Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Spectacular Evening

Monday evening was a spectacular night all the way around. We were treated to simply the best evening of the summer--perfect weather (all the more surprising given the rain earlier in the day). As good as the weather was, the readings were even better.

Sandi Sonnenfeld started us off with a provocative essay;


the always gracious and entertaining Robert Dunn followed with his wry, funny poetry;



Brenda Janowitz was delightful-- an engaging, theatrical reader, the excerpts from her novel had every couple on the Green nodding and grinning in self-recognition;



and we ended with a passionate and powerful reading by Denis Gray--one that had so great an impact that when he finished it took a few moments for the crowd to start breathing again.



More photos of the Readers and the crowd can be seen here.

This week coming up promises more of the same-- a very special lineup.

Monday, July 21, 2008 we feature:

J R Turek

J R (Judy) Turek is a very special friend of our program-- her support has been invaluable these two years.

J R strives to write a poem a day and mostly succeeds. She is in her tenth year as Moderator of the Farmingdale Creative Writing Group and is a member of Maxwell Wheat's Nassau County Poet Laureate Committee, serving as the chairperson of the Nassau County School Poetry Contest. A portion of the proceeds from her poetry book, They Come And They Go, supports Autism Awareness organizations on Long Island.

In 2007, she was a co-editor of Long Island Sounds: 2007, Finding Our Voices, and Performance Poets Association Literary Review #11. In 2008, she has co-edited Long Island Sounds: 2008 and Performance Poets Association Literary Review #12. You can see and hear her read her poetry on

J R has been published in primal sanities!, The Towe Auto Museum Poetry Collections 2007 and 2006, Asbestos, Soul Fountain,Long Island Sounds: 2007 and 2006, Long Island Quarterly, For Loving Precious Beast, The Long Islander, the East Meadow Herald, Performance Poets Association Literary Review Volumes 8 through 12, Friends of the Hempstead Plains, Long Island Expressions Autism Awareness, 2001: A Long Island Odyssey, and the Farmingdale Poetry Chapbook. She is also a contributor to Grassroot Reflections. Her poetry will appear in Primal Sanities!, The Towe Auto Museum Poetry Collection, Assbestos, Soul Fountain, and PAUMANOK: Poetry and Pictures of Long Island.

In 2008, J R was awarded the Conklin Prize for Poetry; 2nd place in The North Sea Poetry Scene's poetry contest; and 1st place in the Mid-Island Y JCC poetry contest. J R's poetry has also won awards from Princess Productions, Writer's Digest, The Towe Auto Museum, and Lake Ronkonkoma poetry contests.

She is a born and bred 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.

Anthony Policano
Anthony Policano is a Long Island poet born in Brooklyn three days before Jack Kerouac's On The Road was first published. He thinks that this may explain his fondness for jazz, long trips and run on sentences.

A former technology manager for J.P. Morgan Chase, his passion for poetry has recently reawakened. He writes, attends workshops and reads his work publicly at every opportunity.

In 2007, he was awarded 1st place in the Long Island Poetry Collective contest and received honorable mentions in several others. His poems have been published in PPA literary review, Loomings, Flutter, and soon to be published in Primal Sanities (a Whitman anthology) and Xanadu (fall issue).

Anthony is married, has a daughter and calls Oyster Bay home.

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson is the author of nine books of poems and prose poems, including Field Trips on the Rapid Transit (Hanging Loose Press) and Traffic (New Rivers Press), which won the Marie Alexander Award for prose poetry. He has appeared in recent anthologies of subway poems, police poems, and poems about New York City streets. A dance historian and critic, he is the author of seven books of dance history and criticism, a dance writer for the New York Times, New York correspondent for The Dancing Times of London, and dance critic for the New York Theatre Wire (, then click on "Dance").

Richard Vetere

Mr. Vetere 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.

Geri Lipschultz

Geri Lipschultz has published in The New York Times, Kalliope, Black Warrior Review, Dunes Review, North Atlantic Review, College English, and others. She was awarded a CAPS grant from NY State for one of her novels. Rob Bundy directed a staged reading of her full-length play, and she performed in her one-woman show, Once Upon the Present Time, produced in NYC by Woodie King, Jr. She has directed and produced children's theatre, and her production, Rising Above the Shadow -- Women's Artistic Responses to September 11th, featured the work of fifty women artists – painters, musicians, dancers, writers. Her fiction was nominated for the Foley award, and she was also a Heekin semi-finalist. She teaches writing at Suffolk Community College and has taught thousands of children as a poet in the schools. She received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Readings start at 7pm at Schoolhouse Green, located on Foxhurst Road, just east of Long Beach Road, Oceanside NY. For more information, or our new blog site

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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