T. C. Gardstein
T. C. Gardstein is a writer, copyeditrix, artist, astrologer, and native New Yorker. Her first novel, Circuit, was well reviewed on POD-dy Mouth and is available for purchase on Amazon; T.C. also has some copies for sale. T.C.’s poetry has appeared in cleansheets.com and First Literary Review-East, and she was the best-selling author on the now defunct Paper Bag Press with her two erotica eBooks, Sandwich Filling and The Poetry Prostitute. Her anti-horoscope astrology blog is pluto-rising-astrology.blogspot.com. She is currently writing and illustrating a children’s book. T.C. has given featured reading performances at Madame X, Cornelia St. Café, Bowery Poetry Club, the Yippie Cafe, and Ding Dong Lounge in Manhattan, Galapagos in Brooklyn, and at the 2nd annual poetry festival on Governor’s Island last summer. She is thrilled to be making her first reading appearance in the borough of Queens.
Tony Gloeggler is a life long New Yorker. Born in Bed-Stuy, raised in Flushing and living somewhat happily in Kew Gardens. His poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies since the mid eighties. ONE WISH LEFT, his first full-length collection was initially published by Pavement Saw Press in 2000 and is now in its second edition. TONY GLOEGGLER’S GREATEST HITS came out on Pudding House Publications in 2009, and in 2010 THE LAST LIE, was published by NYQ Books. His new collection, Until The Last Light Leaves, will be forthcoming at the end of this year and focuses on his more than 30 years managing group homes for the mentally disabled and his relationship as a kind of step-father with the autistic son of an ex-girlfriend.
Carlos Hiraldo was born and raised in Manhattan. He currently lives and works in Queens as a professor within the City University of New York. His poems have appeared in Newton Literary, Bilingual Review, The View from Here, and the British journals Other Poetry and Fire. He lives in Astoria with his wife, fellow writer Annabel Short, and their two boys.
Karen Levy is a writer, storyteller and New York City Public High School English teacher. Born in Japan and raised in New York City, she has participated in storytelling festivals in Tennessee and reading series’ in Queens, honing her craft in her inner-city classrooms. She has presented workshops on public speaking in Lake Como, Italy and she specializes in teaching Shakespeare to unruly teens. Karen spends her summers in the Dominican Republic. During her travels across the country, she discovered the town of Sosua, the site of a Jewish diaspora during WWII; this town inspired her research and the writing of her novel, The Story You Choose to Tell.
Matt Thomas is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose stories, articles, and essays have appeared in The Journal of American Culture, The Worcester Review, Word Riot, The Writing Disorder, The Village Voice, and CBS New York.com. His debut novel, A Breach in Death, was released by Boxfire Press in March and is available on Amazon and in independent bookstores. He currently lives in Queens, NY with his wife.