Thursday, July 30, 2009

Upcoming Monday August 3, 2009

And now we come into the homestretch! Only 5 weeks to go!

Last Monday, we were treated to an eclectic sampling of readings from authors and poets of the Long Island Writers Guild. We thank them all for their generosity of time & talent!

We also collected more 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. So far we have sent boxes of books to 9 of our troops--with more shipments ready to go!

This week we feature five talented authors and poets-- a couple of our past favorites, and a couple of "newbies" whom we are sure will provide an entertaining and literary evening!

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

This Monday, August 3, 2009, we feature:

Christina Rau
Christina M. Rau is the founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit in New York. Her poetry has been published in magazines like The HazMat Review and Chronogram. She writes an entertainment column about reality shows she should be ashamed of watching for Outside of writing, she teaches English at Nassau Community College. She loves moonbeams, puppies, and sarcasm.

Harriet Slaughter
Harriet Slaughter contends poetry has always informed her life in the performing and visual arts, having trained and performed in music, dance, theatre in her early career. In her second career she has served as an arts administrator, jazz producer, a publicist, then union executive for Actors’ Equity Association before taking the reigns as Director of Labor Relations for the Broadway League for more years than she cares to remember.

She has always been an advocate for giving visibility to women in the performing arts. For five years she co-produced WOMEN IN THEATRE, hosted by Newsday theatre critic Linda Winer, which currently airs on CUNY-TV Channel 75 in NYC. Her latest project for the League of Professional Theatre Women and The Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center was to serve as project coordinator for the exhibit, CURTAIN CALL: Celebrating a Century of Women of Women Designing for Live Performance which is scheduled to tour the United States and Canada in 2010. She is bi-coastal, keeping one foot in New York City and the other in Long Beach, New York, depending which way the wind blows and if the sun is shining. Now retired, she is a Saturday poet and a Sunday painter, a dabbler in watercolors, acrylics and oil and takes her poetry and paints with her to the far reaches of the globe, which she traverses whenever she can.

She has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Pen and Brush in New York City, an organization dedicated to women in the visual, literary and performing arts since 1894. As a member of the Poets in Nassau, she participates as a featured reader of her poetry in venues in Long Island.

Bruce Grossberg
Bruce Grossberg is an attorney, actor and writer who lives in Forest Hills with his wife, the artist Laura Rovinsky, and their 3-year old daughter. Bruce went to his first game at Shea Stadium in August 1965, and attended his first Broadway musical in October, 1968.

Deborah Hauser

Deborah Hauser graduated from Stony Brook University with a Master of Arts in English Literature and has taught composition and literature at Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is a poetry reviewer for Sotto Voce Magazine and a proposal reviewer for the 2009 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference sponsored by the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Her academic writing has been published at MP: An Online Feminist Journal, and she has presented her academic work at national conferences.

Florence Gatto
Florence is a retired NYC educator. In her new book, The Scent of Jasmine ,Vignettes from a Sicilian Heritage, Florence combines her passion for Italy and writing to document an era of transition for her immigrant family. The true life accounts written with humor, wit, and pride provide a lingering image of life as it was then and how it has evolved ."Jasmine" is in it's second printing, and is available on

Her short stories and essays have been published in LI Writer's Guild anthologies, Newsday and Cucina Classica Cookbook. She writes a column for the Order Sons of Italy in America newspaper "The Golden Lion". She studied in a Fulbright program in Perugia and in Siena with a NY state Teacher's grant. Florence received the Lifetime and Diamond Leadership Awards from LIWriters Guild and L'Esperienza magazine. She now teaches memoir writing to adults.

Florence calls herself an "Italophile" and requires frequent trips to Italy to feed her psyche.

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

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 Max Wheat J R Turek 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
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Rockville Centre, NY 11570
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