The Italian American Writers Association
National Translation Month and 100,000 Poets for Change
Multicultural Voices for Change
Where: NYPL Mulberry St. Library
10 Jersey Street
(between Prince and East Houston, off of Lafayette)
R, B, D, F trains nearby R to Prince B, D, F to Broadway-Lafayette
When: Saturday, September 28 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Born in Volos, Greece, Nicos Alexiou came to the United States in the mid-1980s and has taught Sociology at Queens College since 1989 where he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Alexiou has published five poetry collections, and many of which have been appeared in Greek and American journals and anthologies. His latest bi-lingual collection, The Silver Sphinx (Melani, Athens, Greece) will be published later this year. He is a founder of the the Hellenic American Project, the first Archive/Immigration Library/and Museum and is a member of the Greek American Poets Guild, and the Greek Authors Association, in Greece.
Luigi Bonaffini has translated books by Dino Campana, Mario Luzi, Vittorio Sereni, Attilio Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini and many others. He has edited five trilingual anthologies of dialect poetry and has translated widely from various Italian dialects. He is the editor of the Journal of Italian Translation. He is a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where he met Gil Fagiani whose selected works he has translated pending publication.
Paolo Javier was born in the Philippines and grew up in Las Piñas, Metro Manila; Katonah, New York; Cairo, Egypt; and Vancouver, British Columbia. He’s produced three albums of sound poetry with Listening Center (David Mason), including the limited edition pamphlet/cassette Ur’lyeh/ Aklopolis (Texte und Tone) and the booklet/cassette Maybe the Sweet Honey Pours (Nion Editions/Temporary Tapes). A featured artist in Greater NY 2015 and Queens International 2018: Volumes, he recently completed OBB, a weird postcolonial techno dreampop comics poem begun in 2005 that also includes illustrations by Alex Tarampi and Ernest Concepcion.
Olena Jennings is the author of Songs from an Apartment and Memory Project (Underground Books 2017 and 2018.) Her translation in collaboration with the author Iryna Shuvalova of the poetry collection Pray to the Empty Wells will be released in fall 2019 by Lost Horse Press. Jennings will present her work in English and Ukrainian at the Publishers Forum in Lviv in western Ukraine in September. She is a 2018 recipient of a New Work Grant from the Queens Council of the Arts, NY and curates the Poets of Queens Reading series at Book Culture in Long Island City.
Maria Lisella is the sixth Queens Poet Laureate 2015-2018 and the first Italian American to be so named. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Poetry Prize, her collections include Thieves in the Family (NYQ Books), and two chapbooks, Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press), and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). A charter member of the online poetry circle brevitas, she also co-curates the Italian American Writers Association readings, contributes to USA TODAY, The Jerusalem Post and the bilingual, La Voce di New York.
Raquel I. Penzo, is a writer, editor, and literary event curator from Brooklyn. She earned her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and currently works as a senior copywriter at Brooklyn Public Library. Her poems were included in the AfroLatinx poetry anthology, ¡Manteca!
Claudia Serea’s poems and translations have appeared in Field, New Letters, Gravel, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, and elsewhere. She has published five poetry collections, most recently Twoxism, a poetry-photography collaboration with Maria Haro (8th House Publishing, 2018). Serea co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman House Publishing, 2011) for which she received a grant from the Romanian Cultural Institute. She also translated from the Romanian Adina Dabija’s Beautybeast (Northshore Press, 2012). Serea is a founding editor of National Translation Month.
IAWA New York City Literary Series Presents
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2-4PM
The Italian American Writers Association will be hosting our NYC Literary Series through June 2020 at NYPL Mulberry Street Library at 10 Jersey Street.
Save these dates you won’t want to miss our open mic and featured readers:
Saturdays: 1/11, 2/8, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/13 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
See you there!
Check this website for the details every month.
IAWA at New York City Poetry Festival
SATURDAY, JULY 27TH
THE WHITE HORSE
IAWA: Italian American Writers Association
Julie Forgione is working on two collections: one of short stories and another of poetry.
Mike Fiorito’s book Call Me Guido was just published by Ovunque Siamo Press in 2019.
Maria Lisella’s Thieves in the Family was published by NYQ Books; she launched her husband Gil Fagiani’s first posthumous collection, Missing Madonnas in 2018 and is working on a joint collection.
Peter Marra’s writings explore addiction, love, sex and secrets. Author of 4 poetry books and over 300 poems, his latest poetry collection is Random Crucifixions: Obsessions, Dolls and Maniac Cameras
The Italian American Writers Association Presents
its 28th Anniversary Reading Series
SATURDAY, JULY 13 @ NYPL Mulberry St.
Marisa Labozzetta and
All Readings begin with an Open Mic, followed by two features and book sales and signings.
WHERE: Mulberry Street Public Library
10 Jersey Street, New York, NY
Corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets,
near Lafayette Street, one block south of East Houston Street
WHEN: 2-4 PM
Three rules of IAWA: Read each other; Write or be Written; Buy our Books;
and new rule, Review each other!
Marisa Labozzetta is the author of the novels, Sometimes It Snows in America and Stay With Me, Lella; the collection of short stories, At the Copa; and her latest collection of linked stories, Thieves Never Steal in the Rain. She is a two-time Eric Hoffer Award winner, a John Gardner Fiction Book Award Finalist, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. A Brooklyn native, she lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Richard Vetere’s most recent project is the award-winning documentary Where Are We Now? The Italian American Today, which he wrote, directed and co-produced. His award-winning short film, The Kids Menu based on his play starred Vincent Pastore. Vetere has published 25 plays including Caravaggio, Gangster Apparel, Machiavelli, Lady Macbeth and Her Lover. He is currently developing a TV series based on his novel Baroque (Bordighera Press.)
His newest novel The White Envelope is pending publication, has already been awarded Honorable Mention in the Amazin’ Whodunit Mystery Writers Series. His novel, The Third Miracle for which he co-wrote the screenplay adaptation starring Ed Harris, and produced by Francis Ford Coppola was released by Sony Picture Classics. Other novels include The Writers Afterlife and Champagne and Cocaine.
Vetere has published three poetry collections: The Other Colors in a Snow Storm, Memories of Human Hands and A Dream of Angels. RichardVetereauthor.com
July 27, 28
IAWA at New York City Poetry Festival
Hosted by Peter Marra
National Translation Month
Romance is in the Air and on Our Lips
Bordighera Book Boost: Sara Fruner
Bordighera Book Boost: Marisa Frasca, Wild Fennel and
Francesco Paolo Tanzj from Molise, Italy
Barbara Crooker and Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Zoe Trischka and TBA
NEW + NOTEWORTHY IAWA’s Boston Series
@ I AM Books 189 North Street Boston, MA
Hosted by Authors, Julia Lisella and Jennifer Martelli
NEW + NOTEWORTHY IAWA’s Boston Series
The June 22 event has been canceled. The June 29 reading is being held.