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 Alums Celebrate First Books After 40

May 6, 2017

Book covers for May 6 reading


Saltonstall alums Jessica Cuello (’15), Lisa Harris (’97), and Michael Morse (’16) came together for a lively panel discussion on publishing their first books after 40.  The panel was offered as part of the Community Arts Partnership’s Spring Writes Literary Festival, on May 6, 2017 at Buffalo Street Books.

Saltonstall Alum Book Launch

February 19, 2017

What Enters the Mouth by poet Sarah Jefferis (’14)


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We celebrated the publication of Sarah’s new poetry collection, What Enters the Mouth (Standing Stone Books) with a reading on Sunday, February 19, 2017.


Sarah Jefferis is an author, editor, and writing consultant based in Ithaca, New York. Her first poetry book, Forgetting the Salt was published by Foothills Press in 2008.  Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Rhino, The Mississippi Review, The American Literary Review, Stone Canoe, Icon, The Hollins Critic, The Patterson Review, and other journals. She is the winner of the 2014 Stone Canoe poetry prize.

Saltonstall Alum Book Launch

November 5, 2016

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by poet Ocean Vuong (’13)



We celebrated the publication of Ocean’s first full-length book of poetry, Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press) with a reading and book signing on Saturday, November 5, 2016.


Ocean Vuong is the 2016 winner of the Whiting Award and 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from Poets House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart Prize.

Saltonstall Alum Book Launch

October 15, 2016

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud by Elizabeth Greenwood (’11)


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Writer Elizabeth Greenwood (’11) returned to Ithaca to celebrate the publication of Elizabeth’s nonfiction book, Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud (Simon & Schuster) for a reading and book signing on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Buffalo Street Books.


Elizabeth Greenwood’s book about people who have faked their deaths, entitled Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, was published by Simon & Schuster in August 2016.

Saltonstall Alum Book Launch

August 18, 2016

A Hundred Thousand Words by Bob Proehl (’13)


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We celebrated the publication of Bob’s novel, A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDS (Viking) and with a reading on Thursday, August 18, 2016.


Bob Proehl has worked as a bookseller and programming director for Buffalo Street Books, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender.  Proehl currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, stepson, and daughter.



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.

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.



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.





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.





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.


(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.


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.




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