Writing & Poetry Series – Humorists read their work 1/22/19

This Tuesday Writing & Poetry evening features a group of earnest, sharp-witted writers: Jenny Allen, Julia Kidd, Gwyn McAllister, Julie Jaffe, Connie Berry and Gary Paraboschi.

If time allows, writers who sign up on the night of the event will be invited to read for the remaining part of the event.

Featured writers this evening are:

Allen is a journalist, humor writer and monologist performer.
She is well known for her one-woman show, I Got Sick Then I Got Better, detailing her experience as a survivor of uterine and ovarian cancers. Her essay collection, Would Everybody Please Stop? Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas, vignettes on everything from being a good houseguest to living a post-divorce life will spark recognition, inspire empathy… while making you laugh.
Allen is the host of the monthly Jenny’s Drama Salon, at The Vineyard Playhouse, which features readings, conversation and brownies! Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, Vogue, Esquire, Huffington Post, and many other publications.

Originally from California, Julia uses the many cars her family had while she was growing up as prompts for her witty, autobiographical short stories. With titles like “The Mustang Grande”, we look forward to her next ride. She is a member of several writing groups on the island, and a regular contributor to literary events at Pathways.


Gwyn is well known for writing feature articles for the MVTimes for over a decade. In the last few years she has written numerous short plays, and in the summer of 2018 her eight character, Edwardian comedy, “La Passionata” premiered at The Vineyard Playhouse. She now lives in New York City, and we are very happy to welcome her back to Pathways while she visits the island.

Julie writes wickedly humorous short stories, and is a very welcome new voice on the Pathways stage.


Connie Berry is the Community/Calendar editor at the MV Times and a member of the Wednesday Writers Group at Cleaveland House. She’s working on a book about understanding autism and finding its bright spots.

A new voice at Pathways, Gary was invited to read this evening.