Poetry reading at Troy Kitchen, 9/8/19

The Spring 2019 Community Writers Workshop participants. Back row from left, Eliana Rowe, Jeffrey Aaron Stubits, Melissa Hurt, instructor and UAlbany alum D. Colin, Amy Nedeau, Stephanie Nolan, Karin Lin-Greenberg and Phyllis Hillinger. Front row, Linda Berkery, Michael Janairo, Patti Croop and Lynn Trudeau. Missing from the photo are Matresa Flowers, Daniel Gorman, Kendall Hoeft and Annika Nerf.

Check it out: I’m one of fifteen people who recently took part in the New York State Writers Institute Community Writers Workshop and will complete the poetry course with a public reading at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8, at Troy Kitchen, 77 Congress St.

The event is free and open to the public, and marks the first time that NYS Writers Institute workshop participants will give a public reading.

Read the story in the Troy Record …


#TBT: Dwell at CAC Woodside in Troy

Dwell at CAC Woodside in Troy

(originally posted Oct 9, 2011)

#518Day in the News

Happy-518DayThank you to The Daily Gazette and Saratogian for highlighting the #518Day social media campaign slated for Thursday, May 18

What is #518Day? Learn more about it on this page.


#518Day is already becoming a thing!


The background is a photo I took during “S(around)ound” at the Gasholder Building in Troy in 2012, led my Michael Oatman’s Production, Installation, and Performance class at RPI.

It’s great to see that people are already touting #518Day on social media (here and here) — and other media!

#518Day is a way for arts groups, venues, makers, and their fans and friends to celebrate the vibrant arts communities of the 518 area code on May 18 (5/18). Most people will take to social media — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more — to send messages of support and to promote their own art, activities, and events.

You can see the latest tweets here.

Check out the Facebook event page here.

Part of my thinking behind #518Day is my belief in the democratic possibilities of social media for positive change. Most social media is free to sign up, though using it does require time and the ability to answer this question: What do I post?

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The latest #518Day posts on Twitter (as of noon, Monday, May 16, 2016)

#518Day gives everyone an answer, and an excuse to post something, and the chance to have their message amplified as people “like” and “retweet” and “regram” their posts. For example, I plan on retweeting to my Twitter followers and liking on Facebook and Instagram as many of the #518Day posts I come across. With the Tang’s social media accounts, I plan on promoting our current exhibitions and upcoming events.

In many social media allows for an organic way for the 518 region to identify itself because it is decentralized and open to all. Who knows, maybe we’ll get at least 518 tweets and posts!

I’ve heard from people who are getting ready, planning their Tweet, Instagram and Facebook strategies.

I’ve put some links to how to schedule Facebook posts on a Facebook Page, and tweets using TweetDeck here. https://michaeljanairo.com/join-the-celebration-of-518day/

Another tool that can be useful to schedule social media is Hootsuite. I use a free Hootsuite account both personally and where I work at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Here’s a quick start guide: https://help.hootsuite.com/hc/en-us/articles/204598140-Quick-start-guide

What are you doing to prepare for #518Day?


Who I’ll be reading with on Bloomsday

I’ll be taking part in a Bloomsday reading with a great group of people. Here is who will be reading, and which part of Ulysses they’ll be reading:

o Tina Lincer, Telemachus, Episode 1
o Michael Janairo, Nestor, Ep. 2
o Marea Gordett, Calypso, Ep. 3
o Michael Halloran, The Wandering Rocks, Ep. 10
o William Kennedy, The Cyclops, Ep12
o Patricia Lynch, Nausicaa, Ep. 13
o Jeanne Finlay, Ithaca, Ep. 17
o Laudelina Martinez, Penelope, Ep. 18

The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second St. in Troy, NY.

Read more about it here.