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It’s time once again for the Community Arts Partnership’s annual Spring Writes Literary Festival! The 14th Annual Spring Writes Literary Festival starts on May 5th! Over 40 events. 100 Local Writers. Some on Zoom, Some Live. All Free!

Now in its 14th year, the Festival includes over 40 free literary themed events, both live in downtown Ithaca, and on zoom. Over 100 local and regional writers are participating! Events start on May 5th and run through the 21st, with writing workshops continuing through early June. Additional literary themed community events are folded into the schedule as well!

The Spring Writes event line-up was created by invitation, and juried from an open call for proposals. There is a groundswell of writers who wish to participate, to help plan and organize events, and to get even more writers on board. 

The Festival got its start in 2009 from an invitation to the Community Arts Partnership from New York State Council on the Arts to create programming designed to shine a light on the abundance of literary talent in our region and to bring writers and audiences together. Since then, it has grown from 12 events that first year, to over 40. In 2020 – 2021, Spring Writes was 100% virtual, which had the benefit of introducing the festival to audiences across the country! “Our audience tripled,” says Robin Schwartz, CAP Program Director. “This year we’ll continue with half zoom events, and half live events, many live-streamed.”

Robin says: “Writers often work in isolation, so the excitement generated by bringing the writing community together with each other and audiences is palpable. There is an excitement at these events, which is  definitely enhanced by people craving not only excellent literary programming, but also community connections.”

A 2021 attendee wrote  “This was my first year attending (zoom) Spring Writes events and I was completely unprepared for how powerful an experience it would be. We are so fortunate that we have such amazing artists in our community that so generously share their stories and their expertise!”

There will be plenty of readings that include an open mic for poetry and prose, multiple thematic readings by established authors, performative readings, local teens sharing their stories of survival during a pandemic, a motherhood comedy showcase, afrofuturist speculative poetry readings, among others.

There’s a zine celebration, an “Inside Black Feminist Alchemy” lecture, and panel discussions that include subjects like the path to a first book, overcoming your inner critic, finding inspiration, creating communities through art, and writing about mental illness.  

There will be performances that include staged play readings from local playwrights, stories from Lifelong’s Senior Theatre Troupe, a “Spin the Bottle On the Arts”  that pairs musicians with actors reading writers’ work, a reading of a film script about race in America, a Comics Drama Radio Hour, and a local literary All-Stars Wordle showdown.  

Workshops include zine making, writing speculative poetry, creating lyrics for musical theatre, taking a playful approach to rewrites, and “writing from the body.”

To find the full schedule, writer bios, and registration links for zoom events, visit

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is supported with grant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and Poets & Writers.  We thank our Sponsors: Ithaca College, CFCU Community Credit Union, M&T Bank, the Marriott in Ithaca, Odyssey Bookstore, Wegmans, WITH -FM 90.1, Ithaca Voice, and WSKG Public Media.

Robin Schwartz

Program & Grant Director 
Community Arts Partnership, Ithaca, NY