Tom Phelan, with his tales from Ireland during WWI--funny and touching; Barbara Ann Branca's vibrant poetry; Christine O'Hagan's humorous-and touching- tales of growing up outsized; and Peter Carlaftes unique brand of insight bordering on insanity-- four strong, compelling Readers making for a perfect start to the summer!
Monday, June 14, 2010 we feature:
Long Island resident Jerry Zezima writes a humor column for his hometown paper, The Stamford Advocate in Connecticut. His column is syndicated and has run in newspapers around the world, including Newsday.
Mr. Zezimais the author of "Leave It to Boomer: A Look at Life, Love and Parenthood by the Very Model of the Modern Middle-Age Man." The book is, he proudly says, a crime against literature.
Mr. Zezimalives in Suffolk County with his wife, Sue. They have two daughters, Katie and Lauren. They also have a dog and three cats. Mr. Zezima has no interesting hobbies.
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 second book Members Only was published in January 2009 and his third collection of poems A Cul-de-Sac Off Of Main Street was just released June 2010.
Peter has taught poetry workshops and classes on form and style. His pieces have been published individually in recent years in Aitia, PPA Literary Review, Long Island Sounds Anthology, Brownstone Poets, The Examination Anthology, Asbestos, Soul Fountain, LI Quarterly, Perpetual Toxins, The Poet's Art, The Five Town Forum, The Nassau Herald, the e-magazines Good Liar and Road Poet. He can be seen on poetryvlog.com. and youtube.com.
When Darren Sardelli was in elementary school, junior high, high school, and college, he played baseball, soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, roller hockey, and a lot of video games. Although he always worked hard in school, he never enjoyed reading, writing, or doing homework. When Darren was sitting in class, he had the tendency to get distracted very easily and let his mind wander (he still does a lot of day-dreaming). Whenever Darren's teachers called on him (to ask a question), most of the time he would have no idea what they were talking about. He was always in a world of his own.
See you at the Gazebo!!
Jerry Zezima Peter Dugan
Darren Sardelli Barb Reiher-Meyers
George Held Robert Savino
Doreen Spungin Louisa Calio
Tom Schaudel Vicki Iorio
Paula Curci Deborah Hauser
7/5/2010 Independence Day Celebration
Christina M. Rau Herb Siegel
Chris Knopf Florence Gatto
Gayl Teller Denis Gray
Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan Bruce Grossberg
Reed Farrel Coleman Saralee Rosenberg
Ellen Meister Brenda Janowitz
Clive Young George Wallace
Jack Anderson Alix Strauss
Judy Turek Walter Wagner
Kerriann Flanagan Brosky Brian Cohen
Richard Vetere Harriet Slaughter
Ellen Pickus George Guida
Paula Comacho Edgar Carlson
Phil Reinstein Amy Holman