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Diane Lechleitner & Christopher Fryer Deliver Reading (in-person at HVWC)

Please join the Hudson Valley Writers Center on Sunday, August 14, as we launch our new series of Hudson Valley authors! In curating a space for local writers, we hope that this program will give recognition to literary talent found in our own backyard and communities. These events will be recurring at HVWC, as we have fixed reading dates presently planned for November and February. 

The event will take place on site at the Philipse Manor Station and will be live-streamed via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent at the time of registration and again on the day of the event. Proof of vaccination is required to attend the reading. In-person attendees are asked to follow all our health guidelines at the time of the event. 

This event is free but your donations are most appreciated. Get your tickets here: https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/hvauthors/

Diane Lechleitner is a visual artist, poet, and author. She studied Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute, where she received a BFA in Printmaking. While making her own art Diane also worked in various ateliers in Manhattan where she printed etchings for Salvador Dali, Peter Max, and other artists. Her artwork has been represented in juried exhibitions including the prestigious annual exhibition at the Print Center in Philadelphia, and a solo exhibition at The Dade College Gallery in Miami where her work remains in the permanent collection. Diane is also the Winner of an Exxon Award for Printmaking. She is the recipient of several Artist in Residence Fellowships, including The Virginia Center for the Arts and the Ragdale Foundation.

Diane’s debut novel, FARON GOSS, is a winner of the Foreword Reviews Indies / General Fiction Award and The National Indie Excellence Award; is a Notable Book/Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition; received a Royal Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention; was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award; and was nominated for the Indie Next List. It can be purchased at this link. Her poems and short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Euphony, Canary, The Pebble Lake Review, The Atlantic Review, Shark Reef, and other online and print publications.

According to the Midwest Book Review, “Readers looking for a poetic, evocative description of coming of age in a Maine lobstering community will find FARON GOSS a lovely literary piece that comes full circle into love . . . a tender, expressive story of a very different young man which brings to mind the gentle local color embedded in the best-selling Where the Crawdads Sing.”

Christopher Fryer is co-author of “Jack Nicholson: The Early Years” (Originally published as “Jack Nicholson: Face to Face”), the only book about the Oscar winning actor in which Nicholson participated. Fryer also co-authored Bruce Dern’s memoir, “Things I’ve Said, But Probably Shouldn’t Have” and “Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder” with Robert Crane, a memoir by the son of slain “Hogan’s Heroes” star Bob Crane. Fryer has contributed to many publications including Conde-Nast Traveler, Playboy, and the New York Times. “Hunting License”, Fryer’s story in the anthology “Beyond Where the Buses Run” (Oregon Greystone Press, June 2022) is his first published work of fiction and can be purchased at this link. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.