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Writers & Books is a non profit literary center that promotes reading and writing as life-long activities for people of all ages and background.

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  • Reception Capacity 75
  • Banquet Capacity 75

Recurring weekly on Monday

Are you struggling to fit writing into your young professional life? Do you like low-stress creative environments? Are you looking for other writers your age to befriend? We welcome writers of all

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March 3, 2021

Are stories constantly running through your head? Get them out and onto paper! Discover the tools and develop the skills that successful fiction writers use to bring their stories to life. Exchange

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March 4, 2021

Drawing upon an unconventional nonfiction storytelling structure derived from the game MASH, Athena Dixon’s debut memoir-in-essays is a nostalgic, compelling journey of self-discovery. Unpacking

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March 4, 2021

Athena Dixon will be in conversation with Kristen Gentry, Director of the Creative Writing program at SUNY Geneseo.

Drawing upon an unconventional nonfiction storytelling structure derived from the

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Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday

The Book Thieves is a group of young “professionals” who enjoy eating, drinking, and most importantly, talking about books. We are about as relaxed a YP group as they come, so don’t be intimidated!

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March 5, 2021

We live to create at Write On. The heart of this class is the weekly workshop of student writing, moderated so that each writer feels encouraged and supported by the others, while also receiving

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March 11, 2021

n conversation with Megan Stielstra

Journalist Lyz Lenz lays bare the misogynistic logic of cultural narratives about pregnancy, tracing them back to our nation’s murky, potent cultural soup of

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March 18, 2021

Mary-Frances Winters will be in conversation with Stephanie Paredes, Assistant Director, Multicultural Programs in the Division for Diversity & Inclusion at RIT.

Black people, young and old, are

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March 18, 2021

Black people, young and old, are fatigued. Experiencing inequities and even atrocities, day after day, is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. And it is exhausting to constantly explain

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March 20, 2021

Most of us have stories to tell. Whether you’re working on a memoir, family history or series of essays, the challenge lies in translating the riches and troubles of our lives into actionable,

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March 25, 2021

Temporary casts a hilarious and tender eye toward the struggle for happiness under late capitalism. A young woman fills increasingly bizarre placements in the search for steadiness and something, at

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March 25, 2021

Temporary casts a hilarious and tender eye toward the struggle for happiness under late capitalism. A young woman fills increasingly bizarre placements in the search for steadiness and something, at

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April 1, 2021

“In her brilliant new chapbook, master microfictionist Sarah Freligh creates characters who are simultaneously tough and vulnerable, revealing the weird light found in sad, unsolvable situations.These

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April 1, 2021

“Sarah Freligh is one of the best poets practicing the craft today, and to read her is to make contact with the divine.” –Carrie L. Krucinski

Sarah Freligh is the author of Sad Math, winner of the

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April 5, 2021

Evocative and intimate, the linked poems in Familiars arise from questions and observations in the more than human world. In characteristically compact lyrics, Holly writes about trees, flowers,

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April 5, 2021

Evocative and intimate, the linked poems in Familiars arise from questions and observations in the more than human world. In characteristically compact lyrics, Holly writes about trees, flowers,

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April 6, 2021

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize-winning poet (2018) and nationally recognized literary critic Craig Morgan Teicher’s Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey is a collection of poems about entering middle age,

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April 8, 2021

Originally from Pennsylvania, Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Alicia Hoffman lives, writes, and teaches in Rochester, NY. She is the author of the full-length collections Railroad Phoenix (Kelsay Books,

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April 10, 2021

Writer’s block: Is there such a thing? William Stafford’s solution: Ignore “high standards” and get into action. Expecting every draft to say it all is a lot of pressure. Instead, exercising our

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April 13, 2021

Justin Jannise turns the self-help manual on its head in his Poulin Prize-winning debut collection. His poems flout, subvert, question, and ignore the rules with exploratory energy. Queer experiences

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April 15, 2021

Poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib’s second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster (Tin House, 2019), won the 2020 Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of

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April 15, 2021

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism

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April 17, 2021

Prescription medication guides, prescription advertisements, medical encyclopedia entries, symptom “diaries,” medical charts, doctor’s notes, physiological diagrams and illustrations, medical

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April 20, 2021

Kendra DeColo reaffirms the action of mothering as heroic, brutal, and hardcore with poems that interrogate patriarchal narratives about childbirth, postpartum healing, and motherhood through the lens

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April 22, 2021

“…Kuusisto is writing at the height of his powers. But what does that mean? It means that the poet finds a lyric key to the word, and knows it. But how is it done, what is his secret? Perhaps it is

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April 22, 2021

“…Kuusisto is writing at the height of his powers. But what does that mean? It means that the poet finds a lyric key to the word, and knows it. But how is it done, what is his secret? Perhaps it is

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April 27, 2021

Told through a time-honored epistolary narrative, The Naomi Letters chronicles in poems the relationship between a woman speaker and Naomi, the woman she loves. These letter-poems form a braid, first

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May 6, 2021

Patrice Gopo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being Black in America. From her whites-only Sunday school classes as a child, to her early days

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May 6, 2021

Patrice Gopo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being Black in America. From her white Sunday school classes as a child, to her early days of

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May 11, 2021

Celebrated Nigerian-born writer E.C. Osondu delivers a short-story collection of nimble dexterity and startling originality in his BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning Alien Stories. With a nod to the dual

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May 13, 2021

There is much in this sin-plagued world of ours; and, had we no flowers, I believe existence would be hard to be born.” So states a customer’s 1881 letter—one of thousands James Vick regularly

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May 13, 2021

There is much in this sin-plagued world of ours; and, had we no flowers, I believe existence would be hard to be born.” So states a customer’s 1881 letter—one of thousands James Vick regularly

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May 20, 2021

A Lady’s Formula for Love is Elizabeth Everett’s first novel, inspired by her admiration for rule breakers and belief in the power of love to change the world. She lives in upstate New York with her

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