Spring Writes Literary Festival to fill weekend with words

Tompkins Weekly Staff


Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County will welcome more than 90 regional writers for the 35 events taking place as part of its 8th annual Spring Writes Literary Festival this weekend.

The festival will take place in downtown Ithaca Thursday, May 4, through Sunday, May 7, highlighting the talent of local writers.
“Ithaca has long been flush with writers of all sorts – and not just the ones that are occasionally reviewed in the New York Times,” said CAP Program Director Robin Schwartz said in a prepared statement. “There are hundreds and hundreds of writers of all stripes – poets, musicians, novelists, playwrights, journalists and more.
“The Festival draws attention to the abundance of literary artists in a consolidated (and awesome) way,” she added. “Writing can be a solitary pursuit and it’s great to give local writers a chance to get out and show off what they’ve been up to!”

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, May 4, with “Trampoline Presents: A Night of Competitive Storytelling” and ends on Sunday evening, May 7, with a Literary Murder Mystery Cocktail party. Packed in between will be 15 readings, 6 panel discussions, 5 performances, 4 workshops, 2 presentations, 1 play reading, 1 film screening, 1 letter press demo and 1 book binding demo.

All events take place in downtown Ithaca at venues that include Buffalo Street Books, Bar Argos, the Community School of Music and Arts, Lot 10 Lounge, Cinemapolis, the Tompkins County Public Library, the Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace, the History Center and the Range.

For more than 25 years, the Community Arts Partnership’s grants, programs and services have been connecting artists and audiences, funding the arts in Tompkins County, and providing artist professional development. CAP’s Spring Writes festival is an example of the organization fulfilling its mission and supporting all facets of its focus.

The schedule for the festival is:

Thursday, May 4
— 5-6:30 p.m. – Readings: Finger Lakes Anthology Writers (Buffalo Street Books)
— 7:15-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) – Trampoline Storytelling Competition: “She Blinded Me With Science;” $5 cover (Lot 10, 2nd floor)

Friday, May 5
— 4-5 p.m. – Reading: J. Robert Lennon (Buffalo Street Books)
— 4-5 p.m. – Poetry Open Mic; registration begins at 3:30 p.m. (Tompkins County Public Library)
— 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Presentation & Q&A: Cornell Race and Empathy Project (The History Center)
— 6-8 p.m. – Readings: Genre Savvy Presents Science Fiction (The Range)

Saturday, May 6
— 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Cornell Race and Empathy Project listening booth on display (The History Center)
— 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Readings: Dr. Heather Dorn and Dr. Sarah Jefferis (Buffalo Street Books)
— 11 a.m. to noon – Workshop: Research Secrets: How to Write What You Don’t Know, Casey Martinson (Cinemapolis)
— 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Workshop: “Translating Is Writing Is Translating,” Dan Rosenberg (Cinemapolis)
— 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Film & Discussion: “Once Upon An Eye: Telling Stories Without Words” (Cinemapolis)
— 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Performance: Senior Troupe of Lifelong Stories: Music and Memories (TCPL Borg Warner Room)
— 12:30-2 p.m. – Demonstration: Coptic Stitch Bookbinding (Ink Shop)
— 1-2 p.m. – Readings: Rachel Dickinson and Leslie Daniels (Buffalo Street Books)
— 1:30-2:45 p.m. – Workshop: The Short Fiction Market: Targeted Writing & Publishing (CAP Office)
— 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Performance: Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Company Staged Readings of Short Plays (TCPL Borg Warner Room)
— 2:30-4 p.m. – Panel and Reading: First Books After 40 (Buffalo Street Books)
— 3-4 p.m. – Readings: “The First Time: Selected Readings by Trumansburg Writers” (Hive 45, 45 E. Main St, Trumansburg)
— 3-4 p.m. – Panel: Writing Across the World: Translators and the Translated (TCPL Borg Warner Room)
— 3-4:30 p.m. – Demonstration: Letterpress Printing (Ink Shop)
— 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Readings: Lanre Akinsiku and Renia White (Buffalo Street Books)
— 7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) – Entertainment: Cosmic Joke Collective: “Hope Springs Eternal;” $5 cover (Lot 10)

Sunday, May 7
— 11 a.m. to noon – Readings: “Sunlight Under My Bed,” Lehman Alternatives School Students (CSMA Main Floor)
— 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Panel: “No Fight, No Fun: Four Writers Argue about Creating Conflict in Fiction” (CSMA Lower Level)
— 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Panel: “World Building: If You Build It, They Will Come” (The History Center)
— Noon to 1:15 p.m. – Panel: “Intimate Communities: Starting & Sustaining a Writing Group That Works” (CAP ArtSpace)
— Noon to 1:15 p.m. – Readings: “Cheap Whatever” (Buffalo Street Books)
— 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Workshop: “Story as Medicine: Using Stories for Healing” Regi Carpenter (CSMA Main Floor)
— 1-2 p.m. – Reading: “Chicken Feathers: Stories and Poems,” Zee Zahava (The History Center)
— 1-2:30 p.m. – Performance: “Moving Words,” spoken word and movement (CSMA Lower Level)
— 1:45-3:15 p.m. – Readings: Works in Progress (Buffalo Street Books)
— 2-3 p.m. – Readings: Works in Progress (CSMA Main Level)
— 2:30-3:45 p.m. – Readings: NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology (History Center)
— 3:30-4:15 p.m. – Panel: VIDA, Women in Literary Arts (CSMA Lower Level)
— 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Readings: Ithaca City of Asylum Writers (Buffalo Street Books)
— 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Readings: Stone Canoe Journal Writers (CSMA Main Level)
— 5-6 p.m. – End With a Murder: Literary Murder Mystery Cocktail Party (Bar Argos)

Ongoing All Weekend
— Storm Country: An Immersive Walking Headphone Play, The Cherry Arts. (Visit TheCherry.org for discounted tickets and details.)
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For more information about the festival, visit SpringWrites.org.