Friday, June 5, 2009

Lineup For June 8, 2009

An absolutely exciting and wonderful evening last Monday (though, I will admit, there was a bit of a chill--though nothing a sweatshirt couldn't handle.) Our best opening day crowd ever heard Robert Savino kick off our 3rd year with his always insightful poetry; Bart Midwood was engaging; David Axelrod was a treat, a full-bodied artist; and Masha Hamilton, reading from her upcoming novel, was simply enchanting. A great evening all around.

Our first 50/25/25 netted our winner $28 and put $28 into the Grand Prize drawing we will be pulling on our last week.

This week we have a very strong lineup-- come on down!

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 8th, we will feature a truly outstanding lineup of Readers:

Patricia Carragon

Patricia's work can be found on-line and in journals:, Rogue Scholars, Poets Wear Prada,The Toronto Quarterly, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Clockwise Cat, Luciole Press, Eviscerator Heaven 4, Flutter, Up the Staircase, Battered Suitcase, 6S, Beatnik Cowboy, Times Square Shout Out, Kritya, Soul to Soul, Mobius Magazine, Clwn Wr, Inscribed, Live Magazine, Tamarind, Riverfront, Soul Fountain, Nomad's Choir, the Park Slope Poetry Project's "Erato,"SOS ABC NO RIO's "Stained Sheets, Poet-To-Poet's Medicinal Purposes, Asbestos and Where You Live, What Happens Next. She is the author of her first book, "Journey to the Center of My Mind" ( Rogue Scholars Press), which was showcased at Poet's House in 2007. She's in several anthologies: "The Ice Road Poems," edited by Phil Linz (Fierce Grace Press 2007), The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, South by Southeast, vol.15 #2 & #3, Evie Ivy's "Dinner with the Muse, a Green Pavilion Poetry Anthology (2009), Deborah Simpson’s anthology, Expressions (, Nicky Jones’ Copeland Book’s Love Theme anthology (2009), The Spam Poetry Game designed by Cecil Touchon, the first volume of The Best of Stain (2009) and THE HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, VOL. II (Meritage Press) In 2006, Christine Leahy from the Park Slope Reader interviewed her.
Patricia has featured at numerous venues including the Telephone Bar, the Galapagos Art Space, The Huntington Poetry Barn (Huntington, NY) The Colony Arts Center (Woodstock, NY), Robin's Bookstore (Philadelphia, PA), Poets and Angels Reading Series (East Brunswick, NJ), The Carrozini von Buhler Gallery, the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, the Cornelia Street Cafe,the Phoenix Reading Series, the Bowery Poetry Club, A Gathering of the Tribes, Bluestockings Bookstore, the Nightingale Lounge, the Moroccan Star, Stark!!! and the Back Fence.
She hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets, formally the Park Slope Poetry Society, at the Park Plaza Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights and at Tillies of Brooklyn in Ft. Greene and is the editor of the annual Brownstone Poets Anthology. She was one of the hosts for the SOS ABC NO RIO Sunday Open Series on the Lower East Side.

Peter V. Dugan

Peter V. Dugan was born and raised on Long Island. He is a resident of East Rockaway is a graduate of The New School

in New York City and listed in Poets and Writers. Wysteria Ltd. published his first book length collection titled Medusa’s Overbite in 2001. His new book Members Only was just published in January 2009. Peter works with the North Sea Poetry Scene in helping to showcase poetry throughout Long Island, and has hosted programs at the Oceanside Public Library, among others.

Richard Jeffrey Newman

Poet, translator, essayist and educator, Richard Jeffrey Newman is the author of three volumes of poetry: The Silence Of Men (CavanKerry Press, 2006), a book of his own poems and Selections from Saadi’s Gulistan and Selections from Saadi’s Bustan (Global Scholarly Publications, 2004 & 2006 respectively), translations of two masterpieces of 13th century Iranian poetry. As well, he co-translated with Professor John Moyne the poetry in A Bird in the Garden of Angels (Mazda Publishers, 2008), a selection of work by Rumi, also from 13th century Iran. Newman’s poems and essays have appeared in a wide range of journals, including, The American Voice, Circumference, Prairie Schooner, Another Chicago Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine and Birmingham Poetry Review. His work has been anthologized in Access Literature (Wadsworth Publishers, 2005), and the title poem from The Silence Of Men has been translated into Dutch. In addition, he has completed a verse translation of a book-length section of Shahnameh, the Persian national epic. Richard Jeffrey Newman is Literary Arts Director of Persian Arts Festival, sits on the advisory boards of The Translation Project and Jackson Heights Poetry Festival, and is listed as a speaker with the New York Council for the Humanities. He is Associate Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, where he coordinates the Creative Writing Project. His website is

Ellen Pober Rittberg

Ellen Pober Rittberg is a poet playwright and former journalist. Her feature writing and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, and op-ed pages. She was a frequent contributor to the Daily News writing about social trends and family issues. Her poetry has appeared in Kansas Quarterly, Flutter, Long Island Quarterly and Wheelhouse Literary Journal. A winner of several Sigma Delta Chi/Press Club awards and a Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting's FOLIO award for Best Public Affairs Show. She was a winner of the Border's Bookstores Poetry Contest and one of the winners of the 2007 Mid Island Y JCC Poetry Reading Series Annual award Contest. Her plays have been performed off-off Broadway and at festivals.
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
Philip Reinstein, CLU
Diversion Press
Oceanville Mason Supply
Kiwanettes of Oceanside
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
6/15/2009 Florence Gatto Tom Phelan Max Wheat Judy Turek Gayl Teller
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
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Rockville Centre, NY 11570
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