ROXBURY, NJ - Some local writers, who have been making the most of their stay-at-home time, will share their literary creations at Roxbury Voices, a virtual, public reading taking place next week.
Members of Write On: Roxbury Writers’ Workshop will share their literary creations on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to virtually attend the free event, sponsored by the Roxbury Public Library. Registration through the library is required but no library cards necessary to attend.
“A reading of an author's written words be it fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essay or a poem, is a noteworthy event," said Roxbury Writers' Workshop member Rosemary Szablewicz. "The printed comments, statements and observations come to life when spoken aloud to an audience. The reading affords the listener to feel and be part of the scene, thoughts and conversations the author has created.”
Six Workshop writers have produced short stories, novels, poetry and essays. Those who attend the presentation will hear excerpts from the original works.
The narratives may provide tears, laughter or puzzlement. The event promises to be an evening of diversion and a mingling of ideas.
Paula Frisch will read The Five Fishermen.
“My story is about five men from Succasunna who go on their annual fishing trip to the Jersey Shore,” said Paula. “It is a perfect day for a fishing trip; or is it?”
Vicky Lynn Barnaski-Casey: My Life Story will be read by its creator, David Greenberg.
“Being a writer has been a goal since a friend, who has written three books, suggested I bring my goal to reality and begin writing,“ said Greenberg. His story centers on a small-town musical prodigy who has her sights set on The Juilliard School and a career as a concert pianist.
Dan Rose, who taught English for more than 20 years to elementary, secondary and college students in New England, New Jersey and the United Kingdom, will read his original poem, There’s A Poem in My Bed.
Szablewicz has been published in Newsday (NY), Post & Courier (SC), Good Housekeeping, Travel Holiday, House and Long Island Pennysaver. She will share her short story, She He and He, where love, lies and coveted desires are not a good blueprint for a relationship.
Jack E. Wolfe, who studied with Christina Baker Kline in New York City and Mary Helen Stefanik in Iowa City, will read his short story, What Price Honesty.
About his story, Wolfe said, “Truth, like beauty, can appear to be in the eye of the beholder. But what happens when a man’s unpopular truth becomes apparently infallible? Will strained and abandoned bonds heal? Or will the new normal remain in place?”
“This band of writers has been working so hard, critiquing each other's works in a very friendly way and lifting each other up in motivation and precision,” said Roxbury Library Program Coordinator Karen Cerreta. “I am glad and grateful they will share their works with us all. The virtual platform is a great and easy way we can all hear from them directly, and appreciate the talent we have right in our own community.”
Anyone wishing to attend can register online at https://roxburylibrary.org/event/4551462 or by calling the library at (973) 584-2400.