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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

IAWA Features Prolific Peter Carravetta and Marianne Leone, Author and Actress-Saturday, July 8, 2017

26th Anniversary Readings & Special Events

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 Prolific Peter Carravetta and Marianne Leone, Author and Actress

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

WHEN:  Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

WHO: Peter Carravetta, D’Amato Professor at Stony Brook University, has published eight books of criticism, including The Elusive Hermes: Method, Discourse, Interpreting (2013),  founded a journal, Differentia (1986-1999), co-edited several anthologies, and written seven books of poetry, four in Italian and three in English: Existenz (Chicago, 1976), The Sun and Other Things(Montreal, 1997), and The Other Lives (Toronto, 2014). Additionally, he has written eight books of criticism, and edited several journals and anthologies including Differentia, review of italian thought (1986-1999; now retrievable through Academic Commons). Born in Lappano, Sicily, Carravetta spent much of his youth growing up in the Bronx. He is also a co-founder of IAWA.

Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, Coastal Living and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. Her memoir, Jesse, A Mother’s Story Of Grief, Grace And Everyday Bliss, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010. She had a recurring role on HBO’s hit show, “The Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s mother. She has also appeared in films by David O. Russell, Larry David, John Sayles and Martin Scorsese. Her memoir Ma Speaks Up from Beacon Press was published by Beacon Press this year.

COVER: $10 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT: www.corneliastreetcafe.com; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS:  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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next IAWA Events & Readings

AUGUST: Ferragosto/Vacation

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani & dramatic reading by Margherita Peluso & John Martello in celebration of Pirandello @ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: Louisa Ermelino and Elizabeth Primamore @Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Cafe

Our Mission

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

A Touch of Sicily with Cerrone and Provenzano – June 10, 2017

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th 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 A Touch of Sicily with Olivia Kate Cerrone and bilingual poet, Nino Provenzano

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

WHEN:  Saturday, June 10, 2017 @  5:30 – 7:30 pm
WHO: Olivia Kate Cerrone’s Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Crab Orchard Review’s Jack Dyer Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Paterson Literary Review, VIA, and Italian Americana. The Hunger Saint, a historical novella about the child miners of rural Sicily, was published by Bordighera Press in 2017.

Nino Provenzano was born in Sicily, and lives in the United States. He is Vice President of Arba Sicula. He has published three collections of bilingual poetry, Sicilian-English. His latest, Footprints in the Snow, was presented at St. John’s University September 2016. Provenzano has collaborated with film-makers Spike Lee and actor/director John Turturro for translating English into Sicilian.

Hosting: Jessica Femiani

COVER: $8 includes beverage CONTACT: www.sidewalkny.com; 212-473-7373 DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor PlaceIAWA: iawa.net; IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next IAWA Events & Readings

JULY 8: IAWA co-founder Peter Carravetta & Marianne Leone

AUGUST: Ferragosto/Vacation

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani & dramatic reading by Margherita Peluso & John Martello in celebration of Pirandello@ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: Louisa Ermelino and Elizabeth Primamore @Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Cafe

Our Mission: IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing,reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors. The three rules of IAWA: Read One Another, Write or Be Written, and Buy Our Books.

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Paul Salsini & Mark Chiusano – Saturday, May 13, 2017

26th Anniversary Readings & Special Events

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 at iawa.net

IAWA Features Journalists Paul Salsini and AMNY’s Mark Chiusano

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

WHEN:  Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

WHO: Mark Chiusano is the author of Marine Park, which received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. He is a columnist for Newsday and amNew York, where he writes the daily newsletter amExpress. His stories and essays have appeared in Guernica, Harvard Review, and The Atlantic, and he was born, raised and lives in Brooklyn.

Paul Salsini is a veteran Milwaukee journalist who now teaches at Marquette University. His first novel, The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany resulted in “A Tuscan Series,” five novels and collections of short stories that follow the characters to 2000. He received the Sons of Italy 2011 Leonardo da Vinci Award for Excellence in Literature.

COVER: $10 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT: www.corneliastreetcafe.com; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS:  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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next IAWA Events & Readings

 JUNE 10: Olivia Kate Cerrone and Nino Provenzano/bilingual; Jessica Femiani, hosting @ Sidewalk Café

JULY 8: IAWA co-founder Peter Carravetta & Marianne Leone

AUGUST: Ferragosto/Vacation

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani & dramatic reading by Margherita Peluso & John Martello in celebration of Pirandello @ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: Louisa Ermelino and Elizabeth Primamore @Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Cafe

Our Mission

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

Spring Poetry Reading – April 7, 2017

A Spring Poetry Reading Celebrating Poetry & Two Italian American Journals

Please click here for detailed flyer: Celebrating Poetry

Via, Edited by Chiara Mazzucchelli

Readers:  John Bargowski, Gil Fagiani, Mary Giaimo, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Maria Lisella, Susan Miller, Vittoria repetto, Maria Terrone

Italian Americana, edited by Carla Simonini

Readers: B. Amore, Phyllis Capello, Terese Coe, Peter Covino, Marisa Frasca, Joanna Clapps Herman, Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Richard Parisio

Moderated by Maria Terrone and Peter Covino

Friday • April 7, 2017 • 6:00 PM Reception to follow. Books available for purchase.

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor New York, NY 10036 RSVP: 212-642-2094

 

IAWA: Features Award-Winning Poets Stephen Massimilla and Judith Vollmer – April 8, 2017

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th 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

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

WHEN:  Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHO: Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter/photographer. His 500-page co-authored volume Cooking with The Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare (Tupelo, 2016) won the New England Book Award and a USNews Best Book Finalist Award. Acclaim for his other books includes the SFASU Press Prize for The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat; the Bordighera Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch, and other honors. He teaches at Columbia and The New School.

 

Judith Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including The Apollonia Poems, winner of the Four Lakes Poetry Prize of the University of Wisconsin Press (2017).  Vollmer’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry International, The Women’s Review of Books, Agni, Poet Lore, The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire and elsewhere.  She is a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awardee of the University of Pittsburgh, and Emeritus Professor of English, Pitt Greensburg; currently she teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation. Her areas of scholarly interest include Italian and Sicilian 20th century poetry and fiction; urban geography and architecture; and in her work as an editor, contemporary American poetry. www.judithvollmer.com

HOSTING: Marisa Frasca, author of Via Incanto (Bordighera Press).

COVER: $8 includes beverage.

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

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

IAWA: iawa.net;

IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next IAWA Events & Readings 

 

MAY 13: Mark Chiusano and Paul Salisini @ Cornelia St. Café

JUNE 10: Olivia Kate Cerrone and Nino Provenzano/bilingual; Jessica Femiani, hosting @ Sidewalk Café

JULY: No Reading

AUGUST: No Reading

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani and Playwright Elizabeth Primamore @ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: TBA @ Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Café

 

Our Mission: IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing,

reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors.. The three rules of IAWA:

Read One Another, Write or Be Written, and Buy Our Books.

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Marisa Labozzetta & Tim Tomlinson–Saturday, March 11, 2017

26th Anniversary Readings & Special Events

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 Authors Marisa Labozzetta and Tim Tomlinson of New York Writers Workshop

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

WHEN:  Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

WHO: Marisa Labozzetta is the author of the novels, Sometimes It Snows in America and Stay With Me, Lella; the collection of short stories, At the Copa; and her latest collection of linked stories, Thieves Never Steal in the Rain. She is a two-time Eric Hoffer Award winner, a John Gardner Fiction Book Award Finalist, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. A Brooklyn native, she lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is also the author of Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, a chapbook, and the poetry collection, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire. A collection of short fiction, This is Not Happening to You, will appear in September 2017.

 

COVER$10 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT: www.corneliastreetcafe.com; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS:  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 IAWA Events & Readings

APRIL 8Stephen Massimilla and Judith Vollmer;

Marisa Frasca, hosting @Sidewalk Cafe

MAY 13: Mark Chiusano and Paul Salisini @ Cornelia St. Café

JUNE 10: Olivia Kate Cerrone and Nino Provenzano/bilingual;

Jessica Femiani, hosting @ Sidewalk Café

JULY: No Reading

AUGUST: No Reading

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani and Playwright

Elizabeth Primamore @ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: TBA @ Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Cafe

Our Mission

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

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Joel Allegretti & Annie Lanzillotto–February 11, 2017

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th 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 Prolific Authors and Performance Artist:

Joel Allegretti and Annie Lanzillotto

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

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

WHO: Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry and a novella, Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016). His sixth collection, Platypus, is forthcoming from NYQ Books. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), an anthology The Boston Globe called, “a smart exploration of the many, many meanings of TV.” Rain Taxi wrote, “With its diversity of content and poetic form, Rabbit Ears feels more rich and eclectic than any other poetry anthology on the market.”

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto’s memoir, ‘L’ is for Lion (SUNY Press), was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.  Her debut poetry collection is titled Schistsong (Bordighera Press, 2015).  Lanzillotto narrated both audiobooks, which are available on Audible.com.  Listen to her new blues album, Swampjuice.

Hosting: Bob Agnoli, IAWA Board Member and author of Edge.

COVER: $8 includes beverage.

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

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

IAWA: iawa.net; newsletter@iawa.net

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Upcoming Readings

March 11: Marisa Labozzetta and Tim Tomlinson @ Cornelia St. Café

APRIL 8: Stephen Massimilla and Judith Vollmer @ Sidewalk Café

MAY 13: Mark Chiusano and Paul Salisini @ Cornelia St. Café

JUNE 10: Olivia Kate Cerrone and Nino Provenzano/bilingual @ Sidewalk Café

Our Mission: IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors.. The three rules of IAWA: Read One Another, Write or Be Written, and Buy Our Books.

IAWA’s Open Reading Series–Saturday, January 14, 2016–Featuring Brian Fanelli & Phillip Giambri

IAWA Features Poet Brian Fanelli and Ancient Mariner Phillip Giambri

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

WHEN:  Saturday, January 14, 2017 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

WHO: Brian Fanelli is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Waiting for the Dead to Speak (NYQ Books), All That Remains (Unbound Content) and the chapbook Front Man (Big Table Publishing). Brian’s work has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Working Class Studies Association’s Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award. His poetry has appeared in several publications, including The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, LABOR, Boston Literary Magazine, Portland Review, Oklahoma Review, Kentucky Review, and elsewhere.

Phillip Giambri’s work has appeared in Artists in the Kitchen, The Long Islander, Silver Birch Press, and online on NewYorkCityTalking.com.  His first book, Confessions of a Repeat Offender is a compilation of his performance stories and poems.  He curates a popular monthly spoken word/poetry event, Rimes of The Ancient Mariner, now in its fourth year. He was the subject of a recent feature in The New York Times http://nyti.ms/2hiFAk2

COVER: $10 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 IAWA Events & Readings

Feb. 11: Joel Allegretti and Annie Lanzillotto @ Sidewalk Cafe

March 11: Marisa Labozzetta and Tim Tomlinson @ Cornelia St. Cafe

April 8: Stephen Massimilla and TBA @Sidewalk Cafe

 

 

IAWA’s Open Reading Series–Saturday, December 10, 2016–Featuring Trio of Emerging Writers from New Jersey City University

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

WHEN:  Saturday, December 10, 20165:30 – 7:30 pm 

WHO: Gina DiRenzi is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Urban Education and a certification in administration. She teaches high school English for NJCU’s University Academy Charter High School. She has presented her work at various venues, including the Italian American Studies Association.

Rebecca Poggiali wrote non-fiction and participated in many on campus reading events at New Jersey City University. Her writing has been published in ThoughtCatalog and NJCU’S literary journal, PATHS. In 2016, she received honorable mention for the Kathy Potter Memorial Writing Award for memoir and nonfiction.

Marc Pollifrone studied screenwriting at TheFilmSchool in Seattle and completed UCLA’s Screenwriting Professional Program. He has presented his work in many venues and published in PATHs. He received the Kathy Potter Memorial Writing Award for memoir and nonfiction.

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

2017 Readings

January 14: Brian Fanelli (NYQ Books) and Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner @ Cornelia St. Café

February 11: Joel Allegretti and Annie Lanzillotto @ Sidewalk Café

March 11: Marisa Labozzetta @ Cornelia St. Cafe

Our Mission

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