Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Upcoming July 20, 2009

An outstanding evening all the way around--beautiful weather, a large and appreciative crowd--and great Readers! Clive Young started it off with excerpts from his very funny new book; Joan Cergol and Ellen Schaffer introduced many of us to the wonders of the Oheka Castle, hidden away right here on Long Island; John P. Loonam came "home" to read a dead-on short story; and Jack Anderson topped it off with witty, urbane and perfect-pitch poetry.

We also collected dozens of books for our troops--please bring down your gently used paperbacks (try to steer clear of romance, childrens, how-to manuals, etc.)--Kiwanis of Oceanside will box and ship them out, in coordination with Operation Paperback.

And we have added Tom Phelan back to our schedule--August 24th.

This week we continue on a roll-- five distinguished authors and poets--sure to be a treat!

The Readings start at 7pm at Schoolhouse Green, located on Foxhurst Road, just east of Long Beach Road, Oceanside NY. For more information, directions, etc. go to

Monday, July 20th we feature:

Reed Farrel Coleman

Reed Farrel Coleman is the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America. He has published ten novels—two under his pen name Tony Spinosa—in three series. His eleventh novel, Tower, written with noted Irish author Ken Bruen, will be released in September ’09.

Reed has been twice nominated for the mystery fiction’s most prestigious honor, the Edgar Award. He has won the Shamus(twice), Barry and Anthony Awards. He was the editor of the short story anthology Hardboiled Brooklyn. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Wall Street Noir, Damn Near Dead, Brooklyn Noir 3, The Darker Mask and several other publications.

Reed is an adjunct lecturer in creative writing at Hofstra University and his lives with his family on Long Island.

Geraldine Green

We are very happy to welcome Geraldine Green, a respected poet here on summer leave from her home in England. Geraldine’s first collection The Skin was published 2003; her second, Passio, appeared in 2006, (both by Flarestack). She performs widely in the UK & USA, also Italy and Greece, including the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, River to River Festival, Beacon NY, The Woody Guthrie Festival, Okemah, Oklahoma; Wordsworth Trust Grasmere, Everyman Theatre Liverpool, Dylan Thomas Centre Swansea, Women’s International Arts Festival Cumbria and Poetry on the Lake, Orta Italy. Her poetry is widely published in magazines and anthologies in the UK, Italy and America.

Geraldine teaches Creative Writing at The University of Cumbria and for Continuing Education at Lancaster University, where she is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing Poetry; runs Creative Writing workshops, has worked with musicians, visual and digital artists and photographers and is an Associate Editor of Poetry Bay.

lives in Cumbria, happy among sheep muck and rain.

Jillian Abbott

Jillian Abbott’s short stories have been published, and have won prizes, in the US and Australia, including a story in Queens Noir, 2008 and another chosen as a finalist in the Glimmer Train Summer 2007 Open Fiction Award.

Jillian has written for The Washington Post, The New York Daily News and the Independent (UK), among many other publications. She is a regular contributor of features on writing to The Writer magazine, and a former op-ed writer with The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age,

A past reporter at the Queens Chronicle and the Queens Courier, Abbott is now an aide to a Manhattan, New York City Council Member.

Appointed to the board of the Mystery Writers of America, New York chapter in November 2005 Abbott became Vice President of MWA/NY in 2006 serving two terms. She is currently a board member of MWA/NY. Before that she was a board member, a screening curator, and ran workshops on screenwriting for CineWomen NY, a non profit for women filmmakers.

After receiving initial training in RMIT’s writing program in Australia, she went on to earn an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program.

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 and Smithtown Township Arts Council, 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.

Roxanne Hoffman

ROXANNE HOFFMAN worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a major New York home healthcare provider. Her poetry has recently appeared in Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, Danse Macabre, Hospital Drive, Liquid Imagination, Lucid Rhythms, MOBIUS The Poetry Magazine, Shofar Literary Review, and Word Slaw. Her writing been anthologized in The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology By Gang Members And Their Affiliates (Soft Skull Press) and in Love After 70 (Wising Up Press) both released in 2008.

Roxanne's vampire poetry can be heard during the 2005 independent film, “Love & The Vampire,” directed by David Gold and starring Rick Poli. Her live spokenword performances have been aired on cable (Poetry Thin Air, The Art House Show), with interviews on UHF-TV (The New Yorkers) and WKCR 89.9 FM NY (Art Waves), and her poem "Dad Always Wanted A Boy" was recently podcast on the internet on IndieFeed: Performance Poetry.

Roxanne owns the small press, POETS WEAR PRADA. Visit her press site at

The Summer Gazebo Readings are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside and are held each Monday evening in June, July and August, featuring 4 readers each evening. Scheduled readers include some of Long Island's most prestigious poets, and fiction and non-fiction writers. The Summer Gazebo Readings are 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 Real Estate
Herb & Marian Brown
Bonbino's Pizza
North Sea Poetry Scene
Max Wheat NC Poet Laureate Comm.
Maryanne Lehrer
Mary Jane McGrath, Attorney
Gary & Sandie Schoell
Philip Reinstein, CLU
Diversion Press
Oceanville Mason Supply
Kiwanettes of Oceanside
21st Century Appraisers
Village BookShoppe
Long Island Pulse
Westron Lite Bulb
Tower’s Funeral Home
Michael Schamroth and Family
Councilman Anthony Santino
Jay R. Myers & Co., Inc.
Childs Murphy Kuehn & Cesiro,
Municipal Credit Union
Bondi & Iovino, Attorneys-at-Law

Upcoming Schedule

7/20/2009 Jillian Abbott Reed Farrel Coleman Barbara Reiher-Meyers Roxanne Hoffman Geraldine Green

7/27/2009 Authors & Poets from the Long Island Writers' Guild

8/3/2009 Christina Rau Bruce Grossberg Harriet Slaughter Deborah Hauser Florence Gatto

8/10/2009 Adriana DiGennaro Teri Coyne Frank Van Zant Joan Marg Tom Schaudel

8/17/2009 Gayl Teller Open Read (must sign up in person at a prior evening's readings) & Betsy Transom & troupe!

8/24/2009 Barbara Hoffman Herb Siegel Christine Timm Joan Dupre Tom Phelan

8/31/2009 Sonya Russell Yolanda Coulaz Paula Curci Theresa Rosario- Berzner Christine Kehl O'Hagan

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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