Wednesday, February 24, 2021

2021 Black Writers Read-in

We celebrate Black History Month with the work of African and African-American Writers read by members of the Sag Harbor community.

The annual Read-In is sponsored by the Black Caucus of The National Council of Teachers of English.

It was produced by the John Jermain Library, the Eastville Community Historical Society and Canios Books all of Sag Harbor.

The readers are Catherine Creedon director of the John Jermaine Library, Sag Harbor artist Michael Butler, Gloria Brown and Nancy Meyers.

Heard are an African folk tale "If People Could Fly", and “Talking Drums, a Selection of Poems From Africa South of the Sahara, James Baldwin’s “Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation”, from The Fire Next Time. and Let America be America Again by poet Langston Hughes.

Listen here


Jacqueline Marks reads a portion of the short story Sweat (1926) by Zora Neale Hurston

Listen here


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Eliot’s Four Quartets - Pauline Yeats

We present poet, and creative consultant, Pauline Yeats, reading Burnt Norton, the first of the Four Quartets by  T S Eliot.

Eliot’s Four Quartets were written from 1935 to 1942, during Hitler’s rise and Word War Two.

This was the first of four programs presented this month by the East Hampton, New York library

listen here:

East End Ink - 27 January - T.S. Eliot - Quartet 1 - Burnt Norton

Videos courtesy the East Hampton Library:

Thanks to the Library's Steven Dino Spataro

Quartet 1: Burnt Norton

Quartet 2: East Coker

Quartet 3 Dry Salvages

Quartet 4 ... coming soon  

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Poets Grace Schulman and Jill Bialosky


We present poets Grace Schulman and Jill Bialosky recorded by Sag Harbor's Canios Books. 

Grace Schulman started by reading a poem by Emily Dickinson 

and she read from her latest collection "The Marble Bed"  

Next - Jill Bialosky reads from her poetry collection "Asylum"

and also a poem by Emily Dickinson

listen here (revised)

The poets read their work and discussed each others work in the complete recording - to be posted here soon.

Grace Schulman's collection "The Marble Bed" was published by Turtle Point Press in 2020.

Ms. Schulman is the editor of Mourning Songs: Poems of Sorrow and Beauty published in 2019 by New Directions.

 Grace Schulman’s earlier work includes the poetry collections

Without a Claim - 2013, The Broken String – 2007,

and a work of criticism "Maryann Moore: The Poetry of Engagement"- 1986


Jill Bialosky's  "Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections" was published by Knopf in 2020

Her other work includes Poetry Will Save Your Life - A Memoir from Atria Books in 2017

and History of a Suicide - My Sisters Unfinished Life from Simon & Schuster in 2012