Thursday, June 12, 2008

Week Two

Temperatures hit almost 100 degrees on Monday--still, by the time we got to Schoolhouse Green we were treated to plenty of shade and a nice breeze-- more than enough to keep us bug-free and cool! A beautiful night--an excellent crowd--and great Readers!

Herb Siegel led off with wry poems that left everyone smiling--especially his crowd-pleasing "When Pasta was Spaghetti"; Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan followed with heartfelt, touching poetry; Peter Dugan brought his usual edge, crisp observations of our world that hit home; and Robert Savino finished off with entertaining and thought-provoking works that left everyone hungry for more. Tammy & Peter added to their generosity of time and talent by donating the sales proceeds of their works to our Kamp Kiwanis fund!

This week promises to be extraordinary-- we have some of my personal favorites--and nationally reknown-- poets and authors joining us! Don't miss it!

The Readings start at 7pm at Schoolhouse Green, located on Foxhurst Road, just east of Long Beach Road, Oceanside NY. For more information,
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Next week, June 16, we feature:

Richard Vetere

Mr. Vetere, one of our favorites from last year, is a novelist, playwright, film and TV writer and actor. He teaches a masterscreenwriting class at NYU and screenwriting at Queens College. He wrote the novel The Third Miracle published by Simon & Schuster and he co-authored the screenplay which stars Ed Harris, Anne Heche and is produced by Francis Ford Coppola. The novel has been translated into seven languages so far. He is also the author of eleven plays all published by Dramatic Publishing. His play Machiavelli, which ran Off-Broadway last season and his play Caravaggio, which had its world premiere in Chicago last season, will both be available this month. He wrote the movie How To Go Out on a Date in Queens which stars Jason Alexander and Kimberely Williams. His other movies include The Marriage Fool staring Walter Mathau and Carol Brunett and Vigilante . His new musical A 100 Yrs Into the Heart opens Off-Broadway this fall. His TV shows include Threat Matrix for ABC and The Wonder for CBS produced by George Clooney. He has two volumes of published poetry Memories of Human Hands and A Dream of Angels. He is on the board of directors for the Queens International Film Festival and a member of Writers Guild, Dramatist Guild, Authors Guild, Poets & Writers and represented by the William Morris Agency. He is a born and raised New Yorker.

Paula Uruburu

Paula Uruburu is an Associate Professor and former chair of the English Department at Hofstra University. Her new book AMERICAN EVE: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl, and the Crime of the Century, has received great praise
. She received a BA and a PhD from SUNY Stony Brook, in English Literature and a minor in Art History. She is a specialist in American Literature, women's studies, film history and 19th and 20th Century American popular culture. Acknowledged as the expert on Evelyn Nesbit, she has been widely published and has acted as a consultant to A&E, PBS, and the History Channel. Her fist book was The Gruesome Doorway, a study of Hawthorne, Poe, Nathanael West, and Flannery O'Connor. A native New Yorker, she currently lives in Lindenhurst, NY.

Denis Gray

Denis Gray is a great friend of our series. A frequent member of our audience, Denis was our final reader last year--reading his wonderful works by flashlight and headlights as the sun set on us last August. He is a novelist/playwright who lives in Woodmere, Long Island. He is the author of 28 books, three novellas, thirteen plays, and over fifty short stories. His novella Benny's Last Blast!!, was published in 2002. He expects the release of his first audio short story CD, "Black Love Notes," later this summer.

Over the years, Denis' work has been featured at many poetry venues within the tri-state area. He thanks the "Summer Gazebo Reading Series" for this opportunity for his work to be heard. This is an event, he feels, which promotes the cultural richness of the vast community of great contemporary writers.

Harriet Slaughter

Harriet Slaughter is bi-coastal, with one foot in Manhattan, the other in Long Beach. Having grown up as a struggling artist she has plied her trade in more vocations than you can shake a stick at: actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, model, photographer, teacher, adjunct professor, union executive, music producer, press agent, jazz presenter, TV producer. Her longest running gig was for 28 years as Director of Labor Relations for the League of American Theatres and Producers (now the Broadway League) where she got to strong arm a lot of union leaders into collective bargaining agreements.During her tenure with the League, she wrote a humorous column "Slaughter on Broadway" for their trade publication. She is currently associate editor and photo editor of RoundUp, a publication of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Her activities include co-producing a one-half hour television program WOMEN IN THEATRE, hosted by Newsday theatre critic, Linda Winer which currently airs on Channel 75 in New York City. She is currently serving as Project Director for "A Century of Women in Stage Design" which opens at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in November 2008 through May 2009.

Her love of poetry and performance began with "Hickory Dickery Dock" which she recited from her high chair at age two. Her poetry can be found on the back of napkins, corners of books, scraps of paper and other flat surfaces. Recently retired, she divides her time between painting, writing and traveling. She is pleased to have the opportunity of sharing some of her musings with you.

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, in support of the Oceanside Education Foundation. The Gazebo Readings will be held each Monday evening in June, July and August, and will feature 4 readers each evening. Scheduled readers include some of Long Island's most prestigious poets, published authors, comedians, fiction and non-fiction writers, and local community members sharing some of their favorite literature. The Summer Gazebo Readings will be 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 Realty
Tower's Funeral Home
Oceanville Mason Supply
Westron's Light Bulb Warehouse
NY Municipal Credit Union
Childs Murphy Kuehn & Cesiro, Inc. Insurance
Dr. Aaron Rappaport, DDS & Dr. David Rappaport, DMD
Marsh Hawk Press
LI Pulse Magazine
Councilman Anthony J. Santino
M. Schamroth & Sons

E. Fine
C. Scarlata & Family
Kaufman Family

Doc's Mechanical Piping & Heating Corp.
Bondi & Iovino, Attorneys at Law

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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