This coming Thursday, August 17, Jesse Gourdet will be presenting his latest book A Reason or A Season on The Inspired Mic in Palm Coast, Florida. You are invited.
What began as a simple trip on an Amtrak train from Virginia to Florida turned into an intimate autobiography and cultural heritage. Jesse Gourdet spins stories of his past in Haiti and his tireless quest for the American dream.
Gourdet imparts the insights he gained during his early years in Haiti and his career in America. He describes his childhood spent with his family in Haiti and the serious illness that almost killed him as a young boy. Haiti of the 1950s and 1960s bursts into life as Gourdet explains his complicated family history and the local culture he grew up in. The love and respect Gourdet has for his family shines through every page
When he was twenty-four, Gourdet decided to move to America and pursue the often-elusive American dream. His memoir goes on to memorialize the people who helped him along the way and the lessons they taught him about life and love. As you will learn, Gourdet spent his life searching for ways to make it meaningful. And as A Reason or a Season proves, he succeeded.
Another book by Jesse Gourdet:
Let it be Easy
Tovah (aka Patricia) Janovsky is a New York City born and bred lady. Growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s she lived through many historical and cultural events such as the beginning of the Space Race, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of JFK, had first-hand experience of the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco 1967 which ushered in the hippie generation, worked at MGM/Verve for several years meeting a variety of recording artists of that time, attended Woodstock 1969, worried and prayed for the Apollo 13 astronauts in the midst of that crisis. She is a poll worker, reading mentor at a local school, and a blood donor (5 gallons in her lifetime). She also belonged to the Medical Reserve Corp which assists first responders in local emergencies. She is married to John Janovsky for 47 years; they have 3 grown children and 4 grandsons.
As a reader, she loved the work of Dostoevsky (especially the Brothers Karamazov). She always liked to write but wondered if her work was any good. At a business Meetup, she met Chris Speno who told her about the Florida Writers Association and Tovah began going to their meetings to have her work critiqued by other writers. It was a wonderful experience and she learned a lot of things. Some short pieces she wrote were published at Poet Plant Press in St. Augustine. One called “It’s a Jungle Out There” is in the Florida Speaks book. “Impressions of Arthur”, a free verse poem was published in the first issue of A.C.P.A.P.A. Anthology (Ancient City Poets, Authors, Photographers and Artists)
She’s been writing a blog (www.tovahsez.wordpress.com) since 2005. In it she shares stories of her faith walk, spiritual insights, dreams, supernatural experiences, travels and other experiences. She hopes to do a blog to book in the future. In the meantime reading (or singing) at Inspired Mic keeps the creative juices flowing. Stay tuned.
Ernie Gallo is the President of the USS Liberty Veterans Association and author of “Liberty Injustices – A Survivor’s Account of American Bigotry” which is available from amazon.com. The focus of his organization is to inform the American public the truth of the deliberate and brutal Israeli attack on the U.S. Navy intelligence ship, USS Liberty on June 8, 1967, fifty years ago. The USS Liberty is the most decorated Navy ship for a single engagement, however, our government and the media has portrayed the crew including Ernie as wieners and anti-Semitic disgracing the honorable place in history protecting our relationship with Israel. See www.usslibertyveterans.org and www.usslibertydocumentcenter.org. His aim and struggle is to change this injustice.
In addition, Ernie assisted in the writing of “Remember the Liberty – Almost Sunk by Treason on the High Seas” by Phillip Nelson. It is also available from amazon.com. This book explores how a sitting U.S. President collaborated with Israeli leaders in the fomentation of a war between them and their Arab neighbors.
Since coming to Palm Coast, Ernie has dedicated his life to giving back to the sea services while honoring the USS Liberty crew. He sits on the board of directors of the Daytona Beach Navy League and the American Cold War Veterans Association. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association. In 2005, to honor the skipper of the USS Liberty, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, he launched the Captain William McGonagle Memorial Library. To date, the project has collected and distributed 20,000 used books to the various Navy and Coast Guard commands in our local area.
Recently, Ernie received a bronze plaque from a lady in Delaware and decided to have the plaque, honoring the USS Liberty crew, placed the Palm Coast’s Heroes Memorial Park. While initially approved by the city, the city manager has stepped in to stop the process because the plaque states “attacked by Israel”. According to him, this phrase will upset a “certain” group of our citizens and the official federal explanation indicates the attack was accidental – an erroneous position Ernie and the crew has been fighting.
We hope your Memorial Day is going well. Please take a moment to remember that this country was forged and built in many ways by those who gave their lives defending us. Have a safe and wonderful day!
In June, which is only a few days away can you believe it, The Inspired Mic will be on Thursday June 22nd. We’ve moved the date back one week for this month. Typically The Inspired Mic is every third Thursday. Tickets are now on sale and available on this site. Get yours today!
Yes. It’s true. May 2013, Jeff Swesky and I set off on a mission to create something to help writers. The concept was born at a Christmas Party five months prior. Thanks to Jeff and Carol Fisher, owners of The Beachhouse Beanery at the time, we landed a venue. Thanks to the creative talent all around us, we instigated some magic.
Jeff and I did not know exactly how to create a successful event, but we had ideas and instincts which proved to own merit. The Inspired Mic is all about helping creative people by supplying an opportunity for an outlet for their work and passion.
The Inspired Mic feels quite at home at the New Europa in the European Village in Palm Coast. The event stands as an enjoyable night out as well as an opportunity for 14 presenters to show us their creative passions. We applaud everyone who stokes up the nerve to present in front of a live audience.
We also love the fact that our presenters’ ages run from nine-years-old to ninety-years-old. In our small way, we bridge multiple generations, multiple forms of creativity (writers, musicians, magicians, mentalists, artists, etc), and an opportunity for people to enjoy entertainment they cannot find elsewhere in Flagler County.
Come join us Thursday May 18th as we step into Year Five with bold intention! Get your tickets today! The Inspired Mic Tickets
Every artist owns a defining moment when they break loose and step into their creative nature. Back on June 26, 2015, Angelica Timothy graduated from a frightened, reluctant reader into a dynamic poetic force. She caught me and everyone close to her by surprise. She truly embraced a power within and delivered her message with a charisma she’d never before shown.
Since this performance, Angelica has truly addressed many subjects without watering down her views and observations. She calls her times presenting at The Inspired Mic her “little slices of heaven.” In its entirety, this video stands as a marker from which she has launched her budding writing and speaking endeavors. Come out Thursday evening to hear her presentation of her latest work.