betterArts Resident Slates 4/11 Reading at Lyric Coffee House & Bistro

Boston-based author Gemma Cooper-Novack will host a reading from one of her novels at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Lyric Coffee House & Bistro in Clayton, N.Y.

Cooper-Novack has been in the North Country since March 23 through the betterArts Residency Program at Better Farm in Redwood. Her poetry and fiction have been published in more than 20 journals, including Amethyst Arsenic, Ballard Street Poetry Journal (Pushcart Prize nomination), Bellevue Literary Review, Cider Press Review, Hanging Loose, Lyre Lyre, The Saint Ann’s Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, Spry, and Printer’s Devil Review. The writer’s plays have been produced in Chicago and New York.

Cooper-Novack’s articles have appeared on Feminist Review and Elevate Difference, and in NASPA Knowledge Communities as well as on her collaborative diablog, the Sinners Creek Commission. She has been awarded artists’ residencies Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artísticas in Catalonia, the Betsy Hotel Writer’s Room in Miami Beach, and Wildacres in North Carolina in addition to betterArts. Cooper-Novack enjoys baking cookies and walking on stilts in her spare time. Her work can be viewed at and at

For her reading, Cooper-Novack will share excerpts from her new adult novel-in-progress Told You So, in which 19-year-old Maya struggles to reconcile a new relationship with her adolescent fantasies. 

The Lyric Coffee House & Bistro is located at 246 James St. in Clayton. The betterArts Residency Program offers artists, writers, performers, and musicians the space and time to work on specific projects against the backdrop of a 65-acre sustainability campus. Learn more at


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.