Beach Reads

Molly Weiss and Friends Read Poetry at William Merritt Chase Estate

Sag Harbor native and winner of last year’s Parrish Art Museum Poetry Slam, Molly Morgan Weiss and former Suffolk Country Poet Laureate (2009-2011) Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan of North Sea will read their work at the former estate of painter William Merritt Chase in Shinnecock Hills this Saturday, September 20. Weiss will be presented as the featured reader.

The event is this year’s installment of the annual Hamptons poetry reading at the Chase estate, in the Artist’s Colony on Montauk Highway (across from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation). It will be hosted by poet, surfer, political observer, world traveler and health professional Claude Mayers, and poet Amy Cammel, along with some surprise guests, will also read. Admission will be free and wine and cheese will be served.

Featured works will include “Flying House Blown Off Its Foundation,”  “The Greater Good,” “After The Tsunami Alarm (set in Japan),” “Traffic Report,” “Integrity On a Bender,” along with poetic portraits of characters like “Earnest Pious,” and “Cocky Cocaine,” plus surf/ocean/beach poems and poems about travelling and current politics. Mayer’s most recent book Vault Of Poems may be sourced for other poems, as he often takes requests from the audience. He has written more than 3,000 poems on a broad spectrum of topics over the past several decades.

The evening will be videotaped for local broadcast on local television in the coming months.

Guests are encouraged to bring pillows and blankets, and chairs, as the reading may take place under the stars, weather permitting (otherwise it will be held inside one of estate houses).

Molly Morgan Weiss is an interdisciplinary artist, painter, sculptor, curator and art teacher based in New York City and the East End of Long Island. Weiss exhibits her artwork nationally and curates exhibitions of local and international artists through galleries and alternative spaces. The artist is also known for projects incorporating performance match-ups combining sound, movement and paint, evoking experience and feeling with each installation. She just completed a 6-month residency in Western Massachusetts and a solo exhibit in Greenwich Village. Her studio is located in Long Island City. To learn more about Molly Weiss visit mollymweiss.com.

For more info about this weekend’s reading, call Claude Mayers at 631-283-8786 or email claudemayersny@yahoo.com.

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