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Living, Out Loud Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears
Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY
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Living, Out Loud Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears
Essay Reading in the Sky Room Cafe!

Join six acclaimed Long Island authors as they read their essays live in the Sky Room. With decades of experience in publishing and multiple industry awards amongst them, this diverse group of writers has banded together to share their passion for the personal essay format with literary audiences throughout Long Island, New York City and its outer boroughs.

Robin Eileen Bernstein is an award-winning writer whose work has been published in CBS HealthWatch, Salute Magazine, Rensselaer Magazine, Open Salon and Long Island Business News. Salon selected one of her essays as an Editor's Pick. In 1991 she founded Write Time Communications, a marketing communications firm, where she writes executive speeches and ghostwritten articles that appear in a variety of national trade publications. Being a single mom to two teenage kids has become her handy excuse for an unfinished memoir manuscript collecting dust on her desk, in which she writes about, among other things, being a female drummer.

David Bouchier is the award-winning essayist for National Public Radio Stations WSHU & WSUF in Fairfield, Connecticut, and hosts the Sunday afternoon classical music program "Sunday Matinee" on the same stations. For ten years he contributed a regular humor column called "Out of Order" for the Long Island section of the Sunday New York Times, and has published fiction and non-fiction in many literary and political magazines.

Iyna Bort Caruso is a two-time New York Emmy Award-winning writer. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, Newsday, Skirt, Christian Science Monitor and excerpted in the anthology, Her Fork in the Road, Women Celebrate Food and Travel.  She is also the creator of Long Island's first iTunes travel app, has written promotional scripts for MSG Network and HBO Boxing and is the author of Home Storage Solutions (Adams Media). Caruso has developed and led journal-writing workshops at Hewlett House, a resource center for cancer patients and survivors.

Claudia Gryvatz Copquin's award-winning humor and lifestyle essays have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, The LA Times, The Huffington Post, Long Island Parent magazine and other media.    A broad-based newspaper and magazine feature writer, Copquin's byline is well known on Long Island, as she's a long-standing contributor to Newsday's Sunday and editorial pages.  Copquin is also the author of a feature length screenplay and three non-fiction books.  Twice The New York Times favorably reviewed her book, The Neighborhoods of Queens (Yale University Press).   Copquin is a member of The Authors Guild, The Society of Professional Journalists and American Society of Journalists & Authors.

Bill German was majoring in journalism at NYU when he realized that school was interfering with his education.  He dropped out to follow the Rolling Stones and to begin his life as a writer.  His work has appeared in Spin and Rolling Stone magazines, while his latest book, "Under Their Thumb" (published by Random House), has kept him on a never-ending speaking tour throughout the country. (The New York Times praised the book for its "memorable details," while Rolling Stone described the bittersweet memoir as "hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking.")  Bill's lifelong experience as a neurotic Jewish New Yorker is what informs his writing.  His next book, "We're a Happy Family," will recount his teen years in Brooklyn: a life full of chaos, knishes, and the Ramones.

Paula Ganzi Licata, an award-winning essayist and reporter, has just completed a memoir, Widow 2.0.  Licata is a frequent contributor to The New York Times  including the highly-acclaimed Modern Love column  and Newsday.  She writes lifestyle pieces, reported articles and personal essays. Licata has been a freelance writer for over 20 years, covering diverse issues from roadside memorials (a cover story in the Times) to installing a bat house in the backyard. Her material often comes from the stuff of everyday life  such as getting caught re-gifting after Christmas, which ended up in a confessional essay winning her one of several Long Island Press Club awards.  She is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors.



Cinema Arts Centre (View)
423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
United States

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