IAWA Boston and New York City Literary Series September 2021

When: Saturday, September 25, 2021:
06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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IAWA New York & Boston Present:


Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Annie Lanzillotto
Saturday, September 25, 2021 (on Zoom)
6-8 PM EST; Open Mic begins at 6-doors “close” at 6:15!
Admission is free; registration is required.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is winner of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us. She is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and Professor Emerita in creative writing at Binghamton University—SUNY. She has published 23 books, including her latest book, When the Stars Were Visible (Stephen F. Austin University Press, April, 2021). Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.



Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is a poet, memoirist and performance-artist; author of the books: “Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning and Stage Light,” and “Pitch, Roll, Yaw” (Guernica World Editions), “L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir” (SUNY Press, Finalist for the Lambda Literary Foundation Award), and “Schistsong,” (Bordighera Press). She’s performed throughout the USA, and in Italy at Napoli Citta Libro—Napoli, Fondazione Sassi—Matera, Queer Film Fest—PalermoAssociazione Lette di Sera—Potenza.


IAWA Boston and New York Literary Series June 2021


Saturday, June 26th, 2021 (on Zoom)

6-8 PM EST; Open Mic begins at 6-doors “close” at 6:15!

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You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Jun 26, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Janine Certo is the author of three books, including Elixir, winner of both the New American Poetry Prize and the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize (forthcoming, co-published by New American Press and Bordighera Press). A winner of Nimrod International Journal’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, her poems appear/are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, Poetry Northwest, Shenandoah, Vallum, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor at Michigan State University.

                                                              Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence (Sundress Publications, 2015) and four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essaysHer poems appear in Poet Lore, Blackbird, Ecotone, Southwest ReviewSubtropics, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at Mid-American ReviewBarrelhousePleiades, and other venues. She is a poetry editor at River Styx Magazine. 




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IAWA New York and Boston Present March 2021

PLEASE JOIN US for another Italian Night! 

IAWA invites you to a reading to hear the work of Paola Corso and Joe Giordano

Saturday, March 27  6:00 PM (EST) / 5:00 PM (CST) 
Admission Free



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doors close at 6:15 EST to keep our meeting secure!

IAWA New York and Boston Present February 2021


Saturday, February 27th, 2021 (on Zoom)

6-8 PM; Open Mic begins at 6-doors “close” at 6:15.

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Rita Ciresi is author of the novels Bring Back My Body to MePink Slip, Blue Italianand Remind Me Again Why I Married You, the story collections Sometimes I Dream in Italian and Mother Rocket, and two award-winning collections of flash fiction (Female Education and Second Wife).  She is professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Brian Fanelli is the author of Waiting for the Dead to Speak (NYQ Books), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Poetry Prize and All that Remains (Unbound Content). Brian’s poetry has been featured on “The Writer’s Almanac” and Verse Daily and published in The Los Angeles Times, Paterson Literary ReviewMain Street Rag, and elsewhere. An assistant professor of English at Lackawanna College, Fanelli also writes about horror film for Signal Horizon MagazineHorror Homeroom, and the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

IAWA New York and Boston Present January 2021




IAWA Literary Reading Series Featuring

Christine Casson & Kailey Tedesco

Saturday January 30, 2021  (on Zoom)

6-8 PM; Open Mic begins at 6 – doors “close” at 6:15!

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Christine Casson is the author of After the First World, poems. She is at work on a book of non-fiction titled, Trauma, Memory, Identityand on a study of the poetic sequence titled, Sequence and Time Signature: A Study in Poetic Orchestration.  Her second book of poems, Needle’s Eye, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2021. She is Scholar- / Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.  

Kailey Tedesco is the author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing), Lizzie, Speak, and FOREVERHAUS (both White Stag Publishing). She is a senior editor for Luna Luna Magazine, and she teaches literature and writing in Bethlehem, PA.

IAWA New York and Boston Present December 2020

IAWA New York and Boston present:

Joey Nicoletti & Domenica Ruta

Saturday, December 19, 2020  (on Zoom)

6-8 PM; Open Mic begins at 6 and doors “close” at 6:15.

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Domenica Ruta is the New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You, a memoir, and Last Day, a novel named one of the 100 best books of 2019 by the New York Times. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, Indiana Review, and Epoch. Her essays have been published in 9th Letter, New York Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City with her family.

Joey Nicoletti is the author of four poetry books and chapbooks, most recently Boombox Serenade (BlazeVOX, 2019), and Counterfeit Moon (NightBallet, 2016). His Pushcart-Prize nominated work has appeared in Ovunque Siamo, Aethlon, The Adroit, Voices in Italian Americana and others. He teaches at SUNY Buffalo State College.

IAWA Literary Series Presents November 2020


Mary Bonina and B. Amore

Saturday November 28, 2020

IAWA Literary Series Zoom Event

Open Mic 6:00-7:00 p.m. Featured Readers 7:00-8:00 p.m.

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B. Amore’s first poetry collection is Journeys on the Wheel (Bordighera Press). Other books include An Italian American Odyssey: Through Ellis Island and BeyondArt by Mexican Farmworkers in Vermont, Carving Out a Dream. Awards include Fulbright and Mellon Fellowships, and the Lifeline-filo della vita exhibit at Ellis Island.

Mary Bonina is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. Published books include My Father’s Eyes: A Memoir, and two poetry collections:  CLEAR EYE TEA and LIVING PROOF. Her essays appear in print or online in Worcester Review, Poets and WritersAdelaide, and Ovunque Siamo.  She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College.