“The Short Short” Readings

If you’re interested in the work of writers at “the beginning of

their rich literary careers” you won’t want to miss “The Short

Short,” a multi-author reading event held here at BSB on

Wednesday April 5 starting at 5:00pm.

Covering a variety of genres, eight award-winning authors

will each give an eight-minute reading from one of their

published works:


Debora Kuan Xing

Yewande Omotoso The Woman Next Door

Nick Gandiello The Blameless

Chaitali Sen The Pathless Sky

Chanelle Benz The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is Dead

Allen Gee My Chinese-America

Bob Proehl A Hundred Thousand Worlds

Lauren Slaughter A Lesson in Smallness


“The Short Short” is the “kick-off” event for the 5th annual

Ithaca College New Voices Literary Festival to be held on

April 5 - 7. It is a collaborative presentation by the Writing and

English departments at Ithaca College, with support from the

schools of Humanities and Sciences, Theater, and the Park

School of Communications. The events on campus will offer

a range of readings, panel discussions, class visits and the

staged reading of a play.


I was lucky enough to have a brief email exchange with

festival co-director Eleanor Henderson:


DFAC: “Is the festival open to the public for events on

campus? And if so, is there a registration fee?”


EH: “The festival is absolutely free and open to the public!

No registration necessary. Just show up.”


DFAC: “Can you provide a brief description of: how the

festival g


ot started, how are featured writers selected for the

readings (e.g. are manuscripts solicited and juried?) and has

it lived up to your expectations these past five years?”


EH: “The festival got started five years ago when Chris

[Holmes my co-director] approached me to ask if I'd like to

start a literary festival with him, along the lines of "Word

Fest" from one of our favorite books, Wonder Boys. The

festival is a collaboration between the English and Writing

Departments, with involvement now from Theatre.

There is no formal process for selection of the authors. The

nice thing about working with two big departments with a lot

of emerging writers as faculty is that we all know a lot of

emerging writers!

We invite writers with whom we have connections, or whose

work we admire. So we try to strive to bring a rich balance of

writers from different backgrounds working in a wide range

of genres—poetry, prose, and plays.

The festival has exceeded our expectations! Over the past

five years, we've added one of our favorite events to the

schedule, a staged reading of a play by our visiting

playwright, put on by a wonderful campus company called

On the Verge. This event finishes off the festival, is followed

by a talk-back, and is also free and open to the public. We've

also increased our students' involvement in the festival. This

year they helped to determine the panel topics and are event

moderating some of the panels. One of the things that

makes it special is that it's student-centered, but we love

having readers from the community join us.”


A selection of author books will be available for purchase

during “The Short Short” event at Buffalo Street Books. For

more information about the three-day festival schedule visit


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