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May 2018 Newsletter

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Words on the Verge 
It was an honor to host the Straw Mat Writers last week at Words on the Verge. Thank you for sharing your words, your process, and your friendship.
Leslie C. Youngblood Reads on June 2
Leslie C. Youngblood received an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former assistant professor of creative writing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, she has lectured at Mississippi State University, UNC-Greensboro, and the University of Ghana at Legon. She began her undergraduate degree at Morris Brown College and completed her bachelor's at Georgia State University. After graduation, she served as a columnist and assistant editor for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine.

She’s been awarded a host of writing honors including a 2014 Yaddo's Elizabeth Ames Residency, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize, a Hurston Wright Fellowship, and the Room of Her Own Foundation’s 2009 Orlando Short Story Prize. She received funding to attend the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony in 2011. Her short story, “Poor Girls’ Palace,” was published in the winter 2009 edition of the Indiana Review, as well as Kwelijournal, 2014.

In 2010 she won the Go On Girl! Book Club Aspiring Writer Award. In 2016 she landed a two-book publishing deal with Disney-Hyperion for her middle-grade novel, Love Like Sky, which publishes Nov 6, 2018.   She occasionally teaches fiction classes at one of Rochester's literary centers, Writers & Books. 

Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and raised in Rochester, New York, she’s fortunate to have a family of natural storytellers and a circle of supportive and family and friends.  

Literary Community News
 Listen to Your Mother 2018
Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) is coming back to Rochester for a one-night only show on May 12th at 7:30pm at the Lyric Theater. This will be the fourth year that LTYM will present local writers reading stories about motherhood. All proceeds from the event with benefit The Society for the Protection and Care of Children. This year’s show is produced and directed by Sally Bittner Bonn, Corrie Spike Carter, and Monica Gebell. LTYM 2018 is presented by Roc the Mic. Purchase tickets at

Visit Roc the Mic Productions to buy tickets and for more information.
Don't miss Michael Benson's important reading on May 6th in Chili! Learn more about one of Rochester's most infamous unsolved crimes and talk to the author of Devil at Genesee Junction.
Join us in thanking our sponsors including Kelly Myers, Aromantium, Katherine Weston & A Different Path Gallery, and In God's Love Reiki. If you would like to help support Words on the Verge email us at or call (585) 395-9833.
All events are from 5-7pm at A Different Path Gallery, 27 Market St., Brockport, NY 14420.
Light refreshments served.

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