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Stone Canoe contributors to read at XL Projects Gallery

March 11, 2010

Eileen Jevis
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Authors Laurie Stone and Richard Toon, contributors to the arts journal Stone Canoe, will read from their works at XL Projects Gallery, 307–313 S. Clinton St., Syracuse, on Thursday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m.  as part of Th3.

A longtime writer for the Village Voice, Stone has been theater critic for The Nation, critic-at-large on “Fresh Air” and a member of The Bat Theater Company. Currently her stories and essays appear in Open City, Exquisite Corpse and Stone Canoe #4. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in Flux Factory’s gallery space. She has just finished a residency at Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where she worked on “My Life as an Animal: A Memoir in Stories.” She is also co-author of “Unmarked Trail: a Romance in Stories” and a “Guide to Setting up a Writing Partnership” in collaboration with Toon.

Toon is director of research at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, where he also teaches museum studies. He has published many essays in the field in such publications as Museum Revolutions, Reshaping Museum Space and Curator. In 2006, he was awarded a residency at Yaddo, where he worked on “Pictures at an Exhibition.” This essay collection includes stories of an English boyhood and meditations on jumping across class and culture boundaries. Several of his nonfiction essays have appeared in Superstition Review and Our Town. His memoir “Ticket to Ride” appears in the anthology “The Face in the Mirror.” In addition to continuing his writing partnership with Stone, he is currently at work on the book “Sugar Time,” a memoir about diabetes and the British class system. This year, he was appointed a fellow at the Sandra Day O’Connor House for his research on domestic violence.

The Stone Canoe reading is part of Th3-The Third Thursday City Wide Art Open. Stone Canoe showcases the work of a diverse mix of emerging and well-established artists and writers with connections to Upstate New York. In doing so, the journal supports Syracuse University’s ongoing efforts to nurture creative community partnerships and seeks to promote a greater awareness of the cultural and intellectual richness that characterizes life in the region.

Stone Canoe, a Journal of Arts and Ideas from Upstate New York, is published annually, each spring, by University College of Syracuse University. For more information, visit

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