Gail Goldstein had edited many books before, but there's something about her latest project that makes it different from all the rest.
"Whispers and Shouts" is the newest work of Goldstein, a Bellmore resident, and J.R. Turek of East Meadow, and they combined the minds of 73 women in between two covers.
"It's so thrilling for all of us," Goldstein said. "The poets were just as excited as Judy and I were."
"Its such a cliche' to say that it's been an amazing experience, but the whole process has been," Turek added. "To see a dream come true like this is even something a poet like myself can't sufficiently put into words."
The process to get all of the poets together wasn't an easy one. Turek and Goldstein are active in the poetry community, so they handed out fliers whenever they could. After the poets submitted their work, they had the chance to review what it looked like before the book was published.
"I feel so honored that they submitted their poetry and valued what we were trying to do," Goldstein said.
Part of the proceeds raised from the book go to Women's Shelters. Goldstein and Turek are collecting toilet trees to be donated as well. For more information on the book, click here.
Other notable locals who contributed to the book include Sue Allen and Stephanie Navon Jacobson of North Bellmore. Beverly E. Kotch of Merrick shared her work as well.
Check below for a full list of the authors who have shared their poetry in "Whispers and Shouts."Whispers and Shouts Contributors Hometown Sue Allen North Bellmore Sharon Anderson Hicksville Sybil Bank Great Neck Tammy Berardi Copiague Alli Berger West Babylon Lorene Vorbach Bossong Hicksville Sharon Bourke Central Islip Rosalind Brenner East Hampton Paula Camacho Farmingdale Arleen Ruth Cohen Hewlett Lorraine Conlin Wantagh Lynn Cooper Kings Park Jessica Costello Farmingdale Yolanda Coulaz Farmingdale Lisa Cowley Jamesport Pat Curatolo East Meadow Paula Curci Long Beach Kate Boning Dickson East Williston Kathaleen Donnelly St. James Sasha Ettinger Jericho Gail Goldstein (Editor) North Bellmore Maureen Hadzick-Spisak Huntington Station Sylvia Harnick Great Neck Deborah Hauser Babylon MC Healey Hicksville Gladys L. Henderson Nesconset Joan Higuchi West Islip Barbara Hoffman West Babylon Meg C. Hunter Smithtown Vicki Vener Iorio Oceanside Stephanie Navon Jacobson (Artist) North Bellmore Lisa James Farmingdale Jenna Kaminsky East Rockaway Evelyn Kandel Glen Cove Lauren Kaushansky Northport Nancy Keating Babylon Denise Kolanovic Massapequa Beverly E. Kotch Merrick Mindy Kronenberg Miller Place Emily Lehecka Smithtown Iris Levin Rockville Centre Cristina T. Lopez-O'Keefe Stewart Manor Maria Manobianco Farmingdale Nada Marjanovich Patchogue Whispers and Shouts Contributors Hometown Rosemary McKinley Southold Terri Muuss Bayshore Barbara Novack Laurelton Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan Southampton Linda Opyr New Hyde Park Christine Parente Westbury Katherine Parente Westbury Ellen Pickus Baldwin Phyllis C. Quiles Plainview Christina M. Rau Valley Stream Barbara Reiher-Meyers Ronkonkoma Carleen W. Rodriguez Ronkonkoma Ruth Sabath Rosenthal Long Beach Narges Rothermel Levittown Jean Schmidt (Deceased) Karen Schulte Central Islip Harriet Slaughter Long Beach Barbara Southard Miller Place DD. Spungin North Woodmere Claudia Sukman Farmingdale Patti Tanna Locust Valley Gayl Teller Plainview Margarita Duncan Tomko Farmingdale Mary Tuohy North Massapequa J.R. Turek (Editor) East Meadow Margarette Wahl East Meadow Peggy Wanser (Deceased) Muriel Weinstein Great Neck Claire Nicolas White St. James Sandy Wicker St. James Ginger Williams Setauket
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