On June 5th, 2013 Poets Network & Exchange in association with Modern Restaurant & Lounge presented Poetry & Pasta. The event took place
at the elegant and popular Modern Restaurant & Lounge in New Rochelle, NY. Modern Restaurant & Lounge is one of New Rochelle’s leading Italian restaurants according to Zagat, the review and rating magazine. Modern Restaurant & Lounge is known for its exquisite cuisine, friendly environment and welcoming and professional staff. It’s a great place to bring family and friends for a casual or elegant evening of dining. “Poetry & Pasta” guests dined on delicious pizza, salad and chicken scarparelli, chicken with potatoes, garlic, mushrooms and vegetables sauteed in a brown gravy, to rave reviews.
Guests entered an elegantly decored room, plush leather sofa and chairs in one section of the room and formally set dining tables. Guests mixed and mingled before the start of the evening’s program, while dining on appetizers and assorted beverages.
“Poetry & Pasta’s festivities started with a warm and enthusiastic welcome from Lorraine Currelley, founder of Poets Network & Exchange, followed by the introduction of each poets. A very innovative approach to introductions was initiated. Poets introduced the next poet in the program after completing their presentation. This added a unique and personal touch.
Featured artists for the evening’s program were pastelist and poet Jill Austen, poets Lorraine Currelley, Charlie Giardino, spoken word performer Golda Solomon, poets Ed Toney and Peter Velotti. Each poet delivered a diverse style of work. Jill Austen and Golda Solomon wowed young guests by each dedicating one of their children’s poems to our younger audience members. The youngsters were totally delighted and their beaming faces spoke volumes. Charlie Giardino read from his book “The Next Breath” and moved family and friends to tears as he read poems dedicated to his beloved deceased wife Maryann Giardino. Peter Velotti dedicated a poem to his long time friend in the audience about baseball. Wordsmith Ed Toney transported us back to our respective childhoods with his vivid image. Ed Toney’s powerful and passionate words and down home sweet familiar references caressed our hearts and memories. Yours truly sung praises to African Classical music icon and innovator Betty Carter. Memories of my mother and community growing up as a child were also shared. Loving memories of caring teachers and dignified men and women.
Present in the audience were poets Elizabeth Lara, Cyd Charisse Fulton, Kevin Jenkins, Vanessa Evers, E.J. Antonio and Kevin Stewart. Thank you, everyone for helping to make “Poetry & Pasta” a huge success!
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