In honor of Rupert Essinger, the Board voted in July 2022 to rename our monthly series the “Rupert Essinger Open Readings”.
Rupert, a long-time member of the Society and the first Readings Coordinator, directed many readings at the Upstart Crow bookstore and was always a welcome face to returning and new attendees.
Born in Leicestershire, England, Rupert attended Oxford University and went on to study cartography and GIS at Glasgow University and then SUNY Buffalo. He joined Esri (the company behind StoryMaps) in 1985. He shuffled off his mortal coil in 2019.