Saratoga Springs

Nathalie Thill, Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Writing, sent along the following announcement about a great reading series starting on May 6 at the Spring Street Gallery and continuing every Monday for the month. This series will be featuring poets, authors, and graphic novelists throughout May in beautiful, downtown Saratoga Springs.

The Adirondack Center for Writing and The Spring Street Gallery is proud to host a diverse group of writers for their bi-annual readings series! At 7:30 pm, each Monday (and one Saturday) in May, a different writer will host a reading at the Gallery’s space – 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. From native Saratogian April Bernard to cookbook author Suvir Saran, and Cambodian emigrant Bunkong Tuon to graphic novelist Sabrina Jones, the series will run the gamut of unexpected and exciting presentations.

The first reading, on May 6th, will be hosted by April Bernard. Bernard has authored four collections of poetry and two novels.  A winner of a Guggenheim and the coveted Walt Whitman Award, Ms. Bernard directs the creative writing program at Skidmore College.  Miss Fuller, Ms. Bernard’s historical novel about nineteenth-century journalist and feminist Margaret Fuller, appeared in 2012.   Her poems and articles have been published in The New Yorker, Agni, Ploughshares, and The New York Review of Books.

The following Monday, May 13th, renowned cookbook author Suvir Saran will take the stage. Saran is the author of Masala Farm, American Masala, and Indian Home Cooking. His restaurant, Devi, was the first Indian restaurant in the US to have earned a Michelin star.  Newsweek, the New York TimesMartha Stewart Living, and Bon Appetit, all ranked American Masala among the top cookbooks of the year. Saran splits his time between New York City and his 70-acre farm in Hebron, Washington County.

On May 20th, also at 7:30 pm, Bunkong Tuon will read. Carried out of Cambodia on jungle trails on his grandmother’s back during the rule of the Khmer Rouge, Union College lecturer “B. K.” Tuon writes poems and literary nonfiction about identity and ethnicity, home and belonging.  His work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Truth about the Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction, genre, Khmer Voice in Poetry, and In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself.

The final reading in the series will be held on Saturday, May 25th. Alternative cartoonist Sabrina Jones (a two-time presenter at Spring Street) has authored and illustrated numerous books and comic strips that celebrate the intersection of art, politics, and activism.  Her most recent book is a graphic version of  Race to Incarcerate.  Jones also wrote and illustrated: Wobblies!: An Illustrated History of the Industrial Workers of the WorldRadical Jesus; and FDR and the New Deal for Beginners.  A frequent contributor to the esteemed comic book series, World War 3 Illustrated,  Ms. Jones divides her time between Brooklyn and Ballston Spa.

The Spring Street reading series is underwritten by a project grant from SPAF, or the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding.  SPAF is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Saratoga Arts.