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
$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.
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