Please note the new start time of 7 pm throughout the season. (The Art of Fact event remains at 7:30 pm.)
All events are free and open to the public.


February 7, 7 pm
Rachel Hall
Cooper Hall, New York Room

Rachel Hall teaches at SUNY Geneseo. Her first book, Heirlooms, is a collection of linked stories and was awarded the BkMk Press 2015 G.S. Sharat Chandra prize. Hall’s stories and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies.

February 21, 7 pm
Donna Kaz ’75
Cooper Hall, New York Room

Donna Kaz is a multi-genre writer and speaker and is the author of UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour. She creates visual art and performance to attack sexism and prove feminists are funny at the same time.

March 21, 7 pm
Kaveh Akbar
Cooper Hall, New York Room

Kaveh Akbar was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida. He is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf and the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. His work has been published in top journals including The New Yorker, Poetry, and The New York Times.

April 11, 7 pm
Aja Monet
Cooper Hall, New York Room

Aja Monet is best known as the youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poets’ Café Grand Slam title. Her newest book, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter, was introduced via a live performance at the Women’s March in January 2017. Hailing from Brooklyn, she has captivated audiences across the United States, Europe, Bermuda, and Cuba.

2018 Art of Fact Award
for Excellence in Literary Nonfiction

April 25, 7:30 pm
Phillip Lopate
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center,
161 Chestnut Street, Rochester

The newest of Phillip Lopate’s 16 books is A Mother’s Tale. He writes widely about topics beyond the personal, such as adapting novels into movies, movie criticism, photography criticism, and teaching. His many accolades include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He teaches at Columbia University.