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Rochester Poets: our 100th Anniversary year, a reading by LORI MARTINEZ

Description: Join us for the fifth event of our 100th Anniversary year, a reading by LORI MARTINEZ, followed by our Open Mic. Sunday, June 16, 2-5 pm, in the Living Room at Legacy at Cranberry Landing.

Lori Nolasco Martinez is a Rochester, NY native and graduate of the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, where she earned a Doctoral degree in Comparative Literature. After a 12-year stay abroad, she returned to her hometown and added Spanish to the French, Italian and Arabic she had already learned.

While teaching English as a Second Language at area colleges, Lori became the author of two FootHills poetry collections, Ariadne of the Freezing Rains (2010) and Demetrio’s Scythe (2014), published under the name Laura D. Nolasco. Some of the poems were written to introduce compositions for the Women in Music Festival sponsored by the Eastman School of Music. “Maplewood Rose Garden,” which pays tribute to this last stop on the Underground Railroad, was included in the Rochester Poets Walk at the Memorial Art Gallery.

For the past three years, Lori has been a Community Health Worker at Rochester Regional Health, where she uses her language skills and intercultural awareness help those in need.

This past March, Lori was awarded a scholarship by the Diocese of Rochester for voice lessons at the Hochstein School of Music, ten years after she joined the choir at Sacred Heart Cathedral. On special occasions such as the Heritage Festival, which celebrates the diverse array of cultures of the Cathedral Community, she is called upon to sing in several languages.

Lori lives in the Maplewood Neighborhood with her husband Pedro Manuel, who was born in our sister city of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and first discovered the historic garden in the summer of his training with the Rochester Fire Academy.

Don't forget that our open mics are NOT limited to poets: singers, musicians, short fiction writers, comics, and even dancers are also welcome.

Even if you can't join us, if you know folks who might enjoy attending, to perform or as audience members, pass the word and send them the following link to our public invite:

You can also support RoPo's ongoing efforts with an annual membership, which is still only $20. To join using your credit/debit card, go to

Our readings are FREE and open to the public; donations to support Rochester Poets are encouraged and gratefully accepted. Refreshments served.

See you on the 16th,

Frank Judge
Rochester Poets


Jul 21:
Aug 18:
Sep 15:
Oct 20:

Laurence Sugarman & Lee Brooks Warner
George Guida
100,000 Poets for Change
Deb Koen
Location: Living Room at Legacy at Cranberry Landing.
Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 2:00pm EDT
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Created by: Ted Wilcox
Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 6:45pm GMT