About Us

Our Mission
The Italian American Writers Association was founded in 1991 to promote Italian American writing by encouraging its writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study. Its members include writers, readers, editors, publishers, agents, translators, teachers, scholars, and indeed all who are interested in the progress of Italian American writing. To promote the production, publication, reception, and study of Italian American writing, IAWA has formulated three rules.

  1. Read one another. We can’t expect other people to read the books of Italian American writers if we don’t read them ourselves.
  2. Write or be written. Italian Americans need to write their own realities, rather than waiting for others to do it for them.
  3. Buy each others’ books. If we want publishers to publish Italian American books, we need to show them a market for those books.

Our new “fourth” rule is to write reviews of each other’s books.

IAWA Board Members

Maria Lisella

Lisella’s Pushcart Poetry Prize-nominated work appears in Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press), Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada) and in her collection, Thieves in the Family (NY Quarterly Books). Her poetry has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Fox Chase Review, Mobius, Skidrow Penthouse, Paterson Literary Review and online in New Verse News and First Literary Review-East among others; and has appeared in several anthologies including Avanti Popolo: Italian American Writers Sail Past Columbus (manicdpress). Her creative fiction piece won second prize for the Anne Paolucci Italian American Writers Contest and her latest short story appears in Sweet Lemons 2, Writing with a Sicilian Accent (Legas Press). She co-hosts the IAWA monthly literary series with Jennifer Martelli and Julia Lisella.

Christina Bruni

Our web mistress holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Her first book is Left of the Dial: A Memoir of Schizophrenia,, Recovery, and Hope.  She contributed a chapter, “Recovery is Within Reach” to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. She has been a member of IAWA since June 2000 when she first started performing at the open readings at Cornelia Street.

Nick Matros

Matros has a B.F.A. in playwriting from NYU and an MA in Italian language and literature from Middlebury College. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications including: Feile-Festa, Italian Americana, Avanti Popolo!, and More Sweet Lemons. He has also published a number of freelance articles for Gelfmagazine.com. He teaches Italian language in New York and recently took part in an NEH grant-funded institute in Rome, Italy on incorporating art history into the Italian language classroom.

The current board members are grateful to our Board Members In Memoriam for their exceptional service to the Italian American Writers Association:

Robert Viscusi         

Gil Fagiani, L.C.S.W.         

Emelise Aleandri, Ph.D.



Contact Us:

Email: newsletter@iawa.net


Italian American Writers Association

P.O. Box 418

Brooklyn, New York 11215