Monday, May 28, 2012

Upcoming June 4, 2012

And so we start our 6th season! Lots of wonderful authors and poets in our lineup. Lots of generous supportive sponsors.  A bunch of kids getting ready for summer camp thanks to the readers and the sponsors--and you!

We have a few new wrinkles we'll roll out as the summer progresses.

And, in contrast to last year-- we hope, pray, do dances to the sun gods, and chant for good weather this year!

So grab your lawn chair and a friend and come on out to the Gazebo!

Coming up this Monday, June 4th we feature:

Linda Opyr

Linda Opyr is the Poet Laureate of Nassau County (2011 - 2013) and the author of six collections of poetry. She was the Visiting Poet in the 1999-2000 Writers Series at Roger Williams University and featured in the 2002 - 03 Poetry Series at Long Island University, the C.W. Post Campus. She also has served on the faculty of the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf. In April of 2001 the Suffolk County Legislature presented her with a Proclamation for her work. She holds a Doctor of Arts Degree from St. John's University in English and American Literature.

Linda Opyr's poetry has appeared in The Hudson Review, The Atlanta Review, The Paterson Literary Review, The New York Times, as well as numerous anthologies and other journals, magazines, and newspapers.

She has always lived on Long Island.

Roxanne Hoffman

Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers apatient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider.

Her words can be found, on and off the net, in Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, ClockwiseCat, Danse Macabre, The Fib Review, Hospital Drive, LucidRhythms, Mobius: The Poetry Magazine, The New Verse News, ThePedestal Magazine and Shaking Like a Mountain; the 2005 indie flickLove and the Vampire; and several anthologies including The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates (SoftSkill Press), Love After 70 (Wising Up Press), and It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure (HarperPerennial).

She runs the small literary press Poets Wear Prada with poet,fiction writer and translator John "Jack" Edward Cooper. Her elegiac poem "In Loving Memory" with illustrations by Connecticut artist Edward Odwitt was published as a chapbook in 2011.

 Peter Dugan

            Peter V. Dugan was born and raised on Long Island. He is a graduate of The New School in New York City. He has published four collections of poetry, Medusa's Overbite , Members Only ,A Cul-de-Sac Off Of Main Street and Eulogies for Dreams. He hosts readings at the Oceanside Library and Wyld Chyld Tattoo and Café on Long Island.
            Peter V. Dugan's pieces have been published individually in recent years in Long Island Sounds Anthology, The Examination Anthology, Toward Forgiveness Anthology, The Bards Anthology, the magazines Aitia, Asbestos, Brownstone Poets, LI Quarterly, Perpetual Toxins, The Poet's Art, Soul Fountain, The Five Town Forum, The Nassau Herald, the e-magazines Erato Poetry, Good Liar and Road Poet. He work has also been published in the Long Island PPA Literary Review and can be seen on and
            Peter V. Dugan's major influences have been William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Frank O'Hara and Jack Kerouac.

 Bev Kotch

Beverly is wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

She is Director of Program Development, Long Island Writers' Guild; member of the Farmingdale Poetry Group and of the FBSN; published prose writer; award winning poet; holder of scholarship key from Phi Alpha Theta, co-facilitates writing workshops in the East Meadow Library, and founder of LIWG Reads.

Beverly was a member of the original Poet Laureate Committee that established the position of Poet Laureate in Nassua County, sat Outreach Chair of Max Wheat's Poet Laureate Committee and was a member of the Nassau County Poet Laureate Selection Committee and is now Secretary of the Long Island Poet Laureate Society.

She has published one chapbook of poetry so far. I'm In Here Somewhere. and is working on a second while deep into the first draft of her historical novel, The Faithful and  is in the final stages of revising a 10,000 word contribution to an anthology titled Chapter One.
See you at the Gazebo!!

Many thanks!
Tony Iovino
Upcoming Schedule

Gayl Teller   Robert Savino   Jack Cooper
     Herbert Siegel   Gail Goldstein
Marisa Frasca   Louisa Callo   Jack Anderson
Florence Gatto   Ron Ross
Tom Phelan   Deborah Hauser   Richard Vetere   Denis Gray
Independence Day
Tom Schaudel   Judy Turek   Clive Young
Edgar Carlson   Dina Santorelli
Patricia Carragon   Vicki Iorio   Barbara Reiher-Meyers
Frank Van Zandt   Joe Scalia
Harriet Slaughter   Vincent Maher   Barbara Hoffman
Sandy Sonnenfield   Doreen Spungin
Matt Pasca   Bruce Grossberg   Jerry Zezima Corinne Zachary
Matt Curiale    Ed Stever

and more to be announced!!

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