Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Coming Up June 6, 2011

We're back! Our 5th season promises to be spectacular--great authors and poets (twenty of whom will be making their Gazebo debut), generous sponsors--and delicious desserts waiting, all served up on Schoolhouse Green.

Coming up this Monday, June 6th, we feature:

Elizabeth Rowe

Elizabeth Rowe is a professional storyteller from Oceanside, NY. She regularly performs her repertoire of world folk tales, myths, legends, literary short stories and personal tales in schools, libraries, museums, conferences and festivals throughout the metropolitan Tri-State area.

She is widely known for a vast repertoire of ghost stories collected since she was a student.
Elizabeth has been a regular performer for the New York Story Exchange at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village since its inception in 1997. Other featured appearances include the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, the Players' Club, Manhattan; Wave Hill, NY and LI Cablevision's Tell Me a Story. She has conducted workshops for parents and teachers with the New York State Reading Association, the Long Island PARP Conference and the Columbia Teachers' College Writers' Project.

Ms. Rowe is a member of the National Storytelling Network. You can visit her website at .

Judy Turek

J R (Judy) Turek has been writing since she was 5. She is in her 14th year as Moderator of the Farmingdale Creative Writing Group, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and winner of the Conklin Prize for Poetry. Poetry awards include: The North Sea Poetry Scene (1st place 2009, 2nd place 2008), Mid-Island Y JCC 2006-2010 (1st place 2008), Writer's Digest 74th Annual Competition (2), Princess Ronkonkoma Productions (2004 - 2010), 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 the Executive VP for the Nassau County Poet Laureate Society and 1st Associate Editor for The North Sea Poetry Scene Press. She is an editor of poetry collections and anthologies, short story collections, and novels. J R is a frequent reader, feature and open mic, 3 or 4 sometimes 6 times a week, at poetry events throughout Long Island.

J R has been published in: Voice of the Bards Anthology; Intrepitude; Forgiveness Anthology; Perspectives Anthology; Examination Anthology; PAUMANOK: Poetry and Pictures of Long Island; Shabdaguchha; 2011, 2010, 2009 Haiku Calendar; The Poets Art; Grassroot Reflections, Volumes 3 through 19; Long Island Sounds: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006; Performance Poets Association Literary Reviews #8 through 15; primal sanities!; Asbestos; Free-Wheeling: Towe Auto Museum Poetry Collections, 2007 and 2006; Soul Fountain; Friends of Hempstead Plains 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: River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century; The Long Islander; Long Island Sounds 2010-2011; and Writing Outside the Lines.

J R is a lifetime Long Islander who resides in East Meadow with her soul-mate husband, her dogs, and her extraordinarily extensive shoe collection. You can contact her at

Talia Carner

Talia Carner's first novel, PUPPET CHILD, was listed in The Top 10 Favorite First Novels 2002 ( and launched The Protective Parent Reform Act, now passed or under consideration in two dozens states and which was the platform for two State Senatorial candidates. Her second novel, CHINA DOLL, became the platform for her presentation at the U.N. in 2007 about infanticide in China-the first ever in U.N. history.

Talia Carner's latest novel, JERUSALEM MAIDEN, will be published in 2011 by William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins.)
Before turning to fiction writing, Carner worked for Redbook magazine and was the Publisher of Savvy Woman magazine. A former adjunct professor at Long Island University School of Management and a successful marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies, she was also a counselor and lecturer for the Small Business Administration, a member of United States Information Agency missions to Russia, and a participant at the 1995 International Women's Conference in Beijing.

Carner is a board member of HBI, a research center for Jewish women's studies at Brandeis University, and an honorary board member of several child abuse prevention organizations. Carner's addictions include chocolate, ballet, hats-and social justice. Please check her website at

Linda Tagliaferro

Linda Tagliaferro has been a freelance writer for 21 years. She freelanced for The New York Times - Long Island section for 9 years, and her articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications ranging from Boy's Life to Maxim. She currently writes, a website for, a New York Times company. Her website has articles about Long Island attractions, monthly events calendars and more. You can send information about Long Island events to her at She also offers a free newsletter for her website. You can sign up at

Linda has written 9 nonfiction books for adults and teenagers, including a Complete Idiot's Guide on genetic engineering and cloning and an A&E Biography book on the life of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. In addition, she's the author of over 30 nonfiction books for children on nature and animal topics. An experienced travel writer she is also a contributing author of five National Geographic books: Journeys of a Lifetime, Sacred Places, Food Journeys, Secret Places and their forthcoming book on New York City.

She has traveled the world and lived in Italy, Denmark and Indonesia. Her hobbies are dancing and opera singing.
She has spoken at museums, bookstores, libraries and schools about her books. Find out more about her books and book talks at her website at

See you at the Gazebo!!

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