Harper Lee & “Go Set a Watchman”

On February 3, 2015, Harper Lee’s publisher announced the stunning news that the “lost” manuscript of Go Set a Watchman had been found, and would be published in July, 2015.  There are multiple accounts surrounding this news, and about the whereabouts of the Watchman manuscript, and the story continues to develop.  The Staten Island Advance called OutLOUD moments after the story broke, and a portion of our conversation appears in this article, which appeared in print in the February 8, 2015 edition of the Advance.Watchman-Advance Feb 8 2015

OutLOUD in TimeOut

Time Out-SIOL-Poe Oct 3 2013Staten Island OutLOUD was pleased to be invited to perform two Poe short stories at New York’s historic Morgan Library and Museum, when they featured a stunning exhibition of Poe’s manuscripts at the same time OutLOUD’s Poe Big Read was in progress (across the Harbor).

Our friends at the Morgan reported that OutLOUD’s event sold out fast, and we were happy to add a second performance, which also sold out.  We had a wonderful time performing two Poe stories to two SRO audiences, in Jack Morgan’s beautiful private dining room.

TimeOut-New York featured OutLOUD’s event at the Morgan in its “This Week in NY” column for October 3-9, 2013.  Here’s a tear-sheet from that week’s issue…






OutLOUD in the New York Times

Staten Island OutLOUD’s Poe Big Read events were featured all over town.  Here’s a cllpping from the New York Times Weekend section on Sept 20, 2013 that featured our Poe Big Read Kickoff Weekend:  Ravin’ With the Raven at the Richmondtown branch library, and our light-hearted Poe Seance at ETG Book Cafe.  A good time was had by all, at both events!NYTimes_Poe_OutLOUD_Oct_2013

Poe: The Goth Father

The Staten Island Advance featured OutLOUD’s Autumn 2013 series for The Big Read: Stories & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe in a cover and multi-page spread in the weekly AWE section on arts activities.

Image of the cover & article ar attached.  Below is an image of the article, plus the link to the article (Staten Island OutLOUD presents sprawling series of eclectic Big Read events:


AWE-Poe Cover - jpg Sept 19 2013

Veteran-Civilian Dialogue

The Staten Island Advance featured OutLOUD’s upcoming event in our series for The Big Read: A Veteran-Civilian Dialogue scheduled for Sunday, April 14, 2pm at Brighton Heights Church Auditorium.

An image of the article is attached.  Below is an image of the article, plus the link (In the link, please scroll down to the article on Staten Island OutLOUD, which appears on p10 of the AWE Arts & Entertainment section):


Apr 11 2013 Vet-Civilian Dialogue

The Big Read – Reboot!

Staten Island OutLOUD’s series for the National Endowment for the Arts/The Big Read, on Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried was originally scheduled to begin on Saturday, November 3, 2012 – But Hurricane Sandy devastated our community just a few days before our kickoff event.  Our neighbors urged us to go forward with as many events as possible; they said that we needed to come together at this time of crisis.  However, some events had to be postponed, due to hurricane damage or cleanup at some venues.  So we went forward with as many events as possible, and we rescheduled other Big Read programs for March-April 2013, to complete the series originally planned for November-December 2012.  Please join us!

Here’s a March 7, 2013 article in the Staten Island Advance, our community’s daily paper.The Big Read Reboot

Editorial Announces NEA/Big Read Award to Staten Island OutLOUD

The Staten Island Advance, our community’s daily newspaper, the flagship paper of Newhouse Publications, has championed Staten Island’s growing arts community.  Staten Island OutLOUD was gratified that Rob Bailey, the Editor of the Advance’s weekly AWE supplement on arts and entertainment, featured a special editorial on Staten Island OutLOUD’s second NEA award to present The Big Read in our community: Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.

TTTC - Baily editorial - July 2012

Reading the Declaration OutLOUD

-Carse-AdvanceStaten Island OutLOUD celebrates the Fourth by reading the Declaration aloud

by Kathryn Carse, Staten Island Advance, July 4, 2012

OutLOUD reads the Declaration: South Shore

Declaration Reading: South ShoreJuly 4 2012-Conf House-McIntosh-Advance

Reading the Declaration: North Shore

OutLOUD welcomed our guests to Fort Wadsworth for our North Shore reading of the DeclarationOutLOUD at Fort Wadsworth

Mark Twain Is the Focus for Staten Island OutLOUD & The Big Read

The Staten Island Advance, our borough’s daily paper, celebrated Staten Island OutLOUD’s upcoming kick-off of The Big Read and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with a four-page center spread in AWE, the Advance‘s big weekly culture and entertainment supplement.  This marvelous feature appeared on January 12, 2012:


Explore the Feasts of Mark Twain

Staten Island OutLOUD enjoys finding interesting books and other materials related to Mark Twain and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  The Staten Island Advance invited us to review a marvelous book on Twain’s fantasy menu, Twain’s Feast, by Andrew Beahrs.  This article appeared in the Advance on January 26, 2012:


Tom & Huck In Egypt

Staten Island OutLOUD hosts many events celebrating The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for the Big Read, all over Staten Island.  Sometimes, just for fun and variety, we combine Tom Sawyer with some of Twain’s other work.  When we came to Historic Richmond Town, we offered a double-bill: Readings from Tom Sawyer, together with an excerpt from Tom Sawyer Abroad – the chapters in which Tom, Huck and Jim explore Egypt.  When the three travelers from Hannibal discover the pyramids, hilarity ensues.  Here’s a preview from the Staten Island Advance, February 29, 2012:


A Pen Warmed Up In Hell: Mark Twain’s protest writing

Staten Island OutLOUD drew a standing-room-only crowd at Cafe 4 St Pauls Avenue, when we presented an evening of readings from Tom Sawyer, and from Mark Twain’s protest writing.

Here’s a preview from the Staten Island Advance, February 8, 2012:


Las Aventuras de Tom Sawyer

Staten Island OutLOUD is presenting several Spanish-language events for The Big Read, plus an ongoing book giveaway of Las Aventuras de Tom Sawyer, a Spanish translation of Twain’s classic.

Here’s an announcement from the Staten Island Advance, February 22, 2012:


Characters from Tom Sawyer come alive

Staten Island OutLOUD’s kick-off event for The Big Read drew a full house on Saturday, January 28, 2012.

Here’s a story from the Staten Island Advance, January 29, 2012:


New exhibit with Staten Island OutLOUD at Greenbelt Nature Center

Staten Island OutLOUD is proud to collaborate with Creative Photographers Guild to present several special events at the Greenbelt Nature Center.  This article appeared in the Staten Island Advance on February 29, 2012:


Staten Island OutLOUD invites you to make a short video on Mark Twain’s American classic

The Staten Island Advance,our borough’s daily paper, is promoting Staten Island OutLOUD’s Big Read series on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with lots of fun features.  This article appeared on February 15, 2012:



Silive.com – National Endowment for the Arts selects Staten Island OutLOUD for national honor

Published: Sunday, July 17, 2011
By: Rob Bailey – silive.com
Excerpt: STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — What a perfect 10th anniversary present.
Staten Island OutLOUD, a grass-roots dialogue and performance project, has been selected to by the National Endowment for the Arts to host The Big Read, a program designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. OutLOUD is one of only 76 organizations nationwide to receive this honor.


Epoch Times: Life & Leisure – November 10th, 2010

Section: Epoch Times – Arts & Culture – Life & Leisure
Title: Staten Island Reads Chinese Poetry
Excerpt: Poets of the Tiananmen Square Massacre exile and classical Chinese scholars might not be your typical reading material but for a group of Staten Island neighbors hungry to share great works of world literature…

ChinesePoetry-Epoch-Oct 2010

Staten Island Advance – Thursday August 12th, 2010

Section: Shore Family Fun
Title: Read Aloud to Rover
Subtitle: New Staten Island OutLOUD program links children, therapy dogs to promote reading

Paws-Greenbelt clipping – Aug 2010

The New York Times – July 30th – Aug 5th

Excerpt: Staten Island OutLOUD(Saturday) The great whale of literature will come ashore near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, with Captain Ahab welding a microphone…

NYT Moby clipping -July 2010

Staten Island Advance – Article Published June 24th

Title: A Salute to Summer in Tappen Park
Subtitle: Dozens gather to hear poem called The Emperor of Ice Cream then parade and read their own works and rhymes

Tappen-Emperor clipping – June 2010

Bessie Coleman OutLOUD

Staten Island OutLOUD gathered neighbors at historic Miller Field to explore the life of Bessie Coleman, the first African American pilot to be licensed internationally.  We were especially pleased to welcome members of the Bessie Coleman Society, who joined us that day.Bessie Coleman NYT July 2011

Canterbury Tales OutLOUD

OutLOUD has devised an irreverent chamber production of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.  Here’s something from the New York Times on our first performance.

Canterbury Tales

Moby Dick OutLOUD

Staten Island OutLOUD’s celebration of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick has become an Island summer tradition.  Here’s an article about our neighbor, Red Jackman – our Ahab incarnate-July 2010stalwart Captain Ahab.

Reading the Declaration at the Conference House

Staten Island OutLOUD enjoys welcoming our neighbors to read the Declaration on the North Shore and on the South Shore.  Epoch-Declaration-July 2010