Fri. April 3rd, Coffeehouse: Got the blues? — Organize!!!!

March 12, 2009 at 6:40 am 1 comment

Friday, April 3, 2009 at 8pm come to PeaceSmiths’ Topical, A-Typical Folk Music, Poetry and Whatever Coffeehouse.

Got the blues? Come organize. It makes you feel better. We have a table full of info on local music, politics, petitions and community concerns. Come bring some literature and promote your favorite cause (or band!)

This month, featuring:

Poet Amy King: Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere
Phil Minissale: The Blues Boy of Long Island

Open Time – Maybe you!

Our PeaceSmiths coffeehouses are held at:

First United Methodist Church in Amityville
25 Broadway/rt110 (Southmost end near Merrick Rd/Montauk hwy)
This is a short car trip from the Amityville Train Station. (A little too far for most people to walk.) If you call a day or so in advance, we can arrange a pick up at the train station: (631) 798-0778, leave a message.

$7 suggested donation
Less if necessary, more if possible.
includes healthy munchies.


Amy King:

Amy King is a popular, New York City poet, who recently moved to Nassau County, Long Island.

Amy King edits the Poetics List, sponsored by The Electronic Poetry Center (SUNY-Buffalo/University of Pennsylvania), moderates the Women’s Poetry Listserv (WOMPO) and the Goodreads Poetry! Group, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College Her poems have been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and she has been the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry. She is currently editing an anthology, The Urban Poetic, forthcoming from Factory School. King co-curates the reading series entitled The Stain of Poetry.

King has two books forthcoming: Men by the Lips of Women (Pudding House) and Slaves to Do These Things (Blazevox Books), a collaboration with Derrick Tyson. The following are an excerpt from the title poem of Men by the Lips of Women:
I am that love you light yourself with
and my gender is powerless in this.
We are metered only by our own machines,
while the book is a clock that forgets her mechanics.
King is also the author of I’m the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, both from Blazevox Books, The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press), Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (Dusie Press).

Phil Minisale:

Singer/Songwriter/Guitar player Phil Minisale is known as “The Blues Boy of Long Island.” Phil’s my space is at

Phil was a 2008 Featured NERFA {Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference) Showcase Performer. Look for his CD, “Home to Me”.

Some reviews:

“Add some hiss and crackle to the latest record from Stony Brook’s Phil Minissale and it would sound like it had been recorded in a Mississippi delta juke joint sometime in the late 50s or early 60s. ‘Home to Me’ is rootsy with a capital R. Minissale’s voice has authentic, gritty character and the instrumentation is solely acoustic.”
–Michael Isenbek– WEHM’s New Release Tuesdays, LI Pulse Magazine, October 2008

“PHIL MINISSALE is sparkling and friendly, youthful and enthusiastic. Then he plays his music, such as on his new CD, “Home to Me,” and one is tempted to think, is this the same guy? Yep, it is. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Phil’s sound is solid delta blues, with a jangle in a Son House steel string style to rattle the roof. All but the first cut are originals, and LI- and PA-based Phil shows what he has is not a one-EP wonder. There is the sprightly “Just Getting Started” somewhere in the middle, but most cuts are pretty straightforward blues…
–Robert Barry Francos/Jersey Beat, November 2008

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Sat. March 14th: Vigil and March for Peace in Bellport Fri. April 3rd: Father Roy Bourgeouis in Huntington

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The PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse is the first Friday of the month, from October to June.

Public Access TV

PeaceSmiths Monthly Coffeehouse and Monthly Forum can sometimes be seen on Public Access TV on the Woodbury Cable system channel 20 on the following shows:

Church of Comedy

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Banner Photo

The banner photo is PeaceSmiths friends and banner in Washington, D.C. for a peace march on January 27, 2007. Susan is waving on the left, above the "e". Photo copyright Merly Thinanyi of Thihanyi Photography in Valley Stream.

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