Monday, June 1, 2009

Week One Coming Up!!

Let's see what has happened since we last met at Schoolhouse Green in August, 2008? We learned the word TARP, we held an election, the housing marke..... Forget it. Forget it all.

Come back to the Green! Put aside the troubles of the world for an evening, bring your lawn chair-- and come listen to four outstanding authors and poets read--just for you! -- at the first week of our 3rd Annual Summer Gazebo Readings!

Only good things are happening here-- lots of new, generous sponsors. An amazing lineup. A poem-a-day feature on our website. A neat FaceBook page.

The Readings start at 7pm at Schoolhouse Green, located on Foxhurst Road, just east of Long Beach Road, Oceanside NY. For more information, directions, etc. go to

Monday June 1st, we will feature a truly outstanding lineup of Readers:

Bart Midwood

Bart Midwood, born in Brooklyn, went through college on a tuba scholarship. In addition to his six year stint in the Army, he has resided and worked in New York, Florida, South Carolina, Iowa, California, Yucatan, England, and the Xanxi Province in People's Republic of China.

Isaac Singer said (in an article in Esquire) that Bart was "the first writer in English to give the word humoristic freedom." In 1998 he was designated as America's "most unjustly neglected novelist."

His works of fiction include "Bodkin" (Random House), "Phantoms" (E.P. Dutton), "Bennett's Angel" (British/American, Paris Review Editions), "The Nativity" (Bel Esprit), "The World In Pieces" (Permanent). His fiction has also appeared in Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, TransAtlantic Review, Dutton Review, Agni, Queen, and Nagy Vilag. Bart has also written the narrative script and musical score to "End of the Dialog", award-winning documentary about apartheid in South Africa, and stageplay productions at St. Clemens, Judith Anderson. Storefront.

Bart was the sole and primary book reviewer for Esquire, in the late sixties thru the early seventies. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and the NEA, the Aga Khan and Robert Frost literary prizes, and a Musical Composition Prize from the National Sinfonian (string quartet).

Bart has taught at CUNY, NYU, School of Visual Arts, Village Community School, JASA, and was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of New York Studio For Writers, 1991-97.

Bart is married to Dr. Laura Melim Midwood, Esq. (PhD, JD.), has five children, all of whom are superheroes, and five grandchildren, all of whom are geniuses.

Masha Hamilton

Masha Hamilton is the author of three novels, and her fourth novel will be published in 2009. Staircase of a Thousand Steps (2001), a Booksense pick by independent booksellers and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection; The Distance Between Us (2004), named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal; and The Camel Bookmobile (2007), also a Booksense pick. Booksense called the latest novel an excellent book club selection, Booklist called it "a poignant, ennobling, and buoyant tale of risks and rewards, surrender and sacrifice," and the New York Times said: "Hamilton makes us see how much is really at stake in a poverty-stricken place where every possession carries the weight of significance." Hamilton's upcoming novel is titled Thirty-One Hours.

She worked as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press for five years in the Middle East, where she covered the intefadeh, the peace process and the partial Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. Then she spent five years in Moscow, where she was a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, wrote a newspaper column, Postcard from Moscow, and reported for NBC/Mutual Radio. She wrote about Kremlin politics as well as life for average Russians under Gorbachev and Yeltsin during the coup and collapse of the Soviet Union. She reported from Afghanistan in 2004, and returned in 2008. In 2006, she traveled in Kenya to research The Camel Bookmobile and to interview street kids in Nairobi and drought and famine victims in the isolated northeast.

A Brown University graduate, she has been awarded fiction fellowships from Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She teaches for Gotham Writers' Workshop and has also taught at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and at a number of writers' workshops around the country. She is a licensed shiatsu practitioner and is currently studying nuad phaen boran, Thai traditional massage. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

David B. Axelrod

Dr. David B. Axelrod, the immediate past Suffolk County Poet Laureate, maintains a website at where he offers his services to the public. Dr. Axelrod has published in hundreds of magazines and anthologies. He is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards including his being the first official Fulbright Poet-in-Residence in the People's Republic of China. He has performed in Vienna and taught young poets at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival and Summer Institute in Ireland. For more information about Dr. Axelrod and his eighteenth and newest book, Deciduous: Poems, from Ahadada Books (Toronto and Tokyo) visit their website at

Robert Savino

Robert Savino is a native Long Island poet. His poems have been published widely, in print, from the Long Island Quarterly to The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, as well as in The Light of City and Sea: an Anthology of Suffolk County Poetry, 2006 (Street Press); Performance Poets Literary Review, Volumes 11 and 12; primal sanities!: a Tribute to Walt Whitman Anthology, 2007 (Allbook Books) and Long Island Sounds 2008; and online in PoetrySuperHighway, rogues scholar and Poems. Robert was a long-standing Board Member of Island Poets.

He currently resides in West Islip, New York. Awards include: the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society’s 15th Annual Poetry Competition (2005), and the Oberon Poetry Prize (2008). His publications include the chapbook fireballs of an illuminated scarecrow (Good Japan Press) 2008 and his just-published collection Inside a Turtle Shell.

The Readings start at 7pm at Schoolhouse Green, located on Foxhurst Road, just east of Long Beach Road.

The Summer Gazebo Readings are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside and are held each Monday evening in June, July and August, featuring 4 readers each evening. Scheduled readers include some of Long Island's most prestigious poets, and fiction and non-fiction writers. The Summer Gazebo Readings are held outdoors; seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a picnic table. The grounds are open, and the public is encouraged to come early and have a quiet summer's picnic on the grounds. Admission is free.

Sponsors include:
Home & Hearth Real Estate
Herb & Marian Brown
Bonbino's Pizza
North Sea Poetry Scene
Max Wheat NC Poet Laureate Comm.
Maryanne Lehrer
Mary Jane McGrath, Attorney
Gary & Sandie Schoell
Joan Marg
Philip Reinstein, CLU
Diversion Press
Oceanville Mason Supply
21st Century Appraisers
Village BookShoppe
Long Island Pulse
Westron Lite Bulb
Tower’s Funeral Home
Michael Schamroth and Family
Councilman Anthony Santino
Jay R. Myers & Co., Inc.
Childs Murphy Kuehn & Cesiro,
Municipal Credit Union
Bondi & Iovino, Attorneys-at-Law

Upcoming Schedule

6/8/2009 Ellen Rittberg Patricia Carragon Richard Newman Peter Dugan

6/15/2009 Florence Gatto Tom Phelan Max Wheat Judy Turek

6/22/2009 Richard Vetere Paula Uruburu Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan Louisa Calio 6/29/2009 Brenda Janowitz Ellen Meister Carol Hoenig Saralee Rosenberg (with Debbie Honorof hosting)

7/6/2009 Independence Day celebration with readings from American History & a free barbeque!

7/13/2009 Joan Cergol/Ellen Schaffer John P. Loonam Clive Young Jack Anderson 7/20/2009 Jillian Abbott Reed Farrel Coleman Barbara Reiher-Meyers Roxanne Hoffman

7/27/2009 Authors & Poets from the Long Island Writers' Guild

8/3/2009 Christina Rau Bruce Grossberg Harriet Slaughter Deborah Hauser

8/10/2009 Adriana DiGennaro Teri Coyne Frank Van Zant Joan Marg

8/17/2009 Open Read (must sign up in person at a prior evening's readings) & Betsy Transom & troupe!

8/24/2009 Barbara Hoffman Herb Siegel Christine Timm Joan Dupre

8/31/2009 Sonya Russell Yolanda Coulaz Paula Curci Theresa Rosario- Berzner

For more information:

Tony Iovino
68 Yorktown Street
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
H 516 763-1667
C 516 459-3262
W 516 741-8585

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