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Chen Chen

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Chen Chen will be in conversation with author and poet Peter Conners, Publisher and Executive Director of BOA Editions. Portrait by Margarita Corporan In his highly anticipated second collection of poems, Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency, Chen Chen continues his investigation of family, both blood and chosen, examining what one inherits and what […]

Artist in Residence | Gallery Talk with Ellen Driscoll

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Behind the Curtain: View Eyechart, then join us for artist Ellen Driscoll’s talk on her creative process. Admission is free. Gift donations are appreciated. The gallery talk will also be streamed via Zoom. The link will be in your email confirmation. Choose the ticket price that’s right for you: Free, $5, $10, $15 or $20

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Jason Mott: Second Saturday Book Club Conversation

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Hell of a Book “Hell of a Book teetertotters real life and fiction in a dizzying yet dazzling exploration of exploration itself. Jason Mott brings much of what he's known for and a lot of what we do not expect to this inventive offering.”—Kiese Laymon This is an in-person event at 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY.  Masks […]

Cynthia Dewi Oka

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Cynthia Dewi Oka will be in conversation with author and poet Peter Conners, Publisher and Executive Director of BOA Editions. In her fourth poetry collection, Cynthia Dewi Oka performs a lyric accounting of the anti-Communist genocide of 1965, which, led by the Indonesian military and with American assistance, erased and devastated millions of lives in […]

Cyrus Cassells

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

In the aftermath of the Stand Your Ground killing of his close friend’s father, Cassells explores the brutality, bigotry, and betrayal at the heart of current America. Taking his cue from Civil Rights- and Vietnam War-era poets and songwriters who inspired him in his youth, he presents a frank, bulletin-fierce indictment of unraveling democracy in […]

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Deborah Haber

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

LIKAH! A Puppy Story helps children ages 5 - 8 cope with the unexpected loss of someone dear, a situation affecting all populations and generations. Vetted by child psychologists specializing in loss, LIKAH! recognizes the importance of developing comforting, uplifting support tools for a range of circumstances, creating a gateway to conversation. Deborah Haber is […]

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Valerie Dimino

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

In The Man Behind the Curtain: A Memoir (Possibilities Press, 2022), Jessica Renee with co-author Valerie Dimino tells her story of rape and sexual assault by her step-father starting at the age of 11. Only when she was 15 and her boyfriend asked the right questions did the truth come to light—a terrible truth that […]

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Artist in Residence | Poetry Reading with Kathy Engel

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Kathy Engel reads new work and selected pieces from Eyechart. Admission is free. Gift donations are appreciated.   Choose the ticket price that’s right for you: Free, $5, $10, $15 or $20

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Clifford Thompson: Second Saturday Book Club Conversation

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues November 12 @ EST 11:00 am - 12:00 pm When Donald Trump ascends to the presidency, Thompson finds himself questioning his most deeply held convictions. In the grip of contradictory emotions, he turns for guidance to the wisdom of writers he admires while knowing that the answers to his questions about America […]

Nishant Batsha

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Spanning from the lush terrain of the South Pacific to the golden hills of San Francisco, Mother Ocean Father Nation is an entrancing debut about how one family, at the mercy of a nation broken by legacies of power and oppression, forges a path to find a home once again. “Heartrending in its domestic drama, […]

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Poetry Workshop: Getting Unstuck

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Writer’s Block: Is there such a thing? William Stafford’s solution: Ignore "high standards" and "get into action." 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 this and other ways to move through fear and the doldrums. Criticism—especially from the […]

Carley Moore

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Carley Moore will be in conversation with Sejal Shah. It’s early summer in New York City, 2020. The city is largely shut down, and Orpheus—our queer, disabled, poly hero—is lonely, devoid of touch and community. Orpheus manages to buy a bike just before they sell out and takes to the streets looking for Eurydice, the […]

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