HVWG announces line-up for Albany “Community of Writers”

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild will hold its annual “Community of Writers” reading on Saturday, October 16, 2-4:30 p.m.. The reading will be held in the main auditorium of the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue and is free and open to the public. The series presents local writers in various genres to highlight the variety of writers living in the Capital District and will include D. Alexander Holiday, Kathe Kokolias and Elizabeth Floyd Mair.

About the readers

D. Alexander Holiday volunteers and moderates a creative writing workshop for inmates at a state maximum security facility in upstate New York. His is also a local liaison for the GBS/CIDP Foundation International. He is the author of the new memoir In the Care of Strangers and three previous books of poetry and prose: Letters to Osama, I Use to Fall Down, and All the Killers Gathered.

Kathe Kokolias is a writer, painter and photographer. Her writing has been published on-line as well as in the Albany Times Union, the Schenectady Gazette and a variety of magazines and anthologies. In August 2009, she published a collection of essays entitled Spandex & Black Boots: Essays from an Abundant Life. Her travel memoir of Mexico, What Time do the Crocodiles Come Out?, will be available in the Fall of 2010. She lives with her husband, Brian, in Colonie, NY, and in Ixtapa, Mexico.

Elizabeth Floyd Mair is a freelance journalist who writes personal essays as well as feature articles on authors, filmmakers and musicians for the Albany Times Union. She spent 15 years in Tokyo, the last nine of it as an editor in the publishing company Kodansha International, before returning in 2002 to her home town of Guilderland. She holds an MA in East Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Iowa (where she also completed the coursework for an MFA in Literary Translation of Poetry) and a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Binghamton.

This “Community of Writers” event is made possible by a grant to the Guild from the City of Albany. For more information about this program, contact Dan Wilcox at (518) 482-0262 or via email.


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