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Prose Writers Showcase in Albany on Saturday June 3

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild's Prose Writers Showcase will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday June 3, at the Albany Public Library Washington Ave Main Branch in the large auditorium.

This event will feature selections from writers Richard Matturro, Mary Murphy, and Heather Schwartz followed by a Q&A with the audience. The event is coordinated by Bob Sharkey and Moriah Hampton. Light refreshments will be provided.

Richard Matturro

Richard Matturro, a native of Rye, Westchester County, holds a doctorate in English with a specialization in Shakespeare and Greek Mythology. After 16 years at the Albany Times Union, he taught literature at UAlbany for another 14 years, and now chairs the Literature Committee at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Pittsfield, where he has been an instructor since 2011.

The author of numerous newspaper articles and six published novels, he lives on an old farm in the foothills of the Berkshires.

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is a writer and teller of stories. Her stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, and she has told her stories locally and nationally. She has assisted in the writing and publishing of several individual memoirs and most recently edited a collection of memoirs called I Remember.

Her stories “Public Information,” “Beauty Secrets”, and “Summer Stock” have won prizes in the Hudson Valley Writers Guild non-fiction writing contest.

Heather E. Schwartz

Heather E. Schwartz tends to keep quiet about her writing for reasons she can’t explain, even to herself. But since the secret is out now, she’s happy to share that she’s written for Disney, Scholastic, National Geographic, Sesame Street, Time for Kids, NASA, and the Smithsonian. She’s a former entertainment reporter and has published humor on the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop blog and Little Old Lady Comedy. She also works her comedy muscles as a performer at The Mopco Improv Theatre, in Schenectady, where she’s learning to be louder. Want to know more? Visit

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