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For our second of two programs for Ithaca’s Spring Writes literary fest, we’re bringing together some Saltonstall favs to explore the topic of writing while raising children.

Being a parent can change everything about your writing, from what you write to when you write. Join a panel of parent-writers for a discussion of the myriad ways kids impact one’s writing life and how to communicate the sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly aspects of parenting on the page.

Topics will range from practical concerns like making and protecting your time to write, to how kids can shape your writing through inspiration or even collaboration!

Presented by the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, panelists include local fiction writers Bob Proehl and Jen Savran Kelly, local essayist Alison Fromme, and Syracuse-based poet Kristofor Minta. Each has spent time writing at Saltonstall – from weekends in the winter to a full month in the summer.

This free event is open to all and is being held in an accessible space.

Learn more about our panelists: 

Creative nonfiction writer Alison Fromme is Associate Director of the Colgate Writers Conference. She’s also a former fellow of the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. AlisonFromme.com 

Jennifer Savran Kelly writes novels and things. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, and elsewhere. jennifersavrankelly.com

Poet Kristofor Minta earned his MFA at Syracuse University where he currently works in the Office of Disability Services. His manuscript, The Palliative Suite, has twice been a finalist in the National Poetry Series. He was part of the Saltonstall Foundation’s inaugural residency for parent-artists and writers in May, 2019. kristoforminta.com

Bob Proehl is the author of The Nobody People (2019), A Hundred Thousand Worlds (Viking 2016), The Gilded Palace of Sin (Continuum 2009) and The Somebody People, forthcoming from Del Rey Books in September. bobproehl.com