After a nationwide search, Alison Meyers is the next executive director of Writers & Books, a literary center based in Rochester.
“We are excited to begin working with Alison Meyers in mid-May, when she will be moving to Rochester,” said Bruce Gianniny, president of the W&B board of directors. “We are confident Alison has the skills and experience to build programs at both our University Avenue location and the Gell retreat in the Bristol Hills.”
Meyers currently works as a literary arts consultant. From 2006 to 2016, she was executive director of the Cave Canem Foundation in Brooklyn, an organization for African American poets and poetry. She served as director of development at the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses in New York City; poetry director and director of marketing at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut; and general manager of the Oberlin Consumers Co-op in Ohio.
“I’m thrilled to join the committed Writers & Books team, and look forward to building on an inspirational legacy bequeathed by founding director Joe Flaherty,” Meyers said. “I look forward to partnering with the organization’s terrific staff, board of directors and volunteers; engaging with Rochester’s rich history and diverse communities; and helping advance the critical role literature has to play, regionally and nationally, in our complicated times.”
Meyers is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and fiction writer, whose work appears in journals, online at and in the anthology “Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs.” She owned and managed Everyday Books & Cafe, an independent bookstore based in Connecticut.
“Choosing a new leader for an organization is a difficult, but energizing, task,” said Flaherty, who returned to the organization in 2018 to serve as interim director. “The selection process must take into account both the history and culture of the organization, as well as the direction that the organization would like to go.
“Alison’s extensive experience in the nonprofit literary world, and her obvious passion for promoting reading and writing within a community setting, allowed us to know that we had found the ideal individual to confidently lead Writers & Books into the next exciting chapter in our role as Rochester’s world-class literary center.”