IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Amy Barone & Al Tacconelli – March 14, 2015

Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading (www.iawa.net).  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.

WHEN:   Saturday, March 14th, 5:45-7:45pm — Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

WHERE: Cornelia Street Café at 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, NYC-10014

WHO:    Amy Barone’s new chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, was recently released by Finishing Line Press.  She was recognized as a finalist in the publisher’s New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition. Her poetry has appeared in CityLitRag, First Literary Review-East, Gradiva, Impolite Conversation (UK), Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, among other publications. Her first chapbook, Views from the Driveway, was published by Foothills Publishing in 2008. Barone spent five years as Italian correspondent in Milan for Women’s Wear Daily and Advertising Age. She is a board member of the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) and helps organize and promote IAWA’s monthly readings held second Saturdays in New York City. She is a professional member of PEN America Center and belongs to the Brevitas online poetry community. A native of Bryn Mawr, PA, Barone lives in New York City.

Albert Tacconelli has a new poetry collection, Perhaps Fly, from Bordighera Press. He has also published chapbooks: Two Countries One Heart, The Laurenzi Poems, Short Stack, and That One Pure Time. His writing has appeared in such publications as Paterson Literary Review, Philadelphia Poets, Endicott Review, Mad Poets Review, VIA and Avanti Popolo: Italian-Americans Writers Sailing Beyond Columbus. His paintings and prints are included in the permanent collection of contemporary art at Passaic County Community College and he has exhibited at The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Mariani Italian American Museum and Institute, and Galleria Artemisia. Tacconelli won Honorable Mention in Ohio Poetry Associations Summer Solstice Contest, was runner up in Philadelphia Poets First Annual John And Rose Petracca & Family Award, and received the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest Editor’s Choice and Honorable Mention awards. He lives in Wynnewood, PA.

COVER: $8 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

Next Readings

April 11: Anthony D’Aries and Julia Lisella @Sidewalk Café

May 9Gil Fagiani and Stephen Siciliano @Cornelia St. Café

June 13George Guida and Susan Balik @Sidewalk Café

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

Follow IAWA on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

 

 

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Peter Carravetta & Marisa Frasca – February 14, 2015

Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading (www.iawa.net).  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.

WHEN: Saturday, February 14, 5:30 pm -7:30 pm

WHERE: Sidewalk Café at 94 Avenue A (6th Street), East Village, NYC-10014

WHO:   Peter Carravetta, the D’Amato Professor of Italian Studies at SUNY/Stony Brook, is a philosopher, cultural critic, translator, and poet. One of the founders of IAWA, he has written six books of criticism, and edited several journals and anthologies. Carravetta is the author of eight books of poetry, five in Italian, including delle voci (Anterem, 1980) and L’infinito (Campanotto, 2013); and three in English: Existenz (Adams Press, 1976), The Sun and Other Things (Guernica, 1997), and The Other Lives (Guernica, 2013.) Additionally, he contributed to the recently published Poets of the Italian Diaspora (Fordham University Press, 2014), a bilingual anthology covering poetry from 1870-1970.

Marisa Frasca is the author of Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom, published by Bordighera Press. Her poems and translations have appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including 5AM, Voices in Italian Americana, Arba Sicula, Philadelphia Poets, Adanna Journal, and Embroidered Stories Anthology. Frasca was a Riggio Scholar at The New School of Writing where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and she holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University. Born in Vittoria, Italy, Frasca lives in Manhattan and Long Island’s North Fork.

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

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

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Bleecker Street

Future Readings

Mar 14:  Amy Barone and Al Tacconelli @Cornelia Street Café

April 11: Julia Lisella  and Anthony D’Aries @Sidewalk Café

May 9:  Gil Fagiani and Stephen Siciliano @Cornelia St. Café

June 13: Susan Balik and George Guida @ Sidewalk Café

July 11: Fred Misurella and Joseph Luzzi @ Cornelia St. Café

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

Follow IAWA on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Maria Lisella & Frank Messina – January 17, 2015

Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading (www.iawa.net).  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.

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 17th, 5:45-7:45 pmspecial date – 3rd Saturday

WHERE:            Cornelia Street Café at 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, NYC-10014

WHO:   Maria Lisella‘s new poetry collection, Thieves in the Family, was published by New York Quarterly Books in June 2014.  Her work in Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada) has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Poetry Prize. She won Honorable Mention from the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and was a finalist for Queens, NY Poet Laureate. Her work appears in Feile Festa, LIPS, Paterson Literary Review, Skidrow Penthouse, DanMurano.com and First Literary Review-East. Lisella is a charter member of the 12-year-old online poetry circle brevitas that celebrates the short poem. She co-curates the Italian American Writers Association monthly readings and is co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum. Professionally, Lisella is an award-winning business writer with a focus on travel; her work has appeared in AFARFoxNews.com, The New York Daily News, Travel and Leisure and other major trade and consumer publications.

Frank Messina wrote four books of poetry, including Disorderly Conduct, and Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry. His work has appeared in The New York Times, PBS, NPR and on The Jimmy Kimmel Show. He was awarded the Woolrich Poetry Fellowship of Columbia University and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Poetry Prize. In 2013, his handwritten 9/11-related journal was accessioned into the National September 11 Memorial & Museum permanent collection.  Recognized for his baseball poetry, he has read at Shea Stadium, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and has appeared four times on SportsNet New York as “The NY Mets Poet.” His chapbook, Shinebox, is forthcoming in 2015 from Finishing Line Press. In 2014, the Manhattan Film Institute adapted his poem, “Grunt,” about a soldier returning from the war in Iraq, into a short film. Frank is currently writing a screenplay based on the diary of his Sicilian great-grandfather’s journey from Sicily to New Orleans to New York City. An actor, Frank has appeared most recently in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He currently lives in Jersey City, NJ.

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

COVER: $8 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

Next Readings

Feb. 14: Peter Carravetta and Marisa Frasca @Sidewalk Café

Mar 14Amy Barone and Al Tacconelli @Cornelia St. Café

April 11: Anthony D’Aries and Julia Lisella @Sidewalk Café

May 9Gil Fagiani and Stephen Siciliano @Cornelia St. Café

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

Follow IAWA on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Antonio D’Alfonso & Richard Vetere – December 13, 2014

Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading (www.iawa.net).  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.

WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: Sidewalk Café at 94 Avenue A (6th Street), East Village, NYC-10014

WHO:   Antonio D’Alfonso’s most recent books are Un ami, un nuage (Noroît, 2013) and The Irrelevant Man (Guernica, 2014).  He has written 30 books and won the Trillium Award for his novel Un vendredi du mois d’août in 2005. As founder of Canada-based Guernica Editions in 1978, he published more than 900 authors — many of whom are Italian-American — and 475 books. Since selling Guernica in 2010, he works as a literary translator and teaches creative writing, script writing, film studies, and Italian. His feature film Bruco won Best Director Award and Best Foreign Film Award at the New York International Independent Film Festival in 2010. He has just completed his next feature film Antigone.  He holds a PhD in film studies from University of Toronto.

Richard Vetere‘s new novel, The Writers Afterlife, from Three Rooms Press, received a rave review from Publishers Weekly. His other novels include Baroque and The Third Miracle from Simon & Schuster. He co-wrote the screenplay adaptation for The Third Miracle, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring Ed Harris. His most recent book of poetry is The Other Colors in a Snow Storm. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his stage play One Shot, One Kill. His other books of poetry include Memories of Human Hands and A Dream of Angels.

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

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

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Bleecker Street

Next Readings

Jan. 17**3rd SAT: Frank Messina and Gil Fagiani @Cornelia Street Café

Feb. 14: Peter Carravetta and Marisa Frasca @Sidewalk Café

Mar 14Amy Barone and Al Tacconelli @Cornelia Street Café

April 11: Julia Lisella  and Anthony D’Aries @Sidewalk Café

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

Follow IAWA on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Suzanne Petito-Egielski and Michael Trocchia – November 8, 2014

Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading (www.iawa.net).  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.

WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 5:45-7:45 pm

WHERE: Cornelia Street Café at 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, NYC-10014

WHO:   Suzanne Petito-Egielski will read from her debut novel, Nelson’s Castle: A Bronte Fairy Tale (Amuninni Press, 2013), based on stories about her grandmother’s hometown.  Her second novel, Miss Iceland of 1955, will be published in 2015.  She is a former language teacher and genealogical researcher. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Petito-Egielski received a B.A. from CUNY’s Queens College and a Master’s degree in French Literature from New York University. She is at work on her third novel, The Dowry: A Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi Fairy Tale.

Michael Trocchia is the author of The Fatherlands (Monkey Puzzle Press, Feb. 2014), a series of short fiction and prose poems on origins and estrangement.  His work has appeared in such journals as Asheville Poetry Review, Baltimore Review, The Boiler, Camera Obscura, Mid-American Review, Open Letters Monthly, and Tar River Poetry. A finalist for the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, he won the Prick of the Spindle’s Fiction Competition. His upcoming poetry collection, Unfounded, will appear in early 2015.

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

COVER: $8

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

Next Readings

Dec. 13: Richard Vetere and Antonio D’Alfonso @Sidewalk Café

Jan. 17**3rd SAT: Frank Messina and TBA@ Cornelia Street Café

Feb. 14: Peter Caravetta and TBA @Sidewalk Café

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

Follow IAWA on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring John Domini and Joseph Tirella – October 11, 2014

WHAT: Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading (www.iawa.net).  Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturdayof the month.  IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months.

WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 2014      5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE: Sidewalk Cafe at 94 Avenue A (6th Street) in East Village, NYC

WHO: John Domini is a versatile writer who has garnered awards in a mix of genres.  In 2014, Dzanc Books published a selection of John’s criticism, The Sea-God’s Herb, as well as electronic versions of his first four books. Over the next two years, Dzanc will publish a sequence of short stories, MOVIEOLA!, and  novel The Color Inside a Melon. His poetry collection, The Grand McLuckless Road Atlas, was published by Pedestrian Press in 2013.  Domini’s work has appeared in Paris ReviewPloughshares, GQThe New York Times,Meridian and several anthologies, among other publications.  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram-Merrill Foundation. He lives in Des Moines, IA. www.john@johndomini.com

Joseph Tirella wrote bestseller Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America from Lyon Press.  The book, which Barnes & Noble selected for its “Discover Great New Writers program,” examines the impact of the 1964-65’s World’s Fair and its place in the turbulent 1960s. Writer and editor Tirella’s work has appeared in The New York TimesVibeRolling Stone, EsquirePeople, the Daily News, Portfolio.com, Reader’s Digest, and Fortune Small Business, among other publications. Tirella is a native of Queens.

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

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

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue

Next Readings

Nov. 8Suzanne Petito and Michael Trocchia @Cornelia Street Café

Dec. 13: Richard Vetere and Antonio d’Alfonso @Sidewalk Café

Jan. 17, 2015Frank Messina and TBA @Cornelia Street Café

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

Follow IAWA on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Seeking Musicians and Artists

Seeking musicians, performance artists, actors, singers, graphic artists, filmmakers

The upcoming San Gennaro Feast is the largest and most visible annual Italian cultural expression in New York City. The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge, through the auspices of its Chaplain Msgr. Sakano, has been able to host a cultural table during the Feast for the last two years on the block of St. Patrick’s Church on Mulberry Street between Prince Street and Houston Street. The Italian-American Writers Association joined with us, and authors came to display and sell their books. This year we have the benefit of the table once again and we are expanding it to include additional artists such as musicians, performance artists, actors, singers, graphic artists, and filmmakers. We would like to invite anyone in these artistic areas to join us in presenting our cultural display this year. If you know anyone who is interested, have them contact Bob Agnoli at Rdiangelica@aol.com as soon as possible. No pay, of course. The Feast runs from September 11 through September 21 and the best times for display are weekday evenings and full days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

Reply only to Rdiangelica@aol.com

IAWA’s Open Reading Series – September 13, 2014 – Joanna Clapps Herman and Marie Helene-Bertino at Cornelia Street Cafe

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 (Oct, Dec) and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months (Sept, Nov.)

Marie-Helene Bertino will read from her debut novel, 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS (Crown; August 5, 2014.) Her stories have appeared in The Pushcart Prize Anthology XXXIII, North American Review, Gigantic, Gulf Coast, Mississippi Review, Inkwell, Indiana Review, American Short Fiction, Five Chapters, Storyville and The Common, among others.

She teaches at NYU, the Center for Fiction, the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and the One Story Workshop for Writers, and has been invited to read and teach at bookstores and universities in America and abroad, including the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the University of Pennsylvania and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival in Cork, Ireland.  She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Hedgebrook. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Brooklyn.

Joanna Clapps Herman’s new collection of short stories, No Longer and Not Yet, was published by SUNY Press. She is currently working on a new book whose working title is Ieri, Oggi e Domani: Food and Family from Sun Press.  Her memoir, The Anarchist Bastard (SUNY Press, 2011) begins, “I often say that I was born in 1944 but raised in the 15th Century because although I was born in Waterbury, CT, in a New England factory town, in post-WWII, I grew up in a large southern Italian family where the rules were absolute, and customs antiquated.”

She is co-editor of two anthologies: Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press, 2008), and of Our Roots Are Deep with Passion (Other Press, 2007.) She loves teaching and considers it an art form as central to her life as reading and writing.http://www.joannaclappsherman.com/

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

COVER: $8 includes complimentary beverage.

Oct. 11: John Domini and Joe Tirella, author of Tomorrowland @Sidewalk Café

Nov. 8:  Suzanne Petito and Michael Trocchia @Cornelia Street Café

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

IAWA at the San Gennaro Feast

The upcoming San Gennaro Feast is the largest and most visible annual Italian cultural expression in New York City. The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge, through the auspices of its Chaplain Msgr. Sakano, has been able to host a cultural table during the Feast for the last two years on the block of St. Patrick’s Church on Mulberry Street between Prince Street and Houston Street. The Italian-American Writers Association came to display and sell their books. This year we have the benefit of the table once again and we are expanding it to include additional artists such as musicians, performance artists, actors, singers, graphic artists, and filmmakers. We would like to invite anyone in these artistic areas to join us in presenting our cultural display this year. If you know anyone who is interested, have them contact Bob Agnoli at RdiAngelica@aol.com as soon as possible. No pay, of course. The Feast runs from September 11 through September 21 and the best times for display are weekday evenings and full days on FridaySaturday and Sunday.

IAWA’s Open Reading Series – August 9, 2014 – Featuring Michael Cirelli & Camilla Trinchieri

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 (Oct, Dec) and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months (Sept, Nov.)

Michael Cirelli is the Executive Director of Urban Word NYC, one of the nation’s largest youth literary arts organizations. He is also the author of four award-winning collections of poetry, most recently The Grind. His poetry has garnered the Silver Medal for Poetry from the Independent Publishers Awards, a Paterson Poetry Prize, and a feature slot in the “Debut Poets” issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. His first collection was a New York Times best seller from an independent press, and his work was featured in the award-winning anthology The Best American Poetry. Cirelli teaches hip-hop education and critical literacy courses at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, and he is also the director of the Preemptive Education Conference at NYU and Columbia Teachers College. He is co-author of the widely popular curriculum guide, Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics, and was featured on the HBO hit television series Def Poetry Jam.

Camilla Trinchieri is a writer and artist best known for her seven novels in “The Trouble With” mystery series written under the pseudonym Camilla Crespi that feature Italian amateur sleuth Simona Griffo.  Her latest book, The Breakfast Club Murder, featuring Lori Corvino, was published in February 2014, and in May her book What Really Happened to Billy was translated and published in Italy as Verso domani.  In 2010 her book Finding Alice, loosely based on her mother’s life in Europe during World War II, was published in Italian. Born in Prague, Ms. Trinchieri came to the U.S. when she was 12 and returned to Italy after graduating from Barnard College. In Rome, she worked in the movie industry as a dubbing producer/director with such prominent producers as Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Lina Wertmuller. She holds an MFA from the Columbia’s Graduate Writing program and is a past president of the New York chapter of Mystery Writers of America.  www.camillatrinchieri.com

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

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

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

Next Readings

Sept. 13: Joanna Clapps Herman and Marie-Helene Bertino @Cornelia Street Café

Oct. 11: John Domini and Joe Tirella, author of Tomorrowland @Sidewalk Café

Nov. 8:  Suzanne Petito and Michael Trocchia @Cornelia Street Café

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