July is the month of Independence Day, long days of sun and heat, and Anais Salibian
and Elizabeth Osta at the Genesee Reading Series! Fireworks? Perhaps. Sizzle? Almost certainly! Celebration of what’s best in writing? You bet!!
Elizabeth Osta was born in Buffalo, New York, spent her childhood in Syracuse, and graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester. She taught children with special needs, was a school principal, a training specialist for New York State Education Department, and an adjunct college professor. Her first book, Jeremiah’s Hunger, is an Irish historical novel, based on her family history, that tells the story of starvation, rebellion and survival during the 19th century Great Hunger in Ireland. The working title for her second book is Saving Faith: A Convent Memoir. It tells the story of her nine years in the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester. As a member of the Irish American Cultural Institute and the Sons of Italy, Osta has traveled extensively to Ireland and Italy. She and husband Dave Van Arsdale live in Pittsford, and enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, theater, reading, and travel.
With a Master’s degree in English literature and a Certification in Secondary Education, Anais Salibian taught high school English and Drama for five years. She became a licensed massage therapist in 1981 and in 1995 became certified in Rosen Method Bodywork. She has been in private practice since 1981, using a mind/body
modality that is particularly suited to help people overcome trauma and connect with their deeper selves. She has taught writing classes at Writers and Books, Nazareth College, and St. John Fisher College, and currently teaches classes on memoir, essay, and crafting sentences. In 2004, she received Writers & Books’ Teacher of Adults Award for the Creation and Appreciation of Literature. Her published works are all creative non-fiction. She is a Senior Rosen Method Bodywork Teacher on staff at the Rosen Method Open Center. Her latest excitement is merging her expertise in teaching and bodywork to offer classes and workshops in writing-to-heal and Integrative Journaling to help people recover from illness, injury, post traumatic stress, and grief.
Here are the particulars!
GENESEE READING SERIES
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Writers and Books
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
7:30 pm, $3 members; $6 public