Schenectady County Connection

Local writers to be featured

Capital District writers from various serenes and styles will be featured at an event to highlight the literary talent in the community.

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild, in partnership with Schenectady County Public Library, will hold its annual Community of Writers reading on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Schenectady County Public Library's main branch, located at 99 Clinton Street in Schenectady, in the McChesney Room. The event is free and open to the public. To register for the program call 388-4511.

Authors will be selling books before and after the event, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m., which can also be signed. A reception hosted by The Friends of the Library will follow the readings. Local poet Alan Catlin will moderate.

Below are descriptions from a press release about the authors being featured:

  • Chaitali Banerjee has written short stories, essays and travel narratives that were published in a variety of online magazines. She was invited by Living on Earth/NPR to read her nature essay. She has a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is currently working on a children’s fiction book.

  • Erin Billings is a junior at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. Her fiction book “Sincerely,” was recently published. She knew she wanted to be a writer when she was 12, after finishing the Harry Potter series. Erin loves running, acting, playing piano, reading, and of course writing. This is her first published book, and she wants to continue writing.

  • Alan Catlin is an internationally published poet and his work has been translated into several foreign languages including Spanish, Italian, and Romanian. He has published sixty chapbooks of prose and poetry and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize several times.

  • Bob Cudmore is an author, newspaper columnist and radio personality. His most recent book is “Stories from the Mohawk Valley: The Painted Rocks, the Good Benedict Arnold and More.” Bob writes the weekly Focus on History column in the The Daily Gazette and hosts the morning show on WVTL radio in Amsterdam.

  • Patrice Kindl, author of a number of award-winning books for young adults, lives in Middleburgh. Her most recent novel is “Keeping the Castle.”

  • Nate Leslie is the author of nine books, including seven books and chapbooks of poetry. His most recent is “Small Cathedrals,” a collection of blank verse sonnets. He publishes his poems, stories and essays in national and international magazines and has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and The New York Foundation of the Arts. He teaches creative writing at Siena College, and workshops at area libraries and arts organizations.

  • April Seeley teaches creative writing and American literature at Union College. She has published over forty poems and seven works of fiction in literary magazines, as well as scholarly articles. Her chapbooks collection, “In and Out of Eden,” won the 2001 Permafrost Chapbook Award.

  • Victor Smith is a fiction writer living in Westerlo. He prefers humor over pathos, though he can be pretty pathetic at times. His life has been an inseparable Zen of both states, and both inform his writing.

  • Ryan Smithson is an Iraq War veteran and author of “Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI.” He has published numerous stories, both fiction and non-fiction, relating to war and its effect on soldiers. He is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College and Empire State College and lives in Schenectady with his wife and son.

  • Sharon Stenson was born in Terre Haute, IN, but has lived in upstate New York much of her life. Sharon taught writing and literature at Schenectady County Community College. She is a published poet, a playwright, and a musician.


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