Thursday, August 21, 2008

Beautiful Night

Another great evening on Monday--and now only one left!

Vicki Iorio started it off with a poem she wrote about her poetic spirit having been rekindled by our little program-- many thanks to her!

Corinne Zachary followed with insightful, well-crafted poetry;

Florence Gatto had the crowd laughing, with many nodding in recognition, as she read excerpts about growing up in an Italian household from her book "Scent of Jasmine";

Joan Marg was alternatingly touching and funny--a true delight;

and Yolanda Coulaz ended the evening with powerful. poignant pieces.

(More photos here)
This Monday, our last for the season, promises to be special. Monday, August 25, 2008 we feature:

Barbara Reiher-Meyers

Barbara Reiher-Meyers is a Long Island, New York poet, board member of the Long Island Poetry Collective. and the North Sea Poetry Scene. Barbara also curates a poetry calendar for , has coordinated events for the Northport Arts Coalition, Smithtown Township Arts Council, and Walt Whitman Birthplace, among others. Her poetry has been published in print journals and on line. Barbara facilitates monthly workshops in Ronkonkoma, sends weekly Emails of local poetry events, and has edited several volumes of poetry . "Sounds Familiar" is the title of her first book of poems.

Barbara Hoffman

Barbara Hoffman is a widely published poet. Her poetry has been published in the Minnesota Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blue Mesa Review, Gryphon, Poets On, Slipstream, Long Island Quarterly, Aura/Literary Arts Journal, Inkwell, The Long Islander, Ekphrasis, The Seventh Quarry (Wales), Out of Line, Margie, Fulva Flava, City of Sea and Light Anthology, Passaic County Community College Poetry Anthology 1989 and 1991, Each in Her Own Way, Fan, Sightings - Live Poets Society Anthology, The North Sea Poetry Scene Anthology 2005 and 2006, Performance Poets Association Anthology, Karamu, and Italian Americana.

In addition, Ms. Hoffman has had articles published in The New York Times and Newsday.

Her short fiction can be found in Catholic Girls, published by Penguin.

She was the subject of WLIW's Channel 21 show – Originals – Arts on Long Island series, and the subject of Riverhead Cablevision's Channel 27 show – Ideas and Images.

Ms. Hoffman has been awarded a Fellowship to Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweetbriar, Virginia and a Fellowship to National Writing Project at SUNY Stony Brook. She was the winner of the American Pen Women award.

She has attended workshops with Galway Kinnell, June Jordan, William Stafford, Pattiann Rogers, Jorie Graham, Marvin Bell, Helen Cooper, Alfred Corn, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Ludwig.

Ms. Hoffman has been the featured poet at readings in New York City and throughout Long Island. (Bio courtesy of

Barbara Southard

Barbara Southard grew up on a canal in Freeport, Long Island. She lived for several years in Woodstock, New York, then Corvallis, Oregon. Starting out as a painter and printmaker, her work evolved over the years into combining word and image on a Mac. Her poetry is a continuum of a life-long process. A number of her poems have been published in recent years in various journals and anthologies. She currently lives & writes in Miller Place, New York. (Bio courtesy of

Karen Swenson

Karen Swenson's latest book, A PILGRIM INTO SILENCE, will be out this September. It includes sections on New York City, Tibet and Mother Teresa's home for the Dying Destitute in Calcutta. Swenson has gone to Asia for the last 27 years for 2 months of each year. She has been to Tibet 8 times and worked for a month at Mother Teresa's. She teaches at Barnard and NYU.

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
Gunderson Family
Tower's Funeral Home
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NY Municipal Credit Union
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Marsh Hawk Press
LI Pulse Magazine
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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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