Italian American Writers Association Literary Series Presents

IAWA Celebrates its 26th Anniversary
with the
3rd Edition of 
New Voices in Italian America
 
WHERE: Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A (6th Street) East Village, NYC-10009

WHEN:  Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm
WHO: Native to Bayonne and a graduate from NJCU, Keith Chiappone started the art and literature magazine Instigatorzine, which featured new writers and artists. Keith currently teaches 8th grade language arts in Piscataway. He also plays guitar, sings, and plays harmonica as a singer-songwriter. Keith lives with his wife, Olivia and daughter, Sylvia, in Middlesex, NJ.
Meghan Flaherty is a creative writing student at New Jersey City University. She won the 2016 Walter Glospie Prize from the Academy of American Poets and in 2017 and received an honorable mention. In 2017 she received Honorable Mention for the Kathy Potter Writing Award for her memoir. She co-edits Paths, the literary journal of New Jersey City University. With the help of her mentor, Edvige Giunta, she is working on a thesis, a memoir about the racialization of her ancestors and mothering across racial lines.
Laura Marie Marciano is a poet, performer, and educator. She is the founder of the visual poetics collective gemstone readings and the author of Mall Brat (CCM 2016).  She has an MFA from Brooklyn College and is a PhD candidate at URI under the direction of Peter Covino. She lives on the Internet.

Thanks to Edvige Giunta and Peter Covino for sponsoring these features. Each year IAWA dedicates its December reading to 
new voices in the IA literary community. 
 
COVER: $8 includes beverage 
DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place
IAWA: iawa.net IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net Edited by Christina Bruni
Send all announcements at least two weeks in advance.

 


JANUARY 13: Poet Angela Alaimo O’Donnell and
Author Joseph Salvatore @ Cornelia St. Cafe

FEBRUARY 10: Poet Angelo Verga and TBA

MARCH 10: TBA

APRIL 14: Poet Maria Fama and
author, performance artist Annie Lanzillotto

 

IAWA Literary Reading Presents Elizabeth Primamore and Clare Ultimo

Saturday, November 11, 2017

IAWA Features Veteran Authors:

Playwright Elizabeth Primamore and

Multidisciplinary Artist Clare Ultimo

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

WHEN:  Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

WHO:

Elizabeth Primamore plays Just Fine and Blank were produced in HB Studio’s Ten Minute Play Festivals. Craig Lucas and Jack Hofsiss provided dramaturgical support for her full-length play, Undone, which has received readings at The Flea, The Cherry Lane, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Our First Christmas and A Child’s Best Interest have been included in a number of short play festivals.  In July 2016, she was a fellow at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Her most recent play, The Professor and Michael Field was a semifinalist for the 2017 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and is being considered as a candidate for this summer’s conference. She teaches at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Clare Ultimo is a multidisciplinary artist, poet and educator. She has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts and her visual work has been recently featured as part of a three-woman show at the Taller Boricua Gallery in Spanish Harlem. Her poetry has appeared in the Paterson Literary Review and many downtown zines through the years. She is working on a new collection of poetry for publication in 2018. Presently, she teaches Design/Media Arts for CUNY, is married to the amazing Robert (LaSardo), and still lives in Brooklyn.

COVER: $10 includes complimentary drink.

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

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

 

October 2014

October 14    2nd Saturdays monthly   5:45 – 7:45 pm

Italian American Writers Association Literary Series Presents 

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th Anniversary in 2017. Since 1991 IAWA has given voice to writers through its monthly literary series.  IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA West takes place at Cornelia Street Café during odd months. Readings begin with an Open Mic followed by two featured authors.

IAWA will feature award-winning poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and mystery writer and memoirist Camilla Trinchieri.

Sponsored by Italian American Writers Association (IAWA).
Sidewalk Café
94 Avenue A (6th Street), Manhattan
Admission:  $8 includes complimentary drink; open to the public

Upcoming Events

AUGUST: Ferragosto/Vacation

AUGUST 12, SATURDAY: VMF&IAWA Sponsor Exclusive Screening of

Pane Amaro/Bitter Bread followed by

Q&A with Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurian

JULY 30, SUNDAY: IAWA @ NYC PoetryFestival on Governor’s Island

White Horse Stage @ 1:30PM

SEPTEMBER 9: Celebrating Pirandello with a dramatic reading by Margherita Peluso & John Martello @ Cornelia St. Cafe

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17: IAWA with Bordighera Press

@Brooklyn Book Festival Day & Literary Marketplace

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Author Camilla Trinchieri

@ Sidewalk Café

NOVEMBER 11: Novelist Louisa Ermelino and

Playwright Elizabeth Primamore @Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Cafe

Keith Chiappone, Meghan Flaherty, Laura Marie Marciano

Thanks to Edvige Giunta and Peter Covino

IAWA Features Prolific Peter Carravetta and Marianne Leone, Author and Actress-Saturday, July 8, 2017

26th Anniversary Readings & Special Events

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. 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

IAWA Features Prolific Peter Carravetta and Marianne Leone, Author and Actress

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

WHEN:  Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

WHO: Peter Carravetta, D’Amato Professor at Stony Brook University, has published eight books of criticism, including The Elusive Hermes: Method, Discourse, Interpreting (2013),  founded a journal, Differentia (1986-1999), co-edited several anthologies, and written seven books of poetry, four in Italian and three in English: Existenz (Chicago, 1976), The Sun and Other Things(Montreal, 1997), and The Other Lives (Toronto, 2014). Additionally, he has written eight books of criticism, and edited several journals and anthologies including Differentia, review of italian thought (1986-1999; now retrievable through Academic Commons). Born in Lappano, Sicily, Carravetta spent much of his youth growing up in the Bronx. He is also a co-founder of IAWA.

Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, Coastal Living and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. Her memoir, Jesse, A Mother’s Story Of Grief, Grace And Everyday Bliss, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010. She had a recurring role on HBO’s hit show, “The Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s mother. She has also appeared in films by David O. Russell, Larry David, John Sayles and Martin Scorsese. Her memoir Ma Speaks Up from Beacon Press was published by Beacon Press this year.

COVER: $10 includes complimentary drink.

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

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

IAWA: iawa.net IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next IAWA Events & Readings

AUGUST: Ferragosto/Vacation

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani & dramatic reading by Margherita Peluso & John Martello in celebration of Pirandello @ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: Louisa Ermelino and Elizabeth Primamore @Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Cafe

Our Mission

IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors.

A Touch of Sicily with Cerrone and Provenzano – June 10, 2017

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. 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

IAWA Features A Touch of Sicily with Olivia Kate Cerrone and bilingual poet, Nino Provenzano

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

WHEN:  Saturday, June 10, 2017 @  5:30 – 7:30 pm
WHO: Olivia Kate Cerrone’s Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Crab Orchard Review’s Jack Dyer Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Paterson Literary Review, VIA, and Italian Americana. The Hunger Saint, a historical novella about the child miners of rural Sicily, was published by Bordighera Press in 2017.

Nino Provenzano was born in Sicily, and lives in the United States. He is Vice President of Arba Sicula. He has published three collections of bilingual poetry, Sicilian-English. His latest, Footprints in the Snow, was presented at St. John’s University September 2016. Provenzano has collaborated with film-makers Spike Lee and actor/director John Turturro for translating English into Sicilian.

Hosting: Jessica Femiani

COVER: $8 includes beverage CONTACT: www.sidewalkny.com; 212-473-7373 DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor PlaceIAWA: iawa.net; IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next IAWA Events & Readings

JULY 8: IAWA co-founder Peter Carravetta & Marianne Leone

AUGUST: Ferragosto/Vacation

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani & dramatic reading by Margherita Peluso & John Martello in celebration of Pirandello@ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: Louisa Ermelino and Elizabeth Primamore @Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Cafe

Our Mission: IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing,reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors. The three rules of IAWA: Read One Another, Write or Be Written, and Buy Our Books.

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Paul Salsini & Mark Chiusano – Saturday, May 13, 2017

26th Anniversary Readings & Special Events

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. 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 at iawa.net

IAWA Features Journalists Paul Salsini and AMNY’s Mark Chiusano

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

WHEN:  Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

WHO: Mark Chiusano is the author of Marine Park, which received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. He is a columnist for Newsday and amNew York, where he writes the daily newsletter amExpress. His stories and essays have appeared in Guernica, Harvard Review, and The Atlantic, and he was born, raised and lives in Brooklyn.

Paul Salsini is a veteran Milwaukee journalist who now teaches at Marquette University. His first novel, The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany resulted in “A Tuscan Series,” five novels and collections of short stories that follow the characters to 2000. He received the Sons of Italy 2011 Leonardo da Vinci Award for Excellence in Literature.

COVER: $10 includes complimentary drink.

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

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

IAWA: iawa.net IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next IAWA Events & Readings

 JUNE 10: Olivia Kate Cerrone and Nino Provenzano/bilingual; Jessica Femiani, hosting @ Sidewalk Café

JULY 8: IAWA co-founder Peter Carravetta & Marianne Leone

AUGUST: Ferragosto/Vacation

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani & dramatic reading by Margherita Peluso & John Martello in celebration of Pirandello @ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: Louisa Ermelino and Elizabeth Primamore @Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Cafe

Our Mission

IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors.

Spring Poetry Reading – April 7, 2017

A Spring Poetry Reading Celebrating Poetry & Two Italian American Journals

Please click here for detailed flyer: Celebrating Poetry

Via, Edited by Chiara Mazzucchelli

Readers:  John Bargowski, Gil Fagiani, Mary Giaimo, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Maria Lisella, Susan Miller, Vittoria repetto, Maria Terrone

Italian Americana, edited by Carla Simonini

Readers: B. Amore, Phyllis Capello, Terese Coe, Peter Covino, Marisa Frasca, Joanna Clapps Herman, Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Richard Parisio

Moderated by Maria Terrone and Peter Covino

Friday • April 7, 2017 • 6:00 PM Reception to follow. Books available for purchase.

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor New York, NY 10036 RSVP: 212-642-2094

 

IAWA: Features Award-Winning Poets Stephen Massimilla and Judith Vollmer – April 8, 2017

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. 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: Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A (6th Street) East Village, NYC-10009

WHEN:  Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHO: Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter/photographer. His 500-page co-authored volume Cooking with The Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare (Tupelo, 2016) won the New England Book Award and a USNews Best Book Finalist Award. Acclaim for his other books includes the SFASU Press Prize for The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat; the Bordighera Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch, and other honors. He teaches at Columbia and The New School.

 

Judith Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including The Apollonia Poems, winner of the Four Lakes Poetry Prize of the University of Wisconsin Press (2017).  Vollmer’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry International, The Women’s Review of Books, Agni, Poet Lore, The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire and elsewhere.  She is a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awardee of the University of Pittsburgh, and Emeritus Professor of English, Pitt Greensburg; currently she teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation. Her areas of scholarly interest include Italian and Sicilian 20th century poetry and fiction; urban geography and architecture; and in her work as an editor, contemporary American poetry. www.judithvollmer.com

HOSTING: Marisa Frasca, author of Via Incanto (Bordighera Press).

COVER: $8 includes beverage.

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

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

IAWA: iawa.net;

IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next IAWA Events & Readings 

 

MAY 13: Mark Chiusano and Paul Salisini @ Cornelia St. Café

JUNE 10: Olivia Kate Cerrone and Nino Provenzano/bilingual; Jessica Femiani, hosting @ Sidewalk Café

JULY: No Reading

AUGUST: No Reading

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani and Playwright Elizabeth Primamore @ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: TBA @ Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Café

 

Our Mission: IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing,

reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors.. The three rules of IAWA:

Read One Another, Write or Be Written, and Buy Our Books.