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LITERATURE | Dine & Rhyme


BOA Editions' 21st Annual Dine & Rhyme fundraiser this year features poet, photographer, and filmmaker Kai Carlson-Wee. Formerly a pro rollerblader and currently a Stanford University lecturer, Carlson-Wee's book of poetry, "Rail," was published by BOA earlier this year. After suffering his first mental breakdown at 22, he began riding freight trains across the American West and credits the practice with outrunning depression and saving his life. His award-winning short film, "Riding the Highline," documents his journeys along the BSNF Hi Line route, often accompanied by his brother and fellow-poet Anders Carlson-Wee. The event includes a poetry reading and screening of Carlson-Wee's film. After the screening, Rochester poet and Monroe Community College professor Tony Leuzzi will lead an interview with Carlson-Wee and an audience Q&A, followed by a dinner reception, silent auction, and book signing. All proceeds will benefit BOA Editions.

Dine & Rhyme takes place Friday, September 28, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Rochester Academy of Medicine (1441 East Avenue). Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door.