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

IAWA’s Open Reading Series – July 12, 2014 – Featuring Julia Fierro & Joanne Monte

The Italian American Writers Association presents its Second Saturday Literary Reading (www.iawa.net).  For 23 years, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series.  The readings are now held at two venues:  Cornelia Street Café on odd months (Sept, Nov) and Sidewalk Café on even months (Aug, Oct, Dec.)

Our next reading will take place on Saturday, July 12th from 5:45 to 7:45 pm at the Cornelia Street Cafe at 29 Cornelia Street in the West Village, NYC.

Our featured readers are Julia Fierro, who is the author of Cutting Teeth, which was included in Library Journal’s “Spring Best Debuts” and on “Most Anticipated Books of 2014″ lists by HuffPost Books, The Millions, Flavorwire, Brooklyn Magazine and Marie Claire. Julia’s work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Guernica, Poets & Writers, Glamour and other publications, and she has been profiled in the L Magazine, The Observer, and The Economist. In 2002, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and what started as eight writers meeting in her Brooklyn kitchen has grown into a creative home for over 2500 writers. She is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children.  Her website can be found at juliafierro.com.

Our additional featured reader is Joanne Monte, the recipient of the 2012 Bordighera Poetry Book Award for the collection The Blue Light of Dawn.  Her poems have appeared in such literary journals as Poet Lore, The Raintown Review, Cerberus, Ancient Paths Literary Review, and Poet.  Among her awards are The John David Johnson Memorial Poetry Award, The Writer’s Digest Award, and the New Millennium Writings Award IV for Poetry.  She also published a novel, The Day to Eternity, in 2012.  In 1999, the American Biographical Institute selected her as one of two thousand notable American women for her literary and humanitarian contributions.

This event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

The cover is $8 and includes one drink.

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

August 9thMichael Cirelli and Guernica Poetry Editor, Antonio D’Alfonso @Sidewalk Café

September 13thJoanna Clapps Herman and Marie-Helene Bertino @Cornelia Street Café

October 11thJohn Domini and Joe Tirella, author of Tomorrowland @Sidewalk Café

November 8thSuzanne Petito and Michael Trocchia @Cornelia Street Café

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

A Translators’ Reading of Selections from Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943

The Italian American Writers Association and the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 (OSIA) of Little Italy present A Translators’ Reading of Selections from Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hall of the Most Precious Blood Church
113 Baxter Street (just north of Canal Street)

Please click the image below to enlarge the flyer:

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Click here to view the flyer in PDF format: Italoamericana translators’ reading 6.4.14

 

IAWA’s Open Reading Series – June 14, 2014

Join IAWA at the Sidewalk Cafe for its monthly open reading, featuring Paola Corso and Maria Terrone.  

IAWA holds its Open Reading series every second Saturday of the month at two venues: Cornelia Street Café on odd months (July, Sept, Nov) and Sidewalk Café on even months (June, Aug, Oct.) Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes, followed by two featured writers.

Paola Corso is a writer and professor whose fiction and poetry are set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant family found work in steel mills.  Among her awards and honors is a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award.  Corso’s new poetry books are The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the 2012 Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing, and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing, featuring Pittsburgh steelworkers and garment workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and in sweatshops today. She is a lecturer at Chatham University’s Low-Residency MFA Program and also teaches at the City University of New York.  www.paolacorso.com

Maria Terrone is the author of Eye to Eye (May 2014, Bordighera Press); A Secret Room in Fall (McGovern Award, Ashland Poetry Press) and The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works), as well as a chapbook American Gothic, Take 2 (Finishing Line Press).  Her work, which has been published in French and Farsi and nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, has appeared in magazines including Poetry, Ploughshares, Hudson Review, and Poetry International and in 20 anthologies.  She was one of 10 Queens-based authors commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum to write an essay for its 2012 performance project, “sillspotting  nyc.” www.mariaterrone.com

$8.00 at entrance, includes one drink.

Come at 5:30 to sign up for the open mic.

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

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

DIRECTIONSBy Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place

Next Readings

July 12: Julia Fierro and Bordighera Prize Winner, Joanne Monte @Cornelia Street Café

August 9: Michael Cirelli and Guernica Poetry Editor, Antonio d’Alfonso @Sidewalk Café

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

October 11: John Domini and Joe Tirella, author of Tomorrowland @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 – May 10, 2014

Join IAWA at the Cornelia Street Cafe for its monthly open reading, featuring Frank Lentricchia and Roberto Ragone.  

IAWA holds its Open Reading series every second Saturday of the month at two venues: Cornelia Street Café on odd months (July, Sept, Nov) and Sidewalk Café on even months (June, Aug, Oct.) Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes, followed by two featured writers.

Stefano Vaccara, Italian journalist, columnist and Editor in Chief of La VOCE di New York at USIT Media and United Nations Correspondent at Radio Radicale, will read from his latest book, Carlos Marcello: The Man Behind the JFK Assassination, which has been recently translated into English. While at America Oggi, Vaccara served as Executive Editor and as the United Nations Correspondent for the only daily Italian American newspaper in the U.S.

Roberto Ragone is an entrepreneur and arts and culture advocate with 25 years’ experience. He served as Executive Director of New York City’s Lower East Side Business Improvement District and has organized lectures and massive multimedia presentations and fundraising activities. For IAWA, Ragone will perform a dramatization of a speech from Congressman Vito Marcantonio, the seven-time elected Congressman who hailed from East Harlem, once the largest Italian community in the country.

$8.00 at entrance, includes one drink.

Come at 5:45 to sign up for the open mic.

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

June 14: Maria Terrone and Paola Corso @Sidewalk Café

July 12: Julia Fierro and Bordighera Prize Winner, Joanne Monte @Cornelia Street Café

Aug. 9: Michael Cirelli and Guernica Poetry Editor, Antonio d’Alfonso @Sidewalk Café

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

Oct. 11: John Domini and Joe Tirella, author of Tomorrowland @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 – April 12, 2014

Join IAWA at the Sidewalk Cafe for its monthly open reading, featuring Joey Nicoletti and Mark Saba.

Joey Nicoletti is the author of four poetry collections, including Cannoli Gangster (Turning Point, 2012), which was selected as a finalist for the Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize.  His poetry, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Voices in Italian Americana, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Waccamaw, Jet Fuel Review, Gradiva, and Italian Americana, among other magazines and journals.  A former poetry editor of Puerto del Sol, he currently teaches writing at SUNY Buffalo State. He holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. in English from New Mexico State University.

Mark Saba is the author of novel, The Landscapes of Pater (The Vineyard Press), and a poetry collection, Painting a Disappearing Canvas (Grayson Books), as well as a novella and epic poem. He recently published four novels as ebooks at Smashwords: Signs, Tipping Points, Letters from Novosibirsk, and The Shoemaker. His poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have also appeared in literary magazines and anthologies around the U.S. and abroad. He works as an illustrator and graphic designer at Yale University and makes time to paint in oils as well.  He grew up in Pittsburgh but has lived in Connecticut for the past 25 years. www.marksabawriter.com

$8 minimum includes one drink.  Come in time to sign up at 5:30.  5 minute time limit for open mic.

Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A & 6th Street, Manhattan.  212-473-7373

www.sidewalkny.com

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IAWA’s Open Reading Series- Maria Mazziotti Gillan and James Mammarella

WHAT: Italian American Writers Association Open Reading Series.  Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series every second Saturday of the month.  IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café (Feb, Apr, June) and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months (Mar, May, July.)

WHEN: February 8, Saturday, 5:30-7:30 pm

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

WHO:  Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She has published 18 books, including What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009, The Place I Call Home, The Silence in an Empty House , Ancestors’ Song , and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories. Mazziotti 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 is also director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and professor of poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.  With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.

James Mammarella is a poet, business journalist and editor.  He will read from his newly published poetry collection, Sonnets for Silvertoes.  He is founding editor and associate publisher of License! Magazine and won several juried awards, including the Godfrey Lebhar Award for Editorial Excellence and the Jesse Neal National Business Media Award. He studied poetry at George Washington University and performed at antiwar rallies in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s, Native American-based cultural events and most recently at the Enigma Bookstore in Astoria as a member of group Queens Writers Read.  Mammarella is currently studying Italian.

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

March 8, 2014: Christopher Castellani and Marisa Labozzetta @Cornelia Street Café

April 12, 2014: Mark Saba and Joey Nicoletti @Sidewalk Café

May 10, 2014: Frank Lentricchia and Fred Misurella @Cornelia Street Café

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

Peter Covino and John Trause at the Cornelia Street Cafe

 

Join us on November 9, 2012 for our monthly Open Reading, along with featured writers Peter Covino and John Trause.

Poet, translator, and editor Peter Covino is associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island. He is the author the poetry collections, The Right Place to Jump (2012), recently featured on NPR, Lambda Literary, and on the Huffington Post, and Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005). His prizes include the 2007 PEN American/ Osterweil Award for emerging poets, the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence, and the Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize for his chapbook, Straight Boyfriend (2001). Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in such places as the American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Interim, The Journal, LIT, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Witness, and The Penguin Anthology of Italian-American Writing, among others. Visit www.petercovino.com 

 John J. Trause is the Director of Oradell Public Library and the author of Eye Candy for Andy (2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round; Seriously Serial and Latter-Day Litany, which was staged Off-Off Broadway.  His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists’ periodical Crossings, Maintenant, and the avant-garde art and literary journal Offerta Speciale. A founder and former curator of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and its reading series, his work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011).

Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan, 212-989-9319, www.corneliastreetcafe.com

$8 minimum includes one drink.  Come in time to sign up at 5:45.  5 minute time limit for open mic.

 

IAWA’s September Reading

Saturday, September 14, 2013
5:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Daniela Gioseffi & Josephine Gattuso Hendin

The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan
212-989-9319
www.corneliastreetcafe.com
$8 minimum includes one drink.
Come in time to sign up at 5:45.
5 minute time limit for open mic.

Award-winning author Daniela Gioseffi has written 16 books of poetry and prose.  Her most recent publication is Pioneering Italian American Culture: Essays, Interviews and Reviews. She has read poetry for National Public Radio, the BBC, Poets House, and The Poet & the Poem Radio Show of the Library of Congress.  She is founding director of the Bordighera Poetry Prize and edits www.PoetsUSA.com and http://iawa.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8c23cecfc03e6cf32e136a140&id=533a42216e&e=059b8ffed4.
Josephine Gattuso Hendin is a novelist and critic who won the American Book Award in fiction for novel The Right Thing to Do (1989.) She taught at Yale University and City College of New York and is currently a professor of English and Italian American studies at New York University. Her critical works include The World of Flannery O’Connor and HeartBreakers: Women and Violence in Contemporary Culture and Literature. Her literary essays have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Dissent, The New Republic, American Literary History and VIA.

Note: IAWA-East launched at Sidewalk Café in April and takes place on the even months: August 10th, October 12th, December 14th. IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café during the odd months.

Get Involved
If you are interested in participating in IAWA event planning, please contact Robert Agnoli at Rdiangelica@aol.com.  We welcome your involvement!