Members’ News

Spring 2017

Maria Lisella interviewed Wally Lamb for La Voce di New York. Read the transcript here: http://www.lavocedinewyork.com/en/arts/2017/05/18/how-wally-lamb-s-italian-ness-inspires-everything-he-writes/

Celebrating Gioia’s acheivements, WWBA will present Dana Gioia with the Champion of Literacy award on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2-4 pm. Tribute by John Barr.  The celebration includes: Student finalists from the Poetry Out Loud competition, founded by Dana Gioia and John Barr, will recite poetry in his honor;  Reading by Gioia with Q&A; Join Gioia to discuss the impact of NEA on the arts in our communities and our schools; LI media coverage.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Refreshments Served.  For more info visit waltwhitman.org or (631) 427-5240 ext. 112Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746. 

Fordham University Press and Fordham University Libraries Awarded NEH/Mellon Humanities Open Book Grant to Digitize American Philosophy Titles: Fordham University Press and Fordham University Libraries is one of eight institutions to receive a grant in the Humanities Open Book Program, a program jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant allows the Press to produce twenty-one freely accessible eBooks, initially published by Fordham University Press, with an emphasis on American Philosophy.  The Press has published more than 3,000 scholarly books since its founding in 1907 and has long been recognized as a leading American publisher of philosophy scholarship. Twenty-one essential backlist texts were selected for the Humanities Open Book Program in an effort to bring them out of hiding and make them more accessibly available to students, scholars, and researchers.
For more information, contact: Kate O’Brien-Nicholson, Associate Director; Marketing & Sales Director, Fordham University Press,  bkaobrien@fordham.edu.

Winter 2017

Fall/Winter 2016

Neither Seen nor Heard, (available on Amazon) Rose Romano‘s third book of poetry, includes all the poems from Vendetta and The Wop Factor (both out of print), plus many poems published in various literary journals and a few published here for the first time. The poems focus on the situation of Italian-Americans and protest without apology.

Rose Romano is an Italian-American living in Italy for several years. In the United States, she published a literary journal, la bella figura, and founded malafemmina press, publishing only the work of Italian-Americans. Her books of poetry (Vendetta and The Wop Factor) and her anthology (La bella figura: a choice, also published by malafemmina press) are included in the collections of many public and university libraries. Her work has been taught at universities in the United States and Canada. She organized and participated in poetry readings and book presentations in the United States, Canada, and Italy.

Summer 2016

PRINCE PHOTOSHOPPED

IAWA Members contribute to Delirious, a Celebration to Prince from NightBallet Press.  The anthology, which includes IAWA members’ Joey Nicoletti and Maria Lisella’s work among many others, remembers, honors, and celebrates Prince Rogers Nelson  on what would have been his 58th birthday (June 07, 2016), with the publication of Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince.  Edited by Dianne Borsenik, Delirious contains 98 pages of poems written by 70 different poets from across the United States, England, and the Philippines.  The poems range from a 5-word haiku to a 3-page crown of sonnets; also included are shape-poems, abecedarians, a poem written in java script, a conversation with a 97-year-old mom, poems with lines meant to be sung, a touching tribute to a “best friend,” a smile in turquoise, and reminiscences about the soundtracks of younger selves. http://nightballetpress.blogspot.com/

IAWA Board Members Maria Lisella and Gil Fagiani presented papers at the 16th overseas Association of Canadian Italian Writers celebrating their 32nd anniversary.

Harvard Square Editions released the debut novel by Joe Giordano, Birds of Passage, an Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story. Now, the publisher makes this special offer to Italian American Writers Association Members.  Purchase the book directly from HSE at a 40% discount from Amazon’s paperback price of $22.95.  Here’s what people are saying about Birds of BirdsOfPassage-Cover-stright-frontPassage: “This riveting debut novel by Giordano charts the passage of two young Italian men to early twentieth century New York, as they strive to make their mark in the New World…. Part thriller, part love story, part coming-of-age narrative, this book’s appeal reaches successfully beyond the often restrictive confines of its genre. A refreshing rethink of the archetypal mafia novel.” —Kirkus

 

 

 

Co-translators Graziella Sidoli and Michael Palma will present their new work, Il servo rosso / The Red Servant: Selected Poems 1979-2002 by Paolo Valesio, a comprehensive bilingual edition of the poetry of the distinguished Italian poet and critic and former professor at Yale and Columbia. The event, moderated by scholar and translator Patrizio Ceccagnoli, will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, at the Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library, 10 Jersey Street, in Manhattan, (212) 966-3424. The presentation is free and open to the public.

IAWA member and recent feature, Thomas Fucaloro is heading up a the Richmond Hood Advanced Slam Team from Staten Island to participate in the very competitive National Poetry Slam, to be held in Decatur, Georgia, August 1st-August 6, 2016. The group is kicking off an indiego campaign to cover travel expenses of about $3,000. To learn more about the National Poetry Slam, visit www.npsdecatur.com
For more information, please email advancedslamrhc@gmail.com or call (347)268-6097; Sponsorship donations can be sent to: Richmond Hood Company c/o Advanced Slam Team 827 Castleton Ave., Staten Island NY 10310

LuLu LoLo’s Women’s History Month Podcast for the Municipal Arts Society is now available at https://soundcloud.com/municipal-art-society-mas/activist-and-artist-lulu-lolo.

Stephen Massimilla and Myra Kornfeld’s Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare has been published by Tupelo Press.  It is a complete 150 recipe cookbook with 200 color photos, a wide-ranging anthology of culinary poetry, and a complete book of new poems and poetic prose pieces by the authors, as well as enlightening essays, lore, and notes on the poetry of food.

malafemmina press announces, after years of coma, her first book on awakening: You’ll never have me like you want me, a novel by Rose Romano.  From the back cover: When Emilia realizes what Italy means, she decides to keep a journal.  As an Italian-American who lived all her life in Brooklyn, Emilia goes to Italy because she wants to live in the only place in the world where it’s normal to be Italian.  She’s completely unprepared.  She doesn’t speak Italian well and isn’t familiar with her rights and obligations.  Although she has Italian citizenship, she finds it almost impossible to get real help from her psychologist and her social worker.  Her life gets smaller and smaller.  Her chances get slimmer and slimmer.  The solution to all her problems appears in an unexpected flash.  Rose Romano is an Italian-American living in Italy for several years.  In the United States, she published a literary journal, la bella figura, and founded malafemmina press, the first to publish only the work of Italian-Americans.  Her books of poetry (Vendetta and The wop factor) and her anthology (La bella figura: a choice) are included in the collections of many public and university libraries.  Her work has been taught at universities in the United States and Canada.  She has organized and participated in poetry readings and book presentations in the United States, Canada, and Italy.  You’ll never have me like you want me will be available by the end of June from Amazon.com and other online stores.  ISBN-13: 979-1220009928.

Author Catherine Gigante-Brown will be reading excerpts from her new novel, Different Drummer,  at The BookMark Shoppe (8415 3rd Avenue, between 84th & 85th Streets, Brooklyn, NY) on Sunday, April 10 at 4 pm. Set in 1979 New York, Different Drummer is about a talented female drummer desperately trying to break out of the club-date business and succeed as a rock musician. For more information, email Cathy at cathybrown1059@gmail.com or call her at 718-499-6199.

Marisa Labozzetta‘s Thieves Never Steal in the Rain has been published by Guernica Editions. Births mark beginnings, while funerals toll in endings. Yet there resides so much in-between drama in the timeline of an extended family: moments of intense joy, times of heart-wrenching grief, and the day-to-day plodding of ups and downs that color the struggle with loss in all of human existence. In a series of linked short stories that superbly capture the emotions her characters’ experience, the author deftly chronicles the personal episodes that transform the lives of five Italian-American cousins during the final years before the death of one of the family patriarchs.  The book launch will take place on April 24th.  Please see the Events Calendar for details.

Preview autographed DVD copies of the documentary: Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story, by prizewinning filmmaker Anton Evangelista, which was screened to a packed house at the Maya Deren Theatre in Lower Manhattan at a gala preview party are now available for $18.95 from Comprehensive Films, Inc. Send check to Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story, 57 Montague St. Box 8-G, Brooklyn, NY 11201. “A stunny film of Italian immigrant experience, and one author’s fight for Civil Rights, her abuse by the KKK in 1961, as TV journalist, in Selma, AL., and her resolve to fight for women’s rights, social justice and climate justice after surviving that harrowing experience. Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Carl Sagan, Grace Paley, George Guida, Grace Cavalieri, Robert Viscusi, Antony Tamburri, Gardephe and Agelina Oberdan have cameo appearances. The DVD can also be aquired online through PayPal or with credit card at http://igg.me/p/author-and-activist-climate-justice-docu-drama

Guernica has released Marisa Labozzetta‘s Thieves Never Steal in the Rain.  

Maria Mazziotti Gillan‘s visit to her former Paterson school was written about in the following article: http://www.northjersey.com/news/poet-s-return-to-her-paterson-school-inspires-heartfelt-writing-1.1528536

Richard Vetere‘s ten minute play The Kids Menu was published in 2010 by Smith & Kraus in their anthology as one of the best of the year.  In 2015, it was made into a short film starring Vincent Pastore.  Now, Vincent is directing a stage production of the play in a night of wonderful play at the Kraine Theater, opening March 29th for a one week run.  Information can be found at Broadwayworld.com using the following link: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/A-RENEGADE-NIGHT-OF-ONE-ACTS-Comes-to-FRIGID-New-York-Horse-Trade-20160308#

Kathleen Gerard–winner of the The Perillo Prize for Italian American Literature (IAWA, 2007)–has released a new novel, THE THING IS. The story, a romantic comedy, centers on a 33 year-old, Italian-American romance writer whose life is upended when a therapy dog named Prozac is dumped unwillingly into her life. THE THING IS focuses on the nature of loss, the need for human connection and the resilience of the human spirit. By blending elements of drama, humor and the absurdity of life, Gerard’s novel deals with sad, serious issues in a hopeful and heartwarming way.  THE THING IS is available for purchase wherever print books and e-books are sold. To learn more about THE THING IS visit: http://www.thethingis-thenovel.blogspot.com To learn more about Kathleen Gerard visit: http://www.kathleengerard.blogspot.com

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Winter 2016

An exhibition of Nancy Azara‘s work, titled Tuscan Spring: Rubbings, Scrolls and Other Works, curated by Harry J. Weil, is on display through February 7th at A.I.R Gallery.  On Thursday, February 4th, Nancy will be at the gallery from 6 to 8 pm (Dumbo Artwalk).   On Sunday, February 7th, Nancy will be at the gallery from 3 to 6 pm.  A.I.R. Gallery is located at 155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.  Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 12-6pm.  Phone: (212) 255-6651; Subway: F to York Street, A/C to High Street, 2/3 to Clark Street
Contact info@airgallery.org for more information. www.airgallery.org
Click here for the Press Release  &  Click for A.I.R. Artist’s Page   www.nancyazara.com

Lynette D’Amico‘s novella Road Trip was published by Twelve Winters Press in Summer 2015. Road Trip is a narrative of disappointment, of failed rescues, of the ghosts that haunt us, and the bones we leave behind. The novella was short-listed for the Paris Literary Prize in 2011, the centerpiece of a collection that was a finalist for the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction, and first runner-up of the 2014 Quarterly West Novella Contest 2014.  Lynette D’Amico’s work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Ocean State Review and at Brevity and Slag Glass City. A former advertising copywriter, Lynette is content editor for the online theater journal HowlRound. She holds an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Innocence, beauty, love, obsession, depravity, betrayal, murder . . .the gripping new novel by Anthony S. Maulucci has all of this and more in a naturalistic story of a beautiful young woman’s corruption at the hands of a predatory modeling agent and a vindictive magazine publisher in the decadent world of 1980s Manhattan.  E-BOOK PUBLICATION DATE: 15 February 2016 (or sooner)  ORDERING: Pre-orders available now from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A7S3J7K?keywords=elora%2C%20a%20goddess&qid=1452091455&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

An article on poet Phillip Giambri was recently published in The New York Times.  Please follow this link to retrieve it: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/nyregion/old-mariner-with-rhymes-and-love-for-east-village.html?_r=1.

Frank Canino‘s productions in late 2015 included Perfect at the British Theatre Challenge/Sky Blue Theatre, which was one of 10 finalists produced in London in October at LOST Theatre in a 1 act festival.  The Angelina Project was produced in November by the University Players at the University of North Texas in Denton, and in December by Wimberley High School in Wimberley, Texas.

A seventh book for educators by Dr. Marie Menna Pagliaro, A Blueprint for Preparing Teachers: Producing the Best Educators for Our Children will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in January, 2016.   Six of her other books have recently been published, also by R & L.  Their titles are: Academic Success: Applying Learning Theory in the Classroom; Educator or Bully? Managing the 21st Century ClassroomExemplary Classroom Questioning: Practices to Promote Thinking and LearningDifferentiating Instruction: Matching Strategies with ObjectivesResearch-Based Unit and Lesson Planning: Maximizing Student Achievement; and Mastery Teaching Skills: A Resource for Implementing the Common Core State StandardsEducator or Bully was the first book to be reviewed by Choice and was “recommended”. These education books are in addition to her novel, That Woman and the Mafia Don, whose profits go to help prevent young people from joining all kinds of ethnic gangs. To view the covers, synopses, and endorsements, visit her website at   www.mariepagliaro.com.

Dr. Michael J. Pagliaro’s book, Basic Elements of Music: A Primer for Musicians, Music Teachers, and Students, will be published in March, 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield.  His other recent publications are The Musical Instrument Desk Reference: A Guide to How Band and Orchestral Instruments Work (Scarecrow Press), The Instrumental Music Director’s Guide to Comprehensive Program Development, (Rowman and Littlefield for the National Association for Music Education), a comprehensive exposition for ensuring success in a school instrumental music program, and The String Instrument Owner’s Handbook, (Rowman and Littlefield), which provides a new or experienced owner of violins, violas, cellos, and basses with information that will enhance the ownership experience.  He is now writing an owner’s handbook for brass instruments and will complete the series with woodwinds and percussion.

Fall 2015

IAWA Board Member Gil Fagiani‘s newly published book, Logos, is now available from Guernica Editions.  Using the poetry of the people and the language of the streets, Gil Fagiani brings to life the world of addiction and treatment — with the tumultuous 1960s as background. Fagiani tells the story of Logos, a heroin treatment center in South Bronx — not as an outsider but as one of the residents seeking to escape his own addiction. Both harsh and hard-hitting, Fagiani doesn’t hold back in presenting the bitter truths as well as the glimpses of hope shared not just by addicts but by all humans in times of crisis. Lessons that have served him well in life.  For more information, please visit http://www.guernicaeditions.com/.

Frank Lentricchia‘s new book, The Morelli Thing, is now available from Guernica Editions.  After an old man with a dark past smashes the guitar of private investigator Eliot Conte’s adopted child Angel, the man is mysteriously killed. The violence-prone Conte becomes the chief suspect. Angel, a gifted hacker, digs into the past of the old man only to discover a notorious cold case, the murder of Fred Morelli. The past unfolds under the skilled computer hands of Angel coupled with the coaxing of the Golden Boys, a group of neighborhood guys well along in years, long obsessed by the murder of their very own Italian-American Jay Gatsby, the owner of a long lost night spot, The Ace of Clubs.  For more information, please visit  http://www.guernicaeditions.com/.

 

Colomba M. Furio-Spigner‘s newly published book, Francesco’s Song, is available for purchase on Amazon.com in both paperback and e-book.  Set amidst the drama of Fascist Italy, Francesco’s Song is the gripping story of one man’s struggle to survive.  Inspired by family history, C.M. Furio tells the poignant story of young Francesco as he grows up in the small seaside town of Mola di Bari. The saga of birth, love and death in rural southern Italy unfolds as the country is pulled into the cataclysm of world events. C.M. Furio, aka, Colomba M. Furio-Spigner, is a technologist and educator. She holds a doctorate from New York University, where she researched the cultural background of Italian immigrant women and its impact on the unionization movement in New York City Garment Industry. An avid photographer and artist, she lives on Long Island with her husband and two sons.  For more information, please visit    https://www.facebook.com/colomba.spigner  https://twitter.com/cfurio123   Website http://cfurio.wix.com/furiowrites  Blog   https://cfurio123.wordpress.com/

IAWA member Catherine Gigante-Brown’s second novel, Different Drummer, has recently been published by Volossal. It’s about a female singing drummer in 1979 New York trying to “make it” in the music business. Her first novel, The El, was also published by Volossal (www.volosal.com) She will also be reading from her first novel, The El, at Inquiring Minds in New Paltz (6 Church Street) on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 pm.

IAWA Board Member Maria Lisella has been selected as an Honoree for this year’s Italian Heritage and Culture Month event at St. John’s University!  This annual event, part of a series of citywide Italian Heritage & Culture Month activities and co-sponsored by the Borough President, celebrates the accomplishments of Italian Americans in Queens. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 PM at Marillac Hall at St. John’s University, located at 8000 Utopia Parkway — all are welcomed.

Wednesday, November 18th: 6:30 PM. Anton Evangelista, award-winning filmmaker, who has worked with Martin Scorsese among other directors, will present a preview screening of his film Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story, hosted by Dr. Anthony J. Tamburri, who appears in the film as does Fred Gardaphe, George Guida, Grace Cavalieri, Angelina Oberdan, Thea Rinaldi Kearney, Pope Francis and many others. There will be a discussion with the audience after the docu-drama on the life of American Book award-winning author Daniela Gioseffi as she approaches her 75th year. Poets Rob Marchesani, Maria Terrone, Paola Corso, Gil Fagiani, Joanne Monte and others from Daniela’shttp://www.Eco-Poetry.org –an online anthology of climate justice literature and news– will be invited to read a poem from the Eco-Poetry.org at The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 W. 43rd St. 17th flr. in the CUNY building b’t’w 5th & 6th Ave. Midtown Manhattan. Wine and refreshments. All welcome. Free admission. More info. at http://www.AuthorandActivist.com

Summer 2015

Grace Cavalieri‘s monthly round up of reviews of poetry collections, August 2015 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri for the Washington Independent Review of Books, included two collections by IAWA members or past features. Julia Lisella‘s [featured April, 2015] collection, Always [WordTech Editions, 2014] and Jonathan Galassi‘s debut novel Muse [Knopf, 2015] are both featured in the August round up. Of Lisella’s book she writes: “… poems of self-determination — not to endure, but to unlock the secrets of a life in service to gratitude for this world and the next…” And, of Galassi’s book, Cavalieri writes: “If you like books and publicists and literary characters and fake poets who marry several times and die in Venice what could be better”?

This summer’s edition of Italian Americana includes two reviews either written by IAWA members and/or are about IAWA authors’s new books.  Paola Corso [who featured in 2014] reviewed Connie Guzzo-McPartland‘s The Girls of Piazza Amore (Quebec: Linda Leith Publishing, 2013); McPartland is one of the principals of Toronto-based, Guernica Editions.  Joey Nicoletti [who will be featuring in 2016] reviewed Philip Cioffari‘s latest novel, Dar Road, Dead End (Livingston: Livingston Press, The University of West Alabama Press, 2014).

IAWA Board Member and Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella was interviewed by Anthony Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College, CUNY for Italics.  Details and a full video can be found at http://www.cuny.tv/show/italics/PR2004352.

An interview with IAWA Board Member Robert Agnoli has been posted on Primo’s website. To view the Q & A,follow this link: http://www.onlineprimo.com/. Then, click on PRIMO Magazine For and About Italian Americans, scroll down to EDGE CITY Q & A. Should you be interested in purchasing a copy after reading Q & A, continue to cursor down and on far right, click on EDGE CITY cover photo and order directly from publisher. Also, please look for PRIMO’s quarterly PRINT magazine, available shortly, which contains a full review of EDGE CITY.

Spring 2015

Maryann Feola‘s Geography of Shame: A Fictionalized Memoir, was recently published by Full Court Press.  It is available in soft cover from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, online and at selected bookstores.  It is also available on e-book.  ISBN 978-1-938812-41-5.

IAWA Board Member Maria Lisella was selected as Queens’ sixth Poet Laureate.  For details, please visit http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150609/kew-gardens/poet-journalist-maria-lisella-selected-as-new-laureate-for-queens.

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), in collaboration with Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, and editors Giulia De Gasperi, Maria Cristina Seccia, Licia Canton and Michael Mirolla present Writing Cultural Difference.  A unique volume of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scholarly essays, Writing Cultural Difference is a welcome addition to Canadian literary studies. The publication of this volume certainly dispels the belief that Italian-Canadian writing was a passing phenomenon three decades ago.  To order copies of Writing Cultural Difference, go to:http://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781771830447.

IAWA Board Member Robert Agnoli will launch EDGE CITY: THE CHRONICLES OF BOBBY A: UN ITALIAN’ IN THE USA.  Look for Launch Party Announcement coming soon.  This collection of memoirs and reflections, poetry and prose, takes the reader through one man’s experiences as a first born Italian in America and an American in Italy. Italian-Americans will recognize the challenges of assimilation in EDGE CITY. Readers of all ethnicities will gain a new understanding of the Italian culture in America.  To order EDGE CITY: The Chronicles of Bobby A:  1) Archway Publishing, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403, http://bookstore.archwaypublishing.com/Products/SKU-000926255/Edge-City.aspx. 2) Amazon.com 3) Barnes & Noble.com 4) Author at Rdiangelica@aol.com

Daniela Gioseffi’s poem “Carbon Summer or Nuclear Winter” on the theme of climate crisis was featured on The Robert Frost Foundation facebook page among winners of The Robert Frost Poetry Awards, 2015, chosen from a large field of submissions.

 

AUTHOR and ACTIVIST: The Daniela Gioseffi Storyhttp://www.AuthorandActivist.com/ a film about Daniela’s abuse by the KKK for being among the first journalists to integrate Deep South Television, Selma, 1961, through her activism in the Eco-Feminist and Anti-Nuclear Movement as President of the oldest chapter of Citizens for a SANE Nuclear World, and finally, her work in the Climate Justice Movement helping to organize The People’s Climate March, 2014 when 400,000 people marched during the UN Summist Talks on Climate– will preview in fall 2015 to mark Daniela 75th year as an American Book Award winning author of 16 books, most importantly Women on War: International Voices, praised by Carl Sagan (a women’s studies classic in print for over 25 years) and On Prejudice; A Global Perspective, (which contained commentary by Al Gore on environmental racism and won a World Peace Award presented at the U.N.) Cameo appearances: by George Guida, Angelina Oberdan, Anthony Tamburri, Fred Gardaphe, Robert Viscusi, etc. For a ticket to the gala preview party in NYC, and a credit in the film one can go to The Production Team at  http://igg.me/p/author-and-activist-climate-justice-docu-drama 

Paul Martone‘s interview with Maria Laurino can be listened to at http://latenightlibrary.org/maria-laurino.

Maria Terrone’s fourth book of poetry, Eye to Eye (Bordighera Press, 2014) received a review in The Common: http://www.thecommononline.org/reviews/eye-eye
“If the unifying theme of Terrone’s book is seeing, then Terrone sees the world in all its blemished and brutal multiplicities.” And from Book Slut http://www.bookslut.com/poetry/2015_01_021064.php “…Terrone’s concern with art and her technical acumen recall Dana Gioia and John Hollander; her unflinching observation of human frailty and the wages of transcending it bring to mind Tracy K. Smith and the recently departed Claudia Emerson.”  The most recent review is from At the Inkwell: http://attheinkwell.com/eye-to-eye/  Eye to Eye is a wonderful book and what is more, an exciting journey.”

Maria Terrone’s poems “Diana at the Salon” http://www.literal-latte.com/2015/03/diana-at-the-salon/ and “Closed for Now”  http://www.literal-latte.com/2015/03/closed-for-now/ just published in the Spring 2015 issue of Literal Latte.

IAWA Board Member Lisa Marie Paolucci will present her paper titled “Searching for the Culturally Conscious in Children’s Fiction with Italian-American Characters” at the Annual Conference of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute on April 24, 2015.  More information about this year’s conference, “Bambini, Ragazzi, Giovani: Children and Youth in Italy and the Italian Diaspora,” can be found at http://www.qc.edu/calandra/.

FOUNTAINS, a new play Anthony Maulucci, is a romantic comedy in four acts about a gardener’s daughter and a successful New York architect who meet and fall in love on the Connecticut estate where the architect is creating an Italian-style garden complete with a fountain which will feature a sculpture of a beautiful nude – the gardener’s daughter herself! Purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/Fountains-Anthony-Maulucci-ebook/dp/B00TZCHF8Y

On June 1, 2015, DÉJÀ VU, ITALIAN STYLELou Macaluso‘s next Tony Morelli mystery based on a true story, will be available on Amazon and other book outlets and stores. To kick it off, he has developed this Jeopardy Category Game athttp://www.lousclowntown.com/jeopardy_board.pdf. Follow the link and participate, and he’ll print your name in the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. You’ll also have a chance to win some stuff, and it’s just kind of fun.

2014 News:

Michael Trocchia‘s new book of poems, Unfounded (FutureCycle Press), is now available on Amazon and through FutureCycle Press. Divided into three parts,Trocchia’s collection of verse is a lyric study on the forms of fate, a haunting discourse on the linguistic fractures between one’s self and substance, and a set of shimmering images and meditations on the constant “guesswork” of understanding the world within us and beyond. The immediacy and sonic play of these poems are met by what is their gravity of thought and, in some, their philosophic irony. Attending to both the magic and logic of our language, Trocchia’s poetry draws the two together, renewing the wonder of existence with greater clarity. For more on Trocchia and his works, visit michaeltrocchia.com.

Anton Evangelista, filmmaker/producer/director, is creating a documentary film: Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story. The film to preview in spring is a documentary covering Gioseffi’s activism from The Civil Rights Movement through Peace, Social Justice, Nuclear Disarmament, Eco-Feminism and Climate Justice. She recently helped to assemble the 400,000 strong Peoples Climate March in NYC in Sept. during the UN Climate Summit. The film is not just about Daniela, but covers her Italian immigrant father Donato’s struggle from his arrival at Ellis Island and the striving of an Italian American woman to fulfill her father’s American Dream. The docu-drama possesses universal appeal and inspires activism to save habitable Earth for the young. It covers important eras of American History. Please go to  http://www.authorandactivist.com/about.html to learn more and find links to the You Tube trailer and film clips posted there for your viewing. Please also go to https://www.indiegogo.com/ to contribute toward funding the finishing touches on the film and receive a special invitation to the Gala Preview Party Showing in spring as well as a credit in the film as a supporter. The film will celebrate Daniela’s 75 year! Also: Please go to the new FaceBook page created by Anton Evangelista: https://www.facebook.com/authoractivistdanielagioseffi and “like” the page to stay posted to progress on the film or for more info. on the film, write to Anton atAuthorandActivist@gmail.com/

FF alum Annie Lanzillotto will teach an all day master class at CUNY’s John D. Calandra Italian American Institute:  “Memoir Writing Workshop: Documenting Family Stories, Giving Voice to Our Ancestors and Ourselves.”  This inaugural day long workshop is Sunday, January 18th, 2015, 10am – 5pm.  $100, includes lunch.  Midtown location.  In this workshop, Lanzillotto will teach her signature writing techniques including Action Writing, Spiral Writing, and Memory Scapes. The day is a journey through dynamic writing exercises to conjure memory and generate text, an exploration of narrative structure, and performance practice.  To register or express interest in future workshop dates, RSVP by email to: calandraworkshop@gmail.com.  Please include your phone number in your email message.

IAWA Board Member Amy Barone’s title poem of her upcoming chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Gradiva International Journal of Italian Poetry.  Amy is one of two American poets featured in the edition.  Her chapbook, from Finishing Line Press, is slated for an early February release. https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=2206&osCsid=kmfij1apcuajht9q10dtci5eu5

A sixth book for educators by Dr. Marie Menna Pagliaro, Academic Success: Applying Learning Theory in the Classroom, was published in October by Rowman and Littlefield. Five of her other books have recently been published. Their titles are: Educator or Bully? Managing the 21st Century ClassroomExemplary Classroom Questioning: Practices to Promote Thinking and LearningDifferentiating Instruction: Matching Strategies with ObjectivesResearch-Based Unit and Lesson Planning: Maximizing Student Achievement; and Mastery Teaching Skills: A Resource for Implementing the Common Core State StandardsEducator or Bully was the first book to be reviewed by Choice and was “recommended”. These education books are in addition to her novel, That Woman and the Mafia Don, the profits of which go to help prevent young people from joining all kinds of ethnic gangs. To view the covers, synopses, and endorsements, visit her website at   www.mariepagliaro.com.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan‘s poem, “Driving into Our New Lives”, appeared on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. The program is featured on many public radio stations and is available online and as a podcast. You can hear Keillor read the poem and talk about some literary events of December 19th.  The poem is from Maria’s collection  All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions, 2007) and is also in What We Pass On: Collected Poems: 1980-2009

Dr. Michael J. Pagliaro’s most recent publications are The Musical Instrument Desk Reference: A Guide to How Band and Orchestral Instruments Work (Scarecrow Press), The String Instrument Owner’s Handbook, (Rowman and Littlefield), which provides a new or experienced owner of an instrument with information that will enhance the ownership experience, and The Music Director’s Guide to Comprehensive Program Development, (Rowman and Littlefield for the National Association for Music Education), a comprehensive exposition for ensuring success in a school instrumental music program. To complete this series of works, Dr. Pagliaro is now writing owners’ handbooks for woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.

IAWA Board Member Emelise Aleandri was awarded the 1st Prize for “Columbus Day March” New York by the 5th edition of “Messina città d’Arte” International Poetry Contest 2014.

Gabriella Belfiglio, second-place winner of the 2014 W.B. Yeats Poetry Contest and IAWA member, Belfiglio’s poem “Rapunzel’s Birth Mother” was published in Silver Birch’s Mythic Poetry series.  Of the piece she said: “I began to read translations of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales, and became intrigued with how much had been changed in the process of becoming Walt Disney Movies.  It inspired me to create my own version of some of the tales. ” Her work has been anthologized and published in journals such as VIA, E*ratio, Challenger International, Radius, The Centrifugal Eye, Folio, Avanti Popolo, Poetic Voices without Borders, C,C, & D, The Avocet, The Potomac Review, Eclectica, Lambda Literary Review, The Monterey Poetry Review, and The Dream Catcher’s Song.

James Vescovi’s Eat Now, Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Experiencehas been published by AuthorHouse.  Watch Fred Gardaphé review the publication at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt7C5GM0Hc4.

Annie Lanzillotto‘s Audiobook Thunder Party —  Wednesday 12/10 at 7PM at BGSQD in The Center, 208 W 13th St, Room 210, NYC 10011.  Performance / Fundraiser / Not-so-silent Auction for book access for all – to support the audio book recordings of Lanzillotto’s books L is for Lion SUNY Press, and Schistsong Bordighera Press, for visually impaired audiences, and for all for whom reading a book is too arduous.   Add a buck here: http://kck.st/1x4MMkB  Come raise a glass of vino or Pellegrino, get a book signed, dance.  www.annielanzillotto.com

Grace Cavalieri and Sabine Pascarelli – On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 6:30 pm, the Italian Cultural Institute and the American Initiative for Italian Culture presented the premiere of a new publication by Bordighera Press–The Mandate of Heaven (Poems of an Italian Childhood) with poems by Grace Cavalieri, with Italian translations by Sabine Pascarelli.  Grace and Sabine will read in English and Italian.  The evening featured musical interludes by world class violinist Diana Sundsvold.  Sarah  Browning, Silvana Straw, Rose Solari and Miles Moore added their poems, in English, for the evening.  Grace  Cavalieri is best known for The Poet and the Poem, which is celebrating its 37th year of being on the air as an hour-long radio program;   Cavalieri continues to produce and host on public radio.  Her programs include every Poet Laureate since 1989 and a significant collection of African-American poets.  Cavalieri has written 16 books of poems and 26 produced plays.  Her newest publication is a chapbook of poems, I Gotta Go Now (Goss:183, Casa Medendez 2012). Among many other accolades, she holds the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, a Pen Fiction Award, the Bordighera Award for Poetry, the CPB Silver Medal plus others.  Doors will open at 6 pm.  Embassy of Italy – Auditorium, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC. Event Link: http://www.iicwashington.esteri.it/IIC_Washington/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=622&citta=Washington

Frank Canino’s  HECUBA AGAIN, adapted from Euripides’ HECUBA, was included in the Buffalo Infringement Festival in July 2014 in Buffalo, NY.  The Swan Queen & The Radical Faerie, Bloody Sunday & Then Monday Reading Series were also presented in October 2014 in Buffalo, NY.  NightWalking: Ladder Play #7  was produced by the Sky Blue Theatre Company  in October 2014 in London, UK.  Canino’s awards include the following: The Guys Next Door,  2nd round qualifier in Filmmakers’ Short Script and Literary Festival; Looking For Angelina, People’s Choice Award, Bay Street Film Festival in Thunder Bay, Ontario,  September 2014.

Louisa Calio‘s latest book of poetry, Journey to the Heart Waters, is now available through Legas Press. Contact info: louisacalio.ja@gmail.com  Book launch took place at Sip This on November 18th at 7:30 pm in Valley Stream, LI, NY.

Always, Julia Lisella‘s new collection of lyric and free-verse poems, explores the transition from youth to midlife when what once seemed like impossible or impassable hurdles that might have made us feel hopeless in our twenties–war, hypocrisy, pain, illness, death, terrible grief–are full of creative possibilities for us later in life, to renew or even to reinvent. Characters emerge in Always that explore, observe, and instruct: St. Francis, a young boy, teenage girls, a mother in mid-life, husbands and wives, teachers and students, 19th century writers, and dead parents who speak from their full lives into the future.  Available from amazon.com and other booksellers.

Julia Lisella is the author of Terrain and Love Song Hiroshima, a chapbook. She is Associate Professor of English at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. She grew up in Queens, New York, and received a BA from Barnard College, an MA in creative writing from New York University and a PhD from Tufts University. Her poems have been widely anthologized and appear in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Valparaiso, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, and on line at Antiphon, Literary Mama, Pebble Lake Review and other sites. She has received residencies from the Millay, Dorset and MacDowell Colonies for the arts and has held several grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In addition to writing poetry she is a scholar of American modernism.

She will be reading with the Italian American Writers Association on April 11, 2015 with Anthony D’Aries, the author of The Language of Men: A Memoir (Hudson Whitman Press, 2012).

More information: http://www.wordtechweb.com/lisella-always.html

Anthony Maulucci‘s novel, Dear Dante, is once again available in print from Amazon. Dear Dante is a novel about dualities and dichotomies: love and lust, the carnal and the spiritual, the good and evil in human nature, sin and redemption, and the truth and falsehood of our everyday lives. All of these binary themes are woven into a compelling story of a passionate love affair and an attempted murder, told in Florence by two narrators, a young American on holiday and his older Italian confidante, a Dante scholar caught up in a marital crisis. It’s a remarkable tale of love, madness and religious conversion that defies easy categorization.  To order any of Maulucci’s books from Amazon, please use this link www.amazon.com/Anthony-Maulucci/e/B001JS9C10

IAWA Board Member Marisa Frasca’s poetry collection, Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom, has been released by Bordighera Press.  The Book Launch will be held at Poet’s House on October 29th at 6:00 pm, followed by refreshments.  Michael Waters wrote of Via Incanto: “In poems of remarkable fortitude and clarity, Marisa Frasca, a self-described “hyphenated woman,” navigates the passages, geographical and psychological, that allow her uneasy flow between Sicily and America, among all ‘our known / and unknown mothers.’ This journey in which the Atlantic transforms into ‘the old dark and narrow hallway of the immigrant’ is always less familiar than we might anticipate as these poems conflate past and present, ‘the displaced, the incomplete, / the made new / superimposed and piled together in chorus.’ Like Nino Rota, Frasca conveys depths of sorrow and wonder in her rich, musical phrasings. The poems of VIA INCANTO are operatic with breath and sex and thirst and love. Visit http://www.poetshouse.org/ and http://www.bordigherapress.org/ for more information.

Nancy Azara’s article “The Language of Art is Still Defined by Men” has been published in The Brooklyn Rail.  Read it here: http://www.brooklynrail.org/2014/09/criticspage/the-language-of-art-is-still-defined-by-men?utm_source=General&utm_campaign=66114b7106-Brooklyn_Rail_Milk_Night9_8_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_58d5611798-66114b7106-134644937

Maria Mazziotti Gillan‘s Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand/Guernica Editions), has been named by Poets & Writers as one of the “Best Books for Writers”.  This 200-page writing guide combines Gillan’s personal story as a poet and author with her suggestions for writers at all stages of development. A book about the writing process rather than about the craft of writing, more than half of Writing Poetry to Save Your Life is comprised of writing prompts.  These prompts are designed to give poets confidence, help them overcome writers block, jumpstart creativity and silence the critical voice of the being Gillan calls “The Crow.”  Visit www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises to see the “Best Books for Writers” List.  Writing Poetry to Save Your Life is available online at all major booksellers.

Rosalind Palermo Stevenson and Rain Mountain Press celebrated the publication of Rosalind’s book Kafka At Rudolf Steiner’s  at a book launch party on September 3, 2014 at the Jefferson Market Library.  Russell Reece, Fox Chase Review, said this about  the book:  “…The story is a wonderful tribute to Franz Kafka. You know and like this man in spite of his dark perspective and feelings of being an outsider. The story also foreshadows the evil that will soon overrun Europe and ultimately result in the Holocaust. I encourage you to take an hour, find a quiet place and sit down and read this jewel of a book. Then read it again. You will be glad you did.” 

Douglas J. Gladstone’s book, Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore was recently released.  The book criticizes the United States Department of the Interior’s National Park Service for not recognizing the obscure Italian American immigrant who served as chief carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial from 1933 through 1940.  Gladstone will speak at the Italian American Museum in Little Italy on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7 pm.  Published by Bordighera Press, Carving A Niche for Himself was released on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. To order it, New Yorkers can call Bordighera directly at 212-642-2001.To speak with Gladstone directly, call 518-817-8253. The Italian American Museum is located at 155 Mulberry Street in Manhattan; for more details about the event, call Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa at 212-965-5000 or 917-642-4922.

John Domini‘s Sea-God’s Herb: Selected Essays & Criticism is now available at http://www.dzancbooks.org/our-books/the-sea-gods-herb-by-john-domin.