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IACE can help cover the AP Italian exam fee for high school students.

Deadline: April 13th 2018


In order to receive a reimbursement please fill out the form and send it to IACE at


You are Invited to Join The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) 
for PART THREE of FOUR Screenings of
Oliver Stone’s  The Untold History of the United States: A Documentary 
Saturday, April 14 @ 2-4:30 PM
WHAT: Screening of The Untold History of  the United States; Part Two: The Bomb. All screenings are followed by an open discussion. Adam Meyer will chair the Open Discussion led by Professor Gerald Meyer; VMF co-chiar, Roberto Ragone, will present  a dramatization  of a Vito Marcantonio speech. 
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
WHERE: Community Room at the Mulberry Street NYPL, 10 Jersey St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.)Wheelchair accessible. 212-966-3424
The Final session will take place on  May 12th, at the same place and time.
Light Refreshments / Free Admission

About the film: This series will focus on the first four chapters of The Untold History, which spans the events leading up to United States entry into World War II until the outbreak of the Korean War. This period coincides with Marcantonio’s seven-term tenure in Congress, where he advocated for policies aligned with those presented in The Untold History.
About Oliver Stone: This prolific and ingenious screenwriter and director has authored numerous award-winning feature  films, including SalvadorThe Fourth of July, JFK — that have reached millions of viewers with dramatic depictions of historic events that challenge conventional interpretations of critical events of our time.  /  /
The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) is an educational organization dedicated to preserving the history of the radical political tradition of East Harlem, the cultural backdrop of Italian Harlem and El Barrio and increasing awareness of the American Labor Party that Marcantonio led for years; and the critical role of the Left that rallied to Marcantonio.
Twitter: @VMForum 



Frank J. Avella has been awarded a 2018 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship.

Frank’s play, VATICAN FALLS,  was featured in the 2017 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and he was nominated for Outstanding Playwriting. The World Premiere will be staged by the Andrea Dantas New York Theater Company in 2018.

Frank’s play, LURED is a semifinalist for the 2018 O’Neill, was part of the 2016 Dream Up Festival at TNC and featured in the 2017 William Inge Theater Festival.

Frank is the recipient of a 2015 Fellowship Award from the NJ State Council on the Arts for his play, CONSENT.

@fjaklute (Twitter & Instagram)



with award-winning poets, Laura Boss & Maria Mazziotti Gillan

May 25 – 27, 2017

at an English Manor House in Mendham, New Jersey

St Marguerite’s Retreat House, located in Mendham, NJ — is situated on 93 acres of wooded land with pathways for exploring the property.  This serene, beautiful setting is perfect for contemplating nature and nurturing the creative spirit.

This poetry weekend intensive is open to all writers over the age of 18.


Begins 5 p.m. Friday, May 25

Ends 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27


English Manor House at the convent of Saint John the Baptist, 82 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ.

At this retreat, poets will find:

  • support and encouragement;
  • stimulating writing exercises/prompts leading to the creation of new work;
  • workshop leaders who are actively engaged in the writing life;
  • opportunities to read their work aloud to the group;
  • a community of writers and networking opportunities.

Fifteen professional development credits granted.

Poetry Weekend Intensive Schedule:

Friday, May 25: Please arrive by 5 PM and settle into your rooms. Both Friday and Saturday wine will be served with dinner. After dinner, we will break into two groups (about 12 to 15 in each), where we will have the opportunity to write poetry and share the work we’ve just written.

  • Saturday, May 26: After breakfast, we will break into two groups for morning workshops. Lunch will be served, followed by one afternoon workshop and either free time or a critiquing session with the poet faculty. Interested participants can sign up in advance (at the retreat house) and may bring previously written, typed work for feedback. After dinner, there will be an additional workshop.

***On Friday and Saturday evenings, the two groups will come together and we will share our work—either something written on the weekend or previously.

  • Sunday, May 27: Breakfast followed by a workshop. A final reading by participants will serve as the “closing ceremony” to what we hope will be an inspiring and productive weekend. Lunch will offer another opportunity for socializing and networking.


Deposit — April 10, 2018————$300

Balance — May 1, 2018—————–$125


*Total fee includes room, meals, and workshops.

*Early Bird Discount: deduct $25 if paid in full by April 1, 2018.

*Full refund will be given prior to May 5, 2018.

*Late registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Enrollment is limited.  We already have a list of people signed up for this workshop, so if you are interested, please sign up early.

Make check payable to Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

Mail to:  40 Post Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Other questions? Call (973) 684-6555 or (973) 943-6548 or email to:

E-Mail to Obtain Application to Attend Workshop. Application is required to attend.


Doors Opening
Nancy Azara

Saturday, July 21st, 10 to 5pm, $100
Nancy’s Studio in Woodstock, NY

A very little key will open a very heavy door.
Charles Dickens

Many times in life, doors open for us and bring us to a new direction. In this workshop we will explore these doors through meditation and art making. Participants will make collages and drawings using various materials such as watercolor, pencil, crayon, etc.

Open to all.

To reserve a place, call or email Nancy at 917-572-7461, nancy@nancyazara.comNancy Azara is a sculptor who works in wood and whose scroll rubbings and tracings are collaged on mylar and paper. Her work has been shown internationally, most recently a solo exhibition “Passage of the Ghost Ship: Trees and Vines” at The Picture Gallery at The Saint-Gaudens Memorial, Cornish, NH and “Tuscan Spring: Rubbings, Scrolls and Other Works,” a solo exhibition curated by Harry J Weil, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; as well, a group show “TERRA” at the Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock, NY. She is the author of Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art available through Red Wheel/Weiser. Book info click here. She has taught many workshops and classes.

Read now on Electric Literature:

Why Adding Monsters and Fairies to a Memoir Can Make It Even More Real


Center for Italian Studies/Dr. Joseph Tromba Lecture Series

Topic: Giufà, The Sicilian Sciocco/furbo Folk Hero
March 1 (Thursday)    4:30 pm
Lecture by Joseph Francese, University Outstanding Faculty and Professor of Italian, Michigan State University. Professor Francese will discuss this Sicilian folk character, who has been a part of popular culture in Sicily since the Muslim conquest in 827 and the conflicting ways writers, Italo Calvino and Leonardo Sciascia, have appropriated him.
Sponsored by Center for Italian Studies.
Stony Brook University, Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340
Admission:  free; open to the public
Contact:  Jo Fusco 631-632-7444
NEWPOLI – Mediterranean Pulse: Ritmi della terra
March 2 (Friday)    8:00 pm (dance lesson at 7:00 pm)
Presented by Flushing Town Hall. NEWPOLI carries on a very old tradition, performing music from southern Italy laced with influences from the surrounding Mediterranean cultures. Originals are mixed with exciting arrangements of traditional music: the tempo is high, the drama and passion can be heard in every note.
Admission:  $16; $10 Members and Students
Three Eyes on Pinocchio
March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10    8:00 pm
A must-see new and original play by Dacia Maraini, Silvia Calamai and Paolo Tartamella.
Directed by Vittorio Capotorto.Translated by Maureen Gonzalez, and music by Domenico Capotorto. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. Seats are limited.
Co-sponsored by Italytime – Artistic Director Vittorio Capotorto; Rosa Bartolomeo, Francesco Capolongo, Stefano Gallo and Piero Ossani (FUMO Restaurant); Mimmo Magliulo buon’italia;
George Ilardo, Espresso Emporium; Calandra Italian American Institute; Istituto Italiano di Cultura, New York.
Our Lady of Pompeii Theater, Italytime Cultural Center

25/B Carmine Street, Manhattan

Admission:   $25; open to the public

Contact:  Maureen Gonzalez 212-860-2983

The Italian Immigrant Experience
March 3 (Saturday)    10:30 am – 12:00 pm 
Learn about the difficulties Italians faced when trying to come to “L’America”, the journey to the port, the conditions aboard ship, and the challenges they faced in their new adopted country. Also shown will be the interesting documents needed along the way. Presented by Toni McKeen.
Westchester Italian Cultural Center
Admission:  Members $20, Non-Members $25
Contact:  914-771-8700
Book Presentation: Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s True Story by Rosemary Novellino-Mearns
March 3 (Saturday)    3:00 pm

This presentation has been seen nationwide. In Saving Radio City Music Hall, the author reveals how this premiere tourist attraction was saved from demolition. After years of struggling with intense, sometimes painful memories, “Rosie” tells the honest, fact-filled, emotionally charged and often humorous story of how she organized the effort to save Radio City Music Hall in 1978. Against all the odds, she succeeded. A modest but determined young dancer from Glen Rock, New Jersey, Rosemary Novellino joined the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company, the classical dance counterpart to the world famous Rockettes in 1966. She became the Dance Captain after 12 years and assistant to the legendary Peter Gennaro.
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum 

Contact:  718-442-1608  

Regina Opera Company Presents Madama Butterfly
March 3, 4, 10 and 11    3:00 pm
Enjoy a fully-staged performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera, which tells the tragic story of a young geisha who gives up everything for a brash American navel officer. Opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles, and presented with a 35-piece orchestra.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy
Admission:  Adults – $25; Seniors/Students under 25 – $20; Teens – $5; Children – free; open to the public
Contact:  Fran Garber-Cohen 718-259-2772
Benvenuto Cellini, “Bad Boy of the Italian Renaissance” (1500-1571)
March 4 (Sunday)   3:00 pm
Presentation by Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka, Professor of Italian Literature, Culture and Language. Cellini was a Florentine goldsmith, sculptor, musician, soldier and writer. Two of his most famous artworks are the miniature Saltcellar and the bronze statue of Perseus with the Head of Medusa, still standing, since 1554, on the main square in Florence, opposite Michelangelo’s David. Cellini worked under the patronage of the Medici family, and was admired by Michelangelo and other contemporaries for his virtuosity and originality. Cellini was sentenced and imprisoned for insults, fights, brawls, love affairs with men and even several murders.
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

A Conversation with Dacia Maraini

March 5 (Monday)    6:00 pm
Author Dacia Maraini returns to Casa Italiana on the occasion of the recent publication of Tre donne: una storia d’amore e disamore (Rizzoli, 2017). The author in conversation with Jane Tylus (NYU). In ENGLISH.
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò  
New York University 
Admission:  General RSVP; Member Seat Reservation

Contact:  212-998-8739

Casa Italiana programming is subject to change.

For updates please visit

Center for Italian Studies/Richard Nasti Lecture Series

Topic: “The Five Star Movement (M5S) and Populism”
March 7 (Wednesday)    4:00 pm
Presentation by Nicolino Applauso, Loyola, Maryland. The discussion will include an evaluation of the Movement’s effect on the results of the March 3, 2018, Italian General Election.
Sponsored by Center for Italian Studies.
Stony Brook University, Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340
100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY
Admission:  free; open to the public
Contact:  Jo Fusco 631-632-7444

Screening and Book Presentation: The Lucky Star (La buona stella)

March 9 (Friday)    6:00 pm
Mario Martella (1917-2014), awardee of the medals of Knight of Labour, Righteous Among the Nations, and the Gold medal of Civil Merit, was full of energy, vigilant, combative, charismatic, and also a lucky man, always protected by what he used to call his “lucky star.” Casa Italiana presents the English translation of his La buona stella. A conversation with his daughter Carla Martella. Screening of The Lucky Star (La buona stella) is in Italian with English subtitles. Directed by Sergio Basso. In English.
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò  
New York University 
Admission:  General RSVP; Member Seat Reservation

Contact:  212-998-8739

Casa Italiana programming is subject to change.

For updates please visit

New York City Opera presents: Opera for Kids!
La Cenerentola

March 10 (Saturday)    11:00 am and 2:00 pm
March 11 (Sunday)       11:00 am
New York City Opera presents a family-friendly production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Rossini’s uniquely Italian retelling of the ultimate rags-to-riches story blends tenderness and frivolity to fabulous effect. The comedic love story sails through flowery ensembles, ridiculous situations, and beautiful music en route to a fairy-tale finale. Opera for Kids provides an introduction to the fundamentals of opera with a fully staged production, including costumes, piano accompaniment, and performed by professional artists.
A treat for the whole family!

York Theatre Company at St. Peter’s Church

619 Lexington Avenue (enter on 54th Street), Manhattan
OvationTIx:  866-811-4111
Admission:  Children $10 | Parents $25
Contact:  212-935-5820 Box Office
April 20 at 6 pm at the Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor Manhattan
VIA magazine (Peter Covino,poetry editor) and
Italian Americana (Maria Terrone, poetry editor)
celebrate IA poets during National Poetry Month.Distinguished poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Paul Mariani will be participating in the reading along with
Ned Balbo, Dennis Barone, Rosemary Cappello, Paola Corso, Barbara
Crooker, Maria Giura, Alan Gravano, George Guida, Gerry LaFemina, James
Nicola, Michelle Reale, and Tina Tocca.Dean Anthony Tamburri is graciously providing refreshments.
Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike for Women & Trans’
Thurs March 22nd 7pm – 9pm
Feature Writers: Deirde Sinnott & Deborah Hauser
Deirdre Sinnott, author and activist, will be reading from her novel: The Third Mrs. Galway. Set in 1835, at the time of the infamous Utica Anti-Abolition Riot, Sinnott’s book tells the story of a young bride, suddenly confronted with the era’s biggest questions about slavery and racism and the hard choices she must make to survive.
Deborah Hauser writes about “the woman’s question”, ennui, and how to survive “happily ever after.” She is working on a collection of alliterative alphabet poems titled “Now I Know.”
Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.
$10 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side.
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
You are Invited to Join The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) 
for PART TWO of FOUR Screenings of
Oliver Stone’s  The Untold History of the United States: A Documentary 
Saturday, March 10 @ 2-4:30 PM
WHAT: Screening of The Untold History of  the United States; Part Two is entitled “Roosevelt, Henry Wallace, and Truman.”
Chaired by Adam Meyer; Introduced by Roberto Ragone, co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, with a dramatization by Roberto Ragone of a Vito Marcantonio speech entitled, “How the Marshall Plan Betrayed Democracy: The Case of Italy”. All screenings are followed by an open discussion.
WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
WHERE: Community Room at the Mulberry Street NYPL, 10 Jersey St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry St.)
Future sessions will take place on  April 14th, and May 12th, at the same place and time.
Light Refreshments / Free Admission
About the film: This series will focus on the first four chapters of The Untold History, which spans the events leading up to United States entry into World War II until the outbreak of the Korean War. This period coincides with Marcantonio’s seven-term tenure in Congress, where he advocated for policies aligned with those presented in The Untold History
Members News Information Update:
For listing on IAWA website please send your news at least one week and preferably two weeks in advance to Non-Table Document Preferred.
B. Amore and others featured:
Boston:  February 10, 2-4PM:  New England Watercolor Signature Members Show:  Please see the review (above) that I wrote  for Art New England (Jan/Feb).  This is an exciting show by professional artists, many of whom are experimenting with an ancient medium.  The Opening and Awards Ceremony in Saturday, Feb. 10 – 2–4PM at The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 20016.  Gallery hours are Tues-Sat 10:30am-5:30pm, Sunday 12-4pm. 
New York:  February 15, 6:30 PM,  Daughters and Dads, and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America with Lorraine Mangione, Co-author of this collection of Interviews which celebrate the relationship between fathers and daughters.  Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry Street, NY, NY
New York:  February 16, 6:30–8:30PM, Yale Club Poetry Series:   Cross Cultural Communications, who organized this reading of international poets, Susan Amsterdam, Maria Bennett, Alyssa A. Lappen, Daniel Shapiro, Emily Vogel, Joey Wiel, Bill Wolak and myself. I was also included in the recent collection that Stanley edited, Bridging the Waters II, a joint Korean, CCC publication.  Please rsvp to me (917-748-3661 or if you plan to come, as the readings are by invitation only and I have to put your name on a guest list.  THE YALE CLUB, 50 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY – between 44th and 45th Streets across from Grand Central Station.   
Boston: February 17, 6-8PM, Italian American Writers Asscocition at I AM Books, in the heart of Boston’s North End. My friend, Mary Bonina, of the Writers Room, will be a feature reader along with Lo Gallucio, Cambridge’s former Poet Populist.  Julia Lisella will be hosting an Open Mic to start the reading. if you’d like to read as part of the open reading segment, please come by 5:45 to sign up.  I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston, MA.
Rutland, VT:  February 22, 7PM, Cabin Fever Buster at 77 Gallery.  This will be a sure antidote to Cabin Fever blues!  I’ll be hosting an Open Mic and Reading at Gallery 77 which is filled with a wide range of regional artists curated by Bill Ramage.  My piece, Glove Globe, is included.  Bianca Amira Zanella and George Nostrand have organized this, and a series of cultural events during the exhibit.  Come and bring poems, prose, performance or listening ears and chase the winter blues away.  77 Gallery, 77 Grove Street, Rutland, VT;


Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones

Protecting the Past for the Future
Friday, February 16, 2:30 pm

More Information
This event will be held at the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave, NYC.
Register here.Speaker:
James Cuno
President, J. Paul Getty Trust With:
Vishakha Desai
Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President, Columbia University;
President Emerita, Asia Society

Edward C. Luck
Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and
Director of the Specialization in International Conflict Resolution, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Thomas G. Weiss
Presidential Professor of Political Science;
Director Emeritus, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Mariët Westermann
Executive Vice President for Programs and Research, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
David Freedberg
Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art; Director of the Italian Academy, Columbia UniversityJames Cuno draws fire when arguing against repatriation of some museum artifacts. This event examines his view that cultural property should be recognized as the legacy of humankind, and it engages the urgent and controversial debate around antiquities.This event is a part of the Academy’sInternational Observatory for Cultural Heritage.
Reading of Contributors to First and Second Issues of Presence:
Joel Allegretti, Kim Bridgford, Paola Corso, Kate Daniels, Mary DiLucia, Sandra Duguid, Tom Furlong, Maria Giura, Tina Kelley, Gerry LaFemina, Maria Lisella, Marjorie Maddox; Fran McManus, RSM;  Susan L. Miller, Madeleine Mysko, Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Gregory Orfalea, Jeannine Pitas, Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Nick Samaras, Janna Schledorn, Anya Silver, Maria Terrone, and John J. Trause.
The program includes live jazz and refreshments. 
Suggested donation is $5.00. If you plan to come, please RSVP
WHEN: next Saturday, January 20 at 6 pm 
WHERE: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 440 Grand Street
Robert Savino Suffolk County Poet Laureate 2015-2017

celebrated Italian Heritage month 2017 with the publication of No Distance Between Us (Nessuna Distanza Tra Noi), a collection of Italian American Poets of Long Island.

This volume contains a diverse representation of 47 Long Island Italian American poets, including 4 poets laureate. Between the covers of this treasure you will discover poems of beginners to professional poets.
The poems, in English, are complimented by Italian translation and demonstrate an outpouring of Italian traits . . . gentleness, generosity, good humor and love of family and food. No Distance Between Us is a family treasure and a value for students and teachers, as well.
Editors Robert Savino and James P. Wagner. Published by Local Gems Press
Available on Amazon.
WOMEN & TRANS’ POETRY JAM & Open Mike for Women & Trans’
Thursday Jan 25th 7pm – 9pm
Featured Writers: Ilka Scobie  & Tammy Remington
Ilka Scobie’s poems focus on urban life, feminism and protest. She hopeS her words are
imbued with compassion and honesty.
Tammy Remington’s fiction examines alienation and connection especially in regards to marginalized people. Her protagonists have every deck stacked against them but, relying on equal measures of denial and courage, they are determined to make their stand.
Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.
$10 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side.
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St. (between Stanton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston NYC

Upcoming Events

WHAT: The VMF is scheduled to hold open discussions on the first of four episodes of Oliver Stone’s multi-part documentary, The Untold History of the United States, on four successive second Saturdays of the month, 

WHEN: Saturday, February 10:  2:00 PM to 4:30 PM 

WHERE: Mulberry Street Public Library’s Community Room. 

Light Refreshments/Free Admission/Open to All
You are encourged to purchase, on line, the film’s accompanying volume also by Oliver Stone with Peter Kuznick. 



Celebrate Christmas Italian Style with I Giullari di Piazza’s

‘LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI’ (The Shepherd’s Cantata)
Based on the traditional Southern Italian play written in the 17th century by Andrea Perrucci and still performed annually in the environs of Naples.

One show only to celebrate the Winter Solstice
Friday December 22 at 8 PM
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (bet. 9th & 10th Streets)
Tickets: $25
Reservations: 212.254.1109 or

The online inaugural issue of Ovunqe Siamo: New Italian-American Writing can be read here:
The journal accepts submissions from Italian-American writers in any genre on a rolling basis!
We will publish 6x a year.  Our first issue was received with great enthusiasm and appreciation for both its content and its”community building.”
All best,
Michelle Messina Reale
Editor-in-Chief, Ovunque Siamo: Italian-American Writing



Monteverdi at 450

Experiments in Sound, Image and Movement 

Wed & Thurs, December 6 & 7

All these events are at the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave, NYC.
Register for these free events here.

With a concert, two discussions, and an exhibition of materials related to Luciano Berio’s “revisitation” of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, a collection now held at the Paul Sacher Foundation (Basel), these two days of events explore Monteverdi’s impact on the music and ideas of the 20th and 21st centuries, and how his work stimulated artists in a range of media particularly Luciano Berio (1925-2003).

Discussion, Wed, Dec 6, 3 – 5:30pm
“Revisiting Poppea: Luciano Berio’s Monteverdi” 
With Mauro Calcagno (UPenn), Giuseppe Gerbino (Columbia U.), Christoph Neidhöfer (McGill U.), Thomas Peattie (U. of Mississippi; Academy Fellow)

Opening of the exhibition, Wed, Dec 6, 5:30 – 7pm
“A Philology of the Future: Berio and L’Incoronazione di Poppea” 

Discussion, Thu, Dec 7, 3 – 6pm
“Rethinking Monteverdi: Castellucci, Bergman, Feuer”
With Mark Franko (Temple U.) and Piersandra Di Matteo (Fine Arts Academy, Bologna)

Concert, Thu, Dec 7, 8pm

“From Monteverdi to Bergman”

B. Amore and fellow artists are exhibiting:
The latest addition to downtown Rutland galleries is the 77 Gallery at 77 Grove Street.
Curator Bill Ramage has organized an inaugural exhibit of 34 local artists from all over Rutland County, with two pieces by B. Amore, Glove Globe and Crossings, both of which speak to contemporary issues of globalization and immigration.  
Bianca Zanella will be planning poetry and music events during the course of the exhibit which closes on March 30th. The
B. Amore also shows as part of Homage at Stone Valley Arts.  White Bird, her first marble sculpture, is included in the exhibit which was curated by Phil Whitman, as well as Floating between New York and Vesuvius, influenced by Robert Rauschenberg.
B. Amore has also read at the Ekphrastic Poetry event in November.



Talea Ensemble

FACE for voice and ensemble by Pierluigi Billone
Thursday, November 30, 7:30 pm

Anna Clare Hauf, soprano
James Baker, conductor

FACE by Pierluigi Billone (2016, U.S. premiere)

Free and open to the public; reservations not required.

This event is at the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.


CRISTINA  FONTANELLI’S  14th  Annual  Christmas in Italy®

December 9 & 10 – Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 4 PM
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)
(by subway: #1, 2 or 3 train to 96th Street; by bus M104; by car: 96th Street Exit on West Side Highway – free Sunday on-street parking)
Tickets range from $35 to $68  (group rates available)
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Italian Orphanage Casa Famiglia in Meta di Sorrento, Italy; NYC Food Pantries; and VETS Ticket Foundation
Reservations: 212.864.5400  or




War and Art

Destruction and Protection of Italian Art during WWI
Gallery is open weekdays, 9:30am – 4:30pm, through Nov 21

This exhibition is at the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.
Free and open to the public.


Celebrate Christmas Italian Style with I Giullari di Piazza’s  

‘LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI’ (The Shepherd’s Cantata)

Based on the traditional Southern Italian play written in the 17th century by Andrea Perrucci and still performed annually
in the environs of Naples.

One show only to celebrate the Winter Solstice
Friday December 22 at 8 PM
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (bet. 9th & 10th Streets)
Tickets: $25
Reservations: 212.254.1109 or



Magdalena Baczewska, piano

Works by Berio, Chopin, Clementi, Debussy, Monteverdi, and D. Scarlatti
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public; reservations not required.

This event is at the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.



25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor, Manhattan


Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6pm
After Identity: Migration, Critique, Italian American Culture

Peter Carravetta, SUNY Stony Brook

At this event, Peter Carravetta will be joined by discussants Ron Scapp (College of Mt. Saint Vincent) and Teresa Fiore (Montclair State University).

RSVP encouraged but not required, (212) 642-2094. Seating is limited. No reserved seats.



Pirandello 150

The Man with the Flower in His Mouth and Chee-Chee, two one-acts by Luigi Pirandello.

Monday November 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Italytime’s Italian Cultural Center located at the Our Lady of Pompeii Theater,

25/B Carmine Street (@ Bleecker Street) followed by a reception. 

Tickets: $25.00 (tax-deductable as allowed. Consult your tax advisor.)

 For more information:, 212-860-2983




Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike for  Women & Trans’

Thursday – October 26th  7pm – 9pm 

Writers: Phyllis Capello & Angela Alaimo O”Donnell

Phyllis Capello writes about women & their work.  She’s a writer/musician from Brooklyn. 

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell will read from her newest collection, STILL PILGRIM.

Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

$10 suggested donation 

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto .

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston

Tuesday, October 31, 7 p.m.
Italian American Studies After 50 Years
Speaker: Dr. Salvatore LaGumina
Professor Emeritus of History
Nassau Community College, SUNY
Location for all lectures: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Lecture Series Director: Stanislao G. Pugliese
For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at
516 – 463-5669 or visit
Lecture Series Director: Stanislao G. Pugliese

Weinberg Fellowship 2018–2019

Fellowships in architectural history and preservation
Deadline: December 4, 2017

Call for Applications for 2018–2019

The Academy seeks candidates for the Weinberg Fellowships in architectural history and preservation for the 2018–2019 academic year. Two to four Fellowships will be awarded each year. Applications are encouraged from all countries; candidates must be at the post-doctoral or faculty level.

Devoted to the understanding and conservation of architecture in any geographic area and period, the Weinberg Fellowships are funded with generous support from the Sidney J. Weinberg Jr. Foundation in conjunction with the Academy’s new International Observatory for Cultural Heritage.

Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017

Learn more and apply via this page: Weinberg Fellowships in architectural history and preservation.

Read about the International Observatory for Cultural Heritage.


noun: earth, land

Oct 20 – Nov 26, 2017
Opening Reception: THIS Saturday, October 21st, 4-6pm

Participating Artists: Nancy Azara, Edgar Cardenas, Matthew Fasone, Julie Heffernan, Samm Kunce, Ian Laughlin, Iain Machell, and Alison Moritsugu.

BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery hours: Wed – Sun, 12 – 6 pm, or by appointment

International Observatory for Cultural Heritage

World Cultural Conservation

Italy at the Forefront: Innovation versus Constraints
with Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage

Thursday, October 19, 11:00 am

This event is at the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.

Free and open to the public. Register here. More info here.
Albert Invincible Theatre & Pacun Peras The-A-Tro present


A Theatre Collage in Two Parts
by Frank Canino
Sunday, Oct 22 @ 3pm
The Arcadian Room Theatre
680 Queen’s Quay West – Toronto   [1 block west of Bathurst St.]
No Admission Charge
Michele George heads a cast of 12 actors.   Running time: 2 hours, 15min.
25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York NY 10036 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6pm
“The Orphanage: Encounters in Transnational Space”

Robert Viscusi, Brooklyn College, CUNY

In this talk, Robert Viscusi presents his writings on Italian storytelling. Italian twentieth-century writing began with grandiose visions of empire. Then Italy passed through a period of rapid dispossession during World War I and twenty years of hectic reconstruction and extraordinary pretense under Fascism. At the end of the 1930s and during a second war, Italian culture endured a more total dispossession. When that war ended, Italy awakened into a period of misery and despair. This is not an easy story to tell, and often an impossible one to hear. If one studies the history of Italian storytelling in the twentieth century, this narrative of high ambitions and unbearable catastrophes recurs in many guises. In this presentation, we will follow some of the episodes of this storytelling under conditions of crippling loss. This is a literary history that is itself as moving as any poem or novel.

2017 IASA Book Award

IASA presents the 2017 Book Award to Camilla Trinchieri for Seeking Alice (Excelsior Editions, State University of New York Press 2016).

A rich saga, Seeking Alice tells a story of moral complexity during a momentous time in US / Italy relations. It describes Rome with a painterly precision. It is a story of philosophical weight and electric prose.

Spring 2017

Maria Lisella interviewed Wally Lamb for La Voce di New York. Read the transcript here:

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 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,

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


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.

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
For more information, please email 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

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 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 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

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:

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 using the following link:

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: To learn more about Kathleen Gerard visit:

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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 for more information.
Click here for the Press Release  &  Click for A.I.R. Artist’s Page

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:

An article on poet Phillip Giambri was recently published in The New York Times.  Please follow this link to retrieve it:

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

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

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


Colomba M. Furio-Spigner‘s newly published book, Francesco’s Song, is available for purchase on 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   Website  Blog

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 ( 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’s –an online anthology of climate justice literature and news– will be invited to read a poem from the 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

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

An interview with IAWA Board Member Robert Agnoli has been posted on Primo’s website. To view the Q & A,follow this link: 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

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:

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, 2) 3) Barnes & 4) Author at

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 Story 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 

Paul Martone‘s interview with Maria Laurino can be listened to at

Maria Terrone’s fourth book of poetry, Eye to Eye (Bordighera Press, 2014) received a review in The Common:
“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 “…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:  Eye to Eye is a wonderful book and what is more, an exciting journey.”

Maria Terrone’s poems “Diana at the Salon” and “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

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:

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 at 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

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 to learn more and find links to the You Tube trailer and film clips posted there for your viewing. Please also go to 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: and “like” the page to stay posted to progress on the film or for more info. on the film, write to Anton

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:  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.

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

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

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:  Come raise a glass of vino or Pellegrino, get a book signed, dance.

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:

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:  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 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).

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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

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 and 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:

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 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