Roselle Park’s Poet Laureate To Read At Two June Events

ROSELLE PARK – Roselle Park’s Poet Laureate, Leona M Seufert will be reading at the Third Unity in Prayer Gathering on Sunday, June 3, and as part of the entertainment billing at the Church of the Assumption’s St. Anthony’s Italian Feast on Saturday, June 9, from 4:30 – 5 p.m.

Seufert, a 25-year resident of Roselle Park, is active in the arts in the town. She is the Roselle Park’s first Poet Laureate. She has read her poems at the annual 9/11 memorial service, and has given writing workshops and readings at the Roselle Park Library and Casano Community Center.

Seufert has published two poetry chapbooks, her most recent “The Memory Keeper’s Promise – Reflecting on Loss and Remembrance.” Included are also the poems that she read at each of the Roselle Park 9/11 memorial services. Her first chapbook, “From Here To There And Back Again, A Commuter’s Journey,” was published in 2007 and is a witty, insightful collection of poems she wrote about her daily commute into New York City over a 12 month period.

In 2004 she self published “The 9-11 Year,” a signed, limited edition, hand bound book of poems and essays about the aftermath of 9/11 that came from a journal she kept during the year following the World Trade Center destruction.

For the third year, the Women’s Ministry of the Church of the Assumption is sponsoring a “Unity in Prayer” gathering on June 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Michael J. Mauri Gazebo Park located on the corner of Chestnut Street and E. Grant Avenue in Roselle Park. Its goal is to “bring a measure of peace to all and allow us to share one another’s burdens as we support each other and seek the grace and blessings of God.” There will be inspirational speakers, a Christian DJ, and more. For more information, contact Diane Burgos at 1-908-259-0376.

In its 12th year, the annual St. Anthony’s Italian Feast kicks off the start of Summer in Roselle Park with four days of family fun. Held on the grounds of the Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Place, Roselle Park from Thursday, June 7, to Sunday, June 10, there is delicious homemade cooking, an Italian-style café, food venders, non-stop entertainment, music, amusements, and games. Admission to the entertainment is free. For feast information, visit

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