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Local Author Night: Poetry

RJ Julia fully supports local and independent authors and takes pride in their success. For over 25 years we have presented high-caliber author events and currently hosts more than 300 events each year. It is our pleasure to dedicate this evening to four local authors, each unique in their writing styles and stories. Please support our local writing community and join us for a wonderful evening of story-telling and friendship.

Small Town Man, Muses of a Small Town Man

Muses of a Small Town Man is a book of poetry written in an unencrypted and plain spoken style. All aspects of life are set to poetry. The book includes pages of humorous limericks and some homespun personal observations.

Dr. Timothy Mercado had 2 poems published in his junior high school yearbook in 1959. He didn’t write another poem until 2013. After his tour of duty in Vietnam, in which he was severely wounded and received the Purple Heart, Tim attended CCNY and graduated with a B.S. in biology.

He went on to graduate from the Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery and practiced dentistry for 35 years. Tim lives in the small shoreline town of Clinton, Ct with Colette, his wife of 39 years. He writes under the pseudonym of Small Town Man.


Lisa Samia, The Nameless and the Faceless of the Civil War

The Nameless and The Faceless of the Civil War is a collection of 28 poems and 28 essays along with a selection of historical photos, sketches, and quotes that are dedicated to the lost and forgotten of the Civil War. The inspiration of the collection comes from the very first poem and essay on Michael Dougherty of the 13th Pennsylvania Calvary. Michael was captured and imprisoned in several Confederate prisons such as Pemberton, Barrett's, Libby, Belle Island and finally served the duration of his sentence at Andersonville Prison in Andersonville, Georgia.

Most of the poems and essays in this collection are based upon actual historical facts about a person or an event of the war. The narrator in each poem is an imagined civilian or soldier who was lost to history, yet through this creative venue is telling their story of what is was like to be at Shiloh, or be tended to by Louisa May Alcott, or watch John Wilkes Booth die on the front porch of the Garrett farm on April 26, 1865.

Lisa G. Samia is an award winner poet, author and speaker who loves American History. She was honored with the award of FINALIST for the Artist in Residence Program from the National Parks Arts Foundation Gettysburg Poetry 2018. She is the author of the historical fiction, "My Name is John Singer," an imagined account of John Wilkes Booth. Her contemporary romantic poetry collection, "The Man with the Ice Blue Eyes" debuted #1 in Women's Poetry on Amazon. She has also appeared as a guest speaker at the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, MD and the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Lisa has a degree in English from the University of Massachusetts. A Boston native, she is happily married and lives in Avon, CT.


Please register for this FREE event here.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:00pm EST
Event address: 
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443