A Reading to Honor Contributors to Presence

Saturday evening, Jan. 20, 2018


Grand Hall (basement)

St. Mary's Catholic Church

440 Grand St., NYC


5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass

6:00 Reading in the Grand Hall


followed by refreshments

and live music by

jazz pianist Lee Tomboulian and singer Erica Kane

($5 suggested donation)


Poets include:  Joel Allegretti, Kim Bridgford, Paola Corso, Kate Daniels, Mary DiLucia, Sandra Duguid, Tom Furlong, Maria Giura, Tina Kelley, Gerry LaFemina, Maria Lisella, Marjorie Maddox; Fran McManus, RSM;  Susan L. Miller, Madeleine Mysko, Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Gregory Orfalea, Jeannine Pitas, Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Nick Samaras, Janna Schledorn, Anya Silver, Maria Terrone, and John J. Trause.

 Lee Tomboulian

Lee Tomboulian

Pianist, composer, educator, Lee Tomboulian leads the Weekly Reeders and is a founding member of the Brazilian and Uruguayan ensemble, Circo.  He has performed with Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Witherspoon, Benny Golson, Terell Stafford, Horacio Hernandez, Greg Bissonette, Steve Houghton, Winard Harper, Eddie Harris and many others.  He was also a member of the world-famous University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band.  He is an adjunct professor at Long Island University--C. W. Post and formerly taught at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music as well as a number of colleges and universities in north Texas.

 Erica Kane

Erica Kane

Erica Kane has performed and recorded across diverse genres with artists including surf guitar legend Dick Dale, jazz great Bob Dorough, and Manhattan's renowned St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir.  She fell in love with American Songbook while listening to her mom's old Bobby Short LPs and studied vocals and interpretation of the American pop song under Madeline Kole.  Erica performs regularly throughout the NYC metro area, and she welcomes contact at