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6:00 PM:   Open Letter/Three Percent, Best Translated Book Awards Finalists Event in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library at 6:00 p.m.

7:30 PM : Genesee Reading Series

Hosted by Wanda Schubmehl
April. 10, 7:30 p.m
$3 W&B members / $6 general public.

April showers bring May flowers (although this year, who knows what to expect?)  The April Genesee Reading Series is guaranteed to provide an extraordinary program of work from two authors not often heard.  

Iris Miller has been writing poetry since she retired from teaching art to children in the Rochester City School District twenty years ago. She also explores images through her own art work, and offers a healing practice in shamanism and guided personal imagery based on her training with Michael Harner and Stephen Eligio Gallagos. She writes to discover how seemingly disparate things are often connected, not only in the evolving poem, but in her life, and believes in the power of the image to teach and to heal.  Her poems have appeared in various literary journals, including The South Carolina Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Clackamas Literary Review, and Nimrod International Journal, as well as several anthologies. Her chapbook,  Angels Flying Backwards, was recently published by FootHills Publishing.

John Cieslinski has lived in Rochester for the last 65 years, except for two years when he served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines, teaching TESL.  He has been a teacher at three schools in Rochester – St. John’s Greece, Hilton Central School, and Holy Rosary School in Rochester.  He was named Teacher of the Year 1989-90 for Hilton Central School.  John has owned a small theater in Hilton, NY., Flour Town Theater, and has worked in and had theater pieces staged by several local theater groups – JCC, Off-Monroe Players, and Footlight Players.  He has published three theater pieces for children – All Aboard for Ashtabula (Contemporary Drama Service), School Invaders (Samuel French), and God’s Greatest Hits (Eldridge Publishing).  John has been a member and officer in Rochester Poets.  His poetry and pen drawings have appeared in various small poetry publications.  
He now owns a bookstore, Books, Etc., in Macedon, NY, where he hosts poetry readings and other literary events, hangs and sells local art, and welcomes patrons with two book-loving cats.  In some ways, he feels that this venture is a synthesis of all that has come before.


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