Writers Salon features emerging and established writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, local to the Catskills and beyond. Join curators Racheal Fest and April Ford every third Thursday at Wilber Mansion, 7:30 PM. Free and open to the public.

We’re grateful to Community Arts Network of Oneonta for supporting this reading series. CANO is committed to building literary community in Otsego County.

2022-2023 CALENDAR

September 15 // Poets from the Seeing Things Workshop

October 18 // Michael Peters (special Tuesday performance)

November 17 // Jesse Hilson

February 16 // Peter Murphy

April 20 // Lesley Diehl

SERIES CURATORS

Racheal Fest (PhD) is a writer and critic based in Central New York. Her work on US culture and politics has appeared in online and peer-reviewed venues, including boundary 2, EntropyJump Cut, Mediations, and Politics/Letters. She is a lecturer and administrator at Hartwick College. She joined Writers Salon in 2022.

April Ford's books include an award-winning novel, Carousel, and story collection, The Poor Children, and a chapbook of poems, Death Is a Side-Effect. She’s a Pushcart Prize recipient for her short story “Project Fumarase,” and has enjoyed fully funded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ucross Foundation. Her essay “I Will Tell You This Much, and Then We’ll Never Talk About It” was selected as a Finalist for The Lascaux Review’s 2021 Prize in Creative Nonfiction and is forthcoming this year in the Review’s prize anthology.

APPLY TO READ

Think you’d be a good fit for our series? Get in touch! We're always looking to invite published writers of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama to read in Oneonta. We also sometimes host interdisciplinary performers. Send a brief bio (no more than 500 words) and CV to writers-salon@canoneonta.org. Thanks to CANO, we are able to offer accepted writers a modest honorarium.

VOLUNTEER

Looking to support local writers and the Oneonta literary community more directly? We're looking for volunteers to help us keep this monthly series running. Whether you're interested in assisting with live events (setup and clean up, bartending), collaborating with us, or promoting us on social media and IRL, we'd love to hear from you. Write to us at writers-salon@canoneonta.org.

PAST READERS

Robert Bensen, Bertha Rogers, George Hovis, Lynne Kemen, Julene Waffle, Marly Youmans, April L. Ford, Alice Lichtenstein, Daniel Payne, Tom Travisano, Gary Koutnik, Mike Tamburrino, Pam Strother, Harry Barnes, Jim Louden, Brent Delanoy, Carol Ohmart Behan, Cheryl Petersen, Mona Sen, Leslie T. Sharpe, Jo Mish, Kirby Olson, Deborah Blake, Michael Blaine, Austin Bunn, Libby Cudmore, Jennifer R. Donohue, the Oneonta Freewriters, Ginnah Howard, Adrienne Martini, Jim Mullen, Gustavo Arango, Maya Chinchilla, Shannon Delaney, Chuck D’Imperio, Swamiji Tirtha, David Mills, Lisa Wujnovich, and the Smithy Writers’ Circle.