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Genesee Reading Series (9-13-11)

Happy 30th Anniversary, Writers & Books!!!

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As we continue our celebration of Writers and Books’ 30th anniversary, each of the next four months will feature an alumnus of the series introducing an emerging writer. This month, John Roche shares his own work and invites us to get acquainted with his student, Nicolas Eckerson.

The Genesee Reading Series, with impresario Wanda Schubmehl, continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Writers & Books with a program featuring John Roche and Nicholas Exkerson.

The Genesee Reading Series will be held at Writers & Books, located at 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for members and $6 for the general public.

John RocheJohn Roche is an Associate Prefessor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology and is the current president of Just Poets. He earned his PhD from SUNY Buffalo, studying with Robert Creeley and John C. Clarke. His first two full-length poetry collections are Topicalities (2008) and On Conesus (2005), both from FootHills Publishing. His latest book of poems, Road Ghosts, is available from theenk Books. He also edited the collection Uncensored Songs for Sam Abrams (Spuyten Duyvil, 2008), co-edited with Patricia Roth Schwartz an anthology of poetry by inmates at Auburn Prison called Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind (FootHills, 2009), and edited Martha Rittenhouse Treichler’s Black Mountain to Crooked Lake: Poems 1948-2010, with a Memoir of Black Mountain College (FootHills, 2010).

Nicolas EckersonNicolas Eckerson recently won the Kearse Award for Creative Writing from RIT. He writes as he walks and drives around his hometown of Gates-Chili at night, and, like many writers before him, relishes the atmosphere of his attic room. James Joyce’s Dubliners was an awakening for him, and he now writes fiction and poetry with his own epiphanies. He won the Poetry Slam at RIT, Fall 2010 and came in second at the RIT Poetry Slam in December of that year, had work published in the 2010 and 2011 Signatures Magazine, and was the Literary Editor for the 2011 Signatures. He has read at the Imagine RIT Festival in 2010 and 2011, the Black Mountain North Symposium in 2010 (Rochester), and for the Under-25 Series at Writers and Books in 2010.

To download the flier for the event, click Genesee Reading Series 9-13-11.

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