4 things to look forward to in the new Literary Arts section


My writing career started many years ago when I was growing up.

In fourth grade, I wrote a little book and imagined myself as a future novelist. I have always found time to write silly little stories and draw pencil and crayon illustrations. But over time, my interests followed the normal twists and turns of youth and that dream was pushed aside. I put down my No. 2 crayons and Crayolas to study anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, then at the College of William and Mary.

But my itch to write never went away.

Eventually, I started blogging and then started a monthly reading series titled, words on the edgeat a Different Path art gallery in Brockport, where my husband and I are raising a family.

In addition to hosting and organizing the reading series, I write and publish poetry and creative non-fiction, when the muse calls. Now I’m excited to embark on a new writing adventure as a literary arts columnist for the Democrat and Chronic.

Rochester has an exciting and vibrant literary arts scene, and I invite you, dear reader, to become an active part of that scene.

Go to book readings and local events.

Buy and read books by local authors. Visit our local bookstores and libraries. Be a literary citizen who supports the literary arts in the greater Rochester area – and beyond. The column debuts on November 29, and here are four things you can expect:

To read : I’ll let you know what new books I’ve read and why you should read them too. What are you reading? What do you recommend for me?

Who to watch: Expect profiles of writers who write new, different, and dynamic literature. Let me know about emerging writers in the region who you think are doing great things.

Do not miss : There are so many wonderful literary events in our area, and I’m going to give you the details of an upcoming event that no one should miss. Hosting or hosting a literary event that you think is unique, interesting, or one-of-a-kind? Tell me all about it!

Reach on social networks: I’ll bring you the latest news and information on the local literary scene through this column and update @christinejgreen on Twitter.


Christine Green is a freelance writer and lives in Brockport. She organizes and hosts a monthly literary reading at A Different Path Art Gallery in Brockport called words on the edge. In her free time, she writes creative non-fiction, practices yoga, walks her dog, and enjoys quiet time with her husband and two children. She’s Californian at heart, but she’s proud to call western New York home. Write to him at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @christinejgreen.


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