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Reading with Douglas Watson and more!

Join BOA for cocktails and a cross-genre reading on Thursday, January 26, as three brilliant, award-winning authors come to Rochester to read and discuss their new work. Held in collaboration with Writers & Books, the event will feature BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning author Douglas Watson, poet Michelle Y. Burke, and local fiction author Rachel Hall. This is sure to be a night that will enrich and inspire.

This event is free and open to all.

Thursday, January 26 | 6:00pm  
302 North Goodman Street
Rochester, New York

Douglas Watson's debut collection of stories,  The Era of Not Quite, won the inaugural BOA Short Fiction Prize. He is also the author of a novel, A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies (Outpost19). Watson's fiction appears widely in such places as One Story, Tin House,and The Journal. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, poet Michelle Y. Burke.

The Era of Not Quite is chock-a-block with deaths, births, voyages, and philosophical asides. Futility is a theme of the book, but so is the necessity of trying.

Michelle Y. Burke is the author of the poetry collection Animal Purpose, winner of the 2015 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Hopkins Review, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She teaches creative and expository writing at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

In Animal Purpose, Burke explores the lives of men and women as they stand poised between the desire to love and the compulsion to harm. Danger blurs into beauty and back again.

Rachel Hall is the author Heirlooms, winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Natural Bridge, Bellingham Review, Lilith, and elsewhere. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at SUNY Geneseo.

Heirlooms begins in the French seaside city of Saint-Malo in 1940, and ends in the American Midwest in 1989. This collection of linked stories explores assumptions about love, duty, memory, and truth, as the war reverberates through four generations of a Jewish family.

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