Bluff & Vine was conceived and created by Bethany Snyder and Alex Andrasik, as a way to showcase the art being created in and around Keuka Lake in Western New York. They serve as co-editors of the review with Sarah Thompson.
Bethany loves the sea and semi-colons. She is a voice-over artist, a 12x half-marathoner, an amateur photographer, a cookie connoisseur, a Maine enthusiast, a horror movie aficionado, and a serious pop-culture junkie. But above all, she is a writer. Her short fiction for adults can be found in literary journals from California to Massachusetts, and a copy of her short story collection, Copper and Stone, is available on Amazon. She has won the Charles McCorkle Hauser Prize for prose from the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends at the Chautauqua Institution three times (2015, 2016, and 2018), and was voted Best Local Author in the Best of Rochester (NY) poll from CITY Newspaper (2017 and 2018). Born and raised in Penn Yan, Bethany received her bachelor’s in Creative Writing from Bradford College in Haverhill, Massachusetts. After stints in the publishing world in Boston and Nashville, she returned to western New York to be near her family. You can follow her fiction exploits at her online home.
Alex is the adult services librarian at Penn Yan Public Library, with a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and English Creative Writing from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His ambitions include sampling as many world cuisines as he can before he dies, living to experience the conclusion of Game of Thrones, and writing one work that will persist after him. He is a Francophile, an armchair ghost hunter, and a nostalgia enthusiast, and he loves bringing communities together around education and the arts.
A native Virginian, Sarah Thompson moved to the Finger Lakes region in 2005 to cook; her husband, to learn winemaking. Today, she lives on 10 acres overlooking the western shore of Seneca Lake, where she writes articles and marketing communications for clients spanning science, business, and beverages; tends a fledgling vineyard; and practices and teaches yoga. Sarah’s writing has appeared in several Cornell University publications, Finger Lakes community newspapers, the Finger Lakes Wine Gazette, Edible Finger Lakes magazine, and Finger Lakes Wine Country’s official tourism magazine. In March 2015, Sarah’s first book, Finger Lakes Wine Country, was published: something she never anticipated eons ago when she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. You can find her online at https://sarahsthompson.com/ and https://aroomofonezone.wordpress.com/.