Recorded for WPKN Radio 89.5 FM and  by Tony Ernst


Did you miss an event at Canio’s?


Recent talks by Jules Feiffer, Carl Safina, Grace Schulman, plus our Marathons & more are on East End Ink

Pity The Reader; Suzanne McConnell with Kurt Vonnegut:  Suzanne McConnell was a student of Kurt Vonnegut’s at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop from 1965 to 1967, when Vonnegut was in residence and finishing his masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five. November, 2019.

Paul Greenberg discusses American Catch in a Dock-to-Dish co-sponsored event. Paul Greenberg talks about The Fight for Our Local Seafood.   Greenberg writes regularly for the New York Times and also contributes to National Geographic, Vogue, The Times of London and other publications.  He is a fellow of the Blue Ocean Institute.Paul Greenberg’s book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food (Penguin Press, 2010). was a New York Times bestseller. July, 2014.

Alexis De Veaux reads from Yabo. Alexis De Veaux is a poet, playwright, short fiction writer, essayist and biographer. She is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Yabo was published in 2014 by Redbone Press. The readers are Ms. De Veaux, Ella Engel-Snow, and Kathy Engel who introduced the author.

Poets for Ayiti! A benefit reading for Haiti, from the chapbook, For the Crowns of Your Head. Kathy Engel and friends read, raising funds to re-build the Bibliotheque du Soleil in Port-Au-Prince. (April 2010)

Philip Schlutz reads from The God of Lonliness: New and Selected Poems. The Pulitzer Prize winning poet reads from his latest works. (April 2010)

Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s Murder by Zachary Lazar. Lazar’s memoir about his father’s murder (Little, Brown & Co.). His previous publication was the novel Sway. (November 2009)

Poet Mark Doty reads from Fire-to Fire, winner of the 2008 National Book Award
Nationally reknowned poet, Mark Doty is Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University. Doty also reads from his memoir, Dog Years. (April 2009)

Historian Stephen F. Cohen on U.S. – Russian relations
Cohen discusses the crisis in U.S. – Russian relations and his new book, Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War. Cohen is Professor of Russian studies and History at New York University.  He was joined by Katrina vanden Heuval, editor of the Nation.  A complete broadcast including vanden Heuval will be available soon.  (August 2009)

Poet Grace Shulman on Marianne Moore
Poet and teacher Grace Shulman, the editor of the “Poems of Marianne Moore” talks about and reads the work of the world renowned American poet. Ms. Shulman is a former poetry editor of The Nation and Distinguished Professor at Baruch College.  (April 2009)

Bitter Spring: Dr. Stanislao Pugliese on Ignazio Silone
Italian novelist and political figure Ignazio Silone is the subject of Hofstra University professor Dr. Stanislao Pugliese talk, “Bitter Spring”, about his recent biography of Silone.   An abbreviated version of his talk is offered here.  (September 23, 2009)

Songs of Fish-Shaped Paumonok: Stephen and Susan Sanfilippo
Sag Harbor whalemen left a treasure of literature and songs that are the subject of Stephen Sanfilippo’s doctoral disertation. Add to that, songs written by East End baymen and Stephen himself, and you have the ingredients for the performance, “Songs of Fish-Shaped Paumonok.”  Long time Long Islanders, Susan and Stephen divide their time between Southold on the North Fork of Long Island and Maine. (August 2009)

Buddy, Can You Spare a Poem?
Sag Harbor area writers read poems on the theme of “hard times” and poet and singing plumber Terry Sullivan sings an appropriate tune. A benefit for the local food pantry.  (April 4, 2009)

Women of Rome
Lily Tuck reads from her biography of Italian writer Elsa Morante.   (November 2008)

Poet Couples read love poems, a Valentine’s Day treat.
Meghan & Scott Chaskey and Nohra Barros & Canio Pavone read their own poems and poems by favorite masters. (February 2009)

Robert Long Memorial Scholarship Winners and Poetry of Robert Long
A tribute to  East End writer & poet Robert Long, author of Dekooning’s Bicycle and the poetry collection, Blue
with readings by award-winning high school seniors. For information about the scholarship, please contact the shop. (October 2008)

Professor Stanislao Pugliese on Carlo Levi
Carlo Levi’s “Fear of Freedom”.  Hofstra University Professor of Modern European History Stanislao Pugliese talks about his introduction to the 2008 edition of Carlo Levi’s essay on fascism.  With quotations from Levi, Robert Paxton, Umberto Ecco and Henry Wallace.  (June 2008)

Sacco and Vanzetti
Stephen Sanfilippo’s tribute in song and spoken word to
two Italian immigrants executed in 1927 for murders they did not commit. Includes songs by Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs. (October 2007)

Terry Sullivan Presents Irish Song and Poetry
Terry sings  Irish rebel songs and explains their historical context as well as contemporary significance. (March 2008)

New Yorker writer Ian Frazier reads from “Gone to New York”
Long-time NYer staff writer Ian Frazier reads his brilliant “Bags in Trees” among other humor pieces.  Leaves us in stitches!

Poet Philip Schultz reads from Failure
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz reads from his most successful title.

Kathy Engel reads from Ruth’s Skirts
Engel’s lastest poetry collection explores the personal within the political.

Civil Rights activist Bob Zellner reads from The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.
Bob Zellner, field secretary for the Student Non- Violent Coordinating Committee, discusses his experiences during the 1960s civil rights struggle when our country attempted to form “that more perfect union .”


Many thanks to  Tony Ernst & WPKN &

for their interest in our community events!

2 Responses to “East End Ink”

  1. 1 Tony Ernst August 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

    More recorded readings from Canio’s and elsewhere on the east end are available at

  1. 1 Canio’s Cultural Cafe, 2011 « Canio's Cultural Cafe Trackback on January 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

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