Gayl Teller

Plainview, NY 11803-3903

Author's Bio

Nassau County Poet Laureate,2009-11; 2016 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Poet of the Year; Director of Mid-Island Y JCC Poetry Reading Series (NYSCA) since 1996;Hofstra University English Dept.and Writing Studies and Composition Faculty Member; Author 6 poetry collections, most recently HIDDEN IN PLAINVIEW(WordTech/Cherry Grove, 2015); Editor of TOWARD FORGIVENESS, AN ANTHOLOGY OF POEMS (Writer's Ink, 2011--NYSCA Decentralization Grant Winner--anthology includes 100 LI Poets and 5 Poets Laureate);Poems widely published and anthologized (Poet Lore, Poem, Newsday, Paterson Lit. Rev., Phoebe, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Front Range Review, Nassau County Poet Laureate Review, Prosopisia: An International Journal of Poetry and Creative Writing, RCC Muse, Long Islander: Walt's Corner, Praxis, Poetrybay: LI Quarterly, Bard's Annual, Seventh Quarry, Freshet, Spring, South Coast Lit. Rev.,Praxis, Long Island Sounds, Paumanok Interwoven (Island Sound Press),Whispers and Shouts (Local Gems Press),For Loving Precious Beast (Purple Sage Press),Songs of Seasoned Women (Quadrasoul), CCAR Journal, Poetrybay, many more);Originated Stray Feet, a roving poetry show visiting Nassau high schools, middle schools, senior centers, nursing homes;Feature reader numerous universities, poetry centers, libraries; Featured in "Women's Words"--30 Year Celebration of League of Professional Theatre Women, "Poetry TV"--Queens Public TV, The North Sea's Poetry Scene's Art Forum TV Show, Riverhead, NY, "Sounds of Poetry"-- WBAU Radio, Molloy College, CW Post, LIU, Deep Cleveland Reading Series, Mac' Bacs paperbacks Cleveland Heights Series, Walt Whitman Birthplace, Gerson Cultural Arts Series, NYC Public Library--Bloomingdale Branch,Jefferson Market Library,Bellmore Memorial Library, Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, Canio's Books, Glen Cove Public Library, LI Poetry Archival Arts Center, NY Poetry Forum, Liberty Museum/Art Center, Book Revue, Providence Athenaeum, Locust Valley Library, Sachem Public Library, Nassau Community College, City College, Hofstra University, Red Harlem Readers--Indian Cafe, NYC, many more. Conducts numerous workshops, seminars--Dowling College, Five Towns Music and Art Foundation, "A Poetry of Forgiveness"--6-week workshops-- New Hyde Park Public Library, Hillside Public Library,Plainview Mid-Island Y ;"Poetry as Flashlight"--Professional Development Workshop for Reading Specialists Council of Suffolk County,NY; Nassau County Library Association Keynote Speaker; Westbury Public Schools Language Arts Professional Development Workshop; Five Towns Senior Center Poetry Workshop (15 years), National English Honor Society Induction Keynote Speaker; Judge for-- Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, HART Teen Poetry Project Awards, Huntington, NY, Mid-Island Y Poetry Competition (23 years), Plainview, NY. Much more --see Website

Publications and Prizes

At the Intersection of Everything You Have Ever Loved
(San Diego Poets Press, 1989)
, Hidden in Plainview
(Cherry Grove Collections, 2015)
, Inside the Embrace
(Wordtech Communications, 2010)
, Moving Day
(Premier Poets Chapbook Series, 2001)
, One Small Kindness
(Plain View Press, 2003)
, Shorehaven
(Mellen Poetry Press, 1996)
, Toward Forgiveness, An Anthology of Poems, Edited by Gayl Teller
(Writers Ink Press, 2011)
Bronx Accent
(Rutgers University Press, 2000)
, For Loving Precious Beast
(Purple Sage Press, 2006)
, Long Island Sounds
(The North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2008)
, Long Island Sounds
(The North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2009)
, Paumanok: Poetry and Pictures of Long Island
(Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009)
, Songs of Seasoned Women
(Quadrasoul, Inc., 2007)
Crone's Nest, Freshet, Hudson Valley Echoes, Literary House Review, Long Island Quarterly, Newport Review, Newsday, Paterson Literary Review, Performance Poets Literary Association, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Poetrybay, Praxis, Seventh Quarry/Swansea Wales, South Coast Poetry Journal, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Spring, What's Your Anthem? ezine
Prizes Won: 
Nassau County Poet Laureate for 2009-11; 2016 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Poet of the Year; Edgar Allan Poe Prize; Peninsula Library Poetry Prize (Grace Schulman, judge); Nat'l League Amer Pen Women Poetry Prize; National Federation State Poetry Societies Prize; Connecticut Writer Poetry Prize;In 2010 her workshops and anthology project A POETRY OF FORGIVENESS awarded a New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Grant for the Arts (details, see under events and projects); NY Poetry Forum "Spiritual Awakening" contest--"Jasmine"; 2011 North Sea Poetry Scene Recognition Award; 2013 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Poetry Award; Mid-Island Y JCC Service Award

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Bronx, NY
"Poet Profile" in The Seventh Quarry: Swansea Poetry Magazine (Issue 26, Summer/ Autumn 2017, pp. 13-23)--interview and selected poems of Gayl Teller--excerpt: "My goal in every poem is language that resonates with essential truths. I seek language that reaches out like a flashlight to illuminate wider and wider swaths of reality and the essential truths of the human condition." from Hidden in Plainview-- "Jellybean Lady" As he ached over a block of stone/ to chisel-free his "David,"/ so she has ached over jars of jellybeans/ to gluegun-free her "Infantsea,"/ a dream wombscape, where an infant swims/ and breathes, in luminous, aqua underwaters,/ as viewer is made aware of the unborn's joy/ moving timelessly, among vibrant angelfish,/ coral and stars, crabs and algae rippling/ as mind, sea, and womb are made/ of what her jellybean hues give and use,/ as viewer is made to move in close/ to 7000 colored bits, painstakingly placed,/ and out again, to a grandly lit, coherent/ immersion, as primal voyageur/ hanging at the entrance to the Y swimming pool,/ as I ache now, over noun and verb,/ to parse-free her pulsating tones,/ from her dun security guard uniform,/ and make this humble, down-tongued woman,/ passersby don't connect to her "Infantsea,"/ this grey, retired postal worker,/ this widow of four sons, grown and flown,/ I ache to make her rise, to chisel her/ from her seat where she sits night/ after night, at a drab desk, at the Y door,/ who asks who you are, where you're headed,/ but few ask her as they sign in--/ if you do, she might let you glimpse/ her jellybean wonders locked in her computer box,/ like her replica of the Wall of Jerusalem,/ hanging hidden on a wall in her home. (Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Poetry Award)
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Last updated: Jul 06, 2017