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In memoriam

Posted by on 27 May 2008 | Tagged as: notices

I learned today that Rebecca Vergara, one of the authors in TTtG, passed away from a heart attack.  For those of us who knew Rebecca, it took us all by surprise.  She was a very sweet woman and an excellent poet and writer to boot.  At the place where I work, South Beach Psychiatric Center, we have a regular event called Wellness Day.  Rebecca would not only participate in the festivities, but has also facilitated some wellness-related groups as well.  We knew her best for groups related to writing and spirituality, namely reading auras.  When she learned about an anthology of poetry being published, she immediately took interest.  I remember looking through her poetry to see what was suitable.  She definitely had a good selection.  She had a gift where she could write short poems, yet say so much within the words she scribed.   She will be greatly missed.  Once an obituary is officially posted, I will repost it on this site.


Posted by on 09 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: events, notices, promotion & publicity, status updates

I have 150 copies of TTtG on hand, so if you’d like to pick up some copies, e-mail me at to arrange how you’d like to receive the book before we sell it at the release party.

There is a correction that needs to be made. We were not able to secure the Greenbelt Nature Center, but we are still on our feet looking for more appropriate places to have our official release party. We have a few places in mind, so I will surely keep you updated on whatever developments take place. Thank you for your patience.

Ordering the books

Posted by on 17 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: notices, promotion & publicity

We need to know how many books we need to order. So far, from the outreach that we have done, we can order at least 53 books. We know you’ll want to order more, so please contact me on MySpace or via this site to advise us on the number of copies you would like to order. The book is $14.95 plus sales tax. If you do not respond before the release party, we will order one copy on your behalf, since I am assuming the authors will want to see their name in print, and I think that’s a safe assessment. If you are not able to purchase a copy of the anthology in person, you will be able to order it at any online book retailer (B&N, Amazon, Borders, eBay, etc.) However, we prefer that you order the books from , since there will be a greater amount of royalties that may allow us to finance a second volume. Thank you for your cooperation.

IT’S HERE!!!!!!

Posted by on 15 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: fundraising, notices, publication updates, status updates

I got the latest proof from the publishers today. I haven’t seen it yet since I’m at work while I’m typing this, but my mother told me that it’s looking pretty good. The shade of green on the cover is an emerald green and the black outline stands out a lot more (from what I am told.) This is definitely a monumental occasion. I’m extremely surprised that the book came back as quickly as it did. Now, it’s that time for us to start stocking the books. If I didn’t explain it before, I should mention that the publishing costs do not cover a specific number of books. Since it is print-on-demand, a book is published once it is ordered. We need to do some fundraising to cover the costs of the books we will order. We will have soap, beaded jewelry, and illustrations to sell. Our soap and jewelry artisan, Jen Carlo, has been very sick lately, so please keep her in your prayers to your respective gods. Thanks.

Release Party Tentatively Scheduled

Posted by on 09 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: anthology, events, notices

Hey Ya’ll!

   The Official TTTG release party has been tentatively scheduled for the end of April.

However, this date may be subject to change providing everything doesn’t go accordingly or if there are any scheduling changes. Jane (our illustrator) has agreed to set up the proper paperwork in order to hold the event at the Greenbelt Conservancy. It is located at:

Greenbelt Nature Center
700 Rockland Avenue
Staten Island NY 10314 (Map & Driving Directions)
Phone # – 1-718-351-3450
Email the Greenbelt Nature Center

Minor setback

Posted by on 19 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: notices, publication updates, status updates, Uncategorized

We had a problem with the images.  I made the mistake of scanning the images in at 72 dpi.  They should have been 300 dpi.  No worries though, the problem should be corrected soon.  If you’re wondering why we haven’t updated you so far, it is because we haven’t had any news up until now.  I know some of you believe that no news is good news, but I guarantee you that I am keeping close tabs on this endeavor.

TTtG is off to the publishers

Posted by on 22 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: notices, publication updates, status updates, Uncategorized

The book has been mailed to our publisher and I am doing the dance of joy at my work desk. We started out with 55 authors, but due to certain circumstances, we whittled it down to 47 authors and 106 written pieces. I’m very impressed with the way the book was designed, and I’m sure that you will feel the same way. Anywho, here’s the list of authors that will be featured in Trails Through the Greenbelt.

Jill Avedon
Jessica Banta
Christine M. Boyer
L’Chelle Branson
Jane Butters
Douglas Cala
Bruno Carchidi
Jen Carlo
Jackie Cassen
Paul Chipkin
Judi Cohen
Andrew Dell’Isola
Michael DeMaria
Dolcy Demby
P. Melissa Fisher
John Foxell
Jack M. Freedman
Pia Simone Garber
Ilya Geller
Adrianna Goffredo
Lauren Goffredo
Gary Goldstein
Kristina Hebner
Raymond Hicks
Just Words
Harmonica Kao
Pete Lang
Melanie Rei Langworthy
David Lopez
Frankpaul Miello
Lynn Morton
Virginia Mugavero-Noto
Gabriela Pawelec
Lorraine V. Percoco
Amanda Pfeffer
Robert V. Reilly
T.J. Riley
Steven Rojack
Erica Ls Sbordone
Marsha Sbordone
Mitchell Trupia
Dena Ventrudo
Rebecca Vergara
Darren C. Walker
Tom Weiss
Wesley Winner
Angela Zerega

Also included is a prayer by John Amberger. I feel that it adds to the peaceful nature that we tried to put together in the book’s layout. I’m sure that even the atheists will get a kick out of it. So there’s your update. Also, the illustrations that Jane Butters contributed are astounding. As always, stay in touch with us and we will let you know all of the details of the publication, as well as events that we will be holding.

Major thanks

Posted by on 17 Jul 2007 | Tagged as: fundraising, notices

Thanks to Lynn Morton’s generosity, we now have $100 that will be going to the supplying of books for the release party. Also, thank you to all of the people who have bought necklaces from Jen and artwork from Jane. I apologize for not updating this sooner.

It should also be added that the deadline has been reached and if I haven’t talked to you at all about your submissions, you will not be published. Sorry to tell you, but you guys had your chance and you blew it. The following people have talked to me about their situation and will have their work accepted. These people include Gabriela Pawelec and Tom Tripo. Jackie, I’ll try to make it to your house soon. Things are a bit hectic right now.

We will keep you posted on any new developments.

13 days left

Posted by on 17 Jun 2007 | Tagged as: notices

Hello contributors to Trails Through the Greenbelt,

This is a notice reminding all contributors that as of Sunday, June 17th, there are only 13 days left to get your authorisation forms in so that your work can be included in the publication.

The authorisation form is located here.

Right-click (or CTRL+click on a Mac) on the link above, click “Save File As” (or whatever it’s called on your browser), save it to your Desktop, print it out, sign it (in pen), and mail it back to the address on the form.

If you do not have access to a printer or cannot mail it in for whatever reason, contact us here, on our MySpace, or through our MySpace group and let us know so that arrangements can be made.

The deadline is July 1st. If you do not get your form in or make arrangement to get the form in by that date, your work will be removed from the draft of the anthology, and will not be published.


List of contributors

Posted by on 02 Jun 2007 | Tagged as: notices, status updates

Hello everybody. My name is Jack M. Freedman and I am the editor of Trails Through the Greenbelt. I think I speak for both Jen and Doug when I say that we have been working tirelessly to put together this collection.

I want to offer my thanks to Jen for putting this site together and I want to thank Doug for setting up our MySpace. Right now, the biggest priority is that we receive release forms back from you. As Jen stated previously, if you don’t submit your release form to us, we cannot legally publish your work. We’ve received forms from 47 authors so far. The following 5 authors need to submit their forms:

Linda Acevedo

Thomas J.

Justin Lussier

Skep Poet

Tom Tripo

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