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Tompkins County Library Reading

Hi all!

Our first reading, which happened last Sunday, on 11/8/15, at the Tompkins County Public Library, had an amazing turn out. 10 authors read, with a brief introduction from the anthology’s editor, Rhian Ellis.

Rhian intro

Just look at that crowd! One of the best things about the Finger Lakes area is the community’s love of great writing.

Mary Gilliland

Our first reading author was Mary Gilliland, who is a poet, but her piece in the anthology is an article entitled “Iraquoia.”

Ann Gold

Ann Gold read after Mary, and she is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. She’s also a Professor of Anthropology.

Dan Gold

The third reader was Dan Gold, who published “Changing Life in an Indian Ashram” in the anthology.

Steven Poleskie

Steven Poleskie read next, and he read a part of his story “The Hosta,” which is the last fiction story in From the Finger Lakes.

Jeanne Mackin

The fifth reader, Jeanne Mackin has lived in Ithaca all of her adult life. She’s published six novels and has won a creative writing fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society.

David Guaspari

David Guaspari, who read next, was trained as a pure mathematician, but he fell in love with writing along the way. He’s lived in Ithaca for 30 years.

Amber Donofrio

At 24, Amber Donofrio is the youngest author in the anthology! She recently graduated from Ithaca College and now writes for the Ithaca Times. Ovbiously, she was our seventh reader.

Barbara Adams

Barbara Adams, who read after Amber, is an associate professor of writing at Ithaca College. For the past 40 years, she’s written for the Ithaca Times and the Ithaca Journal as an arts journalist.

Gene Endres

The penultimate author, Gene Endres was a radio engineer at Ithaca College, where he produced “The Hobo’s Lullaby” on WICB-FM for 31 years.

Nino Lama

And finally, Nino Lama is an attorney as well as an Ithaca native! His piece in the anthology is about how his mom flew to Italy to meet who would become his dad.

The crowd

For the last picture, I took one of the crowd, just a few seconds after the readings! Such a lovely group of people, and I wanted to thank them for coming out! We would be nothing without you, and we hope that you continue to support us!

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