Genesee Reading Series
Hosted by Wanda Schubmehl
Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m
$3 W&B members / $6 general public.
Come to the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts. Fall in love with the writing of Dwain Wilder and Bill Pruitt. Meet the Buddha dog and the Fractal Buddha. Go home feeling glad to be alive!
Bill Pruitt has given poetry readings and done storytellings in many venues in Rochester and New York state. He has published three books of poetry, including chapbooks Ravine Street and Bold Cities and Golden Plains, and, most recently, a full-length collection, Walking Home from the Eastman House. He has also written short stories and a novel. He has worked as a construction laborer, loading dock receiver, hospital courier, natural food store manager, and, for the last two and a half decades, as a teacher of English as a Second Language for BOCES.
Dwain Wilder, born in a small town outside Dallas, graduated from Yale with a degree in American Studies, and moved to Rochester in 1970 to study Zen Buddhism. He has had leadership roles in the anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights movements, and has worked as a navy flightcrew member, research technician, software engineer, and luther. He holds three patents, in semi-conductor device design and musical instrument innovation. His Appalachian dulcimers are held in high regard in the US and abroad, and he teaches dulcimer building in his studio and at the Northeast Dulcimer Symposium in Blue Mountain Lake. Dwain's poetry collection, Under the Only Moon, was published in 2011 by FootHills Publishing. He lives with his wife and two dogs in a farmhouse on the edge of a park.