Throughout the year we host readings that feature alumni of our juried residency program in Ithaca and around the state. To find out about upcoming readings, see our current programs

Saltonstall Alum Book Launch

April 30, 2016

Love The Stranger by Poet Jay Deshpande (’13)


JayDeshpande ('13)Jay Deshpande (’13), held a reading and book signing of his first full-length poetry collection, Love the Stranger (YesYes Books) as a part of Ithaca’s Spring Writes Literary Festival.


Jay wrote key sections of Love the Stranger during his 2013 residency at Saltonstall, and returned to Ithaca to read sections of his collection, which was named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers, at Buffalo Street Books.


A Kundiman fellow, he has held residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony and the Vermont Studio Center and was selected for the 2015 Scotti Merrill Memorial Award by Billy Collins.


Poems have appeared in Boston Review, Sixth Finch, the PEN Poetry Series, Poem-a-Day, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.

Poetry Reading in NYC

April 16, 2015

Poems by Elana Bell (’14), Emily Brandt (’13), Tina Chang (’05), and David Groff (’12)

We had so much fun hosting an alumni poetry reading in NYC on April 16, 2015. Four poet alums based in New York City read from their work at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. The reading featured poets Elana Bell (’14), Emily Brandt (’13), Tina Chang (’05), and David Groff (’12).


elana_bellElana Bell‘s first collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones, was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.


She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her work has recently appeared in AGNI, Harvard Review, and the Massachusetts Review.


Elana leads creative writing workshops for women in prison, for educators, for high school students in Israel, Palestine and throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as for the peace building and leadership organization, Seeds of Peace.


She was a recent finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, an award which recognizes and honors a poet doing innovative transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social change. Elana also teaches literature and creative writing at CUNY College of Staten Island and curates public art installations with Poets in Unexpected Places.


1535438_10152056325154123_1171294337_n-300x293Emily Brandt is a Brooklyn based poet and teacher. She is the author of two chapbooks: ManWorld (dancing girl press) and Behind Teeth (Full Court Books). Her poems have appeared in Sink Review, Coconut, H_NGM_N, The Atlas Review, Epiphany, and others.


She earned her MFA from New York University where she facilitated the Veterans Writing Workshop. She has been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony (NY) and Elsewhere (NC).


Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, a contributor at Weird Sister, and Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA.


Tina-Chang_Author-Photo_2014Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate, is the author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses (2004) and Of Gods & Strangers (2011). She is also co-editor of the Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond.


Her poems have been published in journals such as American Poet, McSweeney’s,The New York Times, and Ploughshares. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Poets & Writers, among others.


She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and she is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong, the first low-residency MFA program to be established in Asia.


GroffDavid2400David Groff is a poet, writer, independent book editor, literary scout, and teacher.


His book of poems, Clay, was chosen by Michael Waters as winner of the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence and was published in 2013 by Trio House Press. His previous collection, Theory of Devolution was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series, was published in 2002 by the University of Illinois Press, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards.


David’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Chicago Review, Court Green, Georgia Review, Great River Review, Inkwell, The Iowa Review, Margie, Mead, Phat’itude, Poetry, and other magazines.


He has received residencies and fellowships from The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, The Hall Farm Center, Hidden River Arts Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Ragdale, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Saltonstall Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Wildacres Retreat.


(photo credit: Alan Barnett)

Poetry Reading in Syracuse

October 29, 2015

Poems by Jessica Cuello (’15), David Lloyd (’01), Devon Moore (’15), and Jesse Nissim (’13)


We hosted our first-ever event in Syracuse with an alumni poetry reading at Point of Contact Gallery on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Four poet alums, Jessica Cuello (’15), David Lloyd (’01), Devon Moore (’15), and Jesse Nissim (’13), based in and around Syracuse read from their work.


IMG_8311Jessica Cuello is a poet and teacher in Syracuse, NY. She is the author of the chapbooks My Father’s Bargain (Finishing Line Press, 2015), By Fire (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013), and Curie (Kattywompus Press, 2011).


She was the winner of the 2013 New Letters Poetry Prize and the recipient of the 2014 Decker Award from Hollins University for outstanding secondary teaching. Her poems have appeared in such places as Verse Daily, Tampa Review, RHINO, Copper Nickel, and LUMINA. Her first full-length collection, Pricking, is forthcoming from Tiger Bark Press in 2016.


Jessica received a BA from Barnard College and an MA in English Ed from Columbia University. She is currently in her 19th year as a public school teacher.


David Lloyd SU PressDavid Lloyd  is the author of nine books, including three poetry collections: Warriors (Salt Publishing, 2012), The Gospel According to Frank (New American Press, 2009), and The Everyday Apocalypse (Three Conditions Press, 2002).


He published a novel, Over the Line (2013), and a story collection, Boys: Stories and a Novella (2004) with Syracuse University Press.


In 2000, he received the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, judged by W. D. Snodgrass. His articles, interviews, poems, and stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, and TriQuarterly.


devon-j-moore.2015Devon Moore hails from Buffalo, NY with a lot of time spent growing in Wilmington, NC.


A former high school English teacher at Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, she currently lives in Syracuse, NY where she teaches writing at Syracuse University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.


Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Gulf Coast, Harpur Palate, Meridian​, The Cortland Review, New Ohio Review, Juked, and others. Apology of a Girl Who Is Told She Is Going to Hell, her debut collection, was released by Mayapple Press in May 2015.


JesseNissimJesse Nissim is the author of Day cracks between the bones of the foot (Furniture Press Books, 2015) and Where They Would Never Be Invited (Black Radish Books, forthcoming in 2016). She is the author of the chapbooks: Nesting instinct (Nous-Zot 2014), SELF NAMED BODY (Finishing Line Press 2012), and Alphabet for M (Dancing Girl Press 2007).


Her poems and reviews have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Handsome, H-NGM-N, HTML Giant, Many Mountains Moving, New American Writing, La Petite Zine, Really System, Requited, Shampoo, Sixth Finch, Spoon River Poetry Review, and 90s Meg Ryan.


She has been an artist-in-residence at the Ragdale Foundation and the Saltonstall Foundation. She is a Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Syracuse University, where she teaches and coordinates the first-year seminars.