Sunday, June 19, 2011

Coming Up Monday June 20, 2011

The weather held off--in fact the sun came out as we enjoyed four strong Readers last Monday. Steven Schmidt started off with intelligent, thoughtful poetry; Louisa Calio alternated between contemplative poetry and a hilarious essay; Tom Phelan's reading from his new novel was brooding and moving; and Roxanne Hoffman topped off the evening with lyrical, delightful pieces that sent the large crowd home happy--and full of brownies and crumb cake!

We have a very special group of readers this week-- truly a night not to miss!

Coming up this Monday, June 20th, we feature:

Richard Vetere

Richard Vetere wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Third Miracle (Simon & Schuster) called "A thriller from start to finish." by Publishers Weekly and he co-wrote the film adaptation produced by Francis Ford Coppola, directed by Agneiszka Holland and starring Ed Harris.

His new novel Baroque (2010) and his new book of poetry Selected Poems (2011) are both published by Bordighera Press. His new play Last Day will have its world premiere at Gloucester Stage on July 21st. His first young adult play Bird Brain is being published by Dramatic Publishing this year.

Richard has a master's in English Literature from Columbia University and was just been made a Lifetime Member of the Writer's Guild of America East.

Cindi Sansone-Braff

Cindi Sansone-Braff is an entertainer, relationship coach, mystic, professional Tarot card reader and Medium with more than fifteen years experience. She teaches spiritual workshops based on her book "Grant Me A Higher Love", gives lectures in which she shares her own experience of Enlightenment, and gives private Tarot readings throughout the United States and around the world.

She has read Tarot cards at the New York Theosophical Society, and at many corporate events, including those sponsored by Cablevision. She has thousands of clients and many well-known celebrities are among her biggest fans.
She can be heard on radio stations nationwide and throughout Canada.
Cindi has a BFA from the University of Connecticut, and has written several award winning full-length plays, including "Beethoven's Promethean Concerto in C Minor WoO", A Four Movement Music Drama based on Ludwig van Beethoven: the Man, the Myth, the Music; and "Phantom Pain", a riveting theatrical piece about love, fear, and Enlightenment. She lives on Long Island and has one grown daughter, Shana.

Lloyd Abrams

Lloyd Abrams,an avid recumbent bicycle rider and Wheaten Terrier walker, has been writing short stories for over twenty-five years after being involved with the New York City Teachers Writing Project as a participant and later, as a facilitator, back in the 1980s.

Besides his eighty plus stories, he has written vignettes for - and has acted with - the Nassau County Mental Health Players.

Several years ago, Lloyd added poetry and micro-fiction to his repertoire. He has found that poetry gives him a writing experience with more instant gratification and another creative way of using words for catharsis, for self-expression, and for sharing.

Lloyd's poems and stories have been published in several anthologies and local publications.

Darren Sardelli

Children's book author, award winning poet, and comedian, Darren Sardelli, makes poetry fun and exciting for people of all ages. He was a huge hit last year at the Gazebo, and we welcome him back with gusto!

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

See you at the Gazebo!!
Many thanks!

Tony Iovino

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