Doreen Spungin, delicate and thoughtful; Robert Savino, strong and colorful--with a touching tribute to the late Robert Dunn; Louisa Calio's prose, heartwarming and vivid; and George Held, powerful and precise-- a little something for everyone. And brownies, too!
This Monday we feature three accomplished and entertaining poets--and last year's runaway Gazebo favorite. It promises to be an unforgettable evening!
Monday, June 28, 2010 we feature:
Born in Queens, NY and raised on Long Island, Tom Schaudel began his career as a dishwasher at the age of fifteen, and continued to cook in various restaurants throughout high school. That fall, he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America, graduating in 1973, and after six years of working insane hours, in numerous restaurants, under various chefs, Tom landed his first head position in 1979.
Four years later, with the help of two friends, he opened his first restaurant, Panama Hatties. Tom has been the driving force behind numerous restaurants on Long Island, such as 107 Forest Ave, Lemongrass, Downtown Grille and Wine Bar, Tease, Starfish, PassionFish, Spring Close House, Thom Thom, and Maxwell's. His current lineup includes CoolFish, The Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Gabrielle's, and A Mano.
Tom's book, Playing With Fire: Whining & Dining on the Gold Coast is a voyeur's peek into the crazy world of the restaurant culture. Filled with vignettes of difficult customers, stressed-out cooks, harried wait staff, and the truly disturbed, this book takes an affectionate romp through Tom Schaudel's restaurants to introduce you to the most memorable cast of characters he's experienced in his forty years in the business. You'll meet a ninety-year old-woman who happens to be a serial "bird-flipper," a woman trying to drag a twenty-foot Christmas tree out the front door undetected, an elderly gentleman walking out with an 8.5" x 15" metal clipboard menu holder stuffed down his pants, and a woman who got drunk, passed out, got revived, and aced an intervention, all in under twenty minutes. An absolute must read for "foodies," these stories and the many others will provide pure entertainment and lots of laughs for a long, long time to come.
Deborah Hauser holds an MA in English Literature from Stony Brook University and has taught at Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College. Deborah's work has appeared in numerous publications including The Wallace Stevens Journal and is forthcoming in Crab Creek Review. She was a finalist in the 2009 Crab Creek Review poetry contest.
She is an active member of the Long Island/New York City poetry community and a featured reader at venues across the Island and the City, including NYU and The Bowery Poetry Club. She is currently working on a collection of modern fairy tales for "grrrls" of all ages.
Look for Vicki's poems in the upcoming North Sea Poetry Scene Long Island Sounds Anthology, the fall edition of Uphook magazine, the North Sea Poetry Scene's Living Outside the Lines, and Gayle Teller's Poetry of Forgiveness collection.
Paula is the co-founding member of the Acoustic Poets Network (R), a group of poets who coordinated open mic events in Nassau County and formed a poetry band with the same name. Paula has produced two spoken word CD's with the Acoustic Poets Network (R) and has published one chapbook "One Woman's Cathartic Release in Poetry." APN's two CD's called "Emissary" and "Bittersweet" are available through Amazon.com and CDbaby.com. Both CD's also showcase the work of Zoe Jade Austin, Tullio Vacchio, Kiki Calafell and Vinne Del Basso.
Currently she is working on a third spoken word CD, which should be available soon. Paula has several of her titles available on I tunes and through various download stores. Her work can also be found on the Vault's Fear No Art, The POE Project's, The Shakespeare's Project's and LIOMA's music and poetry compilation CD's.
Paula has been published in several anthologies including, LunaSeas' "Hysteria" and the National Association of Poetry Therapists' "Poets Process". Paula has also won several Vault Fear No Art awards for her poetry and the Vault's Guardian Angel award for her contributions to the artist community she serves, where she has facilitated student poetry groups, writers workshops and open mic programs. Moreover, she was also honored by the March of Dimes; they awarded Paula with their Golden Apple Award for her 20+ years of service as a school counselor.
See you at the Gazebo!!