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.
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
is a theatre director and writer based in Ithaca, NY where he serves as Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre. michaelbarakiva.com
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
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
is an executive editor in trade books at Oxford University Press. Before joining OUP, he worked at Harcourt and at St. Martin’s Press.
is a writer and actor active in Ithaca's literary and theater communities. She works as a writer and editor for Cornell.
teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic. Essays and stories of his appear in places like Ninth Letter, Hobart, The Rumpus, Salt Hill, and Bayou. barrettbowlin.com
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
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
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.
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
is a speaker and performance artist. Through his public work he strives to inspire others to thrive and be happy.
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
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."
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.
is a chicanx writer, zinester, cultural organizer, mujerista, radio DJ, and dancer. They have been published in several latinx zines, including St. Sucia. bienacompanadapress.wixsite.com/zine
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
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
is the author of History of Wolves, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, and a collection of stories, Catapult.
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
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.
published in AGNI, Hotel Amerika, Notre Dame Review, Poetry, Tampa Review, and the anthologies Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands and Strange Histories.
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
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
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
is a writer and researcher. He is the author of three books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (Black Ocean 2018). https://joehalljoehall.com/
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
is the author of the novels The Twelve-Mile Straight and Ten Thousand Saints. She teaches writing at Ithaca College. eleanor-henderson.com
began writing creative nonfiction and memoir after retiring to Cayuga Lake. Her piece in Stone Canoe is her first publication.
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
As well as being a poet, Gail Holst-Warhaft has been a journalist, broadcaster, prose-writer, academic, musician, and translator. gailholst-warhaft.com
writes speculative fiction and teaches writing at Ithaca College. She is the author of the Deadtown series of urban fantasy novels.
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/
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
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
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.
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
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
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. sallywenmao.com
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.
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
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 Handbook. annemazerbooks.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
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
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
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/
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
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/
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.
is an award-winning documentarian producing videos that feature topical and socially relevant issues. CloseToHomeProductions.com
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
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
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 Book. bertharogers.com
is a graduate student at Syracuse University's iSchool, where she is studying to be a library media specialist.
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
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.
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.
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.
is an artist, graphic designer, editor, and writer who lives and works in Hamilton, NY. She loves collaborating with Kate Blackwood.
creates works in dance, installation, painting, and spoken-word. A native of Alabama, he has been living and working in Tompkins County since 1989.
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.
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
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
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.
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/
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
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
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
(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.
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
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