CCCA ArtsWalk 2013!

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                   ARTSWALK LITERARY
                    October 4, 5 & 6, 2013

  • Sarah Kilbourne
    Sarah Kilbourne
  • Melissa Holbrook Pierson
    Melissa Holbrook Pierson
  • Greg Hrbek
    Greg Hrbek
  • Djelloul Marbrook
    Djelloul Marbrook
  • Tracie Morris
    Tracie Morris
  • Lydia Davis
    Lydia Davis
  • James Lasdun
    James Lasdun
  • Rebecca Wolff
    Rebecca Wolff
  • Cara Benson
    Cara Benson
  • Joydeep Roy Bhattacharya
    Joydeep Roy Bhattacharya
  • Adam Falkner
    Adam Falkner
  • Illya Szilak
    Illya Szilak
  • Mahogany L. Browne
    Mahogany L. Browne
  • Paul LaFarge
    Paul LaFarge
Sarah Kilbourne
Sarah Kilbourne

                                                              LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL, 2013


The 2013 ArtsWalk Literary Series is pleased to be hosting an exciting lineup of the region's finest authors!

Our opening: -  7:00 pm, Friday, October 4th "Spotty Lit" at the Spotty Dog Book Store, 440 Warren St., Hudson. An evening of emerging and established authors hosted by Karen Schoemer.

Oct. 5th and 6th - Two days of readings! Twelve readers at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson.



                                                                                ArtsWalk, 2013

Friday October 4th  (Spotty Dog Books)

Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Sarah Kilborne, Karen Crumley Keats, Sara Kendall and Kenji Suzuki.

Hosted by Karen Schoemer



Saturday October 5th (Hudson Opera House)

Rebecca Wolff  & Greg Hrbek                    noon -1:30

Djelloul Marbrook & Tracie Morris                       1:45  -  3:15  

Lydia Davis & James Lasdun                     3:30 - 5:00  



Sunday October 6th (Hudson Opera House)

Illya Szilak & Paul La Farge                                    noon -1:30   

Cara Benson & Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya       1:45 -3:15

Adam Falkner & Mahogany Browne                        3:30 – 5:00


                                                                                         AUTHOR BIOS

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Rebecca Wolff is a poet, fiction writer, and the editor and creator of both Fence Magazine and Fence Books. She is the author of The King (W.W. Norton, 2009); Figment (W.W. Norton, 2004); and Manderley (2001), which was selected by Robert Pinsky for the 2000 National Poetry Series.  Her novel The Beginner appeared in 2011 from Riverhead. Fence is headquartered at the University at Albany where Wolff is a fellow of the New York State Writers Institute. Born and raised in New York City, she earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1993. She lives in Hudson, New York with her two children.

Greg Hrbek, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Iowa, the Michener Copernicus Society, Princeton University, and the National Endowment for the Arts' Japan-US Friendship Commission.He is the author of a novel, The Hindenburg Crashes Nightl” (1999) which was awarded the James Jones First Novel Award by the James Jones Literary Society, and a collection of stories, Destroy All Monster" (2011), winner of the Prairie Schooner Prize in Fiction. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, and other literary journals, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2009. Since 2001, he has been Writer-in-Residence at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.


Djelloul Marbrook is the author of two poetry books, Far from Algiers, 2008 Kent State University Press, winner of the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and the 2010 International Book Award in poetry, and Brushstrokes and Glances,2010, Deerbrook Editions, and five books of fiction: Guest Boy (2012) and Crowds of One (forthcoming 2013, both from Mira Publishing House CLC, Leeds, UK), Saraceno (2012 , Bliss Plot Press, New York), Artemisia's Wolf  (2011, Prakash Books, India), and Alice Miller's Room (1999, OnlineOriginals.comUK). His poems have been published by American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Orbis (UK), From the Fishouse, Oberon, The Same, Reed, Fledgling Rag, and Daylight Burglary, among others. He maintains a lively presence on Facebook. At he often reviews other poets’ books. He lives in New York’s mid-Hudson valley with his wife Marilyn.


Tracie Morris is a poet, performer and scholar.  She works extensively as a singer, sound artist, writer, bandleader and actor.  Her installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, Ronald Feldman Gallery, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and the New Museum.  She holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College and an MA and PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute.  her poetry book, TDJ:To Do w/John (2011) is published by Zasterle Press.  Rhyme Scheme, a longer poetic manuscript is published by Chax Press; she is also the author of Intermission and Chap-T-her Won.  Two audio works are also in development: The Tracie Morris Band and sharpmorris, a collaboration with

composer Elliott Sharp.


James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published two novels, The Horned Man and Seven Lies, as well as several collections of short stories and poetry. His story “The Siege” was made into a film by Bernardo Bertolucci, “Besieged”.  His memoir, Give Me Everything You have: On Being Stalked, was published earlier this year and described by The New York Times as ‘smart, rigorous and beautifully written’.  Lasdun has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Los Angeles Times, T. S. Eliot and Forward prizes in poetry and was the winner of the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award.  His nonfiction has been published in Harper’s Magazine, Granta, The Guardian and the London Review of Books


Lydia Davis is the author of the novel, The End of the Story (1995), four story collections brought together in The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), and a photo-essay, The Cows (2011).  A new collection of stories, Can't and Won't, will appear in 2014. Davis's writing defies generic classification, some of her fiction verging on the essay or poem. She has also translated numerous works of French literature, including most recently Proust’s Du côté de chez Swann and Flaubert's Madame Bovary, both of which were awarded the French-American Foundation's Translation Prize. Among her other major awards are a MacArthur Fellowship for fiction, a nomination for the 2007 National Book Award, an Order of Arts and Letters from the French government, and the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. She presently teaches a writing course at the New York State Writers Institute and lives and works in upstate New York.


Sunday October 6, 2013


Illya Szilak uses open source media and collaborations forged via the Internet to create multimedia novels. Shaped by her experiences as a practicing physician, her artistic practice explores mortality, embodiment, identity and belief in a media inundated and increasingly virtual world. Her first novel Reconstructing Mayakovsky was selected for the second Electronic Literature Collection and was a jury pick for the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo in 2010.  Her second novel, Queerskins,, explores the nature of love and justice through the story of a gay physician who dies of AIDS at the beginning of the epidemic. Honored as one of the best websites of 2012 in the category of “Net Art” by the Webby Awards, it will be featured in an exhibition at the Biblioteque National in Paris in September 2013. She currently blogs on the arts for the Huffington Post.  Twitter @queerskins

Paul La Farge is the author of four novels, most recently Luminous Airplanes, which is also a large Web-based hypertext. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine,  McSweeney's, Fence, BOMB, Cabinet, The Believer, and elsewhere. He will be a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2013-14.

Cara Benson is the author of the poetry books (made) and the forthcoming "Funny. Considering how heated it was." Her poems have or will appear in The NY Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, and Fence. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and is the current Chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee. She has taught poetry and poetics in a NY State Prison since 2005 and is under contract with SUNY Press for a book on the class. Benson has been a Visiting Poet at NY State Writers Institute at SUNY Albany, UPenn, Rhode Island School of Design, and Skidmore College. Currently a Graduate Advisor in Creative Writing for Prescott College, Benson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.


Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, born in Jamshedpur, India, was educated in philosophy and politics at Presidency College, Calcutta, and International Relations and German philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. His first novel, The Gabriel Club, based on the Velvet revolutions in Central Europe, was published in 1998.  His second, The Storyteller of Marrakesh, dealing with oral storytelling traditions, came out in 2011 and his third, The Watch, a retelling of Antigone against the backdrop of the US invasion of Afghanistan, appeared in 2012.  Two novels, Like A Perfect Circle Drawn on Water, set in Iran and dealing with Islamic calligraphy & Sufi poetry; and Mortal Immortal, the prequel to The Watch, set in the mountains of Afghanistan and is a retelling of Aeschylus’s The Seven Against Thebes will appear in 2013. Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya lives in Rhinebeck.


Adam Falkner is a writer, high school English teacher and the Founder and Executive Director of the Dialogue Arts Project, an organization dedicated to using the arts and the creative process as a means of generating and sustaining cross-cultural communication in educational settings. His work has appeared in Painted Bride QuarterlyThe Literary Bohemian, decomP Magazine, and elsewhere, and has been incorporated into coursepacks for use in sociology and social work curricula in higher education. He has recently been featured on HBO, BET, Michigan and New York Public Radio, in Time Out New York and the New York Times. He is currently a doctoral student in English Education at Columbia University Teachers College and teaches 10th grade Creative Writing at the Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn.

Mahogany L. Browne, Cave Canem Fellow, is Editor of the women’s anthology His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays by HER; she has released two poetry volumes: #Dear Twitter, Love Poems and Swag and five LPs including the live album Sheroshima.  As co-founder of the Off Broadway poetry production, Jam On It, and co-producer of NYC’s 1str Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites, Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee.  Her freelance journalism appears in: Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO.  She facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country, focusing on women’s empowerment and youth mentoring.  She is the publisher of Penmanship Books, a small press for performance artists and owns PoetCD.Com, an on-line marketing and distribution company for poets. Mahogany is currently slam host & curator of the Friday Night Slam Series at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.




757 Columbia Street, Hudson

Friday, October 11, 7pm

Irene Mitchell will read from her poetry collections and from new poetry on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at Stoddard Corner Bookshop, 757 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY.

The evening will be open to discussion and questions afterward, and will be complimented by coffee and chocolate.

Irene Mitchell, a long-time teacher of writing in New York, is the author of A Study of Extremes in Six Suites (Cherry Grove Collections, 2012), and Sea Wind on the White Pillow (Axes Mundi Press, 2009). Both books are housed in the permanent collection at Poets House in Manhattan and the Jefferson Reading Room of the Library of Congress. Formerly poetry editor of Hudson River Art Journal, Mitchell serves as poetry contest juror, and facilitator of poetry workshops. Mitchell, who lives in Stuyvesant, NY, is known for her collaborations with other artists. Several poems in her latest collection are “broadsides,” poems combined with art by the Italian artist, Daniela Bertol. In addition, a selection of her poems was set to music for piano and mezzo-soprano by composer Dallas Cline in an art-song cycle entitled Past All Doors, which had its concert debut in Stuyvesant. Mezzo-soprano Marion Hunter of Chatham also set to music some of Mitchell’s earlier poems.



This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.