Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Black Writers of Today and Yesterday

Each February Sag Harbor's John Jermaine Library and Canio's Books invite neighbors to read from their favorite Afro-American writers.

We hear the work of Lucille Clifton, Claudia Rankin, Bryan Stevenson, Wallace Thurman, Frederick Douglas and Maya Angelou, all recorded at Canios Books this month.

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Nancy Meyers of the John Jermaine Library began the reading with an untitled poem by Lucille Clifton:

Ms. Clifton, who died in 2010 in Baltimore, was an American poet, writer, and educator. Clifton was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Next, Bill Burford read from Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, and   a poem Memory is a tough place.

Claudia Rankin is the author of five volumes of poetry, two plays and various essays.  She was born in 1963.


Next, Margi Pulkingham reads from Bryan Stevenson’s "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”

The book looks at the criminal justice system through the eyes of a young lawyer who fought to overturn the conviction of an Alabama man sentenced to die for a murder he didn’t commit. 

Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative to help criminals on death row.

Next, Kathryn Szoka reads The Blacker the Berry by the Harlem Renaissance writer Wallace Thurman

The 1929 book explores discrimination within the black community based on skin color.   

Bill Chaleff reads a text by Fredrick Douglas written about 1835.

Nancy Meyers of the John Jermaine Library in Sag Harbor reading Maya Angelou’s work, And Still I Rise


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Poetry Marathon 2015 - Joanne Pilgrim & Jan Grossman

Tonight we present a session of the annual Poetry Marathon.

Poet and journalist Joanne Pilgrim and poet and teacher Jan Grossman were recorded in July  2015 at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum in July 2015 
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Joanne Pilgrim is a poet, essayist and East Hampton Star associate editor.

Her work can be found at

New Yorker Jan Grossman is a teacher and former arts and humanities consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation.  

Her poetry has appeared in Poetry East, Poet Lore and American Arts Quarterly.

The 2015 Poetry Marathon, in its 21st year, was produced by Sylvia Chafkin. 

It will be held again in July and August 2018.  

Some earlier East End Ink programs are at

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

David Bouchier

East End Ink presents public radio commentator David Bouchier reading from his Not Quite the Stranger - essays on life in France and a ‘non-memoir’ Lucky Man - A Life in Essays

David Bouchier was recorded in May 2016 at Canios Books, Sag Harbor.
 Thanks to Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka

David Bouchier read from

Not Quite the Stranger - essays on life in France published in 2015

and a ‘non-memoir’ Lucky Man - A Life in Essays published in 2016.

Other collections of David Bouchier’s work include The Cats and the Water Bottles and The Accidental Immigrant

New from David Bouchier: Out of Thin Air is a collection of a hundred and thirty essays aired on public radio between 2011 and 2017. 

Mr. Bouchier was last heard on East End Ink in August 2012

David Bouchier’s commentaries on contemporary life are heard on WSHU 
Public Radio.

He is expected to read again at Canios Books in the near future. 

More information on Mr. Bouchier’s work is at

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Poems for Gaza - 2014

The 2014 Gaza war was a military operation launched by Israel on July 8 in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, after rocket fire from Gaza struck Israel.

In August 2014, as the war continued, east end writers and friends met to exchange thoughts, poetry and prayers at Incarnation Lutheran church in Water Mill.

The program was organized by poet Pamela Kallimanis and poet, teacher and activist Kathy Engel.  It was hosted by Incarnation minister Reverend Katrina Foster.

Heard were Kathy Engel, Pamela Kallimanis, Kimberly Wilder, Sigrid Meinel, Clare Coss, Blanche Weisen Cook, and the former minister at Incarnation Lutheran Church, Reverend Katrina Foster.

The program was dedicated to the victims of the Gaza war which began in July 2014.
Before the war ended on August 23, at least 2,125 Gazans were killed and over 10,000 were wounded, including over 3000 children.

66 Israeli soldiers, and 5 Israeli civilians were killed
The UN estimated that in the tiny Gaza enclave, more than 7,000 homes for 10,000 families were razed, and roughly 10,000 homes were severely affected by the bombing.