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 Find Brian's books at Amazon, his website, at Cornell's Johnson Museum of Art, and at Photo Eye Books (photoeye.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.

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.    

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 Find his work at Amazon, Bookshop.org and locally at Buffalo Street Books.

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.

Melanie Conroy-Goldman
Melanie Conroy-Goldman is the author of The Likely World, a novel from Red Hen Press. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her fiction has been published in Southern Review, StoryQuarterly, Morrow and St. Martin’s anthologies, and McSweeneys.net.   Melanieconroy-goldman.com Find her book at Amazon, her website, Bookstore.org, Red Hen Press, and the Ithaca Buffalo Street Books and Odyssey bookstores.

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

Gwen Davis-Feldman
s a retired Educator. She is a writer and the author of Scattered Grace: Selected Poems and Essays - (avail at Buffalo Street Books and the Tompkins County Library) and the novel At Home in Exile  (unpublished). She is currently at work on When We Were Young and Beautiful - a screenplay about her tumultuous years (1969/73) in a Northern California college.  Gwen has taught English,  creative writing, African American Literature and journalism at both the high school and college levels. Her work can be found in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New York Teacher. Personal essays and poems can also be found in  various local publications.  Gwen blogs at WordPress: gwensworld.net  email: gwendolyndf21@aol.com
 
Marina Delaney
Marina Delaney is a conceptual artist who has been working on creative independent projects since moving to the Finger Lakes in 2008. Most notably, she is co-founder of the Cayuga Arts Collective, a non-profit sponsored by the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. She has published and taught in the field of art history and is finishing her first novel. www.marinadelaney.com
 
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. https://latino.cornell.edu/ella-maria-diaz

Kate Doyle
Kate Doyle's writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appears in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, No Tokens, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. She is writing a short story collection and novel. 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.

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

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.

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. In addition to facilitating writing workshops, she offers creativity coaching to individuals and groups and hosts a podcast called "Creative Recovery." @brenbrain . habitsofwellbeing.com

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 Find his book at Amazon, his website, locally at Buffalo Street Books, and FomitePress.com. 

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

Peaches Gillette
Peaches is a Brooklyn born, self-published poet and prosaist. She hosts Poetic Voices Workshops for CIU students and for institutions in general. Peaches facitates Race-Relations workshops, in which writing is an essential part. Her book is titled, The Breadth of a Tree

Matt Gordon
Matt Gordon is a carpenter, fiction writer (primarily of short stories) and musician who releases music under the moniker Red Sled Choir. He lives in Interlaken.

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 Find his literary publication at NovelSlices.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 Find his work at his website and the Odyssey Bookstore.

Eleanor Henderson
Eleanor Henderson is the author of the novels The Twelve-Mile Straight and Ten Thousand Saints and the forthcoming memoir Everything I Have Is Yours. She teaches at Ithaca College. eleanor-henderson.com

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. 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 Find his book on Amazon and the Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta.

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 Find his books on Amazon and the Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta.

Jasmine Jay
Jasmine Jay holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her writing explores familial roots and the African American connection between the vulgar and power. She is currently at work on her debut collection of poetry. https://english.cornell.edu/jasmine-jay

Jennifer Savran Kelly
Jennifer Savran Kelly writes novels and things. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Black Warrior 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

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

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 Find his work at Amazon and locally at Buffalo Street Books. 

Alice Lichtenstein
Alice Lichtenstein’s novel The Crime of Being (Upper Hand Press) is nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her novel, Lost (Scribner, 2010), was a long-list finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award. She teaches creative writing at Hartwick College.

Mary Lorson
Mary Lorson is a musician, English teacher, and academic content editor. She produces songs, fiction, and dramatic projects, most recently "Signals," a memoir with music, and "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. https://faculty.ithaca.edu/machan/ Find her books at Buffalo Street Books and on Amazon.

Joan Marcus
Essays and stories by Joan Marcus appear in The Sun, Fourth Genre, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction and 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. https://faculty.ithaca.edu/kmarks/

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. He is the translator of The Voices and Other Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke and (with Herbert Pföstl) A Shelter for Bells: From the Writings of Hans Jürgen von der Wense. kristoforminta.com

Elisabeth Nonas
Elisabeth Nonas, a novelist and screenwriter, taught screenwriting and writing for emerging media in the Park School at Ithaca College. elisabethnonas.com. Find her work at Amazon.

Dr. Nia Nunn
She is also the director of programs designed to empower and uplift the voices of young Black women and girls, a mother to 3 boys, and an artist, yogi, and embodier of radiance, empowerment, and permission. drnianunn.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, The Dry Country and Siljeea Magic, are available on Amazon. www.judithpratt.com Find her books at Amazon and her website.

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 Find his work locally at Buffalo Street Books.

Mickie Quinn
Mickie Quinn can be found both behind-the-scenes and in the spotlight as graphic artist, artistic events producer and promoter, and emcee for Trampoline, Cosmic Joke Collective, POP'd at The Cherry, and Ithaca's burlesque troupe, Whiskey Tango Sideshow. 

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 Find her work at Bookshop.org and locally at Buffalo Street Books.

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 Find his work at Amazon, his website, bookshop.org and locally at Buffalo Street Books.

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
Leeny Sack is a performative artist, poet, educator, and originator of The Performative Self™. She is former faculty of NYU Experimental Theatre Wing and Naropa University, and is a Kinetic Awareness® Certified Master Teacher. www.leenysack.com

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. They perform stories from their lives, with themes picked by the troupe. closetohomeproductions.com/senior-theater-troupe

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 Find her work at Amazon and her website.

Josh Swiller
Josh Swiller's Young Adult Novel, Bright Shining World comes out this week! (11/24). He is also the author of the best selling memoir, The Unheard. JoshSwillerAuthor.com. Find his books at Amazon, his website and at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca.

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 Find his book at Amazon, Buffalo Street Books, One Green Horse in Trumansburg.

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.

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 https://faculty.ithaca.edu/jwarburton/