IAWA at NYC Poetry Festival – July 30th — and August 13th Reading – Joey Nicoletti & Nicole Santalucia

Please note: The next IAWA reading in July will take place on July 30th at Governors Island, as part of the New York City Poetry Festival.  

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 @ NYC POETRY FEST

Saturday, July 30 @ the White Horse Stage @ 12 noon featuring Maria Lisella, Chloe De Filippis, Robert Viscusi, Angelo Zeolla, Angelica Roman, Nick Matros, Clare Ultimo, & Jessica Femiani    http://newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/event-schedule/

IAWA Features New Bordighera Authors

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

WHEN:  Saturday, August 13, 20165:30 – 7:30 pm

WHO: Joey Nicoletti is the author of two-full length poetry collections and four chapbooks, most recently Reverse Graffiti (Bordighera, 2015) and Counterfeit Moon (NightBallet Press, 2016). His work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Waccamaw,The Potomac, and Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince. A graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College MFA program, he teaches creative writing and literature at SUNY Buffalo State College. 

Nicole Santalucia is the author of Because I Did Not Die (Bordighera Press, 2015). She is a recipient of the Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize from Arcadia Magazine for Driving Yourself to Jail in July (2014) and the 2015 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize from the Tishman Review. Santalucia received her M.F.A. from The New School University and her Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University where she founded and directed The Binghamton Poetry Project, a literary outreach program that reaches underserved audience. She teaches at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and conducts poetry workshops at the Cumberland County Prison.

COVER: $8 includes beverage. CONTACT: www.sidewalkny.com; or 212-473-7373. DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place

IAWA: iawa.net

IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next Readings

September 10: Gil Fagiani and Frank Lentricchia @Cornelia St. Café

October 8: Embroidered Stories -Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra @Sidewalk Café

November 12: Chuck Joy and Jennifer Militello @Cornelia St. Café

IAWA’s Open Reading Series–Saturday, June 11, 2016–Featuring Stephanie Laterza and Tony Iovino

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 Lawyers Authoring Legal Thrillers

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

WHEN:  Saturday, June 11, 2016 @  5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHO: Stephanie Laterza is the author of the legal thriller, The Boulevard Trial (2015)  Her short stories have been published in Writing Raw, Literary Mama and Akashic Books’ Terrible Twosdays series. Her poetry has appeared in the Newtown Literary Journal, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Literary Mama and Meniscus Magazine. She holds a B.A. in English from Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a J.D. from New England Law School in Boston, where she studied Law and Literature.

Tony Iovino is the author of the novel Notary Public Enemy (Diversion Press, 2011) a murder mystery set on Long Island, and has had several poems and essays published over the years. By day, he is the Supervisor of Community Services for the Oceanside Library.  He is also the founder and host of the Summer Gazebo Readings, an acclaimed outdoor series featuring readings by distinguished poets and authors on Mondays in June, July & August in Oceanside, NY. He is currently looking for sponsors for the 2016 series. http://summergazeboreadings.blogspot.com/

COVER: $8 includes beverage.

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

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

IAWA: iawa.net

IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next Readings

August 13: Joey Nicoletti and Nicole Santalucia @Sidewalk Café

September 10: Gil Fagiani and Frank Lentricchia @Cornelia St. Café

October 8: Embroidered Stories -Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra @Sidewalk Café

November 12: Chuck Joy and Jennifer Militello @Cornelia St. Café

December 10: Jersey Students take to the Stage

Our Mission

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

Circolo Literario, Online Poetry Circle

Initiated in 2014 by Gil Fagiani and Nick Matros. Members are welcomed to join this online poetry workshop. Contact fagianella@aol.com

IAWA’s Open Reading Series–Saturday, May 14, 2016–Joe Giordano & LuLu LoLo Pascale

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

IAWA Welcomes Tellers of Tales and Political Passions

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

WHEN:  Saturday May 14, 2016 @ 5:457:45 pm

WHO: Joe Giordano and LuLu LoLo Pascale

Joe Giordano’s novel, Birds of PassageAn Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, was published by Harvard Square Editions October 2015.  Giordano’s stories have appeared in more than seventy magazines including Bartleby SnopesThe Monarch Review, decomP, and The Summerset Review. His novel, Birds of PassageAn Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, was published by Harvard Square Editions October 2015. Giordano was born in Brooklyn. He and his wife, Jane, have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their little shih tzu, Sophia. http://joe-giordano.com/

LuLu LoLo Pascale is a New York based playwright/actor, international performance artist, historian, and activist. LuLu has written and performed eight one-person plays Off-Broadway. Her passion for historical research and social justice, and the struggle of women in New York City’s past, exemplified by subjects such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the lesbian lover of murder victim Kitty Genovese have inspired her work. She is is currently researching the correspondence of the East Harlem Congressman Vito Marcantonio while her socially engaged performance project, “Where are the Women?” highlights the lack of monuments honoring women in New York City. www.lululolo.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.

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

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next Readings

 

June 11: Lawyers Write — Tony Iovino + Stephanie Laterza @Sidewalk Café

July 9: Joel Allegretti and Mark Rotella of Publishers’ Weekly @Cornelia St. Café

August 13: Joey Nicoletti and Nicole Santalucia @Sidewalk Café

September 10: Gil Fagiani and Frank Lentricchia @Cornelia St. Café

October 8: Embroidered Stories -Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra @Sidewalk Café

November 12: Chuck Joy and Jennifer Militello @Cornelia St. Café

Our Mission

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

Circolo Literario, Online Poetry Circle

Initiated in 2014 by Gil Fagiani and Nick Matros. Members are welcomed to join this online poetry workshop. Contact fagianella@aol.com

IAWA’s Open Reading Series–Saturday, April 9, 2016–Featuring Wendy Galgan and Tony Gloeggler

IAWA Celebrates National Poetry Month

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

WHEN:  Saturday, April 9, 2016 @  5:30 – 7:30 pm
WHO:

Wendy Galgan directs the Women’s Poetry Initiative at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and edits Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters there. Her poems have appeared in California Quarterly and The AFCU Journal, On Earth As It Is, and Forge.  Galgan’s work will appear in two upcoming anthologies, Villanelles and Grabbing the Apple: An Anthology of New York Women Poets. She has won a number of awards and honorable mentions recently. She Chairs the English Department at St. Francis.

Tony Gloeggler is a life-long Queens. His work has been recently published in Rattle, Paterson Literary Review, The Raleigh Review, Nerve Cowboy, The Chiron Review , The Columbia Poetry Review. His full length books include One Wish Left (Pavement Saw Press) and The Last Lie (NYQ Books). Last year, two new books were released: a collaboration with photographer Marco North Tony Come Back August (Bittersweet Editions), and Until The Last Light Leaves (NYQ Books). Much of his work focuses his relationships with members of group homes for the developmentally disabled.

COVER: $8 includes beverage.

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

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

IAWA: iawa.net

IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

 

Next Readings

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

June 11: Lawyers Write: Tony Iovino and Stephanie Laterza @Sidewalk Café

July 9: Joel Allegretti and Mark Rotella of Publishers’ Weekly @Cornelia St. Café

August 13: Joey Nicoletti and Nicole Santalucia @Sidewalk Café

September 10: Gil Fagiani and Frank Lentricchia @Cornelia St. Café

October 8: Embroidered Stories: Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra @Sidewalk Café

November 12: Chuck Joy and Jennifer Militello @Cornelia St. Café

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

Circolo Literario, Online Poetry Circle

Initiated in 2014 by Gil Fagiani and Nick Matros. Members are welcomed to join this online poetry workshop. Contact fagianella@aol.com

IAWA’s 25th Anniversary Events

25th Anniversary Events

Sagra del Libro 

The Italian American Book Festival

Open to ALL WRITERS

Friday, February 26, 2016

6 PM to 10 PM

The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge (OSIA), in collaboration with IAWA – The Italian American Writers Association, is hosting a “Sagra Del Libro.”

WHAT: 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.

WHERE: At the Lodge Hall at 113 Baxter Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy.

DIRECTIONS: By subway, J, N, Q, Z to Canal Street (212) 226-6427

WHO: All writers, publishers, literary event organizers and artists are invited to display their promotional materials and sell their books and services at this event. Tables will be set up for displays, books and promotional materials, and authors will be available to speak with attendees and sign books. Lively presentations or readings by the authors will make for a fascinating evening of celebrating our Italian-American writers.

HOW to Participate: Contact either Bob Agnoli at 917-816-9916 or Gil Fagiani at fagianella@aol.com to reserve a spot or for additional information. Free to all. A charge of $5.00 for individual authors and publishers will reserve a spot and participate. Payment should be by check  made out to the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge and mailed to Robert Agnoli, 175 Pinehurst Ave., Apt. 1F, New York, NY 10033. 

Next Readings

March 12: Diane Block and John Hennessy @ Cornelia St. Cafe – For details and reader bios, see post below.

April 9: Wendy Galgan and Tony Gloeggler @ Sidewalk Cafe

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

IAWA’s Open Reading Series–Saturday, March 12, 2016–Featuring Diane Block & John Hennessy

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

IAWA Presents the Ides of March in a Good Way!

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

WHEN:  March 12, 2016 (Saturday)    5:45 – 7:45 pm

WHO: Diane Block is a professional classical violinist who received her training at the Manhattan School of Music, with a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance in 1980. There, she developed an interest in Romantic and Modern Poetry, an interest she shared with musician friends at monthly musical and poetry salons. Eight of her poems were recently published in the prestigious European on-line literary journal Levure Littéraire No. 9. Block and cellist Terry Batts comprise the violin/cello Duo Gemini Journey, often accompanied by Fred Simpson on percussion performing at Cornelia St. Café and other venues in NYC and Long Island. 

John Hennessy is the author of two collections, Coney Island Pilgrims and Bridge and Tunnel, and his poems appear in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2013, The Believer, Poetry, Fulcrum, Harvard Review, The New Republic,The Huffington Post, Best New Poets 2005, and The Yale Review. Hennessy went to Princeton University on a Cane Scholarship, and he received graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Arkansas. In 2007-2008 he held the Resident Fellowship in Poetry at the Amy Clampitt House. Hennessy is the poetry editor of The Common, a new print magazine based at Amherst College, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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.

IAWA: iawa.net

IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

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

IAWA Presents Pre-Valentine Passions

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

IAWA: iawa.net

IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

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

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.