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IAWA Reads at the NYC Poetry Festival

IAWA Reads at the NYC Poetry Festival

Governors Island

Sunday July 14, 2024

2:30 PM on the Algonquin Stage

Peter Marra has had over 300 poems published either in print or online in over 25 journals.His published works include approximate lovers (downtown materialaktion) (Bone Orchard Press), Peep-O-Rama: Sins of the Go-Go Girls (Hammer & Anvil Books),Vanished Faces (a performance of occult infections) (Writing Knights Press), Random Crucifixions: Obsessions, Dolls and Maniac Cameras (Hammer & Anvil Books), and a surrealist neo-giallo novel, A Naked Kiss from a Broken Doll, (Hamer & Anvil Books).

His newest poetry collection A Dirty Diary of Ordinary Days recounting his time spent haunting Times Square and the East Village of NYC circa 1977-1989 will be published by INCUNABULA MEDIA in November 2024.

Kathy Curto is a writing professor and the author of Not for Nothing-Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family and can be found in her front yard, on most mornings, replenishing her Little Free Library with donated books. This practice has become one of her daily delights. Please visit: www.kathycurto.com

Margaret R. Sáraco is the author of two poetry collections, If There is No Wind and Even the Dog Was Quiet (Human Error Publishing). Spoken word artist, activist, and educator, her short stories and poetry appear in journals and anthologies, as well as video, Instagram, and podcast projects. She earned several recognitions in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest and received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. She is a poetry editor for the Platform Review.

Jessica Femiani is the granddaughter of immigrants. Before pursuing her PhD in English, she taught English in Corona, Queens. Jessica’s poems and essays have been published in the Paterson Literary Review, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, #MeToo, Anch’io, Harpur Palate, The Mom Egg Review, The Italian American Review, and forthcoming from other publications. She lives in Binghamton, New York, and is an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Oneonta.

To purchase  her new poetic work The American Gun, please visit https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/the-american-gun-by-jessicafemiani/ ISBN: 979-8-88838-549-4

Jane LeCroy serves the poetry gods, as both Madonna and whore. A home-birthing mother of three, responsible for thousands of poems as poetry teacher by day; at night she pedals poetry as a character in the immersive theater, Poetry Brothel. Jane LeCroy has a new book out from Pink Trees Press, “Spellbook of Ordinary Mistakes” and has music based on her poetry, from her two bands: The Icebergs, and, Ohmslice, streaming everywhere.

 

 

IAWA Boston June 2024 Readings from Italianita

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 IAWA-Boston Presents

Readings from Italianità:

Contemporary Art Inspired by the Italian Immigrant Experience

 Saturday, June 15, 2024

6:00-8:00 p.m., at I AM BOOKS, 124 Salem Street, Boston

Italianità: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Italian Immigrant Experience is an anthology of the art and writing of 59 artists, most the children or grandchildren of people who escaped the poverty of the Mezzogiorno to make new lives for themselves here in l’ameriga. ”We carry the history of our families and our culture in our psyches as well as our genes,” says B. Amore, one of this event’s four speakers, all of whom call the Boston area home.

B. Amore researched seven generations of her family, culminating in a monumental exhibition of sculpture, collage, and artifacts at the Ellis Island Museum in 2020. Lifeline, Filo della Vita: An Italian American Odyssey, traveled to Boston, San Francisco, Rome, and finally to Napoli where her family’s journey began. She continues to exhibit.

 

Joe Cultrera tells stories through film. Over the decades he has brought us into his hometown of Salem with stories about the decline of factory life and the commercialization of the city’s witch history. Hand of God, which was featured on PBS’s Frontline, documents the effect on his close-knit family of sexual abuse by clergy in his own parish.

 

 

 

Joanne Mattera is a widely exhibited painter (in Boston at Arden Gallery) who brings her visual art community together through word and image, whether in her Joanne Mattera Art Blog or in projects like Italianità, in which the descendants of Italian immigrants relate how culture and experience have shaped them into the artists they are today.

 

Charyl (Urbano) Weissbach) comes from a family of makers—a grandfather and uncles who worked in Connecticut’s metal foundries and grandmothers who imbued their handwork with a sense of Neapolitan Baroque. “Given my creative heritage,“ she says, “it’s not surprising that I pursued a creative path.”

 

 

 

 

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New York IAWA Literary Series June 2024

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IAWA New York Presents

Living Legends in Poetry

Barbara Crooker & Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Saturday, June 8, 2024 (on Zoom)

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

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Barbara Crooker (left) is author of twelve chapbooks and ten full-length books of poetry, of which her latest is Slow Wreckage (Grayson Books, 2024). Other collections include: Some Glad Morning, (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Poetry Press, 2023), long-listed for the Julie Suk award from Jacar Press, The Book of Kells (Cascade Books, 2018), which won the Best Poetry Book of 2019 Award from Poetry by the Sea. Her other awards include: Grammy Spoken Word Finalist, the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council fellowships in literature.  Her work appears in literary journals and anthologies, including The Bedford Introduction to Literature. www.barbaracrooker.com

Maria Mazziotti Gillan (right) has published 23 books, including her latest, When the Stars Were Visible (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2021). She is the 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 collection, 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. Two recent bilingual collections have been published: In a Place of Flowers & Light and Poesie dall’Italia. www.mariagillan.com

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IAWA Boston Literary Series May 2024

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IAWA Boston Presents

Linda Lamenza & Jack Giaour

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at I Am Books

124 Salem Street, Boston, MA

6-8 PM EST; Open Mic begins at 6; admission is free

Linda Lamenza is the author of Feast of the Seven Fishes (Nixes Mate, forthcoming in 2024), and a chapbook, Left-Handed Poetry, (Finishing Line Press, 2024), a finalist for Hunger Mountain’s May Day Mountain Chapbook Series. Her work has appeared in Lily Poetry Review, San Pedro River Review, Paterson Literary Review, Nixes Mate Review, Ovunque Siamo and elsewhere. She works as a literacy specialist in Lincoln Public Schools. Learn more at www.lindalamenza.com

Jack Giaour (he/him/his) won the 2023/2024 BOOM Chapbook Contest from Bateau Press with his manuscript hunting the bugsHis poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, Albatross Magazine, and the Sonora Review, among other journals. He sunlights as software manager for a steel fabricator just north of Boston.

                    

IAWA New York Literary Series May 2024

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IAWA New York Presents

From Coast to Coast:

Natalie Serianni & Mark Rotella

Saturday, May 11, 2024 (on Zoom)

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

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Natalie Serianni is a Philly-born, Seattle-based writer, professor, and mother of two. Her personal essays and creative nonfiction have been featured at HuffPost, Insider, Brevity, ParentMap, Motherwell, Literary Mama, The Keepthings, Barely South Review, and the Manifest-Station, among other parenting publications and literary journals. She’s been interviewed by National Geographic, Crosscut, and Care.com. Her essay, “Subtle Shifts,” was included in the recent anthology, “The Pandemic MidLife Crisis: GenX Women on the Brink.” She teaches composition at a two-year college, and personal essay writing at Hugo House. She is at work on a manuscript about midlife parenting and long-held grief. Connect with her at natalieserianni.com and on Instagram @natserianni.

Mark Rotella is the Director of the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America and teaches creative writing at Montclair State University. Rotella is the author of Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria and Amore: The Story of Italian American Song. He also wrote the introduction for the 2006 reissue of Carlo Levi’s classic 1945 memoir, Christ Stopped at Eboli.
He has published nearly four dozen articles in a wide array of outlets including The New York Times, New York Times Book Review, La Voce di New York, The L.A. Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vanity Fair, Saveur Magazine, and NPR.org and has appeared on various radio and television programs.

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IAWA Boston Literary Series April 2024

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IAWA Boston Presents

Lo Galluccio & Joey Nicoletti

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at I Am Books

124 Salem Street, Boston, MA

6-8 PM EST; Open Mic begins at 6

Admission is free

Lo Galluccio is a poet, memoirist and vocalist whose most recent published work is Not for Amnesia, a chapbook on Cervena Barva Press.  Cervena Barva also published her prose-poem memoir, Sarasota VII, in 2010.  Other chapbooks include, Hot RainIbbeston Street Press and Terrible Baubles on Propaganda Press.  As a vocalist she’s produced three CDs that can be found on Spotify and Bandcamp.  In 2019 she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast.

Joey Nicoletti is the author of ten poetry collections, including Breakaway, Fan Mail, and Boombox Serenade. His first creative nonfiction book, Extinction Wednesday: A Memoir, is forthcoming from Bordighera Press in 2024. Joey is the Reviews Editor of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana and teaches writing at SUNY Buffalo State University. Connect with him on Instagram @joeynicoletti.

IAWA New York Literary Series April 2024

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Pennsylvania Voices:

Tom d’Egidio & Nicole Santalucia

Saturday, April 13, 2024 (on Zoom)

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

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IAWA New York Presents

Raised by his Abruzzese grandparents, Tom d’Egidio is a native of Philadelphia. A poet, novelist and translator (Italian poetry), he is Director-At-Large of the NY Browning Society.  He recently completed a novel, titled Mondo Scungilli, a coming-of-age tale about a young Italian-American guy from Philly trying to enter the New York art world and find love in 1980 Downtown Manhattan. Darklight Publishing in NYC and Mexico City will publish his latest poetry collection entitled Years Of Pilgrimage (bilingual, English-Spanish), later this year. He has lived in San Francisco, NYC, Rome & Quito, but is now back in Philly.

Nicole Santalucia is the author of The Book of Dirt (NYQ Books), Spoiled Meat (Headmistress Press), and Because I Did Not Die (Bordighera Press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Colorado Review, Palette PoetryThe Best American PoetryLos Angeles ReviewNorth American Review, Sonora Review, Fourteen HillsThe Cincinnati Review, The RumpusThe Normal SchoolOut Magazine and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor, the Director of First-Year Writing, co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Council, and she serves on the steering committee of the Institute for Social Inclusion at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

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IAWA Boston Literary Series March 2024

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IAWA-Boston Presents

KATHY CURTO & CHLOE YELENA MILLER

Saturday, March 16, 2024

6-8 PM EST at I AM BOOKS: 124 SALEM STREET, BOSTON

(arrive 5:45 to sign up for open mic!)

Chloe Yelena Miller is a writer and teacher living in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Viable (Lily Poetry Review Books) and Unrest (Finishing Line Press.) Chloe is on the board of IAWA (Italian American Writers Association) and co-founded Brown Bag Lit with Shasta Grant.

Kathy Curto is the author of Not for Nothing-Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood (Bordighera Press) and a writing instructor at Sarah Lawrence College/The Writing Institute, Montclair State University, Key to the Castle Workshop among others. She serves on the boards of the Italian American Writers Association and Writers Read. Kathy lives in the Hudson Valley with her family and can be found in her front yard on most mornings, replenishing her Little Free Library with donated books. This practice has become one of her daily delights. Learn more about Kathy here: www.kathycurto.com

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IAWA New York Literary Series March 2024

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IAWA New York presents Long Island Italian American Authors:

Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan & Robert Savino

Saturday, March 9, 2024 (on Zoom)

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

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Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan is the Editor of the Long Island Sounds Anthology and is best known for her decades-long community service as she founded the Long Island Poetry & Literature Repository in 2020 and for being the first female Suffolk County Poet Laureate (2009-2011). Her newest work includes Chasing Clouds (Wyld Syde Press, 2024); The Long Way to Home: A Short Memoir (Wyld Syde Press) is forthcoming. Her other titles include a children’s book, Would You Hug a Porcupine (The North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2022); Howling the Moon (7th Quarry Press, 2018); Life’s a Beach (Writers Ink, 2011).

Robert Savino, Suffolk County Poet Laureate 2015-2017, is a native Long Island poet, Board Member at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and Long Island Poetry & Literature Repository Center.

He is the winner of the 2008 Oberon Poetry Prize and Town of Islip Italian American Heritage Award for Visual & Performing Arts—Literature (2019).

Savino is co-editor of two bilingual collections of Italian Americans Poets, No Distance Between Us. His books include fireballs of an illuminated scarecrow, Inside a Turtle Shell and I’m Not the Only One Here. He currently enjoys his role as poetry mentor.

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IAWA Boston Literary Series February 2024

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IAWA-Boston Presents

Marie Gauthier & Danielle Pieratti

Saturday, February 17, 2024

6-8 PM EST at I AM BOOKS: 124 SALEM STREET, BOSTON

(arrive 5:45 to sign up for open mic!)

Marie Gauthier is the author of Leave No Wake (Pine Row Press, 2022) and the chapbook Hunger All Inside (Finishing Line Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Sugar House Review, The West Review, Mom Egg Review, and else-where. She works for Pioneer Valley Books, a publisher of literacy resources, and serves as Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

 

 

Danielle Pieratti is the author of the poetry collections Approximate Body (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2023), and Fugitives (Lost Horse Press, 2016). Her translated volume of works by Italian poet Maria Borio, Transparencies, was released by World Poetry Books in 2022. Danielle was a 2023 Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellow and currently serves as poetry editor at the international literary journal Asymptote.

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