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Literary Conference 2022 | Complete

Taking Care in Writing, Publishing, & Building Community Complete recorded conference and individual panels Kwame Dawes, Keynote Speaker Tickets for all Events: Members $195 | General Public $225 Please allow 1-2 […]

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Big House, Small House

What is the right size press for your manuscript? The “big five” (Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, and Macmillan) typically leverage book reviews in major […]

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Opening Reading

Destiny O. Birdsong, Meg Kearney, Ann Marie Macari, Brenda Peynando, Tim Seibles, Arisa White Members $6 | General Public $8

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The Poet & Their Publisher, BOA Editions / Nightboat Books Showcase

Listen in as seasoned small press publishers and successful poets on their lists talk about the partnership required to bring a book to life – from manuscript, to acquisition, to […]

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Greater-Rochester Poets & Authors: Reading

Greater-Rochester Poets & Authors: Reading Albert Abonado, Elizabeth Johnston Ambrose, Jessica Cuello, Tokeya Graham, Tony Leuzzi, Lytton Smith, Angelique Stevens Members $6 | General Public $8

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Keynote | Kwame Dawes on Literary Citizenship

Often called ‘the busiest man in literature,’ Kwame is the author of 20 books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. His most recent collection is City […]

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War & Peace in the American Imagination

For decades the topic of war in novels, memoirs, poetry, journalism, and other genres has made a large claim on the American psyche. What lessons can we draw from literary […]

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4 over 50: Reading & Conversation with Debut Authors

Four mature authors read from their debut books, three released to critical acclaim and one forthcoming, and discuss their journeys to publication. Panelists: Desiree Cooper, Jimin Han, Jeffrey J. Higa, David Mihalyov Moderator: Alison Meyers […]

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The Socially Challenged Body: Conversation with Riva Lehrer & Lennard J. Davis

The Socially Challenged Body: Conversation with Riva Lehrer & Lennard J. Davis Artist, author, and disability activist Riva Lehrer reads from her memoir Golem Girl, then is joined in conversation by Lennard J. Davis, […]

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Little Magazines

What are the exciting and groundbreaking trends in magazine publication? What is the “right” magazine for your work? What are the career benefits of publishing in magazines? Is there a […]

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Past Events

October 26, 2021 – Toni Jensen

October 14, 2021 – Kelli Jo Ford

Sept. 28, 2021 – Idra Novey

See the full archive of writers and poets reading and discussing their work here.

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Virtual Literary Conference January 21-23, 2022

Taking Care in Writing, Publishing, & Building Community

Kwame Dawes, Keynote Speaker on Literary Citizenship

We can train ourselves to respect our feelings, and to discipline (transpose) them into a language that matches those feelings so they can be shared.”  (Audre Lorde, Poetry is Not a Luxury)

As  COVID sweeps across the planet and through our lives, we continue to confront our vulnerabilities, both public and private. Hard truths about our nation are in sharp focus. How do we carve out purpose, chart a meaningful course, through troubling times that don’t seem to end? Taking care of ourselves and others is one answer, and it can take many forms.

Join 65 authors, poets, and publishing industry experts in engaging with and making literary art–transformational experiences that can offer solace, release, self-knowledge, and solidarity. Join us for Taking Care in Writing, Publishing & Building Community.