Green Party Show: Heather Lev & Steven Schmidt at PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse


For the PeaceSmiths January 2008 coffeehouse, the musician and the poet alternated short sets. The Coffeehouse is held the first Friday of the month from October to June. PeaceSmiths is a non-profit community organization established in 1972. The work of PeaceSmiths includes educational, activist, cultural and mutual help projects. Projects include issues of disarmament, environmental concerns, human rights, freedom of expression, and economic and social justice.
Award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Heather Lev writes original, whimsical, philosophical, inspiring, and political songs, in styles ranging from folk-rock sing-a-longs, to traditional-sounding bluegrass tunes, to a capella rounds. She has won two Great American Song Contest Honor Awards (for “Lost Love & Bad Weather” and “The Village is Haunted”), an Honorable Mention in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for “Harlan County” and a Puffin Foundation Award for her Songwriting. Her two releases, “On the Train to Babylon” (2004) and “Reason of Rain” (2000) have received strong reviews and radio play worldwide.

Poet Steven Schmidt has had poems published in Soundings, Zephyr, Hookah, and Xanadu. He has made tunes for poems by Jack Kerouac, Raymond Patterson, Kathaleen Donnelly, and Emily Rogers. He was active in the Great South Bay Poetry Cooperative. He has participated in the Long Island Poetry Collective peer workshop for 11 years. Currently, Steve Schmidt hosts the Northport Arts Coalition’s Poets in Port readings on the last Friday of each month. He has performed at the coffeehouse before, and Susan Blake dubbed him a “surrealistic muse, writer, chanter, storyteller.”

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