January 13, 2015
@ Cornelia Street Café @ 6pm
“The Best of New York: Storytelling at The Cornelia Street Café…”
The New York Daily News
Judith Heineman, a professional storyteller, actress, producer, workshop leader for over 25 years, and recent National Storytelling Network Oracle Award Winner for Service and Leadership in the North Central Region, recently returned from Japan where she told stories in English to over 2000 students. She is a Chicago Moth winner and Moth GrandSLAM participant. Judith performs nationally and internationally, bringing her engaging and interactive style of world tales and personal narrative to diverse communities of all ages.
Michael Schwartz is published in Have A NYC 2: New York Short Stories, and his poetry was published in two books last year. He won the Brooklyn Historical Society’s “Interpreting Brooklyn” grant for his stories, poems, monologues, and songs about Coney Island. Schwartz received critical acclaimed for his multi-character one-man play, In The Shadow of The Third Rail, and played the lead role in the award winning film, The Rabbi’s Dilemma.
Robert White was a Professor of Classics at Hunter College for 43 years before this year. He returns next year to teach “Archaeology and the Movies”. Born in the Bronx, his B.A. degree is from Fordham and his M.A. & Ph.D. are from Yale University. He is the author of several books, including one on ancient dream interpretation and a new book called An Avalanche of Anoraks, which is on foreign words in English that we use every day without knowing that they come from foreign languages. He has also written articles on, among others, Edward Albee, Pier-Paolo Pasolini, Hans Christian Andersen, and Willa Cather.
Don Rosler is the writer/co-writer and producer of the internationally acclaimed concept album Rosler's Recording Booth (original songs inspired by Recordio and Voice-o-Graph booth records). The album features “Doris From Rego Park” a son that received attention from NPR (Jonathan Schwartz); WFAN and The New York Times (“Doris From Rego Park Lives On in Song.”) Ken Plutnicki wrote, “The song is a valentine to baseball and Bauer, for sure, but also about connection: the way all those lonely voices reach out." Rosler's Recording Booth was also nominated by the 2011 Independent Music Awards for "Best Concept Album." As a lyricist, Rosler collaborated with ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin and co-producers Roger Treece and Linda Goldstein on three compositions for VOCAbuLarieS, which garnered three 2010 Grammy nominations. VOCAbuLarieS was internationally performed and hailed by many critics as a “masterpiece” and Rosler was honored with a SESAC award for his contributions. Christopher Loudon/Jazz Times Magazine raved: "... the most compelling of these masterpieces is “Messages,” a cornucopia of languages constructed by lyricist Don Rosler that rises like a melodious Tower of Babel, exalting the incomparable beauty of universal harmony.”
Thomas Pryor's work is found in The New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion, and other periodicals. Pryor’s memoir, “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys – tales of a scrappy New York boyhood,” was published Oct 2014 (YBK). It is available at Amazon and other online booksellers. His blog: "Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts," was chosen by The New York Times for their Blog Roll. His newspaper column ran in Our Town and The West Side Spirit. Thomas appeared on PBS's TV series: "Baseball: A New York Love Story," NBC’s “New York Nonstop,” television show and radio’s “This American Life.” His photography portfolio, "River to River ~ New York Scenes From a Bicycle" was released in 2012 (YBK). You can view and purchase his New York City prints online at Thomas R. Pryor Photography.