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Genesee Reading Series – March 11

As Wanda said in her email, “There will be NO snow, ice, freezing rain, or other unfriendly weather on Tuesday, March 11, so […] you can all make it safely to Writers and Books for a great program.  Patricia Roth Schwartz and Laura Klinkon will be featured, and you know you don’t want to miss an opportunity to hear these poets!  

Patricia Roth Schwartz, poet, playwright, fiction writer, workshop leader, editor/publisher, has lived in Waterloo, NY in the Finger Lakes on her 35 acre property, Sage-Thyme Haven, for over 22 years. For almost thirteen years, she has volunteered inside Auburn Correctional Facility, a maximum security men’s prison, helping inmates conduct a weekly poetry workshop. Schwartz has edited four volumes of work produced by the inmates there. Her ten minute and one-act plays have been given staged readings in Rochester and in the Finger Lakes. She has conducted
writers’ workshops widely in the Rochester area and throughout the Finger Lakes, and for the past three years has facilitated a Reading and Discussion Group for Geneva Public Library, funded by a grant from the NY Council on the Humanities. Schwartz’ poem “Biopsy” was selected as part of the Rochester Poet’s Walk. The two most recent of her published volumes are The Loneliness of Squash (Blue Heron, 2011), and The Crows of Copper John, the History of Auburn Prison in Poems (Olive Trees 2012). Visit her website/blog, http://www.patriciarothschwartz.

Laura Klinkon studied literature and language at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., at American University, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere as part of continuing and independent study. She has been employed in writing, translating, and substitute teaching in various cities including New York, Washington, D.C. and her adopted hometown of Rochester, N.Y., where she raised two children with her former husband, Heinrich Klinkon, now deceased. She is a member of Just Poets and Rochester Poets as well as Writers & Books in Rochester, N.Y.; she
has read her poems in the Eastman School of Music’s Women in Music Festival. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Liberty’s Vigil and Le Mot Juste. and in the local online Canto Magazine each month since Canto’s first issue in September, 2013. Trying to Find You, a book of poems.

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