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 Caravetta 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

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