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The Write Thing Reading Series

The Write Thing Reading Series

Originally founded and run by Ted Pelton, The Write Thing Reading Series is devoted to bringing literary artists to Medaille College's campus for the purpose of enhancing the educational experience of students and contributing to the scope and richness of the larger Buffalo literary community. 


For 20 years, Medaille College's Write Thing Reading Series has hosted talks, presentations, workshops, readings, and performances by both national and Buffalo-based fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, spoken word artists, playwrights, and other literary creatives. These presentations are open to students, faculty, and the public.

Last year, because large in-person events were not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Write Thing became a virtual workshop series in which artists and writers shared their craft and process with students and faculty alike. This year, the Medaille community is excited to be back on campus, and eager to re-engage with an in-person reading series for those able to attend. For those unable to join in person, this year's series will also have streaming and/or recorded options.

2021-22 Write Thing Series Guests:

Jazz De Nero Write Thing Series Speaker 2021

Jazz De Nero

Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 7 p.m.
Medaille College Main Building - 4th Floor

Jazz De Nero is a poet, visual artist, and filmmaker. Her writing can be found in Voicemail Poems, Cosmonauts Avenue, Perhappened Mag, Queen Mob's Tea House, among others. She was a finalist for the 2019 Write Bloody Publishing book contest. Her debut chapbook, You Should Have Seen The Water, is available now through Bottlecap Press. She currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her partner and fifty plant children.


Annette Daniels Taylor - Write Things Reading Series Guest 2022

Annette Daniels Taylor

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 7 p.m.
Medaille College Main Building - 4th Floor

I tell stories. I write. I read and sing out loud.
Holding cameras. Pens. Microphones. 
Staring at screens. 
Moving boxes of words and pictures. 
Staring at sky. Staring at stars.
I'm thinking.  
I'm feeling. I'm weeping. I'm giggling.
I'm remembering. 
I'm forgetting. I'm improvising. 
I am a storyteller using many mediums to show you how I feel.
Annette Daniels Taylor is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and playwright. Her books include the 2021 installment of University at Buffalo Poetry Collection's Three Poems chapbook series; chapbooks Hush Now, Poems to Read Aloud and Street Pharmacist. Dreams on Fire, West44books (2016), her debut young adult novel-in-verse, and second, Shoot the Storm, West44books (Spring 2022). Set in Buffalo’s east side and told through the eyes of Shanequa and Aaliyah, these novels-in-verse explore Black female juvenile justice; and the soon to be released children chapter book series, The Marvelous Marvella!, West44books. 
During the 1987 through 1997 Annette worked with film production companies, art directors, and photographers as a wardrobe and fashion stylist. Artists and productions included Lenny Kravitz, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Queen Latifah, HBO series, Def Comedy Jam with host Martin Lawrence, The Conan O'Brien Show, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, KRS 1, Eric B & Rakim, Russell Simmons, RZA, Shining Times Station, and Gabrielle Union.
Annette was a 2019 New York Humanities Fellow; 2019 Lincoln Center Education Leadership Fellow; a 2016 & 2017 an Arthur A. Schomburg Fellow. 

As a filmmaker Daniels Taylor’s cinematic poems have screened internationally and nationally. Annette is an MFA candidate with SUNY University at Buffalo, Media Study.

Photo credit: Nancy J. Parisi


Gary Earl Ross

Gary Earl Ross
Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 7 p.m.
Medaille College Main Building - 4th Floor

Novelist, playwright, short story writer, and essayist Gary Earl Ross is a retired UB professor. His books include the short story collections The Wheel of Desire, Shimmerville, and Beneath the Ice, the novel Blackbird Rising, and the Gideon Rimes mysteries Nickel City Blues, Nickel City Crossfire, and Nickel City Storm Warning (SEG Publishing). His plays have been staged in Buffalo, Rochester, Knoxville, New York City, other U.S. cities, Canada, England, China, India, and Kazakhstan. They include Picture Perfect, The Best Woman, Murder Squared, The Scavenger’s Daughter, The Mark of Cain, The Guns of Christmas, The Trial of Trayvon Martin, and Matter of Intent, winner of the Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America. Forthcoming productions include Stoker’s Guest and Split Wit. Other honors include three Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Awards, a LIFT Fiction Fellowship, a Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Fellowship, an ASI-DEC artist’s grant for fiction, and public radio commentary awards from the NY Associated Press and the NY Broadcasters Association. Both The Scavenger’s Daughter and Matter of Intent have been adapted into transliterated motion pictures by CITOC Productions of Mumbai, India. Ross is a member of the Just Buffalo Literary Center, International Thriller Writers, the Dramatist Guild, the National Writers Union, Crime Writers of Color, and Mystery Writers of America. Contact him at geross@buffalo.edu.


Donna Hoke Write Thing Series 2022

Donna Hoke
Friday, April 29, 2022 @ 7 p.m.
Medaille College Main Building - 4th Floor

Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include Brilliant Works of Art (Kilroys List), Elevator Girl (O’Neill, Princess Grace, and Austin Film Festival finalist), Safe (winner Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and Teach (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (Seeds, Sons & Lovers, Once in My Lifetime). She's received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop Hearts of Stone, an ensemble member at Road Less Traveled production (which premieres her Little Women...Now in April 2022), and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo's Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Donna also been serving the Dramatists Guild in various capacities since 2012, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, former moderator of the 13,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children's and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.


Past Writer/Artist Guests:

Past Guests Showcase - Medaille Write Thing Reading Series

Marquis Burton (Spoken Word/Poetry)
Molly Dumbleton (Short Fiction)
London Ladd (Children's Books/Illustration)
Bianca L. McGraw (Multimedia Performance Art)
Perry S. Nichols (Poetry)
Mark Palz (Nonfiction)
Bella Poynton (Playwriting)
Paula Saunders (Fiction)
Kyle James Shrader (Fiction)
Rochelle Toarmino (Poetry)
Brandon Williamson (Spoken Word/Poetry)

Write Thing Reading Series Medaille College Past Guests
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