The 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.

Board Members


Edson Whitney


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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Amy Ferris

Vice-Chair, Co-Founder

Amy Ferris is an author, screenwriter, editor and playwright. Her popular memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions from a Midlife Crisis was adapted into and Off-Broadway play in 2012.


Barbara Zappile


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


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.


Roland Edwards, Jr.

Board Member

Roland Edwards Jr. serves on the board of Pike Artworks, and is responsible for many of the festival’s operations. He produces live musical and theatrical events through his venture, PowerHowz Arts and Entertainment.

Bob Levine

Robert Levine


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


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.


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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Carol McManus

Board Member

Carol McManus serves as co-chair of the Milford Readers and Writers Festival. She  is an award-winning author, professional speaker, and radio host.  She is passionate about the written word, and helping others discover their voice through poetry and prose.

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Sean Strub


Sean Strub is an activist, and the author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival.  He also owns the Hotel Fauchere, and serves as the Mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania.