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. 

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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

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

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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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IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Susan Lembo Balik & George Guida – June 13, 2015

WHAT: The Italian American Writers Association (iawa) presents Susan Lembo Balik and George Guida on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A (6th St.) East Village, NYC; 212-473-7373; www.sidewalkny.com. Readings begin with an Open Mic followed by featured readers and book sales.

WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 5:30-7:30 PM

WHO: Susan Lembo Balik’s first book of poetry, Sinatra, the Jeeperettes & me was published in time to celebrate American icon Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday this year (Garden Oak Press, 2014). By day, she works with Maria Mazziotti Gillan as the Associate Director of Cultural Affairs at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ (home to thePoetry Center). Balik earned a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has worked as a newspaper feature writer and columnist.  Her poems have appeared in The Paterson Literary Review, Lips, Paddlefish, Tiferet, and the San Diego Poetry Annual. This is her first time featuring at IAWA.

George Guida is the author of eight books, including three out this year: the collections of poems Pugilistic (WordTech Editions, 2015) and The Sleeping Gulf (Bordighera Press, 2015), and Spectacles of Themselves: Essays in Italian American Popular Culture and Literature. His poems appeared most recently in The Little Patuxent Review and Oddball Magazine, and in the anthologies Rabbit Ears: T. V. Poems, Clash by Night: Poems Inspired by the Clash’s London Calling, and Double Kiss: Contemporary Writers on the Art of Billiards. His one-act play “The Deck” appears in the most recent issue of Voices in Italian Americana. He is Professor in English at New York City College of Technology, and Poetry Editor of 2 Bridges Review. Guida is past president of the Italian American Studies Association and past IAWA board member.

The Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

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

COVER: $8
CONTACT:  Sidewalk Cafe; 94 Avenue A (6th St.) East Village, NYC; 212-473-7373; www.sidewalkny.com

ABOUT IAWA: 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 

Press Contact: Maria Lisella; 718-777-1178marialisella@aol.com

Next Readings

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

August 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

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Gil Fagiani & Stephen Siciliano – May 9, 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

WHEN: Saturday, MAY 9 @ 5:45 PM

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

WHO: Gil Fagiani has published seven collections of poetry. His latest book, Stone Walls, focuses on his realtionship with his father growing up in Stamford, Connecticut. This fall Guernica Editions will publish Logos, which chronicles Fagiani’s experiences in a South Bronx drug program in the early 1970s. Fagiani was the subject of a New York Times article by David Gonzalez,“A Poet Mines Memories of Drug Addiction.”

An independent scholar, translator, essayist, short story writer, and poet, his translations have appeared in such anthologies as Poets of the Italian Diaspora, edited by Luigi Bonaffini and Joseph Perricone; and Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943. He co-curates the Italian American Writers’ Association’s reading series, and is an associate editor of Feile-Festa: A Literary Arts Journal.

Los Angeles-based Stephen Siciliano is a journalist, scriptwriter and a script reader for the Creative Artists Agency and United Talent Agency. As a correspondent he works at Bloomberg BNA, Los Angeles Business Journal and as managing editor for Downtown Los Angeles News. He co-founded and edited the Spanish-language weekly, La Otra Orilla (The Other River Bank) in Seville.

His adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s novel Change of Heart is set to be filmed later this year.  His latest novel-manuscript is The Goodfather, which tells the life story of the marvelous and radical congressman Vito Marcantonio from the perspective of la famiglia Fortunato who lived down the street from him in East Harlem.

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. Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

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

 

Upcoming 2015 Readings:

June 13: George Guida  and Susan Lembo Balik @Sidewalk Café

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

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

Follow IAWA on Facebook

www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

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

Visit IAWA’s blog@i-italy.org italian-american-writers-café

Send Newsletter postings for IAWA News to:

newsletter@iawa.net

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Anthony D’Aries and Julia Lisella – April 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.

APRIL 11: iawa-East @ Sidewalk Café @ 5:30 PM, 94 Ave. A @ 6th St.

WHO: Anthony D’Aries is the author of The Language of Men: A Memoir (Hudson Whitman Press, 2012), which received the PEN/New England Discovery Prize and ForeWord Magazine’s Memoir-of-the-Year Award. His essays have appeared in SolsticeThe Good Men ProjectShelf AwarenessThe Literary Review, and have been finalists for Fourth Genre’s Michael Steinberg Essay Prize and the Diana Wood’s Memorial Creative Nonfiction Award.

Julia Lisella is the author of  Always (WordTech Editions 2014), Terrain (WordTech Editions, 2007) and Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press, 2004), a chapbook. Her poems have been widely anthologized and appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, ValparaisoPrairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review. She has received residencies from the Millay, Dorset and MacDowell Colonies for the arts and has held several grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

2015 Readings:

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

June 13:    George Guida  and Susan Lembo Balik @Sidewalk Café

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

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

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

Follow IAWA on Facebook www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Visit IAWA’s blog @i-italy.org italian-american-writers-cafe

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