Why read “To Kill a Mockingbird”

As Staten Island OutLOUD prepares for our Autumn 2014 series on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for The Big Read – Our friend Ted Lochwyn recalls the first time he read Mockingbird as a young boy.

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Bloomsday OutLOUD 2014

Thanks to the Staten Island Advance’s AWE Magazine, Arts Editor Michael Fressola and AWE Editor Rob Bailey-Millado for this article & video feature on Staten Island OutLOUD’s annual celebration of James Joyce – Bloomsday OutLOUD 2014.  Thanks to Staten Island Creative Community, who welcomed us to their gallery at 139 Bay Street: Joyce & Ira Goldstein and Linda Rossi.

  Kudos to our host Jim Hill, our troubadour Gary Moore, our Homerian Jonathan Bricklin, our performance art scholar Melissa West, and to everyone who participated & made it such a lovely evening.

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A Medley of Staten Island OutLOUD Video Features

This short video presents an overview of Staten Island OutLOUD’s work with people of all ages & backgrounds.  It describes our variety of programs featuring poetry, prose, historic texts and other compelling works.  Click on this link:   (To view this video clip, you may have to sign in via your own YouTube account)

And here’s a quick DIY video of two Staten Island OutLOUD guests’ impromptu bilingual reading from The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-jan, on a sunny afternoon.  Click on this link:   (To view this video clip, you may have to sign in via your own YouTube account)

Staten Island OutLOUD is proud to host readings of poetry & prose by Native American writers, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. We’re always pleased to welcome diverse families & individuals to these events. During one such reading, a young Dad was so touched that he spontaneously sang to his kids and to all our guests. To hear his brief but exuberant song, click on this link:    (In order to view this video clip, you may have to sign in via your own YouTube account)

Staten Island OutLOUD was proud to receive the 2009 Achievement In Arts & Humanities Award from the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (now known as Staten Island Arts).  Here’s a link to a short video that COAHSI and our friends at Time-Warner created for the awards gala:

Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday Party – OutLOUD

By popular demand, Staten Island OutLOUD added some extra Big Read events in January & February 2014, to continue our series, Stories & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.   We celebrated Edgar’s Birthday at the beautiful newly-renovated Stapleton Branch Library, with Poe’s poetry, readings & music by Gary Moore, and hosted by OutLOUD’s Board member Doris Nielsen – with nearly 70 neighborhood kids & their parents, together with our special guests Jean Jamate & the fabulous staff at the Stapleton Branch.  Some kids were so inspired by Poe’s poems & stories, that they improvised their own rhymes & tales, right on the spot (sometimes with a little help from Gary & Doris)!

Below is a photo collage, courtesy of the Stapleton Branch Library: Poe Birthday -Stapleton NYPL collage



And that’s not all!  NY1-TV reporter Patti Murphy stopped by to celebrate with us!  Check out her feature video, in the link below:

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire – 100th Anniversary

S.I. Families Remember Ancestors Affected By Triangle Shirtwaist Fire – NY1.comFor the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Staten Island S.I. Families Remember Ancestors Affected By Triangle Shirtwaist Fire – NY1.comOutLOUD hosted a reading of historic documents on the tragedy, together with songs and music (sung in Yiddish and in English).  We met at Historic Richmond Town, just a few steps from the cemetery where a number of Triangle workers are buried.  Some of our guests were family members of Triangle workers.

WNYC – Video “Reading Mark Twain on Staten Island”

Here’s a video that NPR made of a recent OutLOUD event. We’re delighted with it.

Please also see the article by Jennifer Hsu on WNYC Culture’s Web site.