As founder and director of the Mid-Island Y JCC Poetry Series, since 1996 (sponsored by the NY State Council on the Arts), I have tried to feature a wide variety of wonderful poets (examples–Harvey Shapiro, Colette Inez, Molly Peacock, Cornelius Eady, Diane Wakowski, Marie Ponsot, Louis Simpson, Stephen Stepanchev, Norman Friedman, David Axelrod, Charles Fishman, Maxwell Wheat, George Wallace, Patti Tana, Vince Clemente, Barry Wallenstein, Angelo Vergas, Stanley Barkan, Michele Cooper, Grace Schulman, many others). After discussing the writing style of the of the feature with the audience and the feature reading, there is an open mic for members of the audience, with many acclaimed and talented poets. There is an annual poetry contest for children, teens , and adults, with certificates for all and cash prizes for adults and teens. In June, there is a gala reading by all those who received honorable mention and place awards. Many of the winners have gone on to distinguished writing careers.The readings are held on one Sunday per month, October-June, at 2pm
Mid-Island Y JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 822 3535 x359
Director: Gayl Teller
Open Mike, Refreshments, $3 Donation
Join us for a memorable and stimulating evening with some very talented people!
Mid-Island Y Poetry Series halted due to pandemic. Hopefully, to resume in the future!
These readings were postponed:
March 22, 2020 Gayl Teller
April 19 2020 Sasha Ettinger
May 17, 2020 M.A. Dennis
June 7, 2020 Poetry Winners and Honorable Mentions: Children, Teens, Adults These events are funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.
SPECIAL EVENT Was Held Tuesday, March 13, 2012
“LUCK OF THE LAUREATES”
A historic reading of 7 LI Poets LaureateDavid Axelrod
Suffolk County Poet LaureateTammy Nuzzo-Morgan
Suffolk County Poet LaureateLinda Opyr
Nassau County Poet LaureateEd Stever
Suffolk County Poet LaureateGayl Teller
Nassau County Poet LaureateGeorge Wallace
Suffolk County Poet LaureateMaxwell Corydon Wheat
Nassau County Poet Laureate