Life of the Mind Salon: Essayists

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:18pm -- anonymous

"Living, Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears" featuring Paula Ganzi Licata, Claudia Gryvatz Copquin, Barry Dougherty, Robin Eileen Bernstein and Iyna Bort Caruso. With decades of experience in publishing and multiple industry awards among them, this diverse group of writers from New York City has banded together to share their passion for the personal essay with audiences. They will read aloud from their individual works. 


A wine and cheese reception will be held at 5:30 pm, followed by the talk at 6:00 pm.  Free for members, $10 for non-members. Seating is quite limited, so please make a reservation at 847-0292, ext. 112 to reserve your spot. Please plan to arrive no later than 5:55 pm, as reserved seats that have not been claimed will be released to those without reservations at that time.  Parking is also limited, so please allow time to find a space. Salon attendees may park in the lot next to the Redwood lot, thanks to our friends at Gustave White, after 5:30 pm on the night of the event. 


Robin Eileen Bernstein is an award-winning writer whose work has been published in CBS HealthWatch, Salute Magazine, Rensselaer Magazine, Open Salon and Long Island Business News. Salon selected one of her essays as an Editor’s Pick. In 1991 she founded Write Time Communications, a marketing communications firm, where she writes executive speeches and ghostwritten articles that appear in a variety of national trade publications. Being a single mom to two teenage kids has become her handy excuse for an unfinished memoir manuscript collecting dust on her desk, in which she writes about, among other things, being a female drummer.


Iyna Bort Caruso is a two-time New York Emmy Award-winning writer. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, Skirt, Christian Science Monitor and excerpted in the anthology, “Her Fork in the Road: Women Celebrate Food and Travel.” She is also the creator of Long Island’s first iTunes travel app, has written promotional scripts for MSG Network and HBO Boxing and is the author of “Home Storage Solutions” (Adams Media). Caruso has developed and led journal-writing workshops at Hewlett House, a resource center for cancer patients and survivors.


Claudia Gryvatz Copquin’s award-winning humor and lifestyle essays have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Long Island Parent magazine and other media. A broad-based newspaper and magazine feature writer, Copquin’s byline is well known on Long Island, as she’s a long-standing contributor to Newsday's Sunday and editorial pages. Copquin is also the author of a feature length screenplay and three non-fiction books. Twice The New York Times favorably reviewed her book, “The Neighborhoods of Queens” (Yale University Press). Copquin is a member of The Authors Guild, The Society of Professional Journalists and American Society of Journalists & Authors.


Barry Dougherty is the author of “A Hundred Years, A Million Laughs: A Centennial Celebration of the Friars Club,” “How to Do It Standing Up: The Friars Club’s Guide to Being a Comic,” “A Cut-Up, A Card, Or A Clown,” “New York Friars Club Book of Roasts,” “Friars Private Joke File” and “The Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes.” He is the editor of the Friars magazine, The Epistle, and appeared as the client/host on Ghost Hunters (Syfy Channel) in his capacity as Historian of the Friars Club. He was a consultant on the PBS documentary “Make Em’ Laugh” and a panelist and judge at the NY and NJ Comedy Festivals. Dougherty is the head writer for Friars events such as the roasts of Betty White and Quentin Tarantino and testimonial dinners honoring Tom Cruise and Larry King. His articles have appeared in various magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Newsday and Antiques and the Arts Weekly.


Paula Ganzi Licata, an award-winning essayist and reporter, has just completed a memoir, “Widow 2.0.” Licata is a frequent contributor to The New York Times -- including the highly-acclaimed Modern Love column -- and Newsday.  She writes lifestyle pieces, reported articles and personal essays. Licata has been a freelance writer for over 20 years, covering diverse issues from roadside memorials (a cover story in The New York Times) to installing a bat house in the backyard. Her material often comes from the stuff of everyday life - such as getting caught re-gifting after Christmas, which ended up in a confessional essay winning her one of several Long Island Press Club awards. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors.

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