Event Announcement: Valentines to Earth: More Info!

Everyone involved with the Sunday Best Reading Series is getting excited about our upcoming Valentines to Earth event, slated for Sunday, February 13, at 4:00 p.m in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens.   Not only will we be enjoying first-rate literary performances by writers/activists Wendy Babiak and Vivian Demuth, but we will also hear the work of a group of accomplished writers from Northern Manhattan.  And as an additional bonus, we will have the opportunity to benefit from the collective wisdom of a panel of community gardening experts at a special pre-event discussion that will take place at 2:00 p.m.

You will find more information about Wendy (who will be doing double duty as a panelist during the community gardening event) and Vivian in our event announcement for Valentines to Earth.  Please read on to learn more about the local writers and panelists who will also be contributing their time and effort to this highly anticipated event.  We hope you will join us on February 13 for this special literary tribute to our environment.

Local Writer Bios

Born in South Africa, Marlon Danilewitz presently resides in Northern Manhattan, where he is in his final semester of college at Yeshiva University. His poetry has appeared in Poetica Magazine and Something Rich and Something Strange. In his spare time, Marlon works as a yoga instructor and competes in triathlons.

Gordon Gilbert is a poet and songwriter. A member of the Activist Poets Roundtable, Gordon has helped to organize and has read at several Brecht Forum events, which focus on peace and social justice. Gordon has also collaborated with a Peruvian photographer/filmmaker, doing English translations for two books and a documentary. Occasionally, he hosts poetry events at the Yippie Museum Cafe; he will be hosting a celebration of Allen Ginsberg there on February 28.

Peter Martin writes poetry and songs.  He facilitates art and performance events.  He also teaches social work at Fordham and volunteers with non-profits, starting and growing social intervention programs.

Melissa Fendell Moschitto is the Founding Artistic Director of  The Anthropologists. With the company, she is developing Another Place, a play about living in the age of climate change. She’s currently directing a new solo show Daddy’s Black & Jewish by performance artist Lian Amaris which premieres at Nuyorican Poets Cafe February 23-26.  Directing credits with The Anthropologists: For the Love Of… (The Flamboyan/CSV), Give Us Bread (Milagro Theatre/CSV), Falling (4th Street Theatre/Flux Theatre Ensemble), The Columbus Project (KNF/Directors Company) and Potatoes! (One Million Forgotten Moments).  As a playwright, her full-length play When Santo Domingo Isn’t Enough won Best Play at the 2006 Downtown Urban Theater Festival and was a Top Ten Finalist in Repertorio Espanol’s 2006 Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition.  She holds a B.A. in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has studied with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Tina Landau, Ping Chong, and SITI Company.

Community Gardening Panelist Bios

Wendy Babiak is the founder of a community permaculture garden in Ithaca, New York.

Lois Ann Lawless is a local neighbor in Northern Manhattan, working with others to develop and maintain welcoming space in the garden of Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church on Bennett Avenue in Washington Heights.

Dorrie Rosen is educated in both horticulture and landscape architecture.  She is familiar with indoor/tropical houseplants, as well as native and introduced ornamental trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, their botanical names, identification, and growing requirements. As a registered landscape architect, she has extensive field experience in design and construction and has worked on wetland restoration, landscape preservation, flower garden design, urban tree planting, and Xeriscape landscape techniques. For the past thirteen years Dorrie has served as Plant Information Specialist at The New York Botanical Garden.

Tom Waters is a policy analyst at the Community Service Society and a political science student at the CUNY Graduate Center. He was previously a community organizer in New York City and Knoxville, Tennessee and a community broadcaster in Madison, Wisconsin.  He lives in Marble Hill.

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