“Read obsessively. It will make you a better human and a better writer.” — Pittacus Lore

Home Page

2023 Edition

Click for example
Update coming soon!

Click for example
Update coming soon!

Antoinette Truglio Martin

Antoinette Truglio Martin, a life long Long Islander, is a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but is a writer at heart.

She is the author of the children's picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup (Albert Whitman & Company 1993) and was a visiting author in schools for several years. She was formerly a regular columnist for Parent Connection (In A Family Way) and Fire Island Tide (Beach Bumming). Personal experience essays, excerpts of her memoir, and a few short stories were published in a variety of ezines and journal publications.

Martin proudly received her MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook Southampton University in 2016.

Her book, Hug Everyone You Know: A year of Community, Courage, and Cancer was published by She Write Press in 2017. The memoir chronicles her first year of battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient.

Antoinette writes a blog, Stories Served Around The Table, featuring family stories and writerly ramblings. She lives in her hometown of Sayville, NY with her husband, Matt, and is never far from My Everyone and the beaches she loves.

Published Works:

Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer

In 2007, Antoinette Martin believed her call back doctor appointment was routine, maybe a scare, nothing worse. Her shock at receiving breast cancer diagnosis was instantly compounded by her own deep fears. As a self-described wimp, how was she going to get through this?

Antoinette started her fight against cancer with words. She began by journaling and by writing emails to Her Everyone—the large close-knit family and circle of beloved friends wanting to offer their support, especially those who were fighting breast cancer alongside her.

The emails not only helped to keep Her Everyone informed, they gave cancer less of a presence in Antoinette's life, since she wasn't repeatedly updating people or saying the word "cancer" over and over.

The practice of writing calmed her and also gave her space to focus on living: on the house that wasn't selling, an exciting new job, daughters in college, and summer beach plans. She signed every email with the reminder to "hug everyone you know." Those emails and journal entries are at the heart of this memoir, which give the book an immediacy and raw power.

Hug Everyone You Know is a memoir about how Antoinette found the courage to navigate her first year of breast cancer treatment. It's the story of how a community—colleagues, family, friends—rallied to support her. The book is moving, brave, informative, and occasionally funny—and it speaks to us all.

Hug Everyone You Know received a Five Star Reader Favorite Award and was a finalist for the USA 2017 Best Book Award and 2017 Indie Press Book Finalist.

Published 2017 by She Writes Press

Famous Seaweed Soup

On a visit with her family to the shore, Sara gathers water, seaweed, snails, and smelly stuff to make her famous seaweed soup.

Published 1993 by Albert Whitman & Co.
(no longer in print)

Where to Purchase:



Barnes & Noble



For more information about Long Island Authors Group, visit our Contact page


Copyright ©2023 Long Island Authors Group. All rights reserved.

The LIAG is an IRS approved 501(c)3 public charitable organization. Contributions to

the LIAG are tax-deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

©2023 longislandauthorsgroup.org