Spring Writes is an annual program of Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County

Participating Writers

Mara Alper
Mara Alper creates visual art, travels to diverse cultures, and writes to synthesize her experiences. Her video art and documentaries have screened nationally and internationally. maraalper.com

Barbara Anger
Barbara Anger wrote and performed with the nationally touring Mischief Mime Theatre Co. and won a Saltonstall Screenwriting Grant. She teaches acting at Ithaca College. https://faculty.ithaca.edu/banger/

Brian Arnold
Brian Arnold is a photographer and writer based in Ithaca, NY. He has published two books of writing about photography, as well different articles published in the journals Afterimage, Monovisions, and the Journal of the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell. www.briancarnold.com 

Ned Asta
Ned Asta is an artist and writer. She has been a member of the Lavender Hill commune. She illustrated the book, The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions.

James Baratta
James Baratta is a second-year journalism major and co-editor of Upfront, Buzzsaw's reportage section. He also serves as interim co-editor of Seesaw, Buzzsaw's multimedia sector.

E.C. Barrett
E.C. Barrett writes fiction, leads fiction writing workshops, and is an award-winning freelance nonfiction writer. She attended Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2018 and was a 2019 Saltonstall Fellow. www.ecbarrett.com

Heather Bartlett
Heather Bartlett’s poetry & prose can be found in journals in print and online. She is a professor of writing at SUNY Cortland and editor of the Hoxie Gorge Review. Find her at heatherbartlett.com.

Nancy K. Bereano
Nancy K. Bereano is the founding editor and publisher of Firebrand Books, the multiple award-winning lesbian and feminist publishing house. Her memoir, Fanning the Flames, is her first book project.

BGA BIO-Projects
BGA BIO-Projects and the philosophy of Black Girl Alchemists (BGA) represents a philosophy and programmatic approach that describes an experience of human beings creating and transforming through a seemingly magical process, a process of self-love and collective-pride.

Jada Boggs
Jada Boggs is a senior Theatre Studies major at Ithaca College. While her focus is in directing, her most recent production being Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., she is excited to start exploring the world of playwriting.

Heather Boob
Heather Boob is a singer, dreamer, and weaver of words. 

Barrett Bowlin
Barrett Bowlin teaches Writing and Literature at Suffolk University. Links to his published essays, stories, and author interviews can be found at barrettbowlin.com.

Jeremy Braddock
Jeremy Braddock is an Associate Professor of English at Cornell, where his specializations include modernist literature and culture, media and sound studies. He is currently writing his first book-length study of the Firesign Theatre. jeremybraddock.com         

C.W. Briar
C.W. Briar is a dark fantasy and horror author whose stories include his thrilling debut novel, Whispers from the Depths. www.cwbriar.com  

Melanie Bush
Melanie Bush is a writer based in Ithaca. A journalist in New York City for two decades, she is currently at work on a novel.

Annie Campbell
Annie Campbell was born in Swansea, Wales, in 1946. She was three when her parents moved to Ithaca NY. Her formal education ended with high school and is a self-taught painter and writer. anniecampbell.org

Barbara Cartwright
Barbara Cartwright has always wanted to write and only in the last ten years has she picked up her pen regularly. She is, as they say, a work in process. 

Ama Codjoe
Based in New York City, poet Ama Codjoe is the author of the chapbook Blood of the Air, recently published by Northwestern University Press. She was awarded the 2019 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry and received the 2017 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Ama's NEA bio.

Jessye Cohen-Filipic
Jessye Cohen-Filipic is a counseling psychologist and erstwhile poet. She is a therapist, teacher, and researcher. She is on faculty at Ithaca College and works at REACH Medical.

Rhiannon Coleman
Rhiannon Coleman is a Junior Writing Major and current Co-Editor in Chief of the on-campus publication Distinct Magazine with special interest in fiction and memoir.

Melanie Conroy-Goldman
Melanie Conroy-Goldman is the author of The Likely World, a novel to be published by Red Hen Press in August 2020. Melanieconroy-goldman.com

Sue Crowley
Sue Crowley lives in the beautiful hills south of Newfield. She’s written with “The Thursdays” for 25 years.  Her work features family, travel, and nature.

Susan Currie
Susan Currie, a lover and writer of stories since childhood, has been a librarian at Cornell and Binghamton as well as the celebrated director of the TCPL in Ithaca. The Preventorium is her memoir in progress.

Leslie Daniels
Leslie Daniels’ novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House, published in five languages, is under option for film. Essays and stories have appeared in various journals. lesliedaniels.com

Wendy Dann
Wendy Dann is a director, playwright and screenwriter.  Her play, Birds of East Africa premiered at the Kitchen Theatre, and her short film, La Casa Verde, at the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival and San Antonio Film Festival. wendydann.com

Gwen Davis-Feldman
Gwen Davis-Feldman holds a BA in Journalism and an MA in Education. She's been published in the N.Y. Times Magazine and the New York Teacher. She is the author of Scattered Grace: Selected Poems and Essays and at Home in Exile. gwensworld.net

Adam Dee
Adam Dee is a sophomore writing major at Ithaca College whose art explores human psychology and how to come to terms with our own flaws.

Ella Maria Diaz
Ella Maria Diaz is an associate professor in English and Latina/o Studies at Cornell University. Diaz’s scholarship focuses on the visual art, poetry, performance, and political activism of latinx people.

Johnny Dowd
Johnny Dowd has been in the music biz for about 30 years. He’s written a whole bunch of songs and recorded about 25 records. He’s toured the US and Europe a bunch of times.  He knows a trick or two. johnnydowd.com

Kate Doyle
Kate Doyle's writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appears in Anomaly, No Tokens, Wigleaf, Cordella, and elsewhere. She received an MFA from NYU. www.katedoylewriter.com

Susanna Drbal
Susanna Drbal writes short stories and is working on a novel set in a town that is much like the one where she grew up.

Isobel Duncan
Isobel Duncan is a senior at Ithaca College, who will be graduating this month. She is a director, dramaturge, and new playwright.

Thom Dunn
Thom Dunn writes fiction, plays, articles, and songs, and firmly believes that Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" is the single greatest atrocity ever committed against mankind. thomdunn.net

Rhian Ellis
Rhian Ellis is the author of the novel After Life and a soon-to-be registered nurse.

Krystall Escobedo
Krystall Escobedo is an organizer, writer, and zinester. She’s organized several writing workshops and a weekly writing circle. She co-edits the collaborative zine, Bien Acompañada. www.culturaithaca.com

Ariel Estrella
Ariel Estrella is a queer Latinx scholar hailing from Queens who focuses their advocacy, Cornell doctoral research, and creative writing on fostering beloved communities. arielestrella.com

Shira Evergreen
Shira Evergreen is a queer filmmaker, graphic designer and musician. She lives with her partner, two kids and three cats in Dryden, NY. More at www.shirari.com and www.upliftedithaca.com.

Mark Fabiano
Mark Fabiano, a PhD in English-SUNY Binghamton student, has had fiction published in The Atlantic Monthly, The Saturday Evening Post, Confrontations, Westerly, and elsewhere. www.markfabiano.com

Yvonne Fisher
Yvonne Fisher is a writer, performer, visual artist, and psychotherapist. She has performed solo self written shows in Ithaca, NYC, and around NYS.She has been a member of the Lavender Hill commune and her writing is greatly influenced by feminist and queer sensibility and politics.

Brenna Fitzgerald
Brenna Fitzgerald holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing and has published work in a variety of literary journals. She is a health and creativity coach as well as a yoga and mindfulness teacher. habitsofwellbeing.com

Mateo Flores
Mateo Flores is a third-year Writing for Film, TV, and Emerging Media major, and editor of Ministry of Cool, Buzzsaw's pop culture section.

Peter Fortunato
Peter Fortunato is an author, artist, and holistic counselor living in Ithaca, NY. His novel, Carnevale was recently published by Fomite Press (Burlington, VT). www.peterfortunato.net

Lizzie Frank
Lizzie Frank grew up in Newfield, New York and goes to school on Long Island, New York. She is the Editor-In-chief of Nonsense Humor Magazine.

Alison Fromme
Creative nonfiction writer Alison Fromme is Assistant Director of the Colgate Writers Conference. She’s also a former fellow of the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. www.AlisonFromme.com

Matt Gordon
Matt Gordon is a full-time carpenter, a musician, and an emerging writer of short fiction. He lives in Interlaken, NY.

Hardy Griffin
Hardy Griffin has published in The Washington Post, New Flash Fiction, and a chapter in The Gotham Guide to Writing Fiction. hardy-griffin.weebly.com

Roger W. Hecht
Roger W. Hecht's latest poetry collection, Witness Report, was just released by Finishing Line Press. He teaches creative writing and literature at SUNY, Oneonta. rogerwhecht.wordpress.com

Cynthia Henderson
Cynthia Henderson is an associate professor in Ithaca College's Department of Theatre Arts. A professional actor since 1985 in the U.S., Europe and Africa. She is the founder of Performing Arts for Social Change. pa4sc.com  faculty.ithaca.edu/chenderson

Eleanor Henderson
Eleanor Henderson is the author of the novels The Twelve-Mile Straight and Ten Thousand Saints and the forthcoming memoir Too Much Fire. She teaches at Ithaca College. faculty.ithaca.edu/ehenderson

Kathryn Henion
Kathryn Henion’s award-winning fiction has been published in over twenty journals. She has served as editor of Harpur Palate and is currently fiction editor at Anomaly.(kathrynhenion.com)

Christopher Holmes
Christopher Holmes is a writer and social revolutionary. His first published essay was printed in Looking Left magazine more than 25 years ago. His mother was a famous European ventriloquist, touring as Mary Catherine and Chuckles. www.littlewhaleproductions.com

Emily Sanders Hopkins
Emily Sanders Hopkins is a writer and artist whose cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker magazine and elsewhere. She has worked as a contributing editor at various magazines. Her essay "Exotic" is included in the 2019 book Pretty Bitches. Her newsletter Emily Writes Back features essays disguised as helpful advice. She is a book ghostwriter. emilywritesback.substack.com

George Hovis
George Hovis is Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta. His recent novel, The Skin Artist (SFK 2019), explores tattoo magic and failed upward mobility. georgehovis.net

Ginnah Howard
Ginnah Howard has written three published novels: Rope & Bone, Night Navigation, Doing Time Outside and a teacher-narrative: I’m Sick of This Already. ginnahhoward.com

Jasmine Jay
Jasmine Jay’s writing explores familial roots, intergenerational trauma, mental health, and African American consciousness. Jasmine is working on her M.F.A at Cornell University. 

Devin Kasparian
Devin Kasparian is a Senior Film, Photography, and Visual Arts major, with a focus on photography and design in print and digital publications. Devin serves as the Visual Co-Editor in Chief of Distinct Magazine. 

Jennifer Savran Kelly
Jennifer Savran Kelly writes novels and things. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Black Warrier Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, and elsewhere. jennifersavrankelly.com

Sorayya Khan
Sorayya Khan is the author of the novels City of SpiesFive Queen's Road, and Noor.  She is currently at work on a memoir. sorayyakhan.com

Dan Kopcow
Dan Kopcow’s stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines.  He is the winner of an Independent Publishing Award for his short story "The Cobbler Cherry," which is part of the anthology "Thank You, Death Robot." His fiction short story collection, "Worst. Date. Ever.," published by Regal House Publishing, is available now. www.dankopcow.com

Nick Kowalczyk
Nick Kowalczyk teaches nonfiction at Ithaca College and has published essays in Ninth Letter, Salon, and Phoebe, among other places. 

Audrey Lang
Audrey Lang's play You Have To Promise was named a finalist of American Stage's 21st Century Voices New Play Festival. Ithaca College Theatre Studies '20.

Jay Leeming is a performance storyteller and creator of the Crane Bag Storytelling Podcast. He is also a musician and poet, as well as a former Tompkins County Poet Laureate and recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. JayLeeming.com

Susan Lesser
Susan Lesser loves words and how they are used whether written or spoken, whispered or sung. She is delighted to share some words with you.

Caroline Levine
Caroline Levine is David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of the Humanities at Cornell University and author of three books: The Serious Pleasures of Suspense (2003), Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts (2007), and Forms (2015). She’s the producer of Cornell’s “What Makes Us Human?” podcast, which just finished its fifth season.

Alice Lichtenstein
Alice Lichtenstein’s novel The Crime of Being (Upper Hand Press) is nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. She teaches creative writing at Hartwick College.

Rafael López
Rafael López studies acting at Ithaca College. He has appeared on the Ithaca College stage as Orsino in Twelfth Night.

Mary Lorson
Mary Lorson sees creative projects as excuses to challenge myself and explore the world. I am currently writing a stage play titled I Am A Good Boy, creating new music for a production at the Cherry, and producing "Senior Year, the Podcast." www.marylorson.com

Katharyn Howd Machan
Katharyn Howd Machan, Professor of Writing at Ithaca College, specializes in fantasy and fairy-tale-driven courses. Her most recent book is WHAT THE PIPER PROMISED. www.ithaca.edu/writing

Joan Marcus
Essays and stories by Joan Marcus appear in The Sun, Fourth Genre, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Smart Set, The Laurel Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She is a two-time winner of the Constance Saltonstall grant for upstate New York writers. She lives in Ithaca, NY and teaches fiction and narrative nonfiction at Ithaca College. www.faculty.ithaca.edu/marcus

Katie Marks
Katie Marks received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. She teaches Personal Essay, Memoir, Image Text, and Creative Nonfiction at Ithaca College. Recently, she was the co-writer of the headphone walking play, The Missing Chapter, which was produced by The Cherry Arts in 2018.

Mae McDermott
Mae McDermott is a writing major and English minor at Ithaca College. She is Deputy Editor of Ithaca College’s Stillwater Magazine and Layout Editor of Buzzsaw.

Kenneth McLaurin
Kenneth McLaurin is a writer, Actor, Comedian."Life's a joke, find the funny" is his life's motto, and all that know him will tell you Kenneth, has certainly found it. kennethmclaurin.com

Kristofor Minta
Poet Kristofor Minta earned his MFA at Syracuse University where he currently works in the Office of Disability Services. He was part of the Saltonstall Foundation’s inaugural residency for parent-artists and writers in May, 2019. kristoforminta.com

Elisabeth Nonas
Elisabeth Nonas, a novelist and screenwriter, taught screenwriting and writing for emerging media in the Park School at Ithaca College. elizabethnonas.com

Raul Palma
Raul Palma is an assistant professor of writing at Ithaca College.  He is the faculty advisor to Stillwater, one of Ithaca College's longest-running campus publications. icstillwater.com

Tish Pearlman
Tish Pearlman hosted the public radio interview show Out of Bounds for fifteen years and has authored several poetry collections, including forthcoming Leaves Falling Backwards. www.outofboundsradioshow.com

Judith Pratt
Judith Pratt has acted, directed, and taught theatre. Her plays have been produced in Ithaca, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City MO, and Cape Town, South Africa. Her novels are available on Amazon. www.judithpratt.com

Bob Proehl
Bob Proehl is the author of The Nobody People, A Hundred Thousand Worlds and The Somebody People, coming out in September of 2020. He is a NY Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and his work has appeared at Salon.com, PopMatters.com, and American Short Fiction. bobproehl.com

Amy Reading
Amy Reading is the author of The Mark Inside, a history of swindling. She is writing a biography of Katharine White, editor of The New Yorker, which has received an NEH fellowship. amyreading.com

Mary Roberts
Mary Roberts is a writer and a visual artist who lives and works in Ithaca, NY.  She has participated in artist residencies in the U.S. and in Denmark.  In 2015 she had a solo exhibition at the CAP Artspace, tilted "In Flight," which featured her recent mixed media/ceramic work. MaryAutumnRoberts.com

Dan Rosenberg
Dan Rosenberg is the author of cadabra and The Crushing Organ, which won the American Poetry Journal Book Prize. He has also written two chapbooks, A Thread of Hands and Thigh's Hollow, which won the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest. He teaches literature and creative writing at Wells College in Aurora, NY. danrosenberg.us

Yael Saar
Yael Saar, artist, poet, mental health advocate, activist, Founder of the Mama’s Comfort Camp international support network. Motherhood is a Joke is the first project of her “Listen to the Mothers Initiative”.

Leeny Sack
Under the heading of The Performative Self/Performance As Medicine, Leeny Sack writes about identity and mortality, sacred and profane. Her texts appear in anthologies published by The University of Wisconsin Press, Theater Communications Group, Cayuga Lake Books, and Counterpath.  www.leenysack.com

Nick Salvato
Nick Salvato is Professor of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, author of four books and numerous essays, and co-author of the headphone play, “Storm Country.” Nick's Amazon page.

Andy Sanchez
Andy Sanchez is a Mexican American writer and engineer from Plymouth, Indiana. He is a graduate of the NYU Creative Writing MFA with a specialty in fiction. His work has been featured by CantoMundo and Emotive Fruition. He was shortlisted for the 2018 Redivider Blurred Genre contest. Andy's page.

Senior Theatre Troupe
The Senior Troupe of Lifelong has been performing for more than 21 years. We perform stories from our lives, with themes picked by the troupe. closetohomeproductions.com/senior-theater-troupe

Jackson Short
Jackson Short studies English and Writing at Ithaca College and is Co-Editor in Chief of Stillwater, Ithaca College's Literary and Arts Magazine. icstillwater.com

Monica Sok
Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and author of the chapbook, Year Zero. Her debut collection, A Nail the Evening Hangs On was published by Copper Canyon Press in February. She was awarded the 2017 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry and is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. monicasok.com

Saviana Stanescu
Saviana Stanescu is an award-winning transnational playwright and ARTivist. New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Play. Associate Professor of Playwriting at Ithaca College. www.saviana.com

Jennie Lowe Stearns
Jennie Lowe Stearns is an esteemed singer, songwriter and producer. Jennie has recorded five studio albums. Her 2020 release Ghost Tracks featuring Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses), Sebastian Steinberg (Fiona Apple), and Greg Evans (Driftwood) is receiving international praise. jennielowemusic.com/home

Aoise Stratford
Aoise Stratford is a dramaturg and playwright with more than 100 productions internationally and around the country. Locally, Aoise is best known for her adaptation of A Christmas Carol for The Hangar Theatre and for her audio plays Storm Country and The Missing Chapter (Cherry Arts), written with Nick Salvato and Katie Marks, respectively.

Jessica Stratton
Jessica Stratton is a working artist and educator in Ithaca, NY.  Her current body of work is an investigation of chronic illness and how one learns resilience and persevere through the experiences of pushing through physical struggles. www.resilienceRSVP.com

Rob Sullivan
Rob Sullivan, former postal clerk and author of the poetic memoir, Post Scripts, is delighted to read with some of his favorite writers in the world! http://www.wvbr.com/dj-profiles-display/Rob-Sullivan

Helena Maria Viramontes
Helena Maria Viramontes is the author of two novels and a short story collection. She is Goldwin Smith Professor at Cornell, working on a fictionalized family memoir, The Cemetery Boys.

Aino Waller
Aino Waller, translator, interpreter and mother of six lives in the Finish Åland  Islands. Writing with the Thursday group and the amazing Zee Zahava was exhilarating.

Jaime Warburton
Jaime Warburton (MFA, Sarah Lawrence) is a poet, writer, singer, and musician who teaches Writing at Ithaca College. http://jaimewarburton.weebly.com and http://thaca.edu/jwarburton

Aaliyah Warrington
Aaliyah Warrington is a junior Theatre Studies major at Ithaca College, a native Philadelphia playwright/actress excited to share new work. Winner of the Silver Egg Award - IC New Play Incubator. 

Patricia Zimmermann
Patricia Zimmermann is Professor of Screen Studies at Ithaca College and is the author of nine books focusing on documentary, experimental, and new media history and theory. She has published over 200 articles. She also writes creative nonfiction and performances pieces. She is also codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). faculty.ithaca.edu/patty






The Spring Writes Literary Festival is made possible in part by the Tompkins County Tourism Program, and by the New York State Council on the Arts AND Poets & Writers with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.