IAWA’s Open Reading Series – Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Open Mic plus Features Chiara Montalto Giannini & Frank Polizzi

The Italian American Writers Association will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2016. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the months. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. Visit and join us at iawa.net

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WHERE: Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A (6th Street) East Village, NYC-10009

WHEN:  February 13, 2016 (Saturday)    5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHO: Chiara Montalto Giannini is the author of the critically-acclaimed play A Brooklyn Love Story: Emergency Used Candles, which she performed Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre and in Los Angeles. Set in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the play is a coming of age tale between a young Italian-American woman and her grandfather. It is currently being adapted into a feature film. She has performed in films, TV and onstage, including in the 40th Anniversary Production of Balm In Gilead, Metropolitan Operas and other productions. Recently married to Pierfrancesco Giannini, she is thrilled to be back “home” at IAWA. www.chiaramontalto.com/

Frank Polizzi is a poet, playwright and editor of Feile-Festa, an online literary arts journal. Polizzi’s work has appeared in The Archer, Bitterroot, Electric Acorn (Dublin Writers), Mudfish, Paterson Literary Review, Wired Art. His latest poetry collection, A New Life with Bianca (Bordighera Press, 2015) includes translations into Italian by Chiara Curtoni and Sicilian by Nino Provenzano; engravings by Michael Mc Curdy; followed by an Afterword by Prof. Anthony Di Renzi (Ithaca College). Finishing Line Press published his chapbook, All Around Town in 2011. The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA) included his one-act play, By the Light of a Barber Pole in its 2009 reading series.  An excerpt from his novel, A Pity Beyond All Telling was shortlisted for the Fish Prize in Ireland. Polizzi is seeking a publisher for a new novel, Somewhere in the Stars, which made the 2014 Long list of the U.K. publisher, Lightship, for its “First Novel Prize.”  www.medcelt.org/feile-festa/

COVER: $8 includes beverage.

CONTACT: www.sidewalkny.com; or 212-473-7373.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Remembering Dr. Emelise Aleandri

IAWA was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our Distinguished Board Member, Dr. Emelise Aleandri, on January 17, 2016.

Dr. Emelise Aleandri was an actress, singer, author and producer. She is the country’s foremost scholar of Italian American theater, and has been a dynamic and dear friend of our organization.

Dr. Aleandri was the Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi the Olde Time Italian-American Music and Theatre Company. She has produced three documentaries: Teatro, Festa and Circo Rois. Dr. Aleandri also created, co-produced and co-hosted the first regularly scheduled TV program about Italian-Americans, Italics: The Italian-American Magazine for CUNY-TV.

A frequent guest on TV, film and radio as an expert on Italian American culture, and on workplace abuse. Dr. Aleandri served as President of Little Italy’s Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 (OSIA). She was also a member of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). She was an Elena Cornaro Award Honoree(OSIA), a New York State Woman of Distinction, and an Honoree of Leone de San Marco, a member of the Commission for Social Justice (OSIA), Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge (OSIA), Italian-American Educators, and won Awards from the Italian government and Brooklyn Women in Business.

Her crowning achievement as an author and scholar is the 14-volume encyclopedic history, The Italian-American Immigrant Theater of New York City, 1746-1899. Each volume focuses on a different aspect of theater from Early Italian Vaudeville and Opera to Singers and Aerial Swingers and Actors.Arcadia published her three photographic histories, The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City, La Piccola Italia and Little Italy. Other writings have appeared online and in many anthologies such as The Journey of the Italians in America by Vincenza Scarpaci, to name one.

Born at Riva del Garda, Italy, Dr. Emelise Aleandri emigrated to the U.S. when she was four and was raised in the Bronx. While working toward her M.A. in Theatre from Hunter College and her Ph.D. in Theatre from the City University of New York, she began a lifelong research into Italian-American history and culture. In 1984, after several years of university teaching, she was appointed the Director of the Center for Italian-American Studies at Brooklyn College, where she directed bilingual theatre in Italian and English.

During her career, she appeared in feature films, theatre and television productions. Among her recent credits, she stars in the title roles of Sister Italy (Paisan Films), now in worldwide distribution, and Madame Soraya (Leone Productions). Dr. Aleandri played roles in Spike Lee’s films Summer of Sam, and Crooklyn, and the mother in the film Vito Bonafacci, and she created the lead role of Eleonora Duse in the teleplay Of Penguins and Peacocks.

She had Off-Broadway production roles in Sweatshop (American Theatre of Actors), Festa Primavera (La Mama ETC); and Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions (Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre). Hush the Musical, her adaptation of Etta Cascini’s comedy SHHHH!, with music by Charles Mandracchia, in which she starred as Georgia, played several New York venues in 2011 and won the MidWinter Madness Festival Award.

Dr. Aleandri was an Elena Cornaro Award Honoree(OSIA), New York State Woman of Distinction, and an Honoree of Leone de San Marco, Commission for Social Justice (OSIA), Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge (OSIA), Italian-American Educators, Awards from the Italian government and Brooklyn Women in Business.

Dr. Aleandri is survived by a sister and her family in California; and a community that will miss her.

SERVICES:

Friday, January 22 from 5:00-9:00 P.M.: a viewing will be held followed by a Special Service at 7:30 P.M. at Vanella Funeral Chapel, 29 Madison Street, NY, NY 10038

Sunday, January 24 at 5:30 P.M.: A “Celebration of Life” gathering will be at the Order of the Sons of Italy’s Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge Hall at Most Precious Blood Church, 113 Baxter Street, NY, NY 10013

IAWA’s Open Reading Series — January 9, 2016–Featuring Maria Giura & Peter Marra

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the months. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. Visit and join us at iawa.net

WHERE: @ Cornelia St. Café @ 29 Cornelia St. off Bleeker

WHEN:   Saturday, January 9, 2016 @ 5:457:45 pm
WHO: An excerpt from Maria Giura’s memoir-in-progress was published in the Paterson Literary Review. Another excerpt won the Penelope Niven Creative Non-Fiction Honorable Mention from the Center for Women Writers at Salem College. Her work has appeared online and in Voices in Italian Americana (VIA). Giura’s work has won awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest. www.mariagiura.com

Peter Marra’s writings explore alienation, addiction, the functions and misuses of love, the curse of secrets, victimization and assorted obsessions. He has had more than 200 poems published either in print or online in more than 25 journals. His latest work is approximate lovers (downtown materialaktion) published by Bone Orchard  Press. Marra’s e-chapbook Sins of the Go-Go Girls, was published in 2013 by Why Vandalism? Press; and another e-chapbook  peep-o-rama (Hammer and Anvil Books) is available as a Kindle Edition at Amazon. His latest new poetry collection Vanished Faces (a performance of occult infections). www.angelferox.com

COVER: $9 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT: www.corneliastreetcafe.com; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS: Trains: A, B, C, D, E, F, and M to West 4th St. or 1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.

Next Readings

Feb. 13: Chiara Montalto and Frank Polizzi @Sidewalk Café

March 14: Diane Block and John Hennessy @Cornelia St. Café

April 11: Wendy Galgan and Tony Gloeggler @ Sidewalk Cafe

May 14: Rachel Guido DeVries and Joseph Giordano @Cornelia St. Café

IAWA: iawa.net

Blog: italian american writers café @i-italy.org

Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Contacts:  www.iawa.net,  www.corneliastreetcafe.com  or  www.sidewalkny.com

Sagra Del Libro: The Italian-American Book Festival

SAGRA DEL LIBRO: THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN BOOK FESTIVAL

The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge (OSIA), in collaboration with IAWA – The Italian American Writers Association, is hosting and launching a “Sagra Del Libro” (Italian-American Book Festival) on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 6 to 10 pmin the Lodge Hall at 113 Baxter Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy. Admission is free to all.

All writers are invited to display and sell their published books at this event. Tables will be set up for the display of books and promotional materials, and authors will be available to speak with attendees and sign books. Also lively presentations or readings by the authors will make for a fascinating evening of celebrating our Italian-American writers. There is a small charge of $5.00 for individual authors to reserve a spot and participate. Authors interested in joining this event should immediately contact Bob Agnoli at 917 816 9916 or Gil Fagiani at fagianella@aol.com to reserve a spot or for additional information. Payment in advance by check should be made out to the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge and mailed to Dr. Emelise Aleandri, 3299 Cambridge Avenue #3C, Riverdale NY 10463. We look forward to your response.

In past years on a Sunday in May most bookstores remained open in Italy to support and promote its writers. This initiative was called “Celebrazione dei Libri” (Celebration of Books). Our Sagra Del Libro continues in the spirit of that movement by celebrating our Italian-American literary culture.

The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 was formed by John Fratta and Robert Fonti in February 1999, the only OSIA lodge in Manhattan. The Order Sons of Italy was formed in 1905 in the very same neighborhood. The Lodge is named after Lt. Giuseppe (Joe) Petrosino (1860-1909), the first Italian-American Police Lieutenant of the New York City Police Department. The Petrosino Lodge, whose President is William Bray, produces and supports many charitable, cultural and social events throughout the year, raises funds for cancer research, Cooley’s Anemia, Autism and other causes, and most recently hosted a Christmas party for the children of the Henry Street Settlement House.

IAWA was founded in 1991 to promote Italian-American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of Italian-American writing and to give Italian-American writers a public forum where the full range of Italian-American expression could find a hearing. IAWA has nurtured the growth of a genuine community of Italian-American readers and writers. Prof. Robert Viscusi, Broeklundian Professor and Executive Officer of the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College, is President and Founder of IAWA. Last year he served on the OSIA Grand Lodge Literary Award Committee, chaired by Emelise Aleandri.

The Sagra Book Festival Committee is chaired by Emelise Aleandri, co-chaired for the Petrosino Lodge by Robert Agnoli and for IAWA, by board member Gil Fagiani, co-host of their Manhattan monthly readings and founding member of the Vito Marcantonio Forum. The Committee also includes Bill Castleberry, Leslie Donofrio, and Angel Marinaccio. We look forward to welcoming you to an enjoyable Italian-American cultural celebration.

Premiere of Student Partners Night Features Three Jersey “Girls” – December 12, 2015

The Italian American Writers Association will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2016. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the months. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. Visit and join us at iawa.net

Premiere of Student Partners Night Features Three Jersey “Girls”

WHERE: Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A (6th Street) East Village, NYC-10009

WHEN:  December 12, 2015 (Saturday)    5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHO: Professor Edvige Giunta from New Jersey City University (NJCU) agreed to be IAWA’s on-campus liaison in order to produce this reading presenting three recent graduates who studied memoir, literature and writing courses with her.

Cassandra Casella is an Italian American poet and memoirist from Hoboken, NJ. A 2015 NJCU graduate, she teaches 10th,11th, and 12th grades. Her dedication to Italian culture and Italian American literature started in her grandmother’s kitchen. Her poems have been published in Paths and anthologized in Olive Girrrls: Italian North American Women and the Search for Identity. 

Chloe DeFilippis also graduated from NJCU this year. A former editorial assistant of Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, she co-edited  the 2014-2015 issue of Paths, NJCU’s student journal of creative writing. Her fiction and flash nonfiction have been published in PathsOlive Grrrls, and Voices in Italian Americana.

Angelica Roman earned her B.A. in Creative Writing from NJCU this year where she was also coeditor of the university student writing journal Paths. She is currently Permissions Assistant at Farrar, Straus and Giroux where her curiosity for the behind-the-scenes world of books is fed daily.

COVER: $8 includes beverage. CONTACT: www.sidewalkny.com; or 212-473-7373.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place

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IAWA’s Open Reading Series – November 14, 2015 Featuring Robert Agnoli & Thomas Fucaloro

The Italian American Writers Association will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2016. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the months. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. Visit and join us at iawa.net

WHERE: @ Cornelia St. Café @ 29 Cornelia St. off Bleecker

WHEN:   Saturday November 14 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

WHO: Robert Agnoli is an author and union organizer. Edge City: The Chronicles Of Bobby A: Un Italian’ In the USA is his first collection of poetry. Born in NYC and raised in North Jersey – Clifton, Garfield, Passaic, Paterson, Little Falls, Westfield – of immigrant parents he graduated from New York Military Academy, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Fordham University. Agnoli is on the Board of Directors of the Italian American Writers Association.

Thomas Fucaloro’s latest book of poetry, It Starts from the Belly and Blooms (three rooms press). He has been on three national slam teams and was the Inspired Word’s 2012 Grand Slam Champion. A co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press, he is also a writing coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone. Fucaloro recently won a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs. He earned an MFA from the New School for Creative Writing.

COVER: $9 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT: www.corneliastreetcafe.com; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS: Trains: A, B, C, D, E, F, and M to West 4th St. or 1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.

Next Readings

Dec. 12: Premiere of Student Partners Night @Sidewalk Café

2016

Jan. 9: Peter Marra and Maria Giura @Cornelia St. Café

Feb. 13: Anna Filomena and Frank Polizzi @Sidewalk Café

March 14: Diane Block and John Hennessy @Cornelia St. Cafe

IAWA: iawa.net

Blog: italian american writers café @i-italy.org

Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Contacts:  www.iawa.net,  www.corneliastreetcafe.com  or  www.sidewalkny.com

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Maria Mazziotti Gillan & Michael Palma – Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Italian American Writers Association will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2016. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the months. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. Visit and join us at iawa.net

WHEN: Saturday, October 10th, 5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE: Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A (6th Street) East Village, NYC-10009

WHO: Maria Mazziotti Gillan is among the most prolific authors in the Italian American community and the world of poetry. She has authored more than 20 poetry collections, including The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Cat in the Sun Books, 2014); Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press, 2013); and the The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books, 2013). Gillan is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She received the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs); the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers; and the 2008 American Book Award for her poetry collection, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). www.mariagillan.com

Michael Palma has achieved accolades for his 14 translations of modern Italian poets include recent editions of Maurizio Cucchi and Giovanni Raboni with Chelsea Editions and prize-winning volumes of Guido Gozzano and Diego Valeri with Princeton University Press, as well as books by Luigi Fontanella, Franco Buffoni, Sergio Corazzini, and others. His fully rhymed translation of Dante’s Inferno was published by Norton in 2002 and reprinted as a Norton Critical Edition in 2007.

More recently, Palma’s own poetry has appeared in two chapbooks, The Egg Shape and Antibodies; two full-length collections, A Fortune in Gold and Begin in Gladness; and an online chapbook, The Ghost of Congress Streethttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Palma

COVER: $8 includes beverage.

CONTACT: www.sidewalkny.com; or 212-473-7373.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place

Next Readings

Nov.14: Bob Agnoli and Tommy Fucaloro @Cornelia St. Café

Dec. 12: Premiere of Student Partners Night @Sidewalk Café

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IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Nancy Caronia & Edvige Giunta – September 12, 2015

Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the month.  IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. 

SCHOLARS ARE PEOPLE WITH STORIES TO TELL

WHEN: Saturday, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 @ 5:45 PM

WHERE: @ Cornelia St. Café @ 29 Cornelia St. off Bleeker

WHO: Nancy Caronia is a Lecturer in the Honors Program at University of Rhode Island, where she teaches contemporary literature, composition, and creative writing. Caronia’s creative writing has most recently appeared in Animal, New Delta Review, Lowestoft Chronicles, biostories,and The Missing Slate .  Her scholarship appears in peer-reviewed journals, including  AEQ ,  Italian American Review , and  Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture . She is co-editor of  Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Culture, and Teaching in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (co-edited with Edvige Giunta) and wrote the introduction for the reprint of Louise DeSalvo’s Casting Off (Bordighera Press, 2014).

Edvige Giunta is Professor of English at New Jersey City University, where she teaches memoir and other literature and writing courses. She is the author of Writing with an Accent: Contemporary Italian American Women Authors and Dire l’indicibile . She is co-editor of The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture (coedited with Louise DeSalvo); Italian American Writers on New Jersey (coedited with Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan); Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture (co-edited with Kathleen Zamboni. McCormick); Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora (co-edited with Joseph Sciorra); and Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Culture, and Teaching in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (co-edited with Nancy Caronia).

COVER: $8 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT: www.corneliastreetcafe.com; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, A, B, C, D, E, F, and M to West 4th St. or 1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Square

Info for Readings at Sidewalk Cafe:

CONTACTwww.sidewalkny.com; or 212-473-7373.

Events kick off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Bleecker Street. (more)

Literary Manhattan lists IAWA among the Top 42 spoken word poetry events good for dancing around a fire: http://www.literarymanhattan.org/42-spoken-word-poetry-events-good-for-dancing-around-a-fire/

Upcoming 2015 Readings:

Oct. 10: Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Michael Palma @ Sidewalk Café

Nov.14: Bob Agnoli and Tommy Fucaloro @Cornelia St. Café

Dec. 12: Premiere of Student Partners Night @Sidewalk Café

Follow IAWA on Facebook

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IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Louisa Calio & Carole Giangrande – August 8, 2015

Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the month.  IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. For membership renewal, please click on the “Join IAWA” page above.

WHEN: Saturday, AUGUST 8, 2015 @ 5:45 PM

WHERE: @ Sidewalk Café, 94 Ave. A & 6th Street, NYC

WHO: Louisa Calio’s collection, Journey to the Heart Waters, was published by Legas Press in 2014. Best known as the curator of the Poets and Writers Piazza for Hofstra’s Italian Experience for 12 years, she is also on the Advisory Board of Arba Sicula. In 2013 she won first prize from the City of Messina, Sicily, 4th international poetry competition for her poem “Bhari.” Her work has appeared in GRADIVA, The Journal of Italian Translation, Voices of Italian Americana, New Verse News, Studia Mystica, She is Everywhere, darkmother, Remembrances, and Sweet Lemons 2.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisa_Calio

Carole Giangrande is a Toronto-based novelist and author of eight books, including the award-winning novella, A Gardener On The Moon, the novels An Ordinary Star and A Forest Burning, a short story collection, Missing Persons and the novella, Midsummer. Her new novella, Here Comes The Dreamer will be published in September 2015. A former radio-journalist, she worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as co-host of the popular Radio Noon program. She’s read her fiction at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, at the Banff Centre for the Arts (as an Artist-in-Residence), and her 50-part literary podcast Words to Go has been downloaded over 20,000 times in 30 countries. She is currently at work on a novel. www.carolegiangrande.com.

COVER: $8 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT: www.sidewalkny.com; or 212-473-7373.

Events kick off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Bleecker Street. (more)

Upcoming 2015 Readings:

Sept. 12: Nancy Caronia and Edvige Giunta @Cornelia St. Café

Oct. 10: Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Michael Palma @ Sidewalk Café

Nov.14: Bob Agnoli and Tommy Fucaloro @Cornelia St. Café

Dec. 12: Premiere of Student Partners Night @Sidewalk Café

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IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Caterina Edwards & Fred Misurella – July 11, 2015

Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the month. IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. For membership renewal, visit IAWA’s revamped website @ iawa.net where you will also find our monthly Newsletter.

Canadian-based Caterina Edwards’ newest novel and sixth book, The Sicilian Wife, was published in April, 2015.  Her nonfiction book, Finding Rosa : A Mother With Alzheimer’s/A Daughter’s Search for the Past, a collection of stories, The Island of the Nightingales and several personal essays won major awards, while another novel, a play, and two novellas also received praise and critical attention.  Her work is the subject of Edwards: Essays on Her Works, a collection by critics from Canada, the United States, and Italy, was the first book published by Guernica in its series on Canadian writers. In all her writing, Edwards explores the collision of multiple selves and cultures, private memory and public history, here and there. She is a long-term member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers.www.caterinaedwards.com

Fred Misurella has published two novels, Only Sons, and Arrangement in Black and White; Lies to Live By: Stories; Short Time, a novella; and Understanding Milan Kundera: Public Events, Private Affairs (a critical study of Kundera’s work). His stories and non-fiction have appeared in Partisan Review, Salmagundi, Kansas Quarterly, Voices in Italian Americana, L’Atelier du roman (in France), The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Book Review. His essays on Primo Levi appear in The Legacy of Primo Levi and Answering Auschwitz.

Misurella has taught journalism, writing, and Italian-American Literature at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, and has read from his work at various venues in the U.S. and at international conferences of the Italian-American Studies Association (IASA).  He currently serves as Treasurer of theIASA and has recently been appointed editor of VIA (Voices in Italian Americana).www.FredMisurella.com

COVER: $8 includes complimentary drink.  

CONTACT: www.corneliastreetcafe.com; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, A, B, C, D, E, F, and M to West 4th St. or 1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Square

Upcoming 2015 Readings:
Aug. 8: Louisa Calio and Carole Giagrande @Sidewalk  Café
Sept. 12: Nancy Caronia and Edvige Giunta @Cornelia St. Café
Oct. 10: Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Michael Palma @ Sidewalk Café
Nov.14: Bob Agnoli and Tommy Fucaloro @Cornelia St. Café
Dec. 12: Premiere of Student Partners Night @Sidewalk Café
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