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!

Facebook Reading Events

Hi all!

I wanted you to know that I created Facebook events for the readings, so if you wanted, you could just click on the links below and show your support! We would really appreciate your support and I think that it would help spread the word around so that more of the community would be willing to come and enjoy good writing.

November 8, at the Tompkins County Public Library

November 15, at Buffalo Street Books

Thank you so much!

Brad Edmondson

Brad Edmondson is an independent journalist who resides in Ithaca, New York. He’s published two books, Postwar Cornell: How the Greatest Generation Transformed a University and Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s. He’s also written regularly for AARP the Magazine and The American Scholar, and a few of his recent consulting clients include The Private Label Manufacturing Association and the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Brad Edmondson in Ithaca NY ©2013 Jon Crispin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Brad Edmondson in Ithaca NY
©2013 Jon Crispin

In the anthology, he’s published an essay entitled “One Day in Ithaca: May 17, 2013.”

  1. What made you want to publish in the anthology?

The Finger Lakes has a thriving and under-appreciated community of writers.  I was honored to be asked, and eager to join an effort to draw attention to local writers.

  1. What made you want to submit this piece in particular?

I have studied Ithaca for 35 years as a reporter, parent, music lover, and Fall Creeker.  It’s a strange and wonderful place.  I wanted to share my view of it.

  1. You’ve also written two nonfiction books. Is your process for writing whole books different from essays or articles?

For me, books are like lots of articles all stapled together.  I learned how to write and spent decades doing 2000-word pieces for newspapers and magazines, and I’m afraid it’s too late for me to change my ways,

  1. Your piece focuses on both community and corporations, which seems to be a theme in your work. How did you become so interested in social activism?

I attended Deep Springs College, a unique institution whose mission is to prepare students for lives of public service. Once I got involved, I quickly noticed that activists have more interesting lives and throw way better parties than other kinds of people do.  

  1. When did you start writing? What were your first writings like?

In kindergarten, in 1964, I wrote and illustrated a book (in crayon) about a scientist who builds a rocket and goes to the moon.  My teacher and my mother both said it was great.  The praise I got from storytelling hooked me.

  1. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Bicycling, swimming, and cross-country skiing with my wonderful wife Tania; and traveling to see my wonderful grown children, Will and Emma, and a large extended family.

  1. How can readers learn more about you? Do you have any social media accounts?

Thanks, Brad!