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FootHills Publishing
Wheeler Hill Readings
August 23, September 13 and 27.
At the Czarnecki Homestead on Wheeler Hill
Primitive (no indoor bathroom) and rustic, but beautiful setting.

Online Directions
Online Map
Online fliers here

Homemade soup and conversation afterwards.
Feel free to bring along some simple food or beverage
to place on the community table.

No admission but donations gratefully accepted.

For those coming a long distance feel free to stay the night before or after at our
Wheeler Hill homestead. Campout or throw a sleeping bag on the floor.
Please drop me a note or call ahead of time if you'd like to do so
and I'll fill you in with more details.

Open Reading to follow all featured readings

Email or call for more info:                      (607) 566-3881

These events are funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc.
with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.   

 Sunday, August 23, 2:00 PM
Heather Thomas and Will Nixon


Heather Thomas is a professor of writing and literature at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
and an award-winning poet who also writes under the name H.T. Harrison. She is the author of five previous collections. Her first FootHills release, Blue Ruby, was published in 2007. She is the current Poet Laureate of Berks County, PA.

Will Nixon's My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse was released by FootHills in 2008. The book chronicles his life in poems about a suburban childhood, young adulthood in Hoboken and Manhattan, then a retreat to a Catskills log cabin in 1996. The book is now in its second printing. Will's work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is listed in The Best American Essays 2003.

 Sunday, September 13, 2:00 PM
Alan Casline and Jennifer Campbell    


Alan Casline is an American poet, editor, and small press publisher. He has published a number of collections of poetry and has written on watershed wisdom, folklife, natural history, sustainability, and local poetry. Alan is the director of Rootdrinker Institute, a membership based organization, which promotes rediscovery of the inspirations and creative visions of earlier artists and writers of each unique watershed. His Benevolent Bird Press has published a number of collections of poetry by other writers. His FootHills chapbook, Thirty Poems, will be released on the day of the reading.

Jennifer Campbell is an English Professor at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY, and a co-editor of the feminist literary collective Earth's Daughters.   She has numerous poems published in journals and work is forthcoming from Eclipse, Louisiana Literature, and the Canadian journal PRECIPICe.  Her first book-length collection of poems, Driving Straight Through, was published by FootHills in 2008.

 Sunday, September 27, 2:00 PM
Daniel Kerwick and Paulette Swartzfager


Raised in Rochester, NY, poet and playwright Daniel Kerwick has lived in New Orleans for more than twenty years. He is the founding editor of Simpatico Poets Press and artistic director of Simpatico Poets Theatre. His work has been presented in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Portland, Oregon, Denver and other backwaters of North America. You Stand Alongside Desire was released by FootHills this year.

Paulette Swartzfager is a poet, freelance journalist, and activist originally from New Orleans, who moved to Rochester NY after Katrina. She is currently a lecturer in the English Department of Rochester Institute of Technology. Her poetry has been published in Poet:India, Le Mot Juste, and
Counterpunch. years of dust, a chapbook by FootHills, will be released on the day of the reading.