Pictured Above: Melanie Mitzner with her new book “Slow Reveal.”   

On Saturday, March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. EST, North Fork Women, a lesbian health advocacy and education organization, will host Get Lit at Poquatuck Hall, 1160 Skipper’s Lane, Orient, NY 11957.

The event, a book launch for novelist Melanie Mitzner and poet Elaine Sexton, will also feature works-in-progress by memoirist/producer Roma Baran and playwright/author Elizabeth Primamore. Book signings by Mitzner and Sexton will follow the readings.

Mitzner’s “Slow Reveal,” published by Inanna Publications, York University, Toronto, is set in New York and the North Fork. The novel explores the relationship between the creative process and building intimacy and trust in love through a nuclear and chosen family of artists who defy the arbiters of culture and challenge social norms.

 Sexton will read from “Drive,” poems that explore fragile points of connections to lovers and family, to the living and the dead, and to oneself, one’s own life’s work.

Baran will read from her memoir written after she discovered her deceased Catholic parents, who barely survived the Holocaust, took the secret of their Judaism to the grave in “I Write to the Dead.” 

Primamore will read an excerpt of narrative non-fiction from “Daring Lives, Crucial Art: Five Women Writers in the 1950s,” who came to New York to become writers, became friends, and despite the odds, were successful.

Edward Albee Fellow and fiction grant recipient, Melanie Mitzner is a finalist in four fiction and screenwriting competitions. Her novel “Slow Reveal” was published by Inanna Publications, Toronto in 2022. She’s written for Gay & Lesbian Review,  Wine SpectatorVol1Brooklyn, and Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly. For more info and excerpts, visit melaniemitzner.com.

Elaine Sexton is the author of poetry collections “Prospect,” “Refuge” and “Sleuth.” Her newest collection is “Drive,” published by Grid Books in 2022. Her poems are published widely and frequently anthologized. She teaches at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute. For more info visit elainesexton.org.

Academy Award and Grammy nominee, Canadian Folk Music Best Album and a NAMM Tec award winner Roma Baran is a writer, music producer, engineer, musician and attorney. She produced albums in the US, Canada and Europe, including Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” which shot to the top of the British pop charts. For more info visit www.baranstoll.com/profile.html

Author/playwright Elizabeth Primamore published short stories in Sweet Tree Review (2019), The Opiate and Hawaii Review (2020). Her latest book is “Shady Women: Three Short Plays (2018). An O’Neill semi-finalist, her personal essays have been published in various anthologies. For more info visit elizabethprimamore.com

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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