Medaille College Write Thing Reading Series: 2018-19

The Write Thing 2018-19 Reading Series

All events are free and open to the public.
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2018-2019 Reading Series Schedule

Perry S. Nicholas

Thursday, October 4 @ 7 p.m.

Main Building 4th Floor

Perry S. Nicholas is an English professor at Erie Community College North Campus in Williamsville. He has published one textbook of poetry prompts, three full-length and five chapbooks of original poetry, and one CD of poetry. He has hosted four poetry venues in the Western New York area. You can see his work at


London Ladd

Thursday, November 8 @ 7 p.m.

Medaille College Library

A graduate of Syracuse University with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration, London Ladd has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed children’s books, including March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World (Scholastic), written by Christine King Farris, the older sister of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass (Disney/Jump at the Sun), written by Doreen Rappaport; and Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School (Lee & Low Books), written by Janet Halfmann. Subtly textured acrylic paintings combine thick and thin layers with touches of pastel and colored pencil to bring his diverse subjects to life. Each unique image is steeped in intensity and emotion, a reflection of the artist himself. Varied influences range from comic books and graphic novels to classic and contemporary artists. His goal is to open an art center in Syracuse so that young people and families can create their own art. For more information, see

Ladd’s appearance is happening in collaboration with Medaille’s Department of Education, as well as the organizers of KidsLitWeek and the Western New York Children’s Book Expo. The Write Thing Reading Series will also be hosting a visit from Ladd to a Buffalo Public School.



Marquis “Ten Thousand” Burton

Thursday, February 21 @ 7 p.m.

Main Building 4th Floor

Marquis “Ten Thousand” Burton is a spoken word poet, educator, curator and Just Buffalo Writing Center teaching artist. Working with Shea’s Performing Arts, C.A.O. (Community Action Organization), Say Yes Buffalo, and other nonprofit and educational institutions, he has taught young writers to discover their voice through poetry while celebrating their stories for more than a decade. Burton has represented Buffalo in the National Poetry Slam for the past decade and has been the official team coach for three years. He has held the position of curator of poetry talent for the Music is Art Festival for the past six years.  


Rachelle Toarmino

Thursday, April 4 @ 7 p.m.

Main Building 4th Floor

Niagara Falls native Rachelle Toarmino is the author of a chapbook series of paparazzi poems, Graphic (Ghost City Press, 2017 and 2018), and a chapbook of embroidery poems, Personal & Generic (PressBoardPress, 2016). Her writing has most recently appeared in McSweeney’s, Metatron, Shabby Doll House, and other outlets online and in print. She was longlisted for the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and was Buffalo Seminary’s 2018 Elizabeth McNulty Wilkinson Poet. She is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Peach Mag, and recently served as an assistant editor of My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (BlazeVOX, 2017). She lives in Buffalo, where she teaches Spanish at an elementary school and is pursuing a master’s degree in education. Learn more about her work at


Prelude Publication Party and Community Open Mic

Thursday, May 2 @ 7 p.m.

Main Building 4th Floor

Join the staff of the Medaille student literary publication, Prelude, for an open mic celebrating the publication of this year’s magazine. Student contributors will read, but all attendees are welcome to share their work as well.  


The Write Thing Reading Series is sponsored by the Medaille College English Program in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. All events are free and open to the public and refreshments are served.  

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