Bluff & Vine was conceived and created by Alex Andrasik and Bethany Snyder, as a way to showcase the literary art being created in and around the Finger Lakes in Western New York.
Bethany loves the sea, superheroes, 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 pop-culture junkie. But above all, she is a writer. Her short fiction for adults can be found in many literary journals, including The MacGuffin. She has won the Charles McCorkle Hauser Prize for prose from the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends at the Chautauqua Institution three times (2015, 2016, 2018), and was voted Best Local Author in the Best of Rochester (NY) poll from CITY Newspaper three times (2017, 2018, 2019). Born and raised in Penn Yan, Bethany received her bachelor’s in Creative Writing from Bradford College in Haverhill, Massachusetts. She works as an editor in the Communications department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. 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.