Long Island Heritage Trail News

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Art of Narrative at Heckscher Museum of Art

Art of Narrative at Heckscher Museum of Art

Mythic stories, fantastic fables and timeless literary tales come alive through art.  Now on view at The Heckscher Museum of Art, the exhibition, The Art of Narrative: Timeless Tales and Visual Vignettes, explores storytelling in art from the 16th through 20th centuries. Now on View.

The Art of Narrative highlights works from Heckscher Museum’s rich and varied permanent collection.  Whether depicting chronicles from the past, beloved literary works, or scenes from everyday life, the 36 works of art in the exhibit prove the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Featuring paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photographs, The Art of Narrative emphasizes each artist’s unique storytelling voice.  An illustration from modernist Arthur Dove; a “Rogers Group” sculpture depicting daily life from John Rogers; experimental photography by Martina Lopez, who calls her work a “visual diary;” and a monumental biographical abstract by pop artist James Rosenquist are among the noteworthy objects presented in the exhibit.

Museum Hours: Mon — Fri 10 AM to 5 pm; Sat – Sun 11 AM to 5 PM.

For more information, go to www.Heckscher.org

The Unveiling of the Washington Spy Trail Signs

The Unveiling of the Washington Spy Trail Signs

On Thursday May 18th, The Ward Melville Heritage Organization in conjunction with the North Shore Promotion Alliance unveiled the Washington Spy Trail sign at the Brewster House. These signs were placed along Route 25A from Great Neck to Port Jefferson.

Walking with Whitman featuring Eileen Myles and Julie Sheehan

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association & Host George Wallace proudly present the Signature Series:

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Writing with Whitman: Poetry Workshop with Julie Sheehan

2:00-4:00 pm

$20.00 per person *this fee includes admission to that night’s evening reading with Eileen Myles and Julie Sheehan

Julie Sheehan’s three poetry collections are Bar Book,Orient Point and Thaw. Her honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, and her poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Pleiades, POOL, Raritan and The New Yorker. She teaches in and directs the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

 

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance with Eileen Myles and Julie Sheehan

5:00-7:00 pm with “Meet the Poets Reception” to follow

$10.00 per person

Eileen Myles’s life and career has created a new model for the contemporary poet. Myles is well-known in the art and performance worlds, lgbt culture, activist circles and to a general readership — including poets. She is the author of 19 books most recently Inferno (a poet’s novel) and Snowflake/different streets as well as I Must Be Living Twice/new & selected poems in Fall, 2015 from Ecco/Harper Collins plus a reissue of Chelsea Girls, a queer classic. Myles grew up in Boston and came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Her education took place at St. Mark’s Poetry Project where she was the Artistic Director from 1984-86. She writes art and book reviews for Rookie, The Nation, Art in America & Bookforum. In the 80s and 90s she performed her work at PS 122 and toured nationally. In 1992 she conducted an openly female write in campaign for President of the United States. Her libretto for “Hell” composed by Michael Webster was performed in 2004 and 2006. She has received grants from Warhol/Creative Capital, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2014.

Eileen Myles is a poet, art journalist & novelist whose books include Inferno (a poet’s novel) Snowflake/different streets and in Fall, 2015 I Must Be Living Twice/new & selected poems from Ecco/Harper Collins as well as a 21st anniversary reissue of Chelsea Girls, a queer classic. She’s the recipient of many grants & honors including a Guggenheim in 2012 & a 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Art award in poetry. She lives in New York.

 

For questions about this event or the Walking with Whitman Series, please contact Media and Events Director Katrina Lovett, (631) 427-5240 ext. 112 or events@waltwhitman.org. To purchase your tickets by phone, please call Bonnie Lowe, (631) 427-5240 ext. 115

This event is part of the fifth season of Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, a series of poetry performances by some of the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature and the arts on the national scene paired with respected voices on the regional scene.

* Please note: After purchasing your ticket, your name will be added to the event admission list and held at the door on the performance dates. Please note that there will be no physical tickets issued for the series.

THE GREAT SYMPATHETIC: WALT WHITMAN AND THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW

THE GREAT SYMPATHETIC: WALT WHITMAN AND THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW

Book Launch and Reading

Friday, November 13, 2015

7:00 PM

THE GREAT SYMPATHETIC, edited by Jeremy Schraffenberger,  collects essays by and about Whitman, as well as contemporary poems inspired by Whitman, all of which originally appeared in the pages of the North American Review.

Introduction by editor Jeremy Schraffenberger; readings by poets and contributors Martín Espada, Lauren Schmidt, and Harry Waitzman from the anthology (ranging from Whitman’s words to their own); a Q&A and a book-signing.

Walking with Whitman featuring Anthoula Katsimatides, Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association & Host George Wallace proudly present

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance

Saturday, November 7th 2015

 

Writing with Whitman: Poetry Workshop with Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss

2:00-4:00 pm

$20.00 per person *this fee includes admission to that night’s evening reading with Anthoula Katsimatides, Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss

Terri Muuss’ poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Apercus Quarterly, Bolts of Silk, Long Island Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review and Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women. Her first book, Over Exposed (2013, JB Stillwater), was nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, her poem “Rialto Beach” won the 2013 Great Neck Poetry Prize and her poem “Anniversary” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Atticus Books. Muuss co-produced and hosted the monthly Manhattan poetry series Poetry at the Pulse for two years and has performed her work extensively around the tri-state area. In 2015, Terri co-edited a collection of poetry by New York women entitled Grabbing the Apple.

Terri earned her BA in Theatre from Kean University, trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and studied for several years at Michael Howard Studios. In 1998, Muuss wrote the one-woman show Anatomy of a Doll, named “Best Theatre: Critics’ Pick of the Week” by the New York Daily News, which she has performed throughout the US and Canada since. Terri has directed numerous Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions, including Rich Ryan’s Lemon Meringue, Deborah Ortiz’s Changing Violet, Veronica Golos’s A Bell Buried Deep, Athena Reich’s rock opera Athena Under Attack and Lisa Ramirez’s Exit Cuckoo.

As a licensed social worker (MSW, Hunter College ’02), Muuss specializes in the use of the arts as a healing mechanism for trauma survivors and teaches a course at Rutgers University to social workers entitled “Youth Development Through the Written Arts”. She also performs with fellow poets/social workers Susan Dingle and Maggie Bloomfield as the “Poets of Well-Being”. The trio recently ran a workshop at the Expressive Therapies Conference in NYC and served on a panel about the therapeutic utilization of writing at the 2015 AWP Conference in Minneapolis.

As a motivational speaker and life coach, Terri keynotes at conferences and works extensively with addiction/abuse populations. She recently left her position as Communications Coordinator of the Bay Shore School District in order to return to a school Social Work position with the Farmingdale School District. This new job, along with her private life-coaching/therapy practice, enables Terri to more fully use her passion to help motivate and support students/clients to move forward in exciting, new directions.

Terri lives on Long Island with her husband, writer/teacher Matt Pasca, and her two ginger-haired boys, Rainer and Atticus, The Ellen Show’s “Presidential Experts.” www.terrimuuss.com @rainattmom

Matt Pasca’s poetry has appeared in over two dozen journals, including The Paterson Literary Review, Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, Georgetown Review, Kestrel and Pedestal Magazine, and ten print anthologies. His first book, A Thousand Doors (2011, JB Stillwater), was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize in Poetry and his poem “Receiving Line” won the 2012 Great Neck Poetry Prize. Matt’s second collection, Raven Wire, is forthcoming.

After earning a BA in English from Cornell University and MAT in English from Stony Brook University, Pasca signed on at Bay Shore High School, where he has taught since 1997. A 2003 New York State Teacher of Excellence, Pasca curates a Visiting Writers Series at his school and advises its literary-art magazine, The Writers’ Block, named Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine for both 2010 and 2011 by the American Scholastic Press Association. He has served as a keynote speaker for both the Nassau Reading Council and Long Island Language Arts Council and been a repeat presenter at the New York State English Council’s annual conference.

Matt has performed his poetry at SOMOS in New Mexico, Shakespeare & Company in Montana, off-site for AWP 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Paterson Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey, the Parkside Lounge, Cornelia Street Cafe and Makor in NYC, and Hofstra University, CW Post, Molloy College, Nassau Community College and Stony Brook University on Long Island.

Pasca serves as a reviewer and copy editor for the Long Island Authors Group and is frequently asked to facilitate creative writing workshops and classes at conferences, colleges and continuing education programs around the tri-state area. Matt is the very proud husband of author/director/social worker/motivational speaker Terri Muuss and father of Rainer and Atticus, former political correspondents for The Ellen Show. www.mattpasca.com @Matt_Pasca

 

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance with Anthoula Katsimatides, Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss

5:00-7:00 pm with “Meet the Poets Reception” to follow

$10.00 per person

Anthoula Katsimatides describes herself as “passionate about everything and always on the go”.  She is eagerly pursuing an acting career and is “a true artist at heart”.

Having earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration at Baruch College and a Masters degree in Secondary Education at Queens College, Katsimatides was an account executive in the ad world and a high school ESL and English literature teacher. She then had a career in politics/government and worked with former Governor George Pataki as a Community Affairs assistant, navigating ethnic minority communities of NYC through government bureaucracy and representing the Governor at events across the city.

After September 11th, 2001, she worked at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on the rebuilding of downtown effort. Katsimatides knew she needed a change because she felt her “creative side was undernourished”. As a fluke, she acted in a community theatre production and was hooked. With an insatiable hunger to learn more about the craft, she studied with amazing teachers at HB Studio, William Esper Studio, Terry Schreiber Studio, Primary Stages, with Ted Sluberski and now with Scott Freeman. Grateful to all of them, she continues to look for ways to tune her instrument and make a difference in the lives of others. For this reason, she decided to write an autobiographical solo play called “What Will People Think?”. She has performed sold-out shows at festivals in NYC, namely the Solo Plus One festival, the One Woman Standing Emerging Artists Festival, and the prestigious UnitedSolo festival at Theatre Row off Broadway.

A proud member of SAGAFTRA and AEA, Katsimatides loves acting but also dance (she’s an expert Greek dancer), produces, does voice-overs and commercial work, and has her own radio show every other Thursday night on 91.5FM at 7pm called “Color Your Life”.  She always sought creative outlets and is involved in many charitable endeavors. Specifically, she is so proud of the JaM Foundation for Life, created in memory of her loving brothers, John and Michael. As a board member of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, she volunteers her time to ensure that the site is a place of respectful remembrance and hope.

 

For questions about this event or the Walking with Whitman Series, please contact Media and Events Director Katrina Lovett, (631) 427-5240 ext. 112 or events@waltwhitman.org To purchase your tickets by phone, please call Bonnie Lowe, (631) 427-5240 ext. 115.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Taste of Poetry : Book Launch

A Taste of Poetry : Book Launch

Sunday, September 20, 2015

2:00 – 4:00PM

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the book A Taste of Poetry. A collection of poems and recipes from poets and authors compiled by the Walt Whitman Birthplace.

Pre-order your copy now at waltwhitman.org.

Some Words from the Editor:

All of the recipes in this volume were submitted by poets intensely in love with the poetic word; its playfulness, its solemnity, its healing powers and its magic.  The anthology is comprised of 70 American poets with a strong representation from the Long Island region.  Many of the poems and recipes in A Taste of Poetry began somewhere personal, beloved and unique.  Many invoke the warmth and love of generations past, of relatives long gone who left indelible impressions.  Many poems and recipes come from lands distant to American shores, both ancestral homelands and vacation excursions. Some poems germinated in times of challenge and transformation. Other poems have their origins in times of personal change.  A colloquial synonym for the verb to meditate is, to chew over. I hope that you enjoy chewing over these poems and their partner recipes. Perhaps you will find some new favorites. Enjoy!

Anthony Policano, Editor

Back to School Children’s Victorian Tea Party

Back to School Children’s Victorian Tea Party

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

1:00 – 3:00PM

Join the party!  This fun and informative program includes role-playing while teaching social skills, self-esteem and confidence.  Children learn dining manners, for example, how to properly hold and cut with a knife and fork.  Apple juice will be substituted for the hot tea.  Participants also practice table setting and introductions.  All make their own nametag and place card.  Bring a friend, or your favorite doll, or come join new friends at the party!  Dress up if you wish!

Program includes a guided tour of the Walt Whitman birthplace

 

$12.00 per child, suggested ages 5-12

Estimated time: 1 ½ – 2 hours

 

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Enrollment is limited.

“Drop-off” program.  Parents are invited to stay and browse current exhibits.

 

Contact Carolyn with any questions:

(631) 427-5240 x 113 or educator@waltwhitman.org

High Tea at the Walt Whitman Birthplace

High Tea at the Walt Whitman Birthplace

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

1pm-3pm

Maintaining a tradition that began in 1860 with Queen Victoria, the Walt Whitman Birthplace will host a formal afternoon tea party on on August 20th, at 1pm. Afternoon tea can be one of the most special times of the day. At our historic site, enjoy the elegance of a bygone era and transport yourself back in time as you experiences High Tea—glorious tea, delicious finger sandwiches and miniature pastries. A guided tour of the Walt Whitman Birthplace follows the High Tea.

$25 per person

Registration Required, Space is limited.

Please contact events@waltwhitman.org, call 631-427-5240, or visit waltwhitman.org to register.

Walking with Whitman featuring Joe Weil and Claire Nicolas White

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association & Host George Wallace proudly present

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

 

Writing with Whitman: Poetry Workshop with Claire Nicolas White

2:00-4:00 pm

Claire Nicolas White is an author and translator. She has written art criticism (Art News, Newsday), librettos, plays, and is the author of: a family history, The Elephant and the Rose (The Vineyard Press, 2003); a memoir, Fragments of Stained Glass (Mercury House, 1989); a biography, Joep Nicolas, His Life and Work (Van Spijk, 1979); poetry, Biography and Other Poems (Doubleday, 1981), The Bridge (Cross Cultural Communications, 1987), Riding at Anchor (Waterline Books, 1994), News From Home (Birnham Woods Graphics, 1998); and a novel, The Death of the Orange Trees (Harper and Row, 1963).
Her poetry has appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, Partisan Review, Grand Street, Atlantic Monthly, Witness, Confrontation, The Paris Review, and others. She is the editor of Oberon poetry magazine.
She translated three novels from the Dutch: The Assault by Harry Mulisch (Pantheon Books, 1985 Honorable mention PEN Translation prize); The Vanishing by Tim Krabbé (Random House, 1993); and My Father’s War by Adraan van Dis (The New Press, 1996). In 1990, she edited a Dutch issue of Columbia University’s Translation Magazine and in 1997, Stanford White, Letters to His Family (Rizzoli).
She is a resident of St. James, Long Island, New York.

$20.00 per person *this fee includes admission to that night’s evening reading with Joe Weil and Claire Nicolas White

 

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance with Joe Weil and Claire Nicolas White

5:00-7:00 pm with “Meet the Poets Reception” to follow

$10.00 per person

Joe Weil was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ. Along with poet Deborah La Veglia and scholar Edie Eustice, Mr. Weil directs Poets Wednesday, the longest running poetry series in New Jersey. He has read his work with such notable poets as Alan Ginsberg, Phil Levine, and Gerald Stern. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Mr. Weil is a union activist and a tool maker, and presently resides in Cranford, NJ. His poetry and essays have been published widely in poetry journals and magazines. Mr. Weil is the author of three books of poetry, the most recent IN PRAISE WE ENTER.

 

For questions about this event or the Walking with Whitman Series, please contact Media and Events Director Katrina Lovett, (631) 427-5240 ext. 112 or events@waltwhitman.org. To purchase your tickets by phone, please call Bonnie Lowe, (631) 427-5240 ext. 115

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