Writers & Books, BOA Editions collaborate on readings

Writers & Books has teamed with BOA Editions Ltd. to launch Tuesdays with BOA, a virtual reading and conversation series showcasing some of today’s most exciting authors. Tuesdays with BOA is free to the public.

Writers & Books is Rochester’s nonprofit center for the literary arts, while BOA Editions is an iconic Rochester-based publisher of poetry and literary works. Michael Waters will kick off the series on Sept. 15, from 7:30 to 8 p.m., reading from and discussing his new collection of poems, “Caw.” Waters has written 12 books of poems and has been the editor or co-editor of six anthologies, including “Contemporary American Poetry.”

On Sept. 27, from 7:30 to 8 p.m., Elana Bell will present selected poems from her new collection, “Mother Country,” a nuanced examination of the intricacies of the mother-daughter relationship, followed by a conversation with BOA Editions publisher Peter Conners.

BOA Editions is an independent nonprofit publisher of contemporary poetry and literary fiction founded in 1976 by A. Poulin Jr. to provide a venue for both new and established poets. BOA has released more than 300 titles.

Writers & Books is one of the oldest and largest community-based literary centers in the nation and the only one of its kind in the Greater Rochester area. The organization engages youth and adults with the literary arts through workshops; readings; presentations; and Ampersand Books, an independent bookshop.

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BOA Editions receives Council on the Arts grant

BOA Editions Ltd. has been awarded a $23,000 grant from the state Council on the Arts to support the transformative impact of the performing, literary, visual and media arts in New York.

BOA Editions is a nationally acclaimed nonprofit, independent publisher of contemporary poetry and literary fiction that was founded in 1976. The organization has released more than 300 titles, including more than two dozen books of poetry-in-translation.

“The arts and culture are critical drivers of health in people and places,” said Mara Manus, executive director of the New York State Council on the Arts. “Our state’s creative industries generate a total of $120 billion to the state economy, account for 466,000 jobs and play a significant role in revitalization, education and social justice.”

NYSCA will award a total of $41 million to arts organizations across New York for fiscal 2020. BOA Editions’ funding will support the publication of poetry and other literary works.

“Year after year, NYSCA funding plays a crucial role in BOA’s ability to continue bringing vital voices to a world of readers,” BOA publisher Peter Conners said. “The funds also flow out to a host of authors, graphic designers, visual artists, printers and other businesses and cultural institutions that work with BOA. The grant goes to BOA, but reaches a much larger pool of secondary recipients.”

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