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Writers Unbound

(formerly known as Meet the Authors)

Fourth Annual Catskills Literary Festival

Sunday, April 30, 2017

12 noon to 4 pm

Union Grove Distillery

Arkville, NY

43311 State Hwy 28, Arkville, NY

 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to its annual literary arts and community event and celebration Writers Unbound (formerly known as Meet the Authors), the fourth in our series of annual literary festivals. This year the event takes place on Sunday, April 30, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY. Union Grove is housed in a big old barnlike building featuring comfortable spaces fitted with stainless steel and copper and wood, a roaring fireplace, and the percolation of fine spirits—all making for a perfect environment in which to listen to, talk about, and think about books and writing.

The daylong event welcomes all writers and readers, artists and audience, and community members from every walk to enjoy a warm gathering of successful and fascinating writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers, and publishers from Syracuse to New York City and points between and beyond. This year’s keynote speaker is Holly George-Warren. As a writer specializing in music history and biography, she has written many journal articles and liner notes, edited compilations and collections, and is author or co-author of more than fifteen books, including her forthcoming biography of Janis Joplin, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. She also teaches, lectures, and is a consultant, curator, and archivist in the museum arena; she serves as the director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Program.

Come by to shop for books directly from their authors, hear readings and peer-to-peer discussions, join in an enticing raffle (books are the prize, of course), and vote in the Best Book Cover contest.

Participants include poets Sharon Israel, Anique Taylor, Sharon Ruetenik, Lissa Kiernan, and Clark Strand; authors Leslie T. Sharpe, Nina Shengold, Sari Botton, Dara Lurie, Carrie Bradley Neves, and Simona David; playwright Amie Brockway; illustrators Durga Yael Bernhard and Will Lytle; and publisher Dayl Wise from Post Traumatic Press.

The program is as follows:

12:30 p.m.—Poetry Reading / Featured Poet Sharon Israel

Sharon Israel is the host of Planet Poet-Words in Space, an edition of The Writer’s Voice program on WIOX 91.3 FM in Roxbury, New York. She has just released her first chapbook Voice Lesson, published by Post Traumatic Press. Her work most recently appeared in Per Contra, SPANK the CARP, 5:2 Crime Poetry Weekly, Medical Literary Messenger, and Spry Literary Journal. In 2016 Ms. Israel appeared as a panelist at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, Mass. As a poet and soprano, she collaborates with composer Robert Cucinotta on works for voice, live instruments, and electronics. She will be reading selected poems from Voice Lesson.

1:00 p.m.—Publishing Panel / Group Discussion Addressing the Latest News and Trends in Publishing

Panelists include authors Leslie T. Sharpe and Anique Taylor, and publisher Dayl Wise from Post Traumatic Press. Moderated by Simona David.

1:30 p.m.—Keynote Address “The Art and Craft of the Biography” with Holly George-Warren

Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee and an award-winning writer named one of the top women music critics “you need to read” by Flavorwire.com. She is the author or co-author of fifteen books, including A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from the Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor ManPublic Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry; and the forthcoming biography of Janis Joplin, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. She co-wrote the New York Times bestseller The Road to Woodstock (with Michael Lang), as well as John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion (with Varvatos) and It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (with Jenny Boyd). Among her other works are The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years; Punk 365Grateful Dead 365Bonnaroo: What, Which, This, That, the Other; How the West Was Worn (with Michelle Freedman); Cowboy! How Hollywood Invented the Wild West; and the nonfiction children’s books Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western MusicShake, Rattle & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll; and The Cowgirl Way.

2:30 p.m.—New Release with Leslie T. Sharpe, author of The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills 

Leslie T. Sharpe is a writer, editor, and educator. A member of PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which is regarded as a “modern editing classic” and “On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbits,” featured in The Business of Writing (Allworth, 2012).  Her new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills, published by The Overlook Press in March 2017, is a lyric narrative look at the wild animals of the Catskill Mountains. Ms. Sharpe will be reading excerpts from her new book, and will discuss the genre of nature writing, as it relates to the Catskill Mountains.

3:00 p.m.—Fiction: Roots and Branches with Nina Shengold  

Nina Shengold writes in many genres. Her books include the novel Clearcut (Anchor Books), a Book Sense Notable Selection; River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers, with photographer Jennifer May (SUNY Press); and 13 theatre anthologies for Vintage Books and Viking Penguin. She won the Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden, and the ABC Playwright Award for Homesteaders. Ms. Shengold has taught creative writing at the University of Maine, Manhattanville College, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and locally at Word Cafe, the Omega Institute, and as a visiting guest artist at SUNY Ulster.

3:30 p.m.—Illustrators’ Moment

Illustrators Durga Yael Bernhard and Will Lytle, cookbook editor Carrie Bradley Neves, and art writer Simona David will talk about the ins and outs of illustrated books.

4:00 p.m.The Bounty of Books Raffle, with a prize of ten selected book titles, will be awarded (come early, tickets are limited!), and the winner of the Best Cover Contest will be announced.

Throughout the day, participating authors will read from their works and share their stories with the audience. Admission is free. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org, or e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 (c) (3) not-for–profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation, and sharing of creative writing. Online at writersinthemountains.org.

 

PRESENTERS

Keynote Speaker:  

Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee and an award-winning writer named one of the top women music critics “you need to read” by Flavorwire.com. She is the author or co-author of fifteen books, including A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from the Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor ManPublic Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry; and the forthcoming biography of Janis Joplin, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. She co-wrote the New York Times bestseller The Road to Woodstock (with Michael Lang), as well as John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion (with Varvatos) and It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (with Jenny Boyd). Among her other works are The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years; Punk 365Grateful Dead 365Bonnaroo: What, Which, This, That, the Other; How the West Was Worn (with Michelle Freedman); Cowboy! How Hollywood Invented the Wild West; and the nonfiction children’s books Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western MusicShake, Rattle & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll; and The Cowgirl Way.

Poetry Reading

Sharon Israel / Featured Poet

Sharon Israel hosts the radio program, Planet Poet-Words in Space, an edition of the Writer’s Voice, on WIOX FM and is on the board of Writers in the Mountains. Her chapbook, Voice Lesson, was recently published by Post Traumatic Press.

Publishing Panel:

Leslie T. Sharpe is a writer, editor, and educator. A member of PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which is regarded as a “modern editing classic” and “On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbits,” featured in The Business of Writing (Allworth, 2012).  Her new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills, published by The Overlook Press in March 2017, is a lyric narrative look at the wild animals of the Catskill Mountains. She teaches a Nature Writing workshop for Writers in the Mountains.

Anique Taylor holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University, and an MFA in Drawing from Pratt Institute as well as a Diplome from Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She’s co-authored works for HBO, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, a three-act play performed at Playwrights Horizons. She’s given featured readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Dixon Place, the Speakeasy, Cedar Tavern, and group readings at What Happens Next, Tompkin’s Square, Charas, The Knitting Factory. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Common Ground Review, Stillwater Review, The World (St. Mark’s Poetry Project), Adanna, Cover Magazine, Cheap Review, Southern Poetry Review, Earth’s Daughters. She’s been anthologized in Veils Halos & Shackles, Pain & Memory. She’s published a chapbook Poems (Unimproved Editions Inc). Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen Finalist by both Minerva Rising’s and also in Blue Light Press’ Chapbook Contests. Her chapbook Under the Ice Moon was chosen Finalist by Blue Light Press Chapbook Contest. She teaches a Creative Nonfiction workshop for Writers in the Mountains.

Dayl Wise was drafted into the US Army in 1969 with service in Viet Nam and Cambodia in 1970, and returned with a different mission in 1993 delivering medical supplies as form of reconciliation. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, and is the author of Poems and Other Stuff (PTP, 2004) and Basic Load (PTP, 2009). Dayl lives Woodstock, NY with his wife poet Alison Koffler; he is co-founder of Post Traumatic Press.

Fiction

Nina Shengold writes in many genres. Her books include the novel Clearcut (Anchor Books), a Book Sense Notable Selection; River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers, with photographer Jennifer May (SUNY Press); and 13 theatre anthologies for Vintage Books and Viking Penguin. Shengold won the Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden, and the ABC Playwright Award for Homesteaders. She teaches Fiction for Writers in the Mountains.

Illustration

Durga Yael Bernhard is the illustrator of over three dozen children’s books – all of which she designed except for one – including fiction and non-fiction, natural science titles and multicultural folktales. She has also written several unique concept books for children. Her illustrated books include A Ride on Mother’s Back (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); While You Are Sleeping (Charlesbridge Publishing); In the Fiddle is a Song (Chronicle Books); and Never Say a Mean Word Again (Wisdom Tales Press). Most recently, she has published a calendar of fine art paintings titled The Jewish Eye. Bernhard’s work encompasses several different styles, and has been published on everything from book, magazine and CD covers, to business logos, brochures, websites, corporate promotional materials, and publicity for religious and ecological causes. She teaches The Business and Art of Illustration for Writers in the Mountains.
Simona David is a writer and media consultant living in the Catskills. Her latest book How Art Is Made: In the Catskills, released earlier this year, pays homage to the place where American art was born through a series of conversations with some of the world’s most accomplished artists who live and work in the region.
Will Lytle (illustrator) grew up in the Catskill Mountains, where, after years abroad as a hitchhiking, train-hopping vagabond, he returned to build a small house with wood from his family’s lumber mill. Lytle is the creator of the guerilla-style Thorneater Comics series.

Carrie Bradley Neves is an Upstate New York native who grew up outside Albany and returned to the area a little over a decade ago. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Williams College, where she also studied playwriting and poetry; and a master’s degree in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied fiction writing and poetry. For the last twenty-five years, Carrie has focused many of her writing goals on writing lyrics, making records, performing, and touring as a singer-songwriter and violinist. Her work-for-pay life is as a copy editor, specializing in cookbooks.

 AUTHORS

Lloyd Barnhart was born and raised in Roscoe, NY in the beautiful Beaverkill Valley. Educated at SUNY Brockport and Springfield College, he enjoyed a 35 year career as a College Physical Educator, with specialties in health, fitness, outdoor recreation and dance. Now retired, he spends his time hunting, fishing and playing Grandpa. His written work has appeared in The American Rifleman, Parks & Recreation, JOHPER, JUCO REVIEW, Fur-Fish-Game, Kaatskill Life and has been collected in TAILINGS…RAMBLING ON…and RAMBLING OUTDOORS.

Dollar Bill Caruba – author of The Art of Folding Money

Ginnah Howard’s work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, Permafrost, Portland Review, Descant 145, The Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Her novel, Night Navigation (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009), was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Doing Time Outside, her second novel, was published by Standing Stone Books in 2013. The final book of the trilogy, Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories, was published by Illume in July, 2014. It was chosen as one of the “best of the best Indie books in 2015” by Publishers Weekly.

Lissa Kiernan is the founding director of the Poetry Barn in West Hurley. Her first full-length volume of poetry, Two Faint Lines in the Violet, was a 2014 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award finalist, as well as a finalist for the Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book by an Independent Press. Her first book of prose, Glass Needles & Goose Quills: Elementary Lessons in Atomic Properties, Nuclear Families & Radical Poetics will be published later this month. Ms. Kiernan holds an MA from the New School and an MFA from the Stonecoast Creative Writing program, and she teaches for Writers in the Mountains It’s Elemental: The Art of Revision in Poetry.

Jana Martin is a fiction and nonfiction writer and the author of Russian Lover and Other Stories, a critically acclaimed collection, as well as Great Inventions / Good Intentions, an NEA- awarded history of American design. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Village Voice, Marie Claire, Glimmer Train, the Mississippi Review, Fish & Game Quarterly, New World Writing, and other publications.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson has been writing, professionally and otherwise, for so long she can’t think back that far. After receiving her MA in English Literature she went freelance as a film and book critic; she published her first book, The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles, in 1997. Four others followed, all from W. W. Norton. She contributes reviews and essays to many publications, and is beginning a proposed work that will combine history and memoir.

Robert Burke Warren is a writer, performer, and musician. His work has appeared in Salon, Texas Music, Brooklyn Parent, The Woodstock Times, The Weeklings, Vulture, Paste, The Rumpus, Chronogram, and the Da Capo anthology The Show I ‘ll Never Forget. He’s ghost written for Gregg Allman and his liner notes appear on the award-winning CD Live at Caffe Lena. His 2016 debut novel, Perfectly Broken, is published by the Story Plant.

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Post Traumatic PressDayl Wise was drafted into the US Army in 1969 with service in Viet Nam and Cambodia in 1970, and returned with a different mission in 1993 delivering medical supplies as form of reconciliation. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, and is the author of Poems and Other Stuff (PTP, 2004) and Basic Load (PTP, 2009). Dayl lives Woodstock, NY with his wife poet Alison Koffler; he is co-founder of Post Traumatic Press.

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Sponsors

Arkville Bread and Breakfast

Cassie’s Café

Freshtown

Hookline Fish Company

Margaretville Liquor Store

Numann Technology Center

Phoenicia Diner

Picnic

Roxbury General

The Roxbury Motel

Stockade Capital

Tennis Everyone

Union Grove Distillery

Wildflowers Florist

Bonnie Walker and Jeanne Ellsworth

 

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Meet the Authors

WIM’s Third Annual Catskills Book Festival

Sunday, April 24, 2016

12 noon to 4 pm

Union Grove Distillery

Arkville, NY

43311 State Hwy 28, Arkville, NY

THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to a literary arts and community event and celebration we call “Meet the Authors,” the third in our series of annual book festivals. This year the event takes place on Sunday, April 24, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY, an exciting new enterprise in the area. Union Grove is housed in a big old barnlike building featuring comfortable spaces fitted with stainless steel and copper and wood, a roaring fireplace, and the percolation of fine spirits—all making for a perfect environment in which to listen to, talk about, and think about books and writing.

The daylong event welcomes all writers and readers, artists and audience, and community members from every walk to brave the mud and chill of early spring and enjoy a warm gathering of successful and fascinating writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers, and publishers from Syracuse to New York City and points between and beyond. This year’s keynote speaker is Rosie Schaap, author of the celebrated memoir Drinking with Men as well as the “Drink” column for The New York Times magazine.

Come by to shop for books directly from their authors, hear readings and peer-to-peer discussions, join in an enticing raffle (books are the prize, of course), and vote in the Best Book Cover contest.

Participating authors include Sari Botton, Robert Burke Warren, Linda Lowen, Ginnah Howard, John Gregg, Susan Wilbur, Craig Sanders, Jo Salas, Nava Atlas, Mary Lou Harris, and poet Danniel Schoonebeek, among others.

The program is as follows:

12:30—Poetry reading led by poet Sharon Israel. Featured Poet: Danniel Schoonebeek.

Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, was published by YesYes Books in 2014. It was named one of the year’s ten standout debuts by Poets & Writers and called “a groundbreaking first book that stands to influence its author’s generation” by Boston Review. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and his second book of poems, Trébuchet, was selected as a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series and will be published by University of Georgia Press. Recent work appears in The New Yorker, PoetryKenyon Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. A recipient of awards and honors from Poets House, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Oregon State University, he hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn and edits the PEN Poetry Series. His latest book, a travelogue called C’est la guerre, is forthcoming later this year.

1:30—Group discussion on the latest news and trends in publishing. Leslie T. Sharpe, who taught writing at Columbia University and was an editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and now teaches for Writers in the Mountains, will talk about traditional publishing; writer and consultant Simona David will touch on independent publishing; poet, painter and educator Anique Taylor will address getting published in literary journals; and Lillian Browne, editor-in-chief of The Reporter and editor of the Catskill Country Magazine, will share thoughts about her experience with the news media and travel magazine publishing.

2 p.m.—Rosie Schaap, author of the celebrated memoir Drinking with Men as well as the “Drink” column for The New York Times magazine, will deliver the keynote address. Rosie Schaap has been a bartender, a fortuneteller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters.

2:30—Carrie Bradley Neves, writer, musician, and editor (with a specialization in cookbooks) will talk about new ingredients in the cookbook scene during the “foodie” era. Other illustrated book authors will be in the spotlight.

3:30—The Bounty of Books raffle, with a prize of ten selected book titles, will be awarded (come early, tickets are limited!), and the winner of the Best Cover contest will be announced.

Throughout the day, participating authors will read from their works and share their stories with the audience.

 

BIOS

Keynote Speaker:  

Rosie Schaap

Rosie Schaap is the author of the celebrated memoir Drinking with Men as well as the “Drink” column for The New York Times magazine. Rosie has been a bartender, a fortuneteller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters. Learn more about her at rosieschaap.com.

Panelists:  

Lillian Browne 

Lillian Browne is the editor-in-chief at The Reporter, Delaware County’s official newspaper, the third woman in the paper’s 134 years history to hold this position. She is also the editor of Catskill Country Magazine. A nationally recognized journalist, Lillian is a Catskills-based writer who grew up on the banks of the Beaverkill River. An inquisitive nature and fearless attitude landed her a position working for Gatehouse Media in southern Nevada where she covered stories that drew national attention. Lillian continues to cover topics such as government spending, politics and the environment. She serves on WIM’s Board of Directors.  

Simona David 

Simona David is a Communications and Public Relations Consultant living in New York. She is the author of Self-Publishing and Book Marketing, A Research Guide (2013), and Art in the Catskills (2014, 2015, 2016), available on Amazon.com and Kindle. She currently serves as President, Board of Directors, Writers in the Mountains, and is co-founder of the Greater Roxbury Business Association. In addition, Ms. David is a Producer and Radio Host at WIOX Roxbury, NY 91.3 FM, online at wioxradio.org. For more information, visit simonadavid.com.

Leslie T. Sharpe 

Leslie T. Sharpe is an author, editor, and educator. She began her editing career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and is currently an editorial consultant specializing in literary nonfiction, literary fiction, and poetry. A member of PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press), which is regarded as the “modern editing classic.” Leslie was a regular contributor to New York Newsday’s “Urban ‘I’” column, and her essays and articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Global City Review, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, New York Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and Village Voice, The Villager, The Writer, and Psychology Today. She recently finished her memoir, Our Fractured, Perfect Selves, and her new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Tales of the Wild Catskills, a lyric narrative look at the wild animals of the Catskill Mountains, will be published by The Overlook Press in Spring 2017. Her poems for children have appeared in Ladybug Magazine and she is currently at work on a poetry collection, Little Possums Book of Poems. Leslie has taught writing and editing at Columbia University, New York University and the City College of New York. She teaches a Nature Writing workshop for Writers in the Mountains and serves on WIM’s Board of Directors.

Anique Taylor 

Anique Taylor has co-authored works for HBO, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The World (St. Mark’s Poetry Project), Rattle, Common Ground Review, Adanna, Earth’s Daughters, Stillwater Review, and e-Bibliotekos’ Pain and Memory. She’s given featured NYC readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Dixon Place, the Speakeasy, Cedar Tavern. Her chapbook Poems is published by Unimproved Editions Inc. Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen Finalist for both Minerva Rising and Blue Light Press’ 2014 Poetry Chapbook Competitions and Under the Ice Moon was Finalist in Blue Light Press’ 2015 Competition. She holds a Poetry MFA from Drew University, a Drawing MFA from Pratt Institute and a Diplome in French Literature from the Sorbonne. She has taught Creative Writing for Benedictine’s Oncology Support Program, Bard LLI, Artworks and Phoenicia Poetry Workshop. She teaches Creative Nonfiction for Writers in the Mountains. 

Poets: 

Featured Poet: 

Danniel Schoonebeek

Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, was published by YesYes Books in 2014. It was named one of the year’s ten standout debuts by Poets & Writers and called “a groundbreaking first book that stands to influence its author’s generation” by Boston Review. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and his second book of poems, Trébuchet, was selected as a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series and will be published by University of Georgia Press. Recent work appears in The New Yorker, PoetryKenyon Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. A recipient of awards and honors from Poets House, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Oregon State University, he hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn and edits the PEN Poetry Series. His latest book, a travelogue called C’est la guerre, is forthcoming later this year. Learn more at dannielschoonebeek.com.

Cheryl Clarke 

Cheryl Clarke is author of five books of poetry, Narratives: Poems in the Tradition of Black Women (1982), Living as a Lesbian (1986), Humid Pitch (1989), Experimental Love (1993), and By My Precise Haircut (2016), as well as the critical study After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (Rutgers Press, 2005), and The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005(Carroll and Graf, 2006). In 2013, Clarke received the Kessler Award from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She retired from Rutgers University after 41 years. She is co-owner of Blenheim Hill Books in Hobart, and is an organizer of the annual Festival of Women Writers in Hobart, NY. 

Sharon Israel

Sharon Israel hosts the radio program, Planet Poet, an edition of the Writer’s Voice, on WIOX FM, in Roxbury, New York.  She will appear as a panelist at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, Mass. at the end of April.  As a poet and soprano, Sharon collaborates with composer Robert Cucinotta on works for voice, live instruments, and electronics and has premiered several of his works in New York. She was an early recipient of Brooklyn College’s Leonard Hecht Poetry Explication Award, and her work most recently appeared in Per Contra, SPANK the CARP, 5:2 Crime Poetry Weekly, Medical Literary Messenger and Spry Literary Journal. She serves on WIM’s Board of Directors.

Bonnie Lykes 

Bonnie Lykes is a monologist, performance artist, and storyteller. She performs locally at festivals, bookstores, and other venues in the tri-state area. She is a host on The Writer’s Voice program WIOX 91.3 FM in Roxbury, NY.    

Geoff Rogers

A full time resident of the Catskill Mountains since 1975, Geoff Rogers has operated a Custom Picture Framing shop in Pine Hill for almost thirty years. He is a host of The Writer’s Voice program heard weekly on WIOX 91.3 FM in Roxbury, NY. A lifelong journal keeper Geoff began taking WIM classes in 2009, and joined the board of directors the following year. He soon became enamored with the writing process, and embraced two basic tenets; write about what you know and write every day.  He credits this process with improving his ability to focus scattered thoughts, feelings, and memories into coherent written passages. Geoff sees the writing process as a journey of self-discovery and revelation, one where you can explore neglected interests, address anxieties, heal emotional damage, celebrate life or just rant at an unjust world.

Sharon Ruetenik 

Sharon Ruetenik is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Wooden Bowl.She is currently working on a manuscript of sevenlings. Her work has appeared in print and online journals, most recently The Green Door. Ruetenik was awarded a poetry fellowship at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. As a speaker for the the New York Council for the Humanities, she has lectured on short stories, novellas, and poetry. Her day job is working at SUNY Delhi as the coordinator of the writing center, the international student advisor, and adjunct instructor in composition and literature. Ruetenik lives in Delhi with her family, which includes many large dogs and several indolent cats. She teaches a Poetry workshop for Writers in the Mountains.  

Anique Taylor (see above) 

Authors:  

Nava Atlas

Nava Atlas is the author of The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life (2011) as well as many other nonfiction titles. This lushly illustrated book explores the writing lives of twelve classic women authors in their own words, with commentary on the relevance of their experiences to all women who love to write. Nava is also an active fine artist. Her work is shown and collected by museums and universities across the U.S. You can see her work at navaatlasart.com. Nava lives in New Paltz, NY.

Sari Botton

Sari Botton is a writer, editor and teacher living in Kingston, NY. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, More, plus other publications and assorted anthologies. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and its follow-up, the New York Times bestselling Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York.  She is a columnist at The Rumpus and Longreads, and editorial director for the non-profit TMI Project. Sari teaches a Memoir workshop for Writers in the Mountains. Learn more about her at saribotton.com.

John Gregg

John Telford Gregg was born and raised in Berkeley, California. After serving in the Army for three years in Germany, he moved to New York City, where he completed college at Columbia. While working for The Daily News as a Sunday features writer, he lived on a tenement block on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that inspired him to write a fictional account of its multi-ethnic inhabitants. The novel, Local Stop in the Promised Land, was completed and edited many years later, and published through CreateSpace in July 2014. In the intervening years, Gregg established a wholesale business importing ethnic folk art from various countries, including Pakistan, where he worked with the Ford Foundation for a year. In 1987 Gregg opened Paisley’s Country Gallery in the Catskills hamlet of Andes, New York, where he lives with his life partner, Judy Garrison.

Mary Lou Harris et al.

Longtime residents of Margaretville, Andes and Delhi: Ann Harris, Walter Michael Harris, Jayne Anne Harris-Kelley, Eloise Harris-Damone, and Mary Lou Harris-Pietsch have written Caravan to Oz, A Family Reinvents Itself Off-Off Broadway, published by El Dorado Books USA in 2014. Life and art collide in this candid, often flamboyant, family memoir. Between their tiny garage theatre in Florida and thundering acclaim on the stages of New York and Europe, the Harris family reinvented itself in the off-off Broadway crucible. Their passion and creativity sparked powerful new forms of theater and political expression. Caravan to Oz is narrated by family members and guests including Oscar-winning actor/director Tim Robbins, theater producers Ellen Stewart, Crystal Field and Ritsaert ten Cate, playwrights Robert Patrick and Robert Heide, filmmakers Scott Morris and Mike Figgis. It’s not easy raising six kids in the arts. But the outlier Harrises answer every challenge on their personal yellow brick road with courage and commitment. Their pioneering journey offers something to anyone who is driven by a dream. Find more at caravantooz.com.

Ginnah Howard

Ginnah Howard’s work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, Permafrost, Portland Review, Descant 145, Eleven Eleven Journal, The Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Several stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her novel, Night Navigation (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009), was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Doing Time Outside, Howard’s second novel, was published by Standing Stone Books in 2013. The final book of the trilogy, Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories, was published by Illume in July, 2014. Her latest book, I’m Sick of This Already was published in October 2015. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York State gave Howard their Media Award for work on behalf of those with mental illness and their families. For more information, visit GinnahHoward.com.

Linda Lowen

Linda Lowen is a freelance writer, parenting magazine columnist, theater reviewer for the Syracuse Post-Standard, writing instructor at the Downtown Writers Center, and radio producer/cohost of “Take Care,” an award-winning health and wellness show on NPR affiliate WRVO Public Media. She’s the editor of the cancer survivor anthology, “Hopeful Grateful Strong” and a contributor to “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox,” edited by Joanne Bamberger. Her work has also been published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Volunteering and Giving Back.” Learn more at lindalowen.com.

Cheryl Petersen

Cheryl Petersen is a freelance writer, with a bent toward spirituality. Her book Science and Health is a modern narrative of Mary Baker Eddy’s, first written in the 19th century. Cheryl’s version showcases in one style timeless truths that appear over and again to the universe.

Jo Salas

Jo Salas grew up in New Zealand and now lives in upstate New York. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals and anthologies. “After,” in Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and other short stories have won or been shortlisted for awards. The cofounder of Playback Theatre, Jo’s nonfiction writing includes Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre, published in eight translations. Dancing with Diana, published in 2015, was her first novel. She is working on a second.  

C.A. Sanders

C.A. Sanders is an author, journalist, and teacher. His debut novel, Song of Simon, was published in 2013 by Damnation Books, and now Caliburn Press. His latest release is The Watchmage of Old New York, originally published by Jukepop Serials. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz, and an MA from The City College of New York. After graduating in 2000, C.A. took on a variety of unique, interesting, and occasionally terrible jobs in order to gain experience for his writing. C.A. has worked as a tarot reader, a writer/actor in a dinner theater, an ambush salesman, a non-profit solicitor, a Human Resources pencil pusher, a music journalist, a guitar instructor, a limo driver, and a Special Education teacher. He currently tutors and teaches creative writing. A native New Yorker, he lives in the suburbs of New York City with a turtle, a lifelong friend that he has had since he was six years old.

Robert Burke Warren

Robert Burke Warren is a writer, performer, and musician. His work has appeared in Salon, Texas Music, Brooklyn Parent, The Woodstock Times, The Weeklings, Vulture, Paste, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, Chronogram, and the Da Capo anthology The Show I ‘ll Never Forget. He’s ghost written for Gregg Allman and his liner notes appear on the award-winning CD Live at Caffe Lena. His 2016 debut novel, Perfectly Broken, is published by the Story Plant. More information at robertburkewarren.com. 

Susan Wilbur

Susan Wilbur was born in the Bronx, New York, and grew up in West Haverstraw, NY. She has been residing in Greenwood Lake for the past 15 years. She lives with her husband Jeff Wilbur, her two sons Christopher, 12 and Timmy, 10 and a dastardly enormous hound dog. She is a retired paramedic and a retired ER nurse. Also a business development manager for a year for, Susan is presently a Zumba instructor. She is the author of Safely Home, a memoir.

 

New Ingredients in the Cookbook Scene during the “Foodie” Era with Cookbook Editor Carrie Bradley Neves

Carrie Bradley Neves is an Upstate New York native who grew up outside Albany and returned to the area eight years ago. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Williams College, where she also studied playwriting and poetry, and a master’s degree in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied fiction writing and poetry. For the last twenty-five years, Carrie has focused many of her writing goals on writing lyrics, making records, performing, and touring as a singer-songwriter and violinist. Other current writing and activities and projects include secretaryship of her college alumni publication, writing for her town newspaper, The Times of Halcott, and new work on a musical play. Her work-for-pay life is as a copy editor, specializing in cookbooks. She serves on WIM’s Board of Directors.

 

SPONSORS:

Arkville Bread and Breakfast 

Blue Spark Consulting

Flour Patch 

Freshtown

Hookline Fish Company

Keegan Ales

Numann Technology Center  

Roxbury General 

The Roxbury Motel

Stockade Capital

Tennis Everyone 

Union Grove Distillery

Vly Mountain Water 

Zephyr Restaurant

Wildflowers Floral Designs and Gifts

 

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Meet the Authors

Second Annual Catskills Book Festival 

Sunday, April 12, 2015 

Noon to 4 p.m.

Roxbury Arts Center

 

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Timeline Program:

12:30 Poetry Reading with poets Sharon Israel, Mermer Blakeslee, Cheryl Clarke, Peg DiBenedetto, and Geoff Rogers

1:30 Publishing Talk with author Jenny Milchman, editor Robert Wyatt, and consultant Simona David

2:00 Keynote Address Two Roads Diverged: Publishing a Book in 2015 & Beyond with Jenny Milchman (Ballantine / Penguin Random House)

2:30 Illustrators in the Spotlight with painter and illustrator Alix Travis, author and illustrator Ann DuBois, and cookbook editor Carrie Bradley Neves

3:30 The Best Cover contest, and The Bounty of Books raffle winners will be announced       

 

Keynote Speaker:  

Jenny Milchman

Jenny Milchman’s debut novel, Cover of Snow, published by Ballantine / Penguin Random House, earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books, the AP, and other publications. It was an Indie Next List and Target pick, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel, and was nominated for both the Macavity and Barry Awards for best first novel. Her second book Ruin Falls, also an Indie Next List pick, was published in 2014 to starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and chosen as a “10 Best of 2014” by Suspense Magazine. Jenny’s third novel, As Night Falls, will be published in June 2015. Visit Jenny’s website at http://www.jennymilchman.com/.

 

Panelists:  

Jenny Milchman (see above) 

Robert Wyatt 

Robert Wyatt has been involved in the making and distribution of books from his days as a bookseller for the Fifth Avenue Doubleday Book Shop (now Prada), his many years as a paperback editor for Hearst’s Avon Books and at Random House, as an innovator in book creation and distribution for Ballantine Books and its Available Press, as well as in his own company, A Wyatt Book Inc.  

Simona David 

Simona David is a Communications and Public Relations Consultant living in New York. She is the author of Self-Publishing and Book Marketing, A Research Guide (2013), and Art in the Catskills (2014, 2015), available on Amazon.com and Kindle. She currently serves as President, Board of Directors, Writers in the Mountains, and is co-founder of the Greater Roxbury Business Association. In addition, Ms. David is a Producer and Radio Host at WIOX Roxbury, NY 91.3 FM, online at wioxradio.org. For more information, visit simonadavid.com.

 

Poets: 

Sharon Israel

Sharon Israel hosts the radio program, Poetry Hour at the Writer’s Voice, on WIOX 91.3 FM, in Roxbury, New York in the Catskill Mountains. As a poet and soprano, Sharon collaborates with composer Robert Cucinotta on works for voice, live instruments and electronics and has premiered several of his works in New York.  She was an early recipient of Brooklyn College’s Leonard B. Hecht Poetry Explication Award. Her most recent work appears in the winter issue of Per Contra.

Mermer Blakeslee (poet and novelist) 

Mermer Blakeslee is the author of three novels. In Dark Water (Ballantine)called by Connie May Fowler “a novel of uncommon grace and soaring beauty,” was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series. “Blakeslee’s world,” the San Francisco Chronicle stated, “is lyrical and mythic, filled with magic, visions and dreams.” Leenie, an excerpt from her latest novel, When You Live by a River won the Narrative Prize. Blakeslee was awarded three fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her roots are in poetry and two of her poems were finalists in Narrative’s First and Second Annual Poetry Contests. Blakeslee is also a professional skier and has worked intensively with fearful students. Her non-fiction book, In the Yikes! Zone has been recently reissued as A Conversation with Fear. For more information, go to www.mermerblakeslee.com.

Cheryl Clarke

Cheryl Clarke, author of four books of poetry, Narratives: Poems in the Tradition of Black Women  (1982), Living as a Lesbian (1986), Humid Pitch (1989), Experimental Love (1993), the critical study After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (Rutgers Press, 2005), and The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005 (Carroll and Graf, 2006). In 2013, Clarke received the Kessler Award from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She retired from Rutgers University after 41 years. She is co-owner of Blenheim Hill Books in Hobart, and is an organizer of the annual Festival of Women Writers in Hobart, NY.

Peg DiBenedetto (Full Court Press)

Peg works full-time in Land Management for the NYC DEP.   In her spare time, she writes, reads, catches Golden Eagles, and distributes shoes to children in Guatemala. In 2014 she founded Full Court Press as a “retirement project”, even though retirement is still some years away.  Peg jumped into the publishing business with The Beaver Pond Anthology, a collaboration between a poet and a photographer.  Full Court also published The Times of Halcott, Volumes 11-40, which is the second collection of the Town of Halcott’s quarterly newsletter.

Geoff Rogers

A full time resident of the Catskill Mountains since 1975, Geoff Rogers has operated a Custom Picture Framing shop in Pine Hill for almost thirty years. He is a host of “The Writers Voice” program heard weekly on WIOX 91.3 FM from Roxbury N.Y. A lifelong journal keeper Geoff began taking WIM classes in 2009, and joined the board of directors the following year. He soon became enamored with the writing process, and embraced two basic tenets; write about what you know and write every day.  He credits this process with improving his ability to focus scattered thoughts, feelings, and memories into coherent written passages. Geoff sees the writing process as a journey of self discovery and revelation, one where you can explore neglected interests, address anxieties, heal emotional damage, celebrate life or just rant at an unjust world.

 

Illustrators: 

Alix Travis (painter and illustrator) 

Alix Hallman Travis began her art training at the Cleveland Institute of Art, followed by study at the Arts Students League, New York.  While at the League she was awarded the Art Students League/Fantasy Fountain Fund Merit Award, to study in Paris, France at the Paris American Institute. She has just returned to the Catskills after three months working at the League.

Travis often paints in watercolor, exhibiting locally and nationally.  As an extension of her painting she has produced two publications:  Kitchen Paintings, Watercolors of Alix Hallman Travis, an exhibition catalog for her 2011 exhibition at the Longyear Gallery and most recently, Catskill Coloring Book, derived from her original paintings of the area.

She coordinates the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters, a loose association of professionals and amateurs who express their appreciation of the Catskill landscape by painting outside together all summer long. She is a signature member of the New York Plein Air Painters, and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and a charter member of The Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY.  She is the owner and director of the Commons Gallery in Margaretville which opened in October, 2014.  Travis resides in Halcottsville, NY where she teaches and maintains a studio. Many of her recent paintings may be viewed on her website:  www.AlixHTravis.com and she writes a blog at www.alixhtravis.wordpress.com.

Ann DuBois (author and illustrator) 

See Authors’ Section

Carrie Bradley Neves (writer, editor, songwriter)  

Carrie Bradley Neves is an Upstate New York native who grew up outside Albany and returned to the area eight years ago. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Williams College, where she also studied playwriting and poetry, with Louise Gluck; and a master’s degree in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied fiction with John Yount, Tom Williams, and Carolyn Chute and poetry with Charles Simic.

For the last twenty-five years Carrie has focused many of her writing goals on lyrics writing, making records, performing, and touring as a singer-songwriter and violinist. Other current writing and activities and projects include secretaryship of her college alumni publication, writing for her town newspaper, The Times of Halcott, and new work on a radio-play soundtrack and a musical stage play. Her work-for-pay life is as a copy editor, specializing in cookbooks. 

 

Publishers: 

Full Court Press

Full Court Press is a small kitchen-table publisher, started in 2014 by Peg DiBenedetto in order to begin to publish, she hopes, a line of high-quality books on a myriad of subjects.  Frustrated with the mosh-pit of publishing options, Peg bit the bullet and dove in, producing two publications last summer. First, The Times of Halcott, Volumes 11-40 – a compendium of the quarterly newsletter of the small Town of Halcott, NY, followed by The Beaver Pond Anthology – a poetic and photographic treatise of a relationship, in concert with a celebration of nature, combining photographs by a one-time Halcott resident, Mark Citret and sensitive poetry by friend Em Bennett.

Purple Mountain Press

Purple Mountain Press is a publisher located in Fleischmanns, NY. They have published a variety of books on the Catskills: history, natural history, geography, folklore, and outdoor recreation. Books specifically on Delaware County, such as John Burroughs’ In the Catskills, will also be offered at the book fair.

 

Bookstore:

Golden Notebook, Woodstock 

The Golden Notebook is located at 29 Tinker Street in the heart of Woodstock, New York. We are a general independent bookstore that has helped readers of all ages find the books they need and the books they love since 1978. We host more than 100 events a year that include local, national and international authors as well as school bookfairs. Please visit us the next time you are in Woodstock or online at www.goldennotebook.com.

 

Authors: 

Ann DuBois (author and illustrator)

Ann DuBois studied at the Arts Student League and Pratt Institute. She taught graphic arts and painting at the Brooklyn Museum, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. Career highlights include solo exhibits at the Washington DC National Museum of Women in the Arts. She’s also been part of group shows at the Brooklyn Museum, New York State Museum, Yale Peabody Museum and numerous private art galleries in the U.S. and the U.K. The Ursus Fine Art Gallery in Manhattan represents her art. She’s a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists. On April 18 Ann will participate in the Hudson Valley History Reading Festival at the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park, NY.

Ann’s book The Big Apples of New York takes the reader on a wonderful journey that includes apples. It teases the senses. It is filled with rich history related to the apple, from the beginning with Adam and Eve, to the people who brought the seeds to America. The book contains myths, medical uses, history, and a wonderful mystery. For more information, visit  www.applesofnewyork.com.

Breena Clarke

Breena Clarke, currently a resident of Jersey City, NJ has written three historical novels. She recently completed, Angels Make Their Hope Here, set in an imagined mixed-race community in nineteenth century New Jersey. Her debut novel, River, Cross My Heart (1999) was an Oprah Book Club selection and her critically acclaimed second novel, Stand the Storm, set in mid-nineteenth century Washington, D.C., was chosen by the Washington Post Book Review as one of 100 best for 2008. Breena is an advisor to the board of the A Room of Her Own Foundation, is a member of the fiction faculty at The Stonecoast MFA Creative Writing program at The University of Southern Maine and is an organizer of The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers. She blogs the writing, editing and promoting process at: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/angelsmaketheirhopehere. Visit www.BreenaClarke.com to read reviews and find information on events and appearances.

Stacy Wakefield

Stacy Wakefield’s first novel, which follows a young woman who arrives in New York City in the mid-90s and joins the squatting scene, is called The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory. It will be published by Akashic Books in May 2015. Wakefield works in publishing as a book designer. Before she turned to fiction, she produced dozens of artists books and zines with a small imprint of her own called Evil Twin. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now lives in the Catskills with her husband, musician Nick Forte.  Visit her website at http://stacyerinwakefield.com/

Sally Scofield

Sally Scofield is the author of Light Up Your Soul: 10 Powerful Ways to Create a More Fulfilling Life. She is naturally drawn to serving others in a uniquely helpful way. She has taken on another side of the meaning of “lightworker” since moving on from being the only female lineman at NYSEG while she was there. She loves to help people uncover their life’s purpose as a motivational speaker. She happily resides in her beautiful, peaceful home in Delhi, NY, with her significant other, Mike, their dog, Bud, and two cats, Chance and Zane. She is an avid nature woman, spending as much time outdoors as possible. She loves working with Icelandic horses.

Joan F. Kelly

Joan F. Kelly, a native New Yorker, grew up in Woodstock. As a child, trekking through rain, sleet and snow to a one-room schoolhouse at the base of Ohayo Mountain in the Catskills, Joan skipped ahead by learning from seeing and hearing the lessons of the higher grades, and developed a love of reading, writing and art.As a child, she saw the summer stock plays and listened to the eclectic discussions of the artists, writers and actors who gathered on the Woodstock Village Green, piquing her imagination.

Joan lived in the Vega area of Roxbury for about ten years, before moving with her journalist husband to Japan in 1991, where she lived for nearly a decade. She studied the Japanese language, taught English to Japanese speakers in Japan, and traveled widely around East Asia and the Pacific Rim. Those experiences prompted her to write Ryu, a historical fantasy about the origin of the Japanese people, as well as a comprehensive textbook featuring her innovative approach for learning spoken Japanese.  After leaving Japan, Joan lived in Alaska and Florida, before returning to upstate New York in 2003, where she lives in the northwestern foothills of the Catskills, near Cooperstown.

In addition to writing, Joan is an accomplished oil painter, who has exhibited works in Woodstock and Tokyo. She also authored the novel, Revolt of the Deceived, a political fiction about overcoming despotism in a world where most books are banned and freedom has been forgotten.

Gary L. Manning

Gary L. Manning spent a number of his formative years on a dairy farm. Upon graduating from college, he served three years as a Marine infantry officer. Gary and his wife, Joyce, then moved back home to upstate New York to work, raise their children, and retire. Along the way, Gary served as supervisor of two different townships and as a village mayor. He remains active in the American Legion. His book Grandpa’s Tale was published by Troy Book Makers in 2014.

Lewis Harrison

Lewis Harrison is a success coach and entrepreneur. He writes and speaks about personal development, human potential and his breakthrough work in Applied Game Theory. He is the author of 14 books and is the co-owner with his wife Lilia of the Harrison Center, and the Spa of the Mind in Stamford NY, a residential retreat center for the study of human potential. He was part of the team that created the Wealth Expos in major cities throughout the United States.

 

 

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