! It’s Theatre! It’s Poetry with Props! After the collapse of human civilization, aliens land on earth and embark on an intergalactic scholarly mission to see what went so horribly wrong that it caused human society to implode. During their exploration, these beings rely on an obscure twenty-first century poet’s work to decode the many mysteries of earth and make their anthropological conclusions, both serious and funny – just as all theatre should be.   Show Length: 60…

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Fringe: Manifest This: A Tragicomic Odyssey

September 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  Kelli Dunham's "Manifest This" is a one-person, multimedia, live, comedic storytelling show about what happens when midwestern, genderqueer stubbornness disasterlife meets the Portlandia-esque world of The Secret, #manifesting, queerwoo, Kale As Religion and Ear Candling for Dogs. If anyone has told you that you can cure all your physical/emotional ailments with good thoughts, remote reiki and chakra massaging, this show is for you. Also, if you just like funny nonbinary people.   Show Length: 50 minutes Ticket Price: $10.00…

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Fringe: INFERNO BEMSHI!

September 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  "INFERNO BEMSHI!" mixes and mashes the 1911 film "L'Inferno" with original libretto, music, soundscape and poetry by G. E. Schwartz and Dave Esposito in a real-time phantasmagorical performance, a journey deep into a no-go zone, filled with conspirators, the corrupt, collusionists and murderers. HELL WALK WITH US! And guess who's condemned to the lowest circle of this inferno!  Show Length: 60 Minutes Ticket Price: $7.00 Genre: Multidisciplinary Ages: 13 and over Purchase Tickets Here

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Fringe: Tiramisu

September 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, Michael Burgos returns with his second show, "Tiramisu." Several years after their relationship ends, Tony – a washed-up American musician – realizes that Teresa – an Italian pastry chef –was the one who got away. Not knowing what else to do, Tony writes a musical about tiramisu and tours it globally, in the hopes that Teresa will see the show and fall in love with him again.…

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Fringe: Stand Up For Drag

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  A FABULOUS evening of some of the best divas of drag and stand-up comedians that Rochester has to offer! Musical performances and stand-up comedy will provide an all-inclusive night of enjoyment. Show Length: 60 Minutes Ticket Price: $15.00 Genre: Comedy Ages: 18 and over Purchase Tickets Here

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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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A Celebration of the Life of Norm Davis

October 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public. Join us on Friday, October 4 to celebrate the life of the inimitable Norm Davis. Participate in our Wide Open Mic—the forum of poetic expression that Norm loved so well—by sharing reminiscences of him or sharing your own writing or music. Snacks and libations will be available throughout but any special offerings are welcome. The evening will be hosted by Rick Petrie. For more information email karen@wab.org . In honor of Norm, wear a vest…

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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
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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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November 2019

Like Falling through a Cloud: Eugenia Zukerman Presents

November 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Monroe Community Hospital, 435 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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The Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter, and Writers & Books will showcase world-renowned flutist and noted author Eugenia Zukerman on November 18, 2019, at  Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester, NY. Zukerman will share her story of coping with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s; read from her new memoir, Like Falling Through A Cloud; and give a brief flute performance. Individuals living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and their care partners are invited to attend by pre-registering at 800.272.3900. Reserved seating…

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Soul Knows No Bars: A Writer’s Journey Doing Poetry with Inmates

November 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free and Open to the Public Book Launch with Patrica Roth Schwartz Patricia Roth Schwartz is a poet, writer of fiction and memoir, and teacher. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, an MA from Trinity College (CT), and an MACP from Antioch/ N Eng. Widely published in literary journals, she has had published 7 volumes of poetry, plus a full-length collection of short fiction which won a Lambda Literary Award. Residing in the Finger Lakes region of NY…

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December 2019

Joytime Killbox: Brian Wood Book Launch

December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

The awkwardness of modern living takes center stage in these nine short stories by Brian Wood. Well-intentioned characters fumble through social situations: a man making small talk in line for a deadly thrill ride, a pet parrot arrested for murder, a seductive stranger on an airplane who just pulled out a handle of gin. With sparse prose and candid humor, these stories draw attention to the absurdities of our day-to-day interactions. Praise for Joytime Killbox “A collection full of startling,…

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January 2020

On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Book Launch

January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public Sonya Bilocerkowycz is the author of On Our Way Home from the Revolution, selected by David Lazar and Patrick Madden as winner of the 2018 Gournay Prize. Her debut book was also named a "Most Anticipated Essay Collection" for Fall 2019 by Literary Hub.  Sonya's essays and poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Guernica, The Southampton Review, Ninth Letter, Image, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. Before completing her MFA at Ohio State, she served…

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February 2020

Two Californias: Book Launch

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public Robert Glick is an Associate Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches creative writing, electronic literature, and the occasional course on zombies. His work has won competitions from The Normal School, Copper Nickel, Diagram, Summer Literary Seminars, and New Ohio Review; other stories have been published in the Masters Review, Denver Quarterly, and Gettysburg Review. His first collection, Two Californias, was published by C&R Press in 2019.  Quirky, bittersweet,…

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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: 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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POSTPONED: Member Party

March 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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At this time, this event has been postponed. Rescheduled date TBD.   Saturday, March 21 is all about you, our members! Stop by our Open House and mingle with fellow stakeholders while enjoying a nosh and live jazz performed by Eastman School of Music students, on-site 3 - 4 pm. Take advantage of your member’s discount at Ampersand Books, our growing indie bookstore. Visit our renovated library/writing space on the second floor, view sculptor Annalisa Baron’s installation in the atrium,…

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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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