Writers Salon features emerging and established writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, local to the Catskills and beyond. Join curators Racheal Fest and Bhala Jones 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

August 18 // Iris Cushing

September 15 // Poets from the Seeing Things Workshop (rescheduled)

October 20 // Michael Peters


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.

Bhala Jones, writer and choreographer, has been part of Writers Salon at CANO for eight years and co-chair of the Salon committee for five. Her poetry has been published in: The Rockford Review, Dear Magnolia, The Green Zine, The Ekphrastic Journal (ed. Julene Waffle), HML Writers vol.1 (ed. Jennifer Donohue) and The Gulf War: Many Perspectives (ed. Belinda Subraman)  Her how-to book, Staging a Renaissance Festival, though published in 1980, is still used in elementary classrooms. In 2021 and 2022, her short stories won places in Write Out Loud at the Fenimore Museum. She reads aloud from her work in many venues every year. 


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.


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.


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.