Events calendar

River River organizes free writing groups and many literary events throughout the year— hope you’ll join us! Click on any event in our calendar (scroll down to the bottom of the page) or visit us on Meetup for more details and up-to-the-minute information.

Upcoming events:

Open mic and reading with guest writer Sophfronia Scott

Join us for a literary open mic, followed by featured writer, Sophfronia Scott. Sign-ups for the open mic (5-minute limit per reader) begin at 7pm. Friday, November 3, at The Carson McCullers House, 131 S. Broadway, Nyack. Co-sponsored by The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University.

Sophfronia Scott grew up in Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with author Toni Morrison. Her father was a Mississippi-born steelworker who never learned how to read and her mother was a stay-at-home mom who always made sure there were books in the house. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Sophfronia spent a big chunk of her career as a writer and editor for Time and People magazines. When Sophfronia’s first novel, All I Need to Get By, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2004 Sophfronia was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in numerous literary journals and her essay “Why I Didn’t Go to the Firehouse” was listed among the Notables in Best American Essays 2017.

Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love, published by William Morrow / HarperCollins. She also has forthcoming a spiritual memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son, being published by Paraclete Press (December 2017) and an essay collection, Love’sLong Line, from Ohio State University Press / Mad Creek Books (February 2018).

Sophfronia lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut with her husband and son and where she continues to fight a losing battle against the weeds in her flowerbeds. She enjoys teaching at Regis University’s Mile-High MFA in Denver, Colorado and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She blogs at www.Sophfronia.com.

 

“write!” community writing salons

Check our calendar for upcoming community writing salons! Writers in all genres are welcome to join us. Including writing prompts and discussions, and plenty of time to free-write, our salons culminate in a wide variety of readings from participants’ fresh-on-the-page works. We often highlight our favorites in the “Borrowed Pages” feature on the River River blog. Connect with other local writers, and write!

This project is made possible in part with funds from the Community Arts Grants program of the Arts Council of Rockland and the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Past Events

Lodestar Reading and celebration of the spring issue of River River

The biannual River River Lodestar Series welcomes writer and designer Matthew Derby for a reading and a Q&A about his broad experience working in both print and digital media, as well as on platforms spanning literature and game design. Read an interview with Matt here.

The evening will also feature contributions to the Spring 2017 issue of River River. Saturday, July 22 at 7 p.m., at Cuppa Pulp Writers Space, 119 Main Street, Suite 2, Nanuet, NY.

Matthew Derby‘s recent novel, The Silent History (Farrar Straus and Giroux 2014), was originally concieved as the first major exploratory interactive novel designed for digital platforms.  The Guardian called The Silent History “A compelling story about difference, rights and power”; Wired called it “Entirely revolutionary.” Matt’s work has also appeared in The Anchor Book of American Short Stories, Dzanc’sBest of the Web 2009, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Guernica, and elsewhere. He is also a designer for Harmonix, a video game studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Open mic and poetry reading featuring Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Join us for a literary open mic, followed by featured poet, Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Sign-ups for the open mic (5-minute limit per reader) begin at 7pm. Friday, June 9, at The Carson McCullers House, 131 S. Broadway, Nyack. Co-sponsored by The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. Her four collections of poetry are Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books), The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press), Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose), and most recently, Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books). Her visual and literary work appears widely in a broad range of publications, including The New York Times, Poets & Writers, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, and Guernica. Griffiths has received fellowships from Yaddo, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her video project, P.O.P, which gathers more than 100 contemporary poets in intimate interviews, is now featured online by the Academy of American Poets. She is currently teaching creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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