Irish American Writers & Artists

May 30, 2013

Maura Mulligan at We Three Productions Reading Series on June 3rd

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We Three Productions Present Biweekly Readings


Poetry and Prose at

41 1st Avenue

Subway: B,D,6 Train to Broadway/Lafayette, F Train to 2nd Ave.


Monday, June 3rd at 8 P.M.

Alan Gordon is the author of the Fools’ Guild Mystery Series from St. Martin’s Minotaur Books. His short mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, horror and essays have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, Asimov’s SciFi, and Queens Noir, among others. He has also written book and lyrics for several musicals including “Girl Detective,” which was this year’s selection at Western Kentucky University’s Before Broadway program.
Deena Shanker is a writer living in New York City. She has contributed to, Salon, Tablet, Grist, GOOD, and a bunch of other places you’ve likely never heard of. If she could bring three things to a deserted island, they would be her trusty companion Barley, a copy of Lord of the Rings, and a giant refrigerator filled with cheese.

Before immigrating to America in 1958, Maura Mulligan worked on the family farm, danced on stage, and served pints in a pub in her native County Mayo, Ireland. In New York, she worked for the Telephone Company until she answered a higher call and became a nun. Leaving religious life in the70’s, she has since worn several hats including that of Irish dance and language teacher. Greenpoint Press published her memoir, Call of the Lark in 2012.
Oliver Baer has been a steady, august presence in the New York underground poetry and music scenes for some time: the Trouble Dolls recently set a series of his poems to music on their most recent album. Baer’s poetry is also juxtaposed with elegantly intriguing black-and-white photography in the book Baer Soul. His most recent poetry set to music, Gathering Souls, is now available.
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Martin McDonagh’s “The Lonesome West” Coming to The Tank Theatre

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The Lonesome West by Irish playwright, Martin McDonough, known for such plays as The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, is coming to the off-off Broadway stage in June.

The Lonesome West is a “satirical tale of a sibling rivalry between two irreverent brothers in the wake of their father’s untimely death. An oft-embattled priest and a precocious deb attempt to quell their troubles in this final installment of McDonagh’s acclaimed Leenane Trilogy.”


A Mark Forlenza Production
Directed by Ann Bowen
Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West


Mondays- June 3rd, 10th, & 17th
Tuesdays- June 4th, 11th, & 18th
Wednesdays- June 5th, 12th, & 19th
(All shows are @ 7:30pm)


The Tank
151 West 46th Street, 8th floor (

May 29, 2013

Scanlon does Shakespeare…in Central Park

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<p><a href=”″>Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam 2013 Seamus Scanlon Sonnet #94</a> from <a href=”″>Willful Pictures / Melinda Hall</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

May 24, 2013

Monologues & More! IAW&A Salon Showcases Our Collaborative Spirit

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by Karen Daly
Photos by Cat Dwyer

The true collaborative nature of the Irish American Writers and Artists Salon was on display at The Cell Theater on Tuesday, May 21. The special theme of Monologues & More brought a full house for a “fantastic” night. Poets, playwrights, dancers, actors and singers were bookended by pieces of history and comedy.

And in the middle, a birthday party for three popular folks: Maura Mulligan, John Kearns and Kevin McPartland.


John Kearns, Maura Mulligan, and Kevin McPartland


The evening started with a hush as Christy Kelly read from his new collection of poetry. Christy, a poet, screenwriter, and novelist is working on a novel entitled, Nobody Said.


Christy Kelly

Karen Daly showed her love of research into New York’s Irish history with a piece on a fascinating character: “Remember Me When You Get to New York: The Improbable Life of Jerome Collins.” A brilliant young man left County Cork in the 1860s on a journey that took him to the heart of the Irish nationalist movement in America… the salt marshes of New Jersey…elegant rooms in New York and Paris… and a terrible death on a failed Arctic expedition.


Karen Daly

Playwright Shelia Walsh and actor Jack O’Connell read from Sheila’s play in progress, Surrender in Somerville, a look at how a love affair in the 1960s reunites two lonely people decades later. Funny, touching, and great chemistry!


Jack O’Connell and Sheila Walsh

Sheila promises more laughs to come when she shares more scenes from Surrender in Somerville. You can see our talented Jack O’Connell on YouTube in Brazzaville Teen-Ager directed by Michael Cera.

Sharon Wajswol previewed two songs from the musical farce, Ex*rcise This! The Musical (book by Sharon Wajswol, music and lyrics by Robert Shard), “She’s Been Grieving” sung by Ben Boecker, and “I Am a Very Fancy Man” by Tom Schubert. First performed as a straight farce at HB Studio, NYC, the show is now in development as a full-blown musical with a new third act and the addition of 29 outstanding songs by composer and lyricist Robert Shard.


Sharon Wajswol

Ex*rcise This! The Musical is about Stephanie, a television news writer and widow with a pyromaniac teenage son. Her neighbor Mark, a playwright/shoe salesman is in love with her, but scared to ask her out. An exercise teacher also in love with her turns out to be a representative of the “dark side.” When Mark gets his messages crossed about his neighbor needing to be exercised, he calls his trusty priest Father O’Malley and all “hell” breaks loose.


Ben Boecker


                                                                                                               Tom Schubert

Bernadette Cullen who shared her poetry at a previous salon read from her work in progress about three generations of an Irish and Irish/American family. Tonight she read monologues from this compelling work. Bernadette is still undecided about actual format of this work, but she continues to write monologues. We look forward to seeing her progress.


Bernadette Cullen

In a poignant monologue enlivened by music and dance, Maura Mulligan took us back to rural Ireland in the 1950s, before they had running water and electricity. We joined her by the fire in her family’s thatched cottage on the night before she left County Mayo for America. Drawing from her memoir, Call of the Lark, Maura brought to life “The Last Night” when friends came to bid her a final farewell. Accompanied by expert fiddler, Marie Reilly, Maura’s lively dancers – Kate Foster, Stephanie Lutz, Michele Cetera, and Vera Wrenn – played the visiting friends who performed the traditional dance steps that Maura learned in childhood.


Maura Mulligan


Marie Reilly

Maura wishes to thank IAW&A member Mary Tierney of the Theater for the New City for her suggestions with the monologue.



Maura with Kate Foster, Stephanie Lutz, Vera Wrenn, and Michele Cetera

Paul Nugent and Anna Nugent starred in a staged reading of a tense one-act play, “The Long Wet Grass” covering subjects of loyalty, childhood and loss. Directed by Kira Simring of The Cell Theater, with stage directions by Leah Abrams of Custom Made Theatre Company, the play was adapted from the award-winning story from Seamus Scanlon’s collection, As Close As You’ll Ever Be.


Paul Nugent and Anna Nugent

Margaret McCarthy presented a monologue from her play, Deirdre Retrograde, based on her cycle of poems on the Deirdre myth. This monologue introduced Levorcham, Deirdre’s tutor in poetry and magic; it was commandingly performed by actor Marie Bridget Dundon, whose acting credits include Judith Shakespeare Company, The G.B. Shaw Project, Triangle Theatre Company, and extensive Canadian theatre and television. McCarthy is seeking a staged reading/production of the play and book publication of the poetry collection:


Marie Bridget Dundon

In his first time performing at the salon, but surely not on the stage, Noel Lawlor presented Tom’s monologue from the final scene of Tennessee Williams’, The Glass Menagerie. Our only monologue from an American theatrical classic.


Noel Lawlor

Sarah Fearon as Snazzy Peabody brought the night’s laughs in “ Life, Death & Taxes.” Snazzy puts the “real” in real estate and a bit of the surreal, too.  No deal is too small or too big for Snazzy! With an enormous helmet of hair and the largest tinted glasses a human head can hold, Snazzy is waiting for her tax accountant while she wields calls via her surgically attached phone. This “head case” gives her opinions on the Native American “sale” of Manhattan Island, picking out a cemetery plot with a view of the New York skyline, and dealing with kids in cyber comas. Snazzy hopes to buy a “smart clone” to eventually do her taxes.


Sarah Fearon as Snazzy Peabody

John Skocik, actor and lead singer of Girl To Gorilla, read a monologue from John Kearns’s play, Resignations, about two women with artistic ambitions working in an absurd office.  John’s monologue was one of five conference calls in the play, which parody corporate jargon from various industries.  The Conference Calls have been published by the literary magazines, Fact-Simile and ASBDQ.


John Skocik

We usually close with a song and the wonderful Vera Wrenn lead us in the “Connemara Cradle Song.” A lullaby to a child and at the same time, a hope that her husband, a fisherman, will return home from the sea, this lovely song was source of the American folk song “Down in the Valley.” Vera chose it to engage the audience to sing along and engage we did.


Vera Wrenn Getting the Audience to Sing Along

A perfect gentle ending to a jam-packed night.

Join us next time, Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm at the Bar Thalia, Broadway & 95th Street.

Here is the complete schedule of Salons for 2013. They all begin at  7 pm.

May 22, 2013

New York-New Belfast returns, deep discount for IAW&A members

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On 12-13 June 2013 Belfast will set out its stall in the Big Apple at the Belfast Media Group/Irish Echo’s fourth annual New York-New Belfast conference, held at the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus.

The Irish American Writers & Artists will again be a sponsor of the event.

The conference will spotlight the bridges of progress and prosperity being built between the citizens of the two great cities of New York and Belfast, looking optimistically to the future while celebrating our shared past.  The conference will culminate with the sixth annual Irish Echo Index luncheon, honoring 30 top companies with operations in the US and Ireland.

Opening night will have an arts and culture focus, with a session called ‘Across the Broad Atlantic’ with Geraldine Hughes and students of Fordham University Theater Department with a specially prepared production ‘My Lagan Love.’ Then IAW&A board member John Lee moderates “More than an Add-On: Arts and our Cities” with panelists sculptor John Ahearn,  filmmaker MacDara Vallely, Pauline Turley of the Irish Arts Center and dancer Darrah Carr.  There will also be screenings of several film clips and an interview with children’s book author Oliver Jeffers.

After a varied program the next day, delegates will break for lunch, and a performance by IAW&A member Tara O’Grady.

IAW&A members will get a deep discount when they order tickets HERE, $60 for the full conference,  $20 for the just the opening night.


May 20, 2013

The Salon at the Cell takes a turn dramatic turn…

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Actors, playwrights and dramatists take the stage in this Tuesday’s Salon at the Cell, including…

A staged reading of a new ten minute play ‘The Long Wet Grass’ written by Seamus Scanlon and starring Paul Nugent ( and Anna Nugent ( and directed by Kira Simring ( will be presented at the IAWA Salon Tue May 21st at the Cell Theater on West 23rd street.


“McGowan is faced with a very personal ethical dilemma in this short play based on The Long Wet Grass story from the collection As Close As You’ll Ever Be,” Scanlon said.

The Cell is a half a block from the E train, 1.5 blocks from the 1, 2.5 blocks from F and PATH.  The Salon starts at 7.

May 16, 2013

IAW&A Road Salon II: The City of Brotherly Love

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Thanks to the support and the planning of the Consulate General of Ireland, the Irish American Writers and Artists Salon will be presenting its second “road” Salon at the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute in Philadelphia on June 7, 2013, with a reception at 6 pm followed by the Salon at 6:30.

Founded in 1850, the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square was created to help working Catholic children, often Irish and German immigrants, to continue their education. It is the oldest private club of its kind in the nation.


The Salon will feature a group of regular presenters from the New York City Salons along with a group of presenters from Philadelphia.

The New York presenters for this second road Salon will be:

Kevin R.McPartland is a native Brooklynite, novelist, and short story writer. His novel Brownstone Dreams is being published in June by Boann Books and Media. His work has appeared in such publications as AIM Magazine, Chicago, IL, Grit Magazine, Williamsport, PA, and a much-revered anthology of short stories by Vietnam Veterans entitled, Adventures In Hell, Ritz Publishing, 1990.

Guenevere Donohue is a Native New York theatre artist: actress, playwright, designer, singer/songwriter and poet. She recently made her directing debut with the NYC premiere of Passing Through, by Tristan Grigsby, at Theatre for The New City. Guen has performed her original plays at Cherry Lane Studio, Dixon Place, Metropolitan Playhouse, The Makor Center, and The Boulder Fringe Festival. She penned and played the roles of Jackson Pollock in The Painters’ Project and Constance in Krack, both directed by George Bartenieff, and was awarded a John Golden Playwrights Fellowship for The Poecock. Currently Guenevere is working on, Killer Is My Name, a music-theatre piece, about her US Marine/Spy father, warrior culture, and growing up in the Bronx. Some favorite roles in things she did not write — Queen Margaret in Wars of The Roses, Hamlet in Hamlet, Arkadina in The Seagull, and being a movement theatre ensemble member at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Good craic!


Mark William Butler is a playwright, composer, and short story writer who has over thirty theatrical productions to his credit, including the upcoming staging of his one-act screwball comedy, “The Laundry War,” in The Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival in New York City. His one-act musical, “Bad Christmas Sweater,” won a Best Play award at the same festival last year, and is slated for a full-length showcase production this holiday season. His short story, “Cool and Clean and Crisp,” was featured in the Best American Erotica book series (Simon & Shuster, edited by Susie Bright), and was cited in Ms. Bright’s How to Write a Dirty Story. His other stage shows include Cat Gets Credit Card, Instant Happy, Secret Santa’s Juicy Jollies and God and Friends – One Night Only!  His brother, actor and director Richard P. Butler, will be singing Mark’s original composition.

Maura Mulligan was born in Aghamore, County Mayo in the west of Ireland. A retired NYC public school teacher, Maura has a Masters Degree in Education from Hunter College of the City University of New York. In her Mayo farm, she dibbled the spuds and danced on stage before immigrating to America in 1958. In the bustling new world of New York, she worked as a telephone operator, and later, answered a higher call to become a nun. After leaving religious life, she taught English to speakers of other languages and Irish to speakers of English. Currently, she teaches ceílí dance in Manhattan. Maura’s writing has appeared in The Irish Times, Irish America Magazine, The Irish Echo, The Irish Examiner as well as online. Call of the Lark, a memoir published by Greenpoint Press in 2012 received rave reviews in Mayo, Australia and the US.

John Kearns (MC and presenter) is a native of the Philadelphia area and the Treasurer and Salon Producer for Irish American Writers and Artists. John is the author of the short-story collection, Dreams and Dull Realities and the novel, The World. His novel-in-progress, Worlds, was a finalist in the 2002 New Century Writers’ Awards. He has had five full-length and five one-act plays produced in Manhattan, including In the WildernessSons of Molly MaguireIn a Bucket of Blood, and Designers with Dirty Faces. His fiction has appeared in The Medulla Review and Danse Macabre. John’s poems have appeared in in the North American Review, the Grey Sparrow Journal, and Feile-Festa, and the ASBDQ experimental text journal. John has a Masters Degree in Irish Literature from the Catholic University of America.

Joining us once again from the Irish Consulate and the IAW&A will be:

Marie Reilly: A premier Irish fiddler from Co. Longford who performs with a unique, distinctive Leitrim style passed down through eight generations, Marie has won numerous championship competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Fleadh Great Britain and a myriad of festivals throughout Ireland, England, Scotland and the USA.  Marie appeared on national television in Ireland, performed in concert at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and at the Lincoln Center OurLand Festival, the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University, CT and the Cell Theatre, New York. Marie recently released a CD, The Anvil, dedicated to her father, Michael Reilly from Drumreilly, Co. Leitrim.

The Philadelphia presenters will be:

Jared Michael Delaney, Associate Artistic Director of Inis Nua Theatre Company: is well-known to Philadelphia audiences, having appeared on stage at the Walnut Street Theatre (The Glass Menagerie; Phila. and regional tour), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, Lantern Theater (Barrymore Award, “Outstanding Ensemble” for The Comedy of Errors), Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Penn. Shakespeare Theatre, Phila. Artists’ Collective, Azuka Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theater and others. Regionally, he has been seen at the Folger Theater (DC), Sierra Rep. Theatre (CA) and River Valley Rep (NY). Jared has appeared in Inis Nua productions of Crazy Gary’s Mobile DiscoTrad (Philly and NYC), Skin DeepGagarin WayThe Early Bird and Dublin by Lamplight. Following his appearance inTrad, he accepted the position of Associate Artistic Director and, with that, a seat on our board. Among his duties for Inis Nua, Jared selects and directs the Reading Series and produces The Craicdown!, Inis Nua’s annual musical fundraiser.

Paraic Keane: Born in Dublin, Ireland into a musical family, Paraic Keane has been around Irish Trad sesisiuns his whole life. His father Sean Keane has been a member of The Chieftans for over 40 years and his uncle James Keane is a world famous button box accordion player. With this background it’s not hard to imagine Paraic’s talent and ability when it comes to playing Irish traditional fiddle. Paraic himself has performed all around the world since his teenage years and has performed both solo and with bands, including the Chieftans, in places like Germany, Japan, Las Vegas and Florida. He’s been living in the Philadelphia area for the past 5 years and can be found leading seisiuns at Fergie’s, the Plough & the Stars, Con Murphy’s, The Hill Tavern and other Philly pubs. Paraic also teaches Irish style fiddle in his spare time. He currently resides in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

Gabriel Donohue is a multi instrumentalist. Singer/songwriter. He has performed with the Chieftains, Eileen Ivers Band. Michael Flatley, Joanie Madden and Seamus Connolly. He has produced scores of CDs. He has recorded with the Boston Pops and played at Carnegie and the Royal Albert Hall.

Dr Marian Makins is an accomplished singer in the traditional Irish genre. She sings in Scots and Irish Gaelic. She is featured in an upcoming film called Trumpet my Return. She holds a Ph.D. in Classical Studies and teaches writing at the University of Pennsylvania.

VenueCatholic Philopatrian Literary Institute
Address: 1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
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Phone:(215) 567-2909
Time: 6 pm.

Hope to see you there!


Other “road” Salons with other IAW&A presenters are in the works!  Stay tuned.

May 13, 2013

IAW&A Writers Reading at Spring Lake Irish Festival This Saturday, May 18th

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On Saturday, May 18th, from noon to four in Spring Lake, New Jersey, IAW&A members will be reading in the Author’s Den of the Spring Lake Irish Festival.

Here are the authors who will be reading and signing books and the schedule:

  • John KearnsDreams and Dull Realities & The World – 12:30-1
  • John Liam SheaCut and Run in the Bronx – 1-1:30
  • Mike FarragherThis Is Your Brain on Shamrocks & 50 Shades of Green – 1:30-2
  • Maura MulliganCall of the Lark – 2-2:30
  • Seamus ScanlonAs Close As You’ll Ever Be – 3-3:30
  • Colin BroderickThat’s That: A Memoir & Orangutan – 3:30-4

Click on the image below for a look at the  readers and books.

author's den photo

Special thanks for Mike Farragher for organizing the event!  

It should be a great day of Irish culture and Irish-American writing by the sea.

spring lake homecoming

Come on out to support our authors and the Jersey Shore!

Where: 3rd Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ
When: Saturday, May 18th, 12-4 pm
Trains from NYC: NJ Transit from Penn Station to Long Branch then from Long Branch to Spring Lake –
Contact: Mary Reilly,, 732.449.6650

May 9, 2013

May 7, 2013 Salon: A Devil of a Time at Bar Thalia

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by Karen Daly

Photos by Mark Butler

An exceptional night at the salon! We had supremely talented first-time presenters and passionate work from familiar faces at the Bar Thalia on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Salon producer and the evening’s host, John Kearns, read an excerpt from his novel in progress, Worlds.  In this segment, Stephanie, the barmaid, and the two men who are interested in her, Englishman Gavin and Irish-American Paul Logan, are on their way from lower Manhattan to Hell’s Kitchen. Finding that a small dumpling shop in Chinatown is open late, they make an impromptu gluttonous stop and gorge themselves on dumplings and pork buns in a car parked on Mulberry Bend. Delivered with gusto!  John promises that this car trip to Hell’s Kitchen will cover all the Deadly Sins.  See more of his work at


John Kearns

Kathleen Vaughan read a chapter from her forthcoming book. The chapter title was “Father Teaches Daughter How To Be a Daughter & Daughter Teaches Father How To Be a Father.” The special love between Kathleen and her father was palpable in her reading.  Salon members called it  “… inspiring, touching and yet so gentle…” and look forward to more of Kathleen’s story.


Kate Vaughan

First-time reader, Memphis-based Aisling Cordon Maki presented two stories.  The first one was about her West Donegal grandmother’s affinity for birds, particularly the cuckoo bird, “a lazy, lecherous species whose male is, of course, useless — flying the coop immediately after getting his rocks off.”

Despite his “nasty reproductive behavior,” Aisling’s granny, Hannah MacGrianna, celebrated the cuckoo as the harbinger of summer Ireland. “Its cuckoo, cuckoo was the song of her youth — of dancing at the crossroads and singing around the bonfires on Oiche Eoin; of Northern sunlight tickling wildflowers and freckled faces; and of seals and salty bottomed boats bobbing in the cool waves of a fresh Atlantic dawn.”


Aisling Maki

Aisling’s second piece was a humorous take on being Irish Catholic in the South, from trying to acclimate a Southern Baptist husband to the Catholic mass (“Ya’ll drink wine and burn incense at church?”) to needing a fake WASP name to use for to-go orders. “Here in the Northeastern US, we take for granted the fact that we who were raised in immigrant households have others who share our story. But such camaraderie is a rare, rare find below the Mason-Dixon line, where it’s nearly impossible to find Aoifes, Siobhans Oisins and Malachys.”

Aisling found that camaraderie tonight. She is working on a memoir and a novel and is seeking representation.

Ray Lindie, actor, playwright, and writer, read a story called “The Beefeater Martini.” When Ray was bartending at the fabled literary hangout Elaine’s, he carefully mixed a drink for a charming southern gentleman. Unbeknownst to the bartender/actor, he was making this Beefeater Martini for his idol, Tennessee Williams. As Ray described every step, listeners could see the process,  and for those so inclined, thirst for a martini.


Ray Lindie

Guenevere Donohue, actor, director, playwright, captivated the group by becoming Violet Gibson, a now forgotten historical figure who became known throughout the world in 1926 when she shot Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini. The failed assassination attempt landed Violet in an asylum in Llanfairfechan, Wales, where Guen’s grandmother became her night-nurse. That story from Granny landed the would-be assassin in Guenevere’s play, The Poecock.


Guen Donohue

The fabulous Butler Boys… Mark William Butler presented his ten-minute one-act play, “Sleeping with Movie Stars,” which is about a rather unusual session between a frustrated man and his therapist. Mark and his brother Richard Butler were terrifically funny reading this piece. Mark may expand the play into a longer piece, and include as many movie stars as he can dream up.


Mark Butler

Then Richard P. Butler, actor, singer, director, sang beautiful renditions of two songs: “I Miss the Mountains” from the musical, Next To Normal (music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey), and “Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie (music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan).


Richard Butler

First timer Jon Gordon, world-renowned saxophone player and composer,  ( read from his memoir, For Sue – A Memoir.  Here’s his review from the influential book-review journal Kirkus:

“An honest, heartbreaking remembrance of an addict and mother. In simple, unadorned prose, each chapter comprises a series of loosely themed recollections. Many highlight his mother’s popularity among friends and her universally recognized charisma. The darker material is gripping, if horrifying, and readers are sure to root for the narrator’s charming child-self. Deftly conjured, this portrait of the author’s imperfect mother is neither indictment nor defense; a fine addition to the memoir genre.”


Tom Mahon read a piece of non-fiction called, “The Woman Who Made My Mother Laugh.”  Tom, a young boy in Bayonne, New Jersey, comes home to find his mother laughing like he had never heard her laugh before. The cause was a milk delivery woman, a concentration-camp survivor who took over her husband’s milk route when he died in the mid-50s. Mrs. Kauffman and Mrs. Mahon were able to break through their isolated loneliness through laughter until Mrs. Kauffman died.  A tender story from a salon regular.


Tom Mahon

Karen Harter who hails from Co. Wexford read from the opening pages of her work in progress, a fantasy novel titled Slanu. On her deathbed, a sixteen-year-old girl is visited by two strangers filled with promises of a world unmarred by affliction. A perfect world known as SLANU. What they fail to mention, is that to reach SLANU she must first cross a land at war with itself. And that the future of this land and its inhabitants lies in her hands.

Tonight was Karen’s first time presenting at the Salon, which she found “both motivating and inspiring” and many Salon goers returned the compliment.  Follow Karen on both Facebook and twitter @karenharter


Karen Harter

Jim Rodgers read another chapter of his novel, Long Night’s End. The protagonist Johnny Gunn, still reeling from the death of his son and the suicide of his best friend, with his mistress pregnant with his child, goes on a bender after playing a gig on the Lower East Side. Leaving the club  Johnny wanders out into the night, gets robbed and beaten by drug dealers, passes out against a store front, and is awakened the next morning by an Orthodox Jewish milliner trying to open up his store. We await to see if Johnny will pull out of his moral and spiritual nosedive.


Jim Rodgers

John Paul Skocik returned to the Salon to perform a few more songs from his repertoire: first was “Keys On the Counter,” about the end of a relationship and the realization of time lost; next was “Rehab,” based on true events about a person who desires self-destruction, despite knowing better and regardless of consequence; and finally “You’re No Good,” which is basically self-explanatory. His band Girl To Gorilla is currently recording their second album, and they’ll be appearing live at The Grand Victory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this Memorial Day, May 27. Tickets are available at more information on Girl To Gorilla, visit would also like to thank his lovely wife, Jessica, and their newborn son, Jack, for their love and support, though Jess is a little more aware of it than Jack at the moment.



John Skocik

Malachy McCourt read his contribution to a book called The Face in the Mirror.  It summed up his life from his childhood in Limerick “that city of death…and despair” and limited prospects to his full life as an actor, author raconteur, family man in America, aided by the “miracle of the Carnegie Library’s” arriving in Limerick. Honest, moving, raw, funny, uplifting… pure Malachy.

And he sang us out with “Whiskey, You’re the Devil”!

Whiskey, you’re the devil, you’re leadin’ me astray
Over hills and mountains and to Amerikay
You’re sweeter, stronger, decenter, you’re spunkier than tae
O whiskey, you’re my darlin’ drunk or sober


Malachy With a Hell of an Ending

Don’t forget the IAW&A General Membership meeting at the Irish Consulate on June 19th.  Mark your calendars!

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