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February 2019 Newsletter

Words on the Verge
 ~A Westside Literary Salon~
Thanks to everyone who came out on January 26th for Christine Green's reading. It was a packed house, and we are very grateful for your support. We offer special thanks to Karen Faris for hosting & creating a magnificent pop-up art show!
 Christine Green
Jennifer Maloney
Join us on March 2nd as Words on the Verge presents poet Jennifer Maloney.

Jennifer Maloney is the current president of Just Poets, Inc, a literary organization celebrating 15 years of bringing poetry into the public sphere here in Rochester. Her poetry has been published in, The Pangolin Review, and Memoryhouse Magazine (forthcoming). Her work has been anthologized numerous times, notably including OutWrite, Volume 7, part of the ImageOut Film Festival. Jennifer reads widely around the greater Rochester area.

Community News
Listening to the Future
Listening to the Future – a literary event for high school students cohosted by Rochester SpokenWord and Writers & Books -- will be on Thursday, April 4, this year at Writers & Books. We'll soon be accepting nominations for student readers as well as entries for this year's student-designed T-shirt. Before we do that, however, we want to make sure we're reaching as many high school teachers across Monroe County as possible. If you're a high school English/Writing teacher or an Art/Graphic Design teacher, please visit our website to learn more and get on our mailing list for this wonderful event! If you know such a teacher, please help us out by spreading the word!
Listen to Your Mother Auditions!
The national phenomenon Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) is returning to Rochester for a one night only performance this spring. The storytelling event has quickly become a tradition for many Rochestarians and is a vital part of how the city celebrates motherhood on Mother’s Day weekend. Local organizers announced today that audition signups are now active for people who want the opportunity to share their stories of motherhood at this live-staged reading at the historic and beautiful Hochstein School of Music on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Now in its fifth year, Listen to Your Mother Rochester has welcomed nearly 2,500 audience members to the production; given over 50 people a microphone to tell their stories about motherhood; and has raised over $30,000 to help the  Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC), which supports our city’s most at-risk families, and will again this year be the recipient of all show proceeds.
HOW TO AUDITION: All auditions will be held at Writers & Books, located on 740 University Ave., Rochester, 14607. Auditions are scheduled for: Sunday, March 3; Thursday, March 7; Saturday, March 9.

Auditions are open to writers and non-writers, both men and women, mothers and non-mothers. People can sign up online to audition at Roc the Mic. Appointments will be first-come/first-serve until all slots are filled.  
For more information about LTYM: Rochester, visit Roc the Mic.
Support Words on the Verge
Words on the Verge now has a Patreon page! It is easier than ever to support the work we do. Our initial goal is $500 by August 31st.  Every little bit helps, so make a pledge today.
All events are from 5-7pm at A Different Path Gallery, 27 Market St., Brockport, NY 14420. Light refreshments served. Words on the Verge events are FREE and open to the public.