Monthly Archives: September 2014

IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring John Domini and Joseph Tirella – October 11, 2014

WHAT: Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading (  Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturdayof the month.  IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months.

WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 2014      5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE: Sidewalk Cafe at 94 Avenue A (6th Street) in East Village, NYC

WHO: John Domini is a versatile writer who has garnered awards in a mix of genres.  In 2014, Dzanc Books published a selection of John’s criticism, The Sea-God’s Herb, as well as electronic versions of his first four books. Over the next two years, Dzanc will publish a sequence of short stories, MOVIEOLA!, and  novel The Color Inside a Melon. His poetry collection, The Grand McLuckless Road Atlas, was published by Pedestrian Press in 2013.  Domini’s work has appeared in Paris ReviewPloughshares, GQThe New York Times,Meridian and several anthologies, among other publications.  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram-Merrill Foundation. He lives in Des Moines, IA.

Joseph Tirella wrote bestseller Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America from Lyon Press.  The book, which Barnes & Noble selected for its “Discover Great New Writers program,” examines the impact of the 1964-65’s World’s Fair and its place in the turbulent 1960s. Writer and editor Tirella’s work has appeared in The New York TimesVibeRolling Stone, EsquirePeople, the Daily News,, Reader’s Digest, and Fortune Small Business, among other publications. Tirella is a native of Queens.

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

COVER: $8 includes complimentary beverage.  CONTACT:; or 212-473-7373.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue

Next Readings

Nov. 8Suzanne Petito and Michael Trocchia @Cornelia Street Café

Dec. 13: Richard Vetere and Antonio d’Alfonso @Sidewalk Café

Jan. 17, 2015Frank Messina and TBA @Cornelia Street Café

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Seeking Musicians and Artists

Seeking musicians, performance artists, actors, singers, graphic artists, filmmakers

The upcoming San Gennaro Feast is the largest and most visible annual Italian cultural expression in New York City. The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge, through the auspices of its Chaplain Msgr. Sakano, has been able to host a cultural table during the Feast for the last two years on the block of St. Patrick’s Church on Mulberry Street between Prince Street and Houston Street. The Italian-American Writers Association joined with us, and authors came to display and sell their books. This year we have the benefit of the table once again and we are expanding it to include additional artists such as musicians, performance artists, actors, singers, graphic artists, and filmmakers. We would like to invite anyone in these artistic areas to join us in presenting our cultural display this year. If you know anyone who is interested, have them contact Bob Agnoli at as soon as possible. No pay, of course. The Feast runs from September 11 through September 21 and the best times for display are weekday evenings and full days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

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