Milford Readers and Writers Festival Board

Our History

Pike Artworks and The Milford Readers and Writers Festival

Pike Artworks was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in January 2017 as an umbrella organization for the Milford Readers & Writers Festival. It provides an opportunity for friends and donors of the Festival to enjoy a tax benefit for their contributions. It is registered under the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations and with the Federal Government as a 501 (c) (3). Pike Artworks was formed by a dedicated group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware Region to ensure that the Readers & Writers Festival is an annual event.  It also provides the opportunity to create and support other cultural events in the future should the need and desire arise.

Pike Artworks Mission Statement

The Milford Readers and Writers Festival aims to inspire conversations between people who love to read books and people who write them. Building on the timeless tradition of storytelling and the participatory energy of book clubs, we focus on the readers by inviting them to share their insights, queries, and responses directly with the authors.

Board Members

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Edson Whitney

Chairman of Pike Artworks and Co-Chair of Milford Readers and Writers Festival

Originally from Port Jervis, New York, Edson returned to the area, retiring in Shohola, Pennsylvania, after a decades-long international career in education and public health communication.

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Carol McManus

Vice Chair, Pike Artworks & Co-Chair Milford Readers and Writers Festival

Carol McManus is an award-winning author, professional speaker, and radio host. She is the Senior Editor for the Mark Victor Hansen Library and oversees a team of ghostwriters and illustrators. She is passionate about the written word and helping others discover their voice through poetry and prose.

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Sean Strub

Co-Founder

Sean Strub is an activist, and the author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival.  He serves as the Mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania, and is passionate about bringing life to the community through the arts while helping businesses grow and prosper.

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Robert Levine

Co-Founder

Bob Levine founded a New York City law firm specializing in intellectual property. He also has acted as a literary agent, and produced the film That Championship Season, with Robert Mitchum.

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Suzanne Levine

Co-Founder

Suzanne was the first editor of Ms. magazine and the first woman to edit the Columbia Journalism Review. She won a Peabody for an HBO documentary history of the women’s movement, and has written five books.

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Lillian Longendorfer

Board Member

A local writer and long-time Milford resident and business owner, Lilian passionately heads up the festival’s science fiction panels and events honoring Milford’s deep historical ties to the beloved genre.

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Barbara Zappile

Secretary

Barbara is a English teacher, a writing professor, and a former school administrator. She serves as Pike Artworks’ Secretary, and runs the children’s events at the festival.

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Rocco Zappile

Treasurer

Rocco Zappile serves as the Treasurer of Pike Artworks. He is a CPA, holds an advanced degree in finance, and manages a large not-for-profit organization in Patterson, New Jersey.