Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Coming Up June 14, 2010

What an incredible kick-off to our 4th season! Exquisite weather, a large, receptive crowd, lots of delicious desserts--oh, and 4 incredible readings!

Tom Phelan, with his tales from Ireland during WWI--funny and touching; Barbara Ann Branca's vibrant poetry; Christine O'Hagan's humorous-and touching- tales of growing up outsized; and Peter Carlaftes unique brand of insight bordering on insanity-- four strong, compelling Readers making for a perfect start to the summer!

Monday, June 14, 2010 we feature:

Jerry Zezima

Jerry Zezima

Long Island resident Jerry Zezima writes a humor column for his hometown paper, The Stamford Advocate in Connecticut. His column is syndicated and has run in newspapers around the world, including Newsday.
Mr. Zezimais the author of "Leave It to Boomer: A Look at Life, Love and Parenthood by the Very Model of the Modern Middle-Age Man." The book is, he proudly says, a crime against literature.
Mr. Zezimalives in Suffolk County with his wife, Sue. They have two daughters, Katie and Lauren. They also have a dog and three cats. Mr. Zezima has no interesting hobbies.

Peter Dugan

Peter Dugan

Peter V. Dugan was born and raised on Long Island. He is a resident of East Rockaway is a graduate of The New School in New York City and listed in Poets and Writers. Wysteria Ltd. published his first book length collection titled Medusa's Overbite in 2001. His second book Members Only was published in January 2009 and his third collection of poems A Cul-de-Sac Off Of Main Street was just released June 2010.

Peter has taught poetry workshops and classes on form and style. His pieces have been published individually in recent years in Aitia, PPA Literary Review, Long Island Sounds Anthology, Brownstone Poets, The Examination Anthology, Asbestos, Soul Fountain, LI Quarterly, Perpetual Toxins, The Poet's Art, The Five Town Forum, The Nassau Herald, the e-magazines Good Liar and Road Poet. He can be seen on and

Darren Sardelli

Darren Sardelli

Children's book author, award winning poet, and comedian, Darren Sardelli, makes poetry fun and exciting for people of all ages. His humorous poems are featured in 12 children's books, 6 textbooks, and have been published in several magazines as well. Aside from writing, Darren visits 50 - 60 elementary and middle schools each year (where he performs his funny poetry for students and teaches them how to spice up their writing with humor, creativity, and imagination). Darren also has poetry programs for libraries and camps. He enjoys playing ice hockey, roller hockey, tennis, running on the beach, and loves to travel. If you'd like to find out more about Darren Sardelli, please visit

When Darren Sardelli was in elementary school, junior high, high school, and college, he played baseball, soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, roller hockey, and a lot of video games. Although he always worked hard in school, he never enjoyed reading, writing, or doing homework. When Darren was sitting in class, he had the tendency to get distracted very easily and let his mind wander (he still does a lot of day-dreaming). Whenever Darren's teachers called on him (to ask a question), most of the time he would have no idea what they were talking about. He was always in a world of his own.

Barbara Reiher-Meyers

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.

See you at the Gazebo!!
Many thanks!

Tony Iovino

Upcoming Schedule

Jerry Zezima Peter Dugan
Darren Sardelli Barb Reiher-Meyers

George Held Robert Savino
Doreen Spungin Louisa Calio

Tom Schaudel Vicki Iorio
Paula Curci Deborah Hauser

7/5/2010 Independence Day Celebration

Christina M. Rau Herb Siegel
Chris Knopf Florence Gatto

Gayl Teller Denis Gray
Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan Bruce Grossberg

Reed Farrel Coleman Saralee Rosenberg
Ellen Meister Brenda Janowitz

Clive Young George Wallace
Jack Anderson Alix Strauss

Judy Turek Walter Wagner
Kerriann Flanagan Brosky Brian Cohen

Richard Vetere Harriet Slaughter
Ursula Nouza

Ellen Pickus George Guida

Paula Comacho Edgar Carlson
Phil Reinstein Amy Holman

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