Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 Poetry Marathon: Poets Kamiko Hahn and Grace Schulman

Poets Grace Schulman and Kamiko Hahn read their work at the Poetry Marathon in Amagansett. Also we remember Shinnecock elder Elizabeth Thunder Bird Haile, who passed into the spirit world last week, with her reading of Morning on Shinnecock by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Italian-American Writers

Tonight's East End Ink features Italian-American writers in a program presented at Canio's Books. Sag Harbor in August of 2013.

This is a 2 part program.   

The program was coordinated by George Guida, former president of the Italian American Studies Association, an organization that promotes interest in Italian-American culture and literature.

Part 1
Heard are poet Louisa Calio, historian Stanislao Pugliese and poet Robert Viscusi.

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Part 2
Heard are poets Louise DeSalvo and Peter Covino 
and historian Salvatore LaGumina 

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Information about the Italian American Studies Association is on facebook at IASA - Italian American Studies Association.

Louisa Calio’s Journey to the Heart Waters was published by Legas Press in 2014.

Stanislao Pugliese’s work includes a biography of Carlo Rosselli (Harvard University Press, 1999) and Bitter Spring a biography of 
Ignazio Silone  ( Farrar, Strauss Giroux,  2008)
Professor Pugliese reading more from Bitter Spring is on line at

Robert Viscusi’s work includes Astoria, a novel published by Guernica in 1995. Information about his poem Ellis Island is on line at 

Salvatore LaGumina's Long Island Italian Americans: History, Heritage and Tradition was published in 2013 by History Press 

Peter Covino's poetry collections include 
The Right Place to Jump (2012) from Western Michigan University Press. 

Louise DeSalvo's publications include the memoir Vertigo (1997) from Penguin, and The Art of Slow Writing (St. Martin's Griffin, 2014)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Moby Dick Marathon

Today we present a marathon reading of Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick presented by Canios Cultural CafĂ©.
Canio Pavone founded Canios Books on Main Street  Sag Harbor  in 1980. 

In 1983, Mr. Pavone started the yearly Marathon to celebrate Sag Harbor’s seafaring history and its literary tradition. 

The marathon continued until the early 2000s* and was revived this year to celebrate Canio’s 35th anniversary.  Portions of this year’s marathon were recorded on June 12 through 14 at Cano’s Books.

The readers on today's program were:

Susan Weitz, Fred Volkmer, Susan Merrell, Francesca Rheannon, Anik Libby, Molly McKenna, Maryann Calendrille, Bill Chaleff and Canio Pavone.

We begin with Canio Pavone reading from Chapter 1, Loomings.

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* Kathryn Szoka of Canios informs: 

"The Marathon ran from mid-80s to mid-90s during Canio's era (1980-99).  In our "era" (1999-2015) we held 2 Marathons in collaboration with JJML in early 2000s.  The 2015 Moby-Dick Marathon was sponsored by Canio's Cultural Cafe (501c3), to celebrate  Canio's Books 35th & Southampton Town's 375th anniversary.  If was the first Moveable MOBY:  6 Locations **, 163 Readers, 28 Hours, ONE book.  Stay tuned for Moby-Dick Marathon 2017.
** SH Cultural District partners: Bay Street, Eastville Community Historical Society, John Jermain Memorial Library, Old Whaler's Church, Whaling Museum.

This program was produced with the essential aid of Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka of Canio's Books

Music on today's program is by Stephen Sanfilippo, previously heard on East End Ink.

More selections from the marathon reading recorded at Canios Books will be available here on line.

Songs of Fish-Shaped Paumonok: Stephen and Susan Sanfilippo

updated June 2015

Sag Harbor whalemen left a treasure of literature and songs that are the subject of Stephen Sanfilippo's doctoral disertation. Add to that the songs written by East End baymen and Stephen himself and you have the ingredients for this month's East End Ink - recorded in Sag Harbor at Canio's Books.

Susan and Stephen divide their time between Southold on the North Fork of Long Island and Maine. Their concerts have been heard from Long Island and Mystic, CT to Prince Edward Island, Canada. They may be reached at or 207-726-4747 in Maine and 631-765-9257 on Long Island.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rosalind Brenner and Pamela Kallimanis

Today we present poets Rosalind Brenner and Pamela Kallimanis recorded in October 2014 at Canios Books, Sag Harbor.

The poets read from their work and from the work of their teacher at Sara Lawrence College, the late Kurt Brown.

They were introduced by Canio’s Maryann Calendrille.

Ms. Brenner’s work includes:

All That’s Left: Poems and Paintings published by Art House Press  and

Omega’s Garden, a compendium of women’s voices from Finishing Line Press.

Pamela Kallimanis’ work includes Zero Elegies from Three Mile Harbor Press, East Hampton.

Coming up soon:

On the weekend of June 12 to 14 The MOBY DICK Marathon returns.
In 1983, Canio Pavone started the yearly Marathon to celebrate Sag Harbor’s seafaring history and its literary tradition. 

The readings will be at Canios Books, the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum,
Bay Street Theater and other Sag Harbor venues.

Community members are invited to sign up to read a segment of Moby Dick.

East End Ink will be there to record much of the Marathon 
More information is available at Moby Dick Marathon