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LLC24: Small Press Reading Series


The Small Press Reading Series highlights creative writing and print culture in and around Central and Western New York.

Open to New People

Active since: 2019

  • Syracuse University
  • University of Rochester
  • Colgate University
  • Hamilton College

Collaborative Goals

We seek to widen the scope of our reading series, both geographically and conceptually. In 2023-2024, we will be working with two additional corridor campuses (University of Rochester and Hamilton College) and plan to partner with additional community organizations such as Boxcar Press, Parthenon Books, and LILAC Magazine, to host events that feature creative writing in the context of various publication processes.

Group Organizers

Anne Valente

Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Hamilton College

Emily Sherwood

Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Rochester

Erin Fisher

Special Collections Librarian, Rare Books, Special Collections, Preservation, University of Rochester

Josh Finnell

Associate Professor in the University Libraries, Colgate University

Patrick Williams

Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, Syracuse University

Tina Hall

Department Chair, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Hamilton College

Group Members

Seth Gottlieb, Independent Scholar, New York

Group Outcomes

The addition of colleagues from the University of Rochester and Hamilton College expanded the working group's collaborative network. In addition, the interest in the letterpress workshop at Hamilton College was overwhelming and allowed faculty, students, and staff from Colgate University and Hamilton College to experiment with different forms of engaging with knowledge production. Both poets attended the workshop and printed a broadside of their poems alongside the participants. Over 100 broadsides were distributed at the poetry reading later that evening and underscored the interest in print culture and the enduring interest in the printed word.