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IAWA Literary Series NYC Presents

MARCH 10, 2018

Recipient of the Dante Award in 2016, Laura Caparrotti is a director, actress, journalist, teacher, lecturer, consultant, dialect-coach, curator with an Italian accent. She has studied and worked professionally for over ten years in Italy before relocating to NY where she founded KIT-Kairos Italy Theater, now the most well known Italian Theater Company in New York and In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all five boroughs and beyond. Kit-Kairos Italy Theater is in residence at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’.

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell teaches at Fordham University and is Associate Director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies.  Her fifth collection of poems, Still Pilgrim was published this spring.  Additional publications include a memoir, Mortal Blessings, and a critical biography, Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith. O’Donnell is also an essayist and regular contributor to America magazine.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 10 2018 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

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

COVER: $10 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT:; or 212-989-9319.

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

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IAWA Literary Series NYC Presents

FEBRUARY 10, 2018

Angelo Verga and Mary Giaimo

Angelo Verga is the author of seven collections of poetry, the most recent being Long & Short, including The Street in Your Head (YBK, 2016). Other works include A Hurricane Is (Jane Street, 2002) and Praise for What Remains (Three Rooms, 2009). His work has been published in more than 100 poetry venues, both here and abroad, and has been widely anthologized and translated. He was an owner of Cornelia Street Café, where his programs (1997-2015) created a home for poets and audiences alike.

Mary Giaimo is a New York City poet and educator. Her poetry and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, The Journal, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, The Ocean State Review,, Poetry in Performance, American Book Review, Newtown Literary and in the anthology New Hungers for Old: One Hundred Years of Italian American Poetry. She holds an MA in Poetry from the City College of New York. She teaches English literature and writing at La Scuola d’Italia, a dual-language Italian/English school in Manhattan.

WHEN: Saturday February 10, 2018 @ 5:30-7:30 p.m.

COVER: $8 includes beverage
WHERE: @ Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A (6th Street) East Village, NYC-10009
DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place
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IAWA Literary Series Boston Presents

IAWA in Boston presents at I AM Books:

Saturday February 17

6pm to 8pm

189 North Street

Boston, MA


Open Mic (sign-up at 5:45)


Lo Galluccio, poet, memoirist and vocal artist, served as Cambridge’s Poet Populist from 2013 to 2015.  Her published works are: Hot Rain (Ibbetson St. Press), Terrible Baubles (Propaganda Press) and a prose-poem memoir, Sarasota VII (Cervena Barva Press).  She has performed at many venues in Boston and New York City.

Mary Bonina’s two poetry collections are Living Proof (2007) and Clear Eye Tea (2010). Author of My Father’s Eyes: A Memoir, she has also recently completed a novel. Bonina is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and on the Board of the Writers Room of Boston.



















IAWA Literary Reading Presents Joanna Clapps Herman and Joseph Salvatore


Joanna Clapps Herman

Joanna Clapps Herman’s forthcoming memoir called How To Build an Italian: Six Rules will be published in fall of 2018. Her book is No Longer and Not Yet (2014), a collection of short stories, about families on The Upper West Side of Manhattan. A memoir, The Anarchist Bastard (2011) which 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, Our Roots are Deep with Passion (2006) and Wild Dreams (2008). She has published widely in literary journals as a poet, a fiction writer and an essayist.

Joseph Salvatore

Joseph Salvatore is the author of the story collection To Assume A Pleasing Shape (BOA Editions, 2011) and the co-author of the college textbook Understanding English Grammar (Pearson, 2015). He is the Books Editor at The Brooklyn Rail and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review.  His fiction has appeared in The Collagist, Dossier Journal, Epiphany, H.O.W. Journal, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Rain Taxi, Salt Hill, Sleeping Fish, and Willow Springs, among others.  He is an associate professor of writing and literature at The New School in New York City, where he founded the literary journal LIT. 

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

WHEN:  Saturday, January 13 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

COVER: $10 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT:; or 212-989-9319.

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

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

FEBRUARY 10: Poet Angelo Verga and 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


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:; 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