Spring Writes is an annual program of Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County

Participating Writers

Note: The May 2019 participating writers are below (so you can get a sense of the scope of this event). We'll put up the May 2020 participating writes by March 15th, 2020. 

Barbara Adams
is a regional arts journalist and theatre critic, currently publishing in the Ithaca Times. She’s also a co-founding member of Ithaca City of Asylum and an associate professor in Ithaca College’s department of writing, teaching feature journalism and food, travel, and arts writing.  https://faculty.ithaca.edu/adams/

Jacob M. Appel 
is the author of three literary novels including Millard Salter's Last Day (Simon & Schuster/Gallery, 2017), seven short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery, a thriller and a volume of poems. He currently teaches at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. jacobmappel.com

Michael Barakiva
is a theatre director and writer based in Ithaca, NY where he serves as Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre. michaelbarakiva.com

E.C. Barrett
is a fiction writer, creative writing teacher, and an award-winning freelance nonfiction writer. She attended Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2018 and is a 2019 Saltonstall Fellow. ecbarrett.com  

Heather Bartlett
is an Instructor in English & Creative Writing at SUNY Cortland. Her recent poetry and prose can be found in Carolina Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review, Ninth Letter, Quarterly West, and other journals.  heather-bartlett.com

Tim Bent
is an executive editor in trade books at Oxford University Press. Before joining OUP, he worked at Harcourt and at St. Martin’s Press.

Kate Blackwood
is a writer and actor active in Ithaca's literary and theater communities. She works as a writer and editor for Cornell. 

Barrett Bowlin
teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic. Essays and stories of his appear in places like Ninth Letter, Hobart, The Rumpus, Salt Hill, and Bayou. barrettbowlin.com

Cory Brown
is an associate professor of writing at Ithaca College and serves on the ICOA advisory board. His new book of poetry, Ellisions, publishes this year. faculty.ithaca.edu/cbrown 

Marty Cain
is a Ph.D. student, the co-editor of Garden-Door Press, and the author of Kids of the Black Hole (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017). marty-cain.com

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra 
has provided live orchestra concerts, chamber music, incredible collaborations and award-winning youth outreach programs since 1976. The CCO's Youth Orchestra program for advanced students is now in it's 2nd season. ccoithaca.org

Alex Chertok
has published in The Missouri Review, Copper Nickel, and Best New Poets 2016, among others. He teaches at Ithaca College and through the Cornell Prison Education Program. faculty.ithaca.edu/achertok/

Jeffrey J. Cravens
has published short stories and an essay in J Journal and Fabula Press’s story contest anthology. He lives in Elmsford and practices education law as an attorney.

Cayley Crutchfield
a senior Culture and Communications major at Ithaca College with a concentration in Urban Anthropology, is president of the IC Amnesty International chapter.

Robert Danberg Ph.D.
is a poet and author of the creative nonfiction collection Teaching Writing While Standing on One Foot (Sense Publishers). His poems have appeared in the New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, The Sun. He is on the faculty of Binghamton University's Writing Initiative. RobertDanberg.com

Rik Daniels
is a speaker and performance artist. Through his public work he strives to inspire others to thrive and be happy.

Leslie Daniels’
career includes literary agent, freelance editor, and writing teacher. Her novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House, published in five languages, is under option for film. lesliedaniels.com

Ella Maria Diaz
is an associate professor in English and Latina/o Studies at Cornell University. Diaz’s scholarship focuses on art, poetry, performance, and political activism of latinx people. latino.cornell.edu/ella-maria-diaz

Rachel Dickinson
is the author of several nonfiction books including Falconer on the Edge and, her latest, The Notorious Reno Gang. racheldickinson.com

Edward A. Dougherty
lives and works in Corning, NY, and his latest collection, 10048, about 9/11, has been called "the best kind of poetic history."

Andy Doyle
began writing poetry to publicize and cheer-on human rights defenders. He facilitated the Ithaca poetry slam at Juna’s in Ithaca for many years and still performs at poetry open mics.

Krystall Escobedo
is a chicanx writer, zinester, cultural organizer, mujerista, radio DJ, and dancer. They have been published in several latinx zines, including St. Suciabienacompanadapress.wixsite.com/zine

Brenna Fitzgerald
holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing and has published work in journals including Stone Canoe, Creative Nonfiction, and Ars Medica. She is a health and creativity coach as well as a yoga and mindfulness teacher. habitsofwellbeing.com

Peter Fortunato
is an award winning poet, painter, performer, university teacher, certified hypnotherapist, and ceremony maker. He has taught nationally and internationally for many years. peterfortunato.wordpress.com

Emily Fridlund
is the author of History of Wolves, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, and a collection of stories, Catapult.

Alison Fromme
Creative nonfiction writer Alison Fromme is Assistant Director of the Colgate Writers Conference. She’s also a former fellow of the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. AlisonFromme.com 

Benjamin Garcia
was the 2017 Latinx Scholar at the Frost Place and the 2018 CantoMundo Fellow at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. His work can be found in: American Poetry Review, Missouri Review, and Best New Poets 2018.

Mary Gilliland's
published in AGNI, Hotel Amerika, Notre Dame Review, Poetry, Tampa Review, and the anthologies Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands and Strange Histories.

Jeanne Goddard
produces multidisciplinary events at the CRS Barn on Triphammer Road and has collaborated with musicians, visual artists, and writers for over 40 years. operacowpokes.com/jbg.html

Hardy Griffin
has an M.F.A. from The City College of NY and has published in many venues, including New Flash Fiction, The Washington Post, and the chapter, “Voice: The Sound of a Story” in Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2003). He has been a fellow at Blue Mountain Center and for the Istanbul Biennial. hardy-griffin.weebly.com

David Guaspari
A member of Dramatists Guild, he’s published scientific papers, fiction, essays, and reviews, and had plays performed in states totaling 296 electoral votes and five foreign countries. dguaspari.com

Joe Hall 
is a writer and researcher. He is the author of three books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (Black Ocean 2018). https://joehalljoehall.com/

Lisa Harris's 
books include The Quest Trilogy (Ravenna Press); Traveling Through Glass, and Dwelling Space, (Cayuga Lake Books). She holds a M.F.A. in prose and poetry from Bard College. lisaharriswrites.com

Eleanor Henderson 
is the author of the novels The Twelve-Mile Straight and Ten Thousand Saints. She teaches writing at Ithaca College. eleanor-henderson.com

Debbie Hoke
began writing creative nonfiction and memoir after retiring to Cayuga Lake. Her piece in Stone Canoe is her first publication.

Christopher Holmes 
is a filmmaker, a writer, an artist, a comedian, and a performance artist. In 2014 he won the Golden Potato Award at the Idaho Film Festival. littlewhaleproductions.com

Gail Holst-Warhaft 
As well as being a poet, Gail Holst-Warhaft has been a journalist, broadcaster, prose-writer, academic, musician, and translator.  gailholst-warhaft.com

Nancy Holzner 
writes speculative fiction and teaches writing at Ithaca College. She is the author of the Deadtown series of urban fantasy novels. 

Jack Hopper 
served twice as Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, has published four poetry collections, and is a cofounder and editor of Cayuga Lake Books. johnhopperauthor.com

Ithaca Gay Men's Chorus
participating members are Sam Kwan (Director), Mark Daniels, Sam Blake, Jonah Hirst, Bastian Cole, Ron Luce, Jamie Dye, Kevin DeLisa (accompanist), and Stephen Nunley. acithaca.org/groups/igmc/

Gina Keicher
is the author of Wilderness Champion (Gold Wake Press) and two chapbooks--Here is My Adventure I Call it Alone and Ars Herzogica--both from Dancing Girl Press. ginakeicher.com

Summer Keown
writes speculative fiction, with short stories published in Pulp Literature and Bikes Not Rockets. She also recently published the romance novel Painted Over under the name Sofi Keren. facebook.com/summerjewelkeown

Katharine Kittredge
has been teaching Science Fiction and Women's Studies courses at Ithaca College for 28 years.  She is the founder of the Pippi to Ripley: Fantastic and Feminist Pop Culture conference and a co-cordinator for ITHACON, Ithaca's long-running comic book convention. https://faculty.ithaca.edu/kkittredge/  Check out the website for a April 26-27 interdisciplinary feminist popular culture conference "Pippi to Ripley."

LACS Senior Readers

include Maya Soto, Malcolm Cariddi, Marnie Perry, Sophia Ferwerda, Otto Sanaker, Jaden Demarest, Ila Rose, Mae Simon, Clara Swartout, Noa Shapiro-Tamir, and James / Kora Schultz.

Jay Leeming
is a poet and storyteller, and the author of the poetry books Dynamite on a China Plate and Miracle Atlas. He's taught poetry throughout the US and abroad, and is the recipient of an NEA fellowship. JayLeeming.com

Mary Lorson
teaches English and writes music, poetry, fiction, screenplays, memoir, and other stuff. Her 12th album, with Madder Rose, will be out this year. marylorson.com

Jeanne Mackin's
 next historical novel, The Last Collection, is coming out in June from Berkley. She has taught creative writing and worked as a journalist. jeannemackin.com

Sally Wen Mao 
Pushcart prize-winning poet Sally Wen Mao is the author of Oculus and Mad Honey Symposium. She has received fellowships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Jerome Foundation, Hedgebrook, and the Saltonstall Foundation. 

Katie Marks
teaches writing at Ithaca College. Though creative nonfiction is her primary love, she was recently co-author of the headphone walking play, The Missing Chapter, produced by The Cherry Arts last fall. She is always trying to learn something new. 

Casey Martinson 
has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for the Univ. of Southern Maine. He's published short fiction, non-fiction, book reviews, and poetry, and served two years as Fiction Editor of the Stonecoast Review. In November 2018, he completed NaNoWriMo for the first time.  caseymartinson.com

Anne Mazer
is a children’s author of forty-five books, including The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes series encompassing twenty-two books, The Salamander Room, and Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbookannemazerbooks.com

Michael J. McGandy
is Senior Editor and Editorial Director of the Three Hills regional non-fiction trade imprint at Cornell University Press.

Elbonee 'SingTrece' McLaurin's
motto 'Changing Hearts One Positive Note at a Time' is evident through her soul and gospel music. Elbonee performs, locally, nationally, internationally, and has sung with the NY Gospel Choir, Dionne Warwick & Al Jarreau, & for Popes Francis and Benedict XVI. @Singtrece on FB. SingTrece.com

Kenneth McLaurin's
motto is "Life's a Joke, Find the Funny", and he believes that humor can bring people together and allows for the exploration of difficult issues. Follow him on Instagram & Facebook @KennethMcLaurinComedian. kennethmclaurin.com

Phil Memmer
is the editor of Stone Canoe and the  author of five books of poems, most recently Pantheon (Lost Horse Press, 2019). philipmemmer.com

Pedro X. Molina
a cartoonist from Nicaragua, is a long-standing proponent of freedom of expression and a tireless ally of cartoonists in trouble elsewhere.

Alicia Rebecca Myers'
work has most recently appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Best New Poets, FIELD, and The Rumpus. She is currently a Visiting Professor of English at Wells College. You can find her on Instagram @aliciabecca. aliciarebeccamyers.com 

Elisabeth Nonas
is a novelist and screenwriter. She teaches screenwriting and writing for emerging media at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. elisabethnonas.com

Dr. Nia Michelle Nunn
is the Board President of Southside Community Center and an Assistant Professor of Education and Women's and Gender Studies at Ithaca College where her research focuses on anti-racist feminist pedagogy & Black Girl empowerment. faculty.ithaca.edu/nnunn/

Nancy Ohlin
has written or ghostwritten nearly 100 books including the YA novels Consent and B*witch (forthcoming) plus collaborations with Quvenzhane Wallis and other celebrities. nancyohlin.com

Raul Palma
is an assistant professor at Ithaca College. He serves as fiction editor for Prairie Schooner, and he writes about his hometown, Miami, FL.  faculty.ithaca.edu/rpalma/

Angie Pelekidis
holds a Ph.D in Creative Writing from Binghamton University. Her writing has appeared in The Michigan Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s, The Masters Review, Confrontation, and elsewhere.

Sue Perlgut
is an award-winning documentarian producing videos that feature topical and socially relevant issues. CloseToHomeProductions.com

Judith Pratt
Her plays have been produced in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City MO, Austin TX, and Cape Town South Africa. Her full length-play The Wright Place was published by JAC Publishing Co judithpratt.com

Bob Proehl
is the author of A Hundred Thousand Worlds (Viking 2016), The Gilded Palace of Sin (Continuum 2009) and The Nobody People, a science fiction novel forthcoming from Del Rey Books in September. bobproehl.com

The Mighty Mickie Quinn
is a producer and emcee who hosts a variety of shows and stages around Ithaca including the monthly competitive storytelling event, Trampoline. mightyproductions.com

Bertha Rogers
is a poet, translator, and visual artist from Treadwell, NY. Her new books are Wild, Again and UnCommon Creatures; The Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems from the Exeter Bookbertharogers.com

Krista Rozanski
is a graduate student at Syracuse University's iSchool, where she is studying to be a library media specialist.

Dan Rosenberg
is the author of four poetry collections (cadabra, The Crushing Organ, Thigh's Hollow, and A Thread of Hands), and he co-translated Miklav Komelj's Hippodrome. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Wells College. danrosenberg.us

Jess Russell
has constructed traumas into healing poetry, stories, and songs; An existential web of storytelling that underscores the fact that everything is indisputably interwoven. Instagram.com/MalcumXtra.

George Sapio
is an award-winning playwright, director, producer, and dramaturg. He produces and hosts Onstage/Offstage (onstageoffstage.org) "Workshopping the New Play; gsapio.com. Find his plays at newplayexchange.org.

Peter Shuman
His plays have been done in NYC, Ithaca, and various other places. As an actor he appeared in many production in Ithaca, New York and around the country.

Lara Scott
is an artist, graphic designer, editor, and writer who lives and works in Hamilton, NY. She loves collaborating with Kate Blackwood.

Jim Self
creates works in dance, installation, painting, and spoken-word. A native of Alabama, he has been living and working in Tompkins County since 1989. 

A.C. Sidle
is a writer, musician, actor and a member of ReEntry Theater. Also an activist and advocate working for social change with the Ithaca Drug Users Union.

Saviana Stanescu 
is a Romanian-born NYU-trained playwright, poet, and ARTivist. Her US plays include Bee Trapped Inside a Window, Aliens with extraordinary skills, Ants, Useless, For a Barbarian Woman, Lenin’s Shoe, Waxing West (2007 NY Innovative Theatre Award). She professor at Ithaca Collage, teaching Playwriting & Contemporary Theatre. saviana.com 

Lisa Swayze
became Buffalo Street Books’ General Manager and Head Buyer in late Fall 2017. She is thrilled to be turning her lifelong love of books and reading into serving our community at BSB. You can see her impact in improvements to the store’s physical plant, a 14% increase in sales in 2018, and in the store’s positive forward momentum. buffalostreetbooks.com

Jackie Swift
writes speculative fiction and is a graduate of Viable Paradise Science Fiction Writing Workshop and the Breakout Novel Intensive. She’s edited historical action-adventure novels. Currently she’s a freelance writer/editor. She’s writing a series of science fiction–noir novels set in 22nd century NYC.

Jen Tennant
is an associate professor at Ithaca College. Her creative nonfiction has appeard in Pleiades, the Smart Set, and A Velvet Giant. faculty.ithaca.edu/jtennant/

Melissa Tuckey
Tompkins County Poet Laureate (2019), is a poet an literary activist. She's author of Tenuous Chapel, a book of poems, and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. melissatuckey.net

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, & Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. english.cornell.edu/lyrae-van-clief-stefanon

Gigi Vernon
is an author of historical thriller and mystery fiction. Her short fiction has been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and elsewhere. She has a Ph.D. in history and is a 2016 Odyssey Workshop graduate. gigivernon.com

Kina Viola
is an Ithaca, NY-based poet. She is a chapbook editor for Big Lucks Books, co-editor of micropress Garden-Door Press, and is author of the chapbook DARKCUTTER (The Atlas Review) forthcoming 2019. kmvwriting.tumblr.com/

K.E. von Wittelsbach's
(Department of Romance Studies / Jewish Studies Program, Cornell University) main interests are Modern Jewish Italian Literature, Francophone Writing in the Maghreb and the convergence of literature and medicine. romancestudies.cornell.edu/kora-von-wittelsbach

Jaime Warburton
(M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence) teaches at Ithaca College, where she directs the Writing Center and the Ithaca Writers Institute. She writes poems and essays.

Jennifer Wholey
is a Silver Needle Press Poetry Prize winner, and a Beullah Rose Poetry Prize finalist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Panoply, Terse. Journal, Sheila-Na-Gig, and Smartish Pace.

Wolf's Mouth Theatre Company
a group of Ithaca playwrights and actors, has been creating and producing plays since 2008. Participating members include Rachel Hockett, David Romm, Arthur Bicknell, Kristin Sad, David Guaspari, Bob Finley, Daninelle Bates, Gavin Keaty, Peter Shuman, George Sapio, Dan Kiely, Judith Andrew, Gary Weissbrot, Judith Pratt. wolfsmouth.wixsite.com/wolfsmouth

Zee Zahava
is the director of the Painted Parrot Writing Studio in downtown Ithaca. She was the Tompkins County Poet Laureate in 2017 and 2018. zeezahava.blogspot.com 

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is made possible in part by the Tompkins County Tourism Program, and by the New York State Council on the Arts AND Poets & Writers with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.