Literary Conference

From the Margins to the Center, April 26 – 28, 2024

Nathalie Handal, Keynote Speaker

Nathalie Handal on literature and language:

“How does literature contemplate what’s missing?”
“Translation taught me connection.”
“Words are travelers, books border crossings.”
“The more the world reads, the deeper our awareness.”
“Without our imagination we are machines of brutality and injustice.”


Nathalie Handal headlines as keynote speaker at our virtual Literary Conference: From the Margins to the Center, April 2024. Join us online for three days of panels, readings, and workshops with authors, peers, and industry experts.

Preview Nathalie’s keynote hereJump to conference panel descriptions here.

IN-PERSON RECEPTION 

April 25, 5:30 – 8 PM
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester

FREE ADMISSION

Mingle with friends and new acquaintances over refreshments. Browse conference titles at Ampersand Books, available at a special 15% discount. Attend a live reading by outstanding area poets, 6:15 – 7:15 PM.

Please help us plan by registering here.

 KICK-OFF READERS

Geoffrey Babbitt has published Appendices Pulled from a Study on Light (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), about which Nicole Walker has written, “If his words were sparks, the whole world would be on fire.” He is an Associate Professor of Writing & Rhetoric and English & Creative Writing at Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

Ralph Black is the author of Bloom and Laceration (Milkweed Editions, 2018) and Turning Over the Earth (Milkweed Editions, 2000), called by Harold Bloom “eloquent and poignant, worthy of sustained reading.” Professor Emeritus at SUNY Brockport, he is the recipient of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize from The Massachusetts Review and Chelsea Poetry Prize.

Kathryn Cowles is the author of Maps and Transcripts of the Ordinary World (Milkweed Editions, 2020) and Eleanor, Eleanor, not your real name (Bear Star Press, 2008), winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry PrizeHer newest project won the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for a manuscript in progress. Her poems and multi-media writings have been published in Best American Experimental Writing, Boston Review, New American Writing, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-day, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Doug Curry is a poet, writer, actor, and the voice and radio host of “Blacks & Blues with Doug Curry,” heard online and on terrestrial radio in Western and Central New York, as well as in the international blues capital of Chicago, Illinois. He has voiced film and audio books and appeared in a variety of dramatic roles onstage and remotely for local theater entities, including, among others, Blackfriars Theater and the Bronze Collective. Doug has been an automotive sales professional since 1987.

Anastasia Nikolis’ creative writing explores the intersections of visual art, place, and the body. You can find her work in Stone Canoe, Ghost City Review, Arkansas International, the LA Review of Books, and the Adroit Journal. An Assistant Professor of English at St. John Fisher University, her academic research focuses on confession and intimacy in post-1945 American poetry, with special interest in poetry and the public humanities.

Jessica Pavia is a Pushcart Prize-nominated creative nonfiction writer whose work has been published in Electric LiteratureLongreadsCatapult!, Roxane Gay’s The Audacity, and elsewhere. Her column “In Defense of Not Writing” appears biweekly in Write or Die Magazine. She currently teaches first year writing at the Rochester Institute of Technology and facilitates a community-based writing group every Saturday at Writers & Books. Her current project is Her Parting, My Pain, a memoir.

CONFERENCE EVENTS

Registrants have access to recorded events for 90 days following the conference.

Register by the Day

Three-Day Conference, April 26 – 28
$240 General Public
$205 Seniors, Students, Writers & Books Members
Scholarships available

Day 1, April 26, 2:45 – 7:15 pm
$80 General Public
$70 Seniors, Students, Writers & Books Members
Scholarships available

Day 2, April 27, 10 am – 9:15 pm
$110 General Public
$95 Seniors, Students, Writers & Books Members
Scholarships available

Day 3, April 28, 10 am – 6:45 pm
$90 General Public
$80 Seniors, Students, Writers & Books Members
Scholarships available

Register for Individual Sessions

Day One

Conference Welcome
April 26 @ EST 2:45 pm – EST 2:55 pm
FREE

Alice James Kick-Off Poetry Reading
April 26 @ EST 3:00 pm – EST 4:15 pm
FREE – $20.00

5 Agent Pitch Sessions
Monica Rodriguez, Context Literary Agency
April 26 @ 3 pm – EST 4:12 PM

The Novel & History: Conversation with Nishant Batsha
April 26 @ EST 3:00 pm – EST 4:15 pm
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, Writers & Books members: $15

Three over 50
April 26 @ EST 4:30 pm – EST 5:45 pm
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, Writers & Books members: $15

Reproductive Freedoms
April 26 @ EST 6:00 pm – EST 7:15 pm
FREE – $20.00 

Day Two

Keynote with Nathalie Handal
April 27 @ EST 10:00 am – EST 10:30 am
FREE – $20.00 

Disability Justice & the Literary Landscape
April 27 @ EST 12:30 pm – EST 1:45 pm
FREE – $20.00

BOA Editions Reading & Conversation
April 27 @ EST 3:30 pm – EST 4:45 pm
FREE – $20.00

5 Agent Pitch Sessions
Amy Bishop-Wycisk, Trellis Literary Management
April 27 @ 3:30 pm – EST 4:42 PM

Poetry Workshop with Annie Finch
April 27 @ EST 3:30 pm – EST 4:45 pm
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, Writers & Books members: $15

So You Want to Start a Small Press, Now What?
April 27 @ EST 5:00 pm – EST 6:15 pm
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, Writers & Books members: $15

The Feminist Romance Novel
April 27 @ EST 6:30 pm – EST 7:45 pm
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, and Writers & Books Members: $15

New Forms in Memoir
April 27 @ EST 8:00 pm – EST 9:15 pm
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, and Writers & Books Members: $15

Day Three

Research-Based Narratives
April 28 @ EST 10:00 am – EST 11:15 am
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, and Writers & Books Members: $15

Translation: Expanding Our Horizons
April 28 @ EST 11:30 am – EST 12:45 pm
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, and Writers & Books Members: $15

LBGBTQ+ Literature / Queer Mental Health
April 28 @ EST 1:00 am – EST 2:15 pm
FREE – $20.00

Migration: Crossing Borders
April 28 @ EST 2:30 pm – EST 3:45 pm
FREE – $20.00

Memoir Master Class
April 28 @ EST 2:30 am – EST 3:45 pm
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, and Writers & Books Members: $15

Afrofuturism
April 28 @ EST 4:00 pm – EST 5:15 pm
FREE – $20.00

Indigenous Literatures
April 28 @ EST 5:30 pm – EST 6:45 pm
General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Students, seniors, and Writers & Books Members: $15

Thank you, Conference Sponsors!

Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

 

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