Located at Capresso Coffee Bar and Cuisine during the festival!
12:00 – 12:30 Betty Fraley
12:30 – 1:00 Carol Ohmart Behan
1:00 – 1:30 Bradley J. Fest
1:30 – 2:00 Racheal Fest
2:00 – 2:30 April Ford
2:30 – 3:00 Andrew Reinbach
3:00 – 3:30 Open Mic
April Ford – In 2016, April Ford won a Pushcart Prize for her short story “Project Fumarase.” The following year, she served as a Guest Editor for the prize anthology. The Poor Children (SFWP, 2015), her debut collection of stories, was selected by David Morrell to receive Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project 2013 Literary Awards Program for Fiction. April has held residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. Her debut novel, Carousel, is forthcoming in 2019 with Inanna Publications. She is Associate Publisher for SFK Press.
Bradley J. Fest – Bradley J. Fest is assistant professor of English at Hartwick College. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017), and recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Empty Mirror, Grain, HVTN, Masque & Spectacle, Nerve Cowboy, PLINTH, Spork, Verse, and elsewhere. He has also written a number of essays on contemporary literature and culture, which have been published in boundary 2, CounterText, Critique, Scale in Literature and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), The Silence of Fallout (Cambridge Scholars, 2013), Studies in the Novel, Widescreen, and elsewhere. He blogs at The Hyperarchival Parallax (bradleyjfest.com).
Racheal Fest – Racheal Fest is a writer and academic specializing in US literature, culture, and politics. Areas of interest include poetry and poetics, modernism, contemporary popular culture, new media, and the history of literary theory and criticism. Her essays, interviews, and poems (peer-reviewed and public) have appeared in boundary 2, b2o: an online journal, Politics/Letters, and elsewhere. Beginning in the fall of 2018, she will be teaching at SUNY Oneonta.
Carol Ohmart Behan, a former high school English teacher at Edmeston Central School, left her classroom days behind in 2001 to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. She traveled to Glastonbury, England that same year to take part in a women’s writing retreat. Her experience included visits to sacred sites in and around Glastonbury…Stonehenge, Avebury, and the north coast of Cornwall. The profound impact of this trip led to her offering sacred pilgrimages for several years to the Southwest UK along with continuing to pursue her writing interests. She is the author of two novels. Her newest book, Answering Avalon’s Call: the Mystical Odyssey of an Earth-Healer, was published in June by O-Books, John Hunt Publishing. Carol also writes a blog, Notes of an Earth Pilgrim. She has made her home in Sidney Center since 2013. More on Carol, her writing, and her new book can be found on her website, www.GoldenSpiralJourney.com
Andrew Reinback has a forty-year career as a journalist, having written for American Banker, Barron’s, Newsday, Seven Days, and the New York Post. His upcoming book Sailing Orders: James Lawrence and the War of 1812 tells the exploits of James Lawrence, the captain of the USS Chesapeake. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/andrew-reinbach
Betty Ann Fraley is a writer, artist, costume designer, and the creator of the adult design coloring books, Divine Divas and Luscious Ladies (Illume 2015 and 2016). Her paintings are in collections throughout the US, and her short stories and poems have been published in five anthologies.