Monthly Archives: March 2006

March 29, 2006 – Gabrielle Zane


Gabrielle Zane is a poet, performer, and educator. As a Master Teaching Artist with the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Ms. Zane has been a writer-in-residence in schools throughout Connecticut. For the past eight years, she has taught creative writing to students of all ages and has been contracted by schools and arts/education agencies throughout New England. Her fifteen years of experience in education includes teaching at Eastern Connecticut State University, Manchester Community College, and The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. For three years, she was the coordinator of the Wonder, Words and People Program in local middle schools. Currently, Gabrielle is the Program Coordinator for the Windham Area Poetry Project’s Living Literature Program, which provides authors for residencies in the Windham CT area schools. She also is the Program Coordinator for CREC’s Images of Cultural Identity program. She’s on the editorial board of Curbstone Press and the steering committee for the Windham Area Poetry Project. As a member of the Poetry Alive! performance troupe, Gabrielle toured the country performing poetry to children of all ages. Nationally recognized for her performance, Gabrielle was the 1997 Connecticut Individual Performance Poetry Champion and the 1997 winner of the prestigious Slam Master’s Slam in Chicago. She has a chapbook entitled Being Your Eyes and Other Poems from Curbstone Press.

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March 22, 2006 – Open Mic


March 15, 2006 – Lou Orfanella

Lou Orfanella — a well-known writer, lecturer, teacher, and workshop facilitator, Lou Orfanella, the author of Composite Sketches, takes his readers inside the creative process with Scenes from an Ordinary Life: Getting Naked to Explore a Writer’s Process and Possibilities . In this unique combination of informative essays, personal anecdotes, writing samples, and thought provoking prompts, he combines instruction, inspiration, and memoir to create a literary scrapbook and a portable writing workshop for both novice and veteran authors.

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March 8, 2006 – Ira Joe Fisher

Ira Joe Fisher began his broadcast career at WGGO Radio in Salamanca, New York. He worked at WDOE in Dunkirk, New York and KWFR in San Angelo, Texas. In 1970 he moved to KHQ in Spokane, Washington. Doing his daily Ira Joe Radio Show and a variety of KHQ Television roles — host/interviewer of The Noon Thing, master-of-ceremonies for Starlit Stairway, essayist and weather reporter. Doing the weather assignment, Ira (who is not a meteorologist…) developed a presentation that incorporated his artistic talents and ability to write backward! In 1980, Ira accepted a position with WKRC Television in Cincinnati. He wrote backward, reported the weather, and presented video essays on a number of topics …and for which he won two regional television Emmy awards. Ira also served as co-host on P.M. Magazine. And he appeared regularly on WKRC Radio as a commentator. In 1983, Ira became a weather and features reporter for WABC Television. His day was divided between The Morning Show with Regis Philbin and Kathy Lee Gifford and Channel-7 Eyewitness News. He returned to Cincinnati to launch The Ira Joe Fisher Show, a daily talk/variety telecast that ran for two and a half years. Then it was back to New York and WNBC Television in 1989 for weather and feature reporting. In 1995, Ira joined WCBS Television, reporting the weather and conducting feature interviews. He now appears weekly on the CBS Television Network’s Saturday Early Show (where he has revived his “backward” weather presentation). Ira is a prolific writer and poet. He has two Emmys for television writing and he was a contributing editor for Spokane Magazine through the late ‘70s. The magazine published Ira’s whimsical essays on a wide range of subjects — coast-to-coast train trips, how a third-grader celebrates February, winter in snow-deep upstate New York, joining a softball team in puffy middle age. He went on to author regular newspaper columns in The Stamford Advocate and The Greenwich Times. Ira’s poetry has appeared in Poetry New York, The Alembic, The New York Quarterly, Entelechy International, Ridgefield Magazine and the anthology Confrontation. He is the author of Remembering Rew, a poetry chapbook. Ira has a book-length collection of verse he hopes to soon see published. He presents readings and conducts poetry workshops in New York and throughout New England. Ira has a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He teaches poetry, communications and broadcast history at New England College, lectures and teaches at the University of Connecticut, Stamford and at Founders Hall in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Ira is also an accomplished thespian. A member of Actors’ Equity, he regularly performed in the long-running musical The Fantasticks beginning in 1995. In the summer of 2003, he performed the role of “Henry VIII” in the musical The Prince and the Pauper at New York City’s Lambs Theatre. He appeared in the role of “Monsignor Buckley” in the two-act reader’s theatre drama The Garden of Dromore, presented at the New York University Hot Ink Festival. Ira has also appeared in the film “California Girls” with Robbie Benson and in the ABC daytime drama “Loving”.

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March 1, 2006 – Amy Holman

Amy Holman lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has poetry and prose most recently in The Best American Poetry (Scribner, 1999), The History of Panty Hose in America (Espresso Press, 1999), Poet Lore, Cross Connect, Literal Latte, 4th Street, The Cortland Review, and The Metropolitan Review. She is the Director of the Literary Horizons program at Poets & Writers, Inc., and teaches writers how to get published. Check out a poem of hers online at . Or check out her great article on the value of a literary agent at Amy Holman is an out of state poet, please consider donating a few dollars to help the poet get back to whence she came.

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