It was a weekend for writers and people who appreciate good writing. The inaugural Ladder Literary Conference, Sponsored by Writers & Books, took place on Saturday, June 16, at the Rochester Riverside Hotel. The gathering of writers, editors, agents and publishers was bookended by a number of fun literary events at venues about town, culminating on Sunday, June 17, with Speak Easy at Cheshire. Ten readers, including seven first-timers, took to our stage to share their prose and poetry. We had a full house, which included agents and publishers visiting from The Ladder, and a number of our readers were asked to submit their writing. You never know what might happen at Speak Easy! A visit to our stage could lead to big things.
Next Up: After an unexpected postponement our July Speak Easy has been moved to July 22. Come on out and check out nine readers sharing their short works on the topics of their choice. Yes, it’s another anything-goes open-topic event. We hope to see you there!
Lineup for Speak Easy No. 18, Sunday 6/16/2018, at Cheshire: Graveside Gathering — Lori Bruton
Excerpt from The Wizard’s Daughter — Jeff Minerd
Excerpt from Stealing Ted Williams’ Head — Stephen G. Eoannou Wide Awake — David Holloway Shots Ring — Renita Graves
Excerpt from The One Taken from the Sea of Stars — Javi Mason Ballz and Bitches — MzTU The Ontological Argument — Evvy Fanning When I Die — Scott Seifritz
Excerpt from You are No Match for Me — Erin Julian
Special thanks to David Holloway for bailing us out last minute and for takings pics.