Thursday, July 9, 2009

Upcoming July 13, 2009

Lot's of news:

First, the Patriotic Readings and BBQ went beautifully. Over 120 people ate and then enjoyed a reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by pieces dealing with "courage" by Thomas Paine, Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln (read forcefully by Max Wheat), Teddy Roosevelt, JFK, Ronald Reagan and Martin Luther King, Jr. (read movingly by Phil Reinstein & one of this week's readers, Judy Turek).

We collected dozens of books for "Operation Paperback"--they will be sent, by Kiwanis, to our troops overseas. If you have any used paperbacks (fit for a soldier--no romance novels or kids books, please), bring them down!

All in all, a great time was had by all!

Second--we happily announce some additions to our line-up. Making up for our rainout, we have re-scheduled Judy Turek (7/13) Florence Gatto (8/3) and Gayl Teller (8/17). We're still "efforting" Tom Phelan and Max Wheat.

In addition, we are very pleased to add three "new" authors/poets. Geraldine Green, here from England for the week, will join us on July 20th; Christine Kehl O'Hagan, who was rained out last year, will be here on August 31st.

And we are very proud to welcome star chef Tom Schaudel, author of a new, hysterical, book, "Playing With Fire", on August 10th.

This week we have an outstanding lineup of authors and poets. Bring your lawn chair, and a friend, and 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, July 13th we feature:

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson is the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which is Getting Lost in a City Like This, published by Hanging Loose Press in spring 2009. Among his other books are The Invention of New Jersey (University of Pittsburgh Press), Field Trips on the Rapid Transit (Hanging Loose Press), and Traffic: New and Selected Prose Poems (New Rivers Press), which won the Marie Alexander Award for prose poetry. He has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including three dealing with aspects of city life: Off the Cuffs (Soft Skull Press), a police anthology; Tokens (P&Q Press), a subway anthology, and You Are Here: New York City Streets in Poetry (P&Q Press). He is also a dance historian and writes on dance for the New York Times, The Dancing Times of London, and online at

Ellen Schaffer/Joan Cergol
Authors of OHEKA CASTLE Monument to Survival

Ellen Schaffer...first became aware of OHEKA in 1979 as president of the Cold Spring Hills Civic Association. She soon after became an active and vocal advocate for the Castle's protection and preservation. Later, using the experience she had developed as a civic leader in earlier years, she was instrumental in creating a townwide lobby to help secure OHEKA's future. Since 1992 Ellen has served as an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Huntington. She earned her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Adelphi University and received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where she studied preservation law and land use regulation. In addition to her present work as an Assitant Town Attorney, Ellen serves as president of Friends of OHEKA, and as a voluntary curator and historian at OHEKA.

Joan Cergol...studied broadcast journalism and public relations at both Loyola University of Chicago and Long Island University, where she graduated cum laude in 1984. She was invited to serve as an adjunct professor of public relations at both St. Joseph's College in Patchogue and at Long Island University, CW Post, where she designed and wrote the curricula for her courses.

Joan has spent most of her career working in the public relations field developing campaigns at both a New York City public relations firm and later as an in-house practitioner for a Nassau County school district and prominent Nassau law firm. She was working in private consult when OHEKA Castle owner Gary Melius retained her in 1996 to develop the OHEKA campaign. In 1999, Newsday named Joan one of "Five People to Watch" in the public relations business on Long Island. In early 2002, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone appointed Joan to serve as his special assistant, representing him in school, business and community affairs, as well as to promote economic development opportunities for the Town. In that regard, in 2003 the Town Board appointed Joan Vice Chair of the Town of Huntington Economic Development Corporation that is currently developing and implementing strategies to revitalize Huntington Station.

J R Turek

J R (Judy) Turek has been writing since she was 5. She is in her 11th year as Moderator of the Farmingdale Creative Writing Group, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, winner of the Conklin Prize for Poetry, and awarded 1st place in The North Sea Poetry Scene 2009 Poetry Contest. Poetry awards include: Mid-Island Y JCC (1st place 2008), The North Sea Poetry Scene (2nd place 2008), Writer’s Digest 74th Annual Competition (2), Princess Ronkonkoma Productions (2004 - 2008), Towe Auto Museum, Live Poets Society, Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, and The Huntington Historical Society. J R is the author of They Come And They Go, who strives to write a poem a day and mostly succeeds.

She is a member of Maxwell Wheat’s Nassau County Poet Laureate Committee, serving as Chairperson for the Nassau County Poet Laureate School Poetry Project, and Editor of Young Voices An Anthology of Poetry by Nassau County Students, which evolved from the contest and includes all 195 award-winning poems. In addition, she has edited and co-edited several poetry anthologies, short stories, and novels.

J R has been published in: 2009 Haiku Calendar; The Poets Art; Grassroot Reflections, Volumes 3 through 11; Long Island Sounds: 2008, 2007, 2006; Performance Poets Association Literary Reviews #8 through 12; primal sanities!; Asbestos; Free-Wheeling: Towe Auto Museum Poetry Collections, 2007 and 2006; Soul Fountain; Friends of Hempstead Plains 2007 Poetry Anthology; The Meadowlark; Long Island Quarterly; For Loving Precious Beast; The Long Islander; the East Meadow Herald; Long Island Expressions Autism Awareness; 2001: A Long Island Odyssey; and the Farmingdale Poetry Chapbook.

Her poetry will appear in: PAUMANOK: Poetry and Pictures of Long Island; Long Island Sounds 2009; Performance Poets Association Literary Review #13; The Long Islander; and Writing Outside The Lines.

She is a lifetime Long Islander who resides in East Meadow with her soul-mate husband, her dogs, and her extraordinarily extensive shoe collection. If you see the license plate MSJEVUS, follow her; chances are, she’s going to a poetry event.

John P. Loonam

John's work has previously appeared in Third Order, The Taj Mahal Review, Antithesis Common, Slow Trains, The Fifth Street Review, The Black River Review, Here’s Me Bus, Rubicon, The Mississippi Review, and The English Review. His dramatic writing is regularly featured by the Mottola Theatre Company. Raisded in Rockville Centre, he is an assistant principal in a NYC high school. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.

Clive Young

Clive Young is an author and lecturer covering the crossroads between high tech and popular culture. He is the author of Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind The Camera [Continuum, 2008], the first in-depth look at the "Fan Film" movement, where amateurs create their own unauthorized movies starring world-famous characters, from Indiana Jones to Captain Kirk to Harry Potter. The book follows their stories and more as it traces Fan Films from the 1920s--when con men made fake Little Rascals movies--to the YouTube videos of today.

While senior editor of Pro Sound News since 1994, he has also written for MTV,, American Songwriter, Music Business International, Wine Enthusiast and other outlets, and his book, Crank It Up [Backbeat Books, 2004], profiling the world's top roadies, received strong reviews from Billboard and Hit Parader, among others. As an in-demand speaker, Young has lectured extensively on film, fan films and music at universities, libraries and conventions around the U.S. He lives in Rockville Centre, NY with his wife and daughter. Visit his website,

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

7/13/2009 Joan Cergol/Ellen Schaffer John P. Loonam Clive Young Jack Anderson J R Turek

7/20/2009 Jillian Abbott Reed Farrel Coleman Barbara Reiher-Meyers Roxanne Hoffman Geraldine Green

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

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

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

8/17/2009 Gayl Teller 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 Christine Kehl O'Hagan

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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