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20th Annual Dine & Rhyme!

Join us to Celebrate BOA's 20th Annual Dine & Rhyme on Friday, October 20th!

Rochester Academy of Medicine
1441 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610

Friday, October 20th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Admission: $50 in advance / $60 at the door

Eventbrite - BOA Editions 20th Annual Dine & Rhyme Celebration! 

Our 20th Anniversary Dine & Rhyme celebrates international poetry and the art of translation. 

This year’s Dine & Rhyme will be the first to feature an international poet from BOA’s Lannan Translations Series. Lighthouse for the Drowning (BOA 2017) is the first English translation of the prolific Lebanese writer and poet, Jawdat Fakhreddine. BOA is honored that Jawdat will travel from Beirut to read and discuss his work with the Rochester community. Jawdat will be joined by his daughter and co-translator, Huda Fakhreddine.

The evening will commence with a talk and reading by the author and translator. Jawdat and Huda will share the story behind Lighthouse for the Drowning, from the book’s first draft, written during the Lebanese Civil War while Jawdat was living in exile in the US, to the book’s publication and acclaimed reception in 1996, to its eventual translation and publication by BOA in 2017.

A reception featuring Lebanese-inspired cuisine by Julia K Caters will follow. Guests are invited to mingle, have books signed by the author, and bid on a selection of silent auction items, including tickets to Rochester performing arts venues, tours and tastings at local breweries and distilleries, and memberships to area gyms and yoga studios. See below for a list of auction donors.

As BOA's only fundraising event, Dine & Rhyme helps support our work year round! All Dine & Rhyme proceeds will help BOA continue to bring exceptional and essential works of literature to the public. Championing works by great writers--from first-time authors to established, international talent--we strive to publish a diverse list of books to incite and inspire our readers. Thanks for your support!


they are home,

the land and the sky to us

and everything in between"

-from Lighthouse for the Drowning

Jawdat Fakhreddine was born in 1953 in a small village in south Lebanon. Fakhreddine began his university studies majoring in physics. He earned an MA and taught physics at the high school level for more than 10 years. During this time he published a number of poetry collections, the first in 1979. He returned to university to pursue a PhD in Arabic literature. Fakhreddine has since published more than ten collections of poetry, two books of literary theory, and is a frequent contributor to a number of Lebanese and Arab newspapers. He is Professor of Arabic Literature and Criticism at the Lebanese University, Beirut.

Huda Fakhreddine is the Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on modernist movements and trends in Arabic poetry and their relationship to the Arabic literary tradition. She is the author of Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition (Brill 2015). She holds an MA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut and a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Many thanks to our growing list of generous sponsors and auction donors!


At Your Service Technologies
Boo Poulin Jewelry
City Blue Imaging Services
House Digital
Julia K Caters
Open Letter Books
Pittsford Family Dental
Richard Margolis Art + Architectural Photography 
Rochester Area Community Foundation

Auction Donors

Black Button Distilling
Blackfriars Theatre 
Brown Hound Downtown
Geva Theater
Good Luck
Iron Smoke Distillery
Memorial Art Gallery
Rochester Museum & Science Center
Rochester Parkour
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Rock Ventures
Shadow Lake Golf Club
Starry Nites Cafe
The Strong National Museum of Play
Tru Yoga
Woodcliff Hotel & Spa
YMCA of Greater Rochester

 Eventbrite - BOA Editions 20th Annual Dine & Rhyme Celebration!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kelly Hatton at or 585.546.3410 ext. 13