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IAWA New York Literary Series October 2022

IAWA New York Presents Zoom Salon

Lisa Sita and Stella Fiore

& Open Mic on ZOOM

Saturday,  October 8, 2022 @ 6-8 PM ET

Admission is free; registration is required; doors “close” at 6:15!

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Lisa Sita is the author of Madolina’s Daughter, an independently published novel. Of Madolina’s Daughter, one reader wrote:”…it is as delectable as the pastries sold at the Fig and Chestnut where Alba tends to shop.” Lisa’s  short stories and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Fictional Café, Literary Veganism, and The Ekphrastic Review. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Anthropology.

Stella Fiore is the inaugural Rutan-Becket Writer in Residence at Conference House Park on Staten Island. An immersive literary exhibit, Working Title brings her novel-in-progress into physical space. She has had residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in America Oggi, The Magazine of La Cucina Italiana, NIAF’s Ambassador. From 2017 to 2019, she hosted Cut + Paste, a live two-hour literary talk show on Staten Island’s  Maker Park Radio.

Next Reading: Nov. 12 Featuring Anthony Cappo and Andy Smart


NYC Poetry Fest on Governor’s Island

You’re Invited to the NYC Poetry Fest on Governor’s Island

Saturday, September 10,  2022

A Trio of Poetry Circles: 

Thursday Morning Poets, Italian American Writers Association & Bordighera Press

Every summer, The New York City Poetry Festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees. By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.

More Info Sept. 10 & 11:



featuring Nicollette Barsamian, Isabella Calisi-Wagner, Beth Evans, J.A. Forgione, Bruce Grossberg, Melva C. Lewis, Maria Lisella, Megha Sood, and Judy Trupin


featuring Kathy Curto, Mike Fiorito, Peter Marra, Angela Alaimo ODonnell



featuring Phyllis Capello, Maria Giura, Sara Fruner, Julia Lisella, and Maria Terrone.

IAWA New York Literary Series September 2022

IAWA New York presents:

Award-winning Authors:

Joe Giordano & Mark Ciabattari

& Open Mic on ZOOM

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 @ 6-8 PM ET

Admission is free; registration is required; doors “close” at 6:15!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 24, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Mark Ciabattari is author of four novels in the Rizzoli series– When the Mask Slips (Bordighera Press October 2022), Dreams of an Imaginary New Yorker Named Rizzoli and The Literal Truth (both reissued by Bordighera Press November 2020), and Preludes to History (Bordighera Press 2016), and Clay Creatures (Canio’s Editions, 2004), with two stories–“The Urn” by Mark Ciabattari and “The Jar” by Luigi Pirandello, in a new translation by Maria Enrico.   With his wife Jane, also a writer, he lives in Sonoma County, CA., where he is at work on Rizzoli #5, Ends and Odds.

Joe Giordano’s latest novel, The Art of Revenge, (Rogue Phoenix Press) was released in June. His stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, and Shenandoah, and his short story collection, Stories and Places I Remember (Rogue Phoenix Press). His other novels include, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, (Harvard Square Editions) and the Anthony Provati thriller series, Appointment with ISIL, (Harvard Square Editions) and Drone Strike  (Rogue Phoenix Press).


IAWA Boston Literary Series September 2022

IAWA—Boston Presents a Hybrid Reading


Saturday, September 17, 2022

6-8 PM EST at  I AM BOOKS 124 SALEM STREET, BOSTON—masks required

THIS IS A HYBRID READING—to attend by Zoom, please register at:

 Christine Palamidessi’s visual art and writing explores the interweaving of memory and time. She is author of Bridge of Love, The Virgin Knows and The Fiddle Case, and co-author of American Women, Italian Style; her articles have appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere. She is Italian Americana’s fiction editor. Her memoir “Grandmothers” is engraved in granite and installed at Boston’s MBTA Jackson Square station.

Livia Meneghin (she/her) is the author of Honey in My Hair and GASHER reviews. She’s the winner of Breakwater Review‘s 2022 Peseroff Prize, a Writers’ Room of Boston Fellowship, and The Academy of American Poets’ 2020 University Prize. Her writing has found homes in Solstice Lit, Thrush, and elsewhere.

IAWA New York and Boston Literary Series June 2022

IAWA New York & Boston Present:

Jay Parini & Rose Solari

Saturday, June 25, 2022 (on Zoom)

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

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Jay Parini is the author of more than thirty books, including the novels Benjamin’s Crossing, The Passages of H.M., The Apprentice Lover, The Damascus Road, and The Last Station, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.

His six volumes of poetry include New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015. He has written biographies of Steinbeck, Robert Frost, Faulkner, and Gore Vidal. He has also written a biographic study of Jesus and numerous other nonfiction works, including Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. His recent memoir, which he calls a “novelistic memoir,” was Borges and Me, a recollection of his travels through the highlands of Scotland in 1971 with Jorge Luis Borges.

Rose Solari is the author of three collections of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere, in which she also performed, and a novel, A Secret Woman. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing; the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis; and the Centre for Creative Writing at Oxford University in Oxford, England. In 2010, she co-founded Alan Squire Publishing, a small press with big ideas.


IAWA New York and Boston Present May 2022

IAWA New York and Boston Present

Connie Post and Jeff Santosuosso

Saturday, May 21st, 2022 (on Zoom)

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

Admission is free; registration is required

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 21, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Connie Post’s work has appeared in Calyx, Slipstream, River Styx, Spoon River Poetry Review,  and Verse Daily. Her first full length Book Floodwater won the 2014 Lyrebird Award. Her poetry awards include the Liakoura Award and Crab Creek Poetry Award.  Her newest book, Prime Meridian, was released in January 2020 from Glass Lyre Press.

Jeff Santosuosso is a one-quarter Italian, one-quarter Sicilian and half-Greek poet living in Pensacola, FL. He is Editor-in-Chief of Panoplyzine, an e-zine of poetry and short prose. His chapbook, Body of Water, was published by Clare Songbirds Publishing House. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared online and in print internationally.



IAWA New York City and Boston April 2022

Gina Troisi and George Guida

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 (on Zoom)

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

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Gina Troisi is the author of the memoir, The Angle of Flickering Light, which won First Place for the 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Award for Memoir, and a Silver Medal for the 2021 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards. Gina’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, such as Fourth Genre, The Gettysburg Review, and others.

George Guida’s latest collections are Zen of Pop (2020) and the revised edition of New York and Other Lovers (2020). His debut novel, Posts from Suburbia, is due out in June from Encircle Publications. His second novel, The Uniform, will be published by Guernica Editions in 2024. He’s at work on The Walking Amoeba: Memoirs of a Fat Kid, Virtue at the Coffeehouse: Poetry Communities in Contemporary America, and Alone at the Opera, a collection of poems based on operas.



Bordighera Press and Italian American Writers Association at AWP

Come visit us at AWP!

Brdighera Press and Italian American Writers Association

will be at Book Fair Table #1245

Author Signings:

Thursday 3/24

9:00 a.m. Mary Ann L. Miller

10:00 a.m. Chloe Yelena Miller

2:00 p.m. Jennifer Militello

3:00 p.m. Patricia Dunn

Friday 3/25

2:00 p.m. Janine Certo

3:00 p.m. Jennifer Martelli

Saturday 3/26

10:00 a.m. Maria Giura

Learn about our writers, events, membership opportunities and publications.


IAWA New York and Boston Literary Series February 2022

IAWA New York and Boston Present:


Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 @ 6-8 PM EST on ZOOM

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 26, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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“Doors” close at 6:15!

Chloe Yelena Miller lives in Washington, D.C., with her family. She is the author of Viable (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) and Unrest (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Chloe teaches writing at American University and University of Maryland Global Campus, as well as privately. @ChloeYMiller

Mary Lou Buschi’s second full-length collection, Paddock, was published through Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021. Mary Lou is the author of one earlier collection of poems, Awful Babyand 3 chapbooksHer poems have appeared in literary journals such as The Laurel Review, Willow Springs, Radar, Rhino, and others. To read more, go to


IAWA New York and Boston Literary Series January 2022

IAWA New York & Boston present:

Award-winning Authors:

Matt Cariello and Gail DiMaggio

Open Mic
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 @ 6PM
WHERE: Via Zoom
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Matt Cariello’s latest poetry collection, Talk, won the Lauria/Frasca Prize, and was published in the spring of 2019 by Bordighera Press; while his first collection, A Boat That Can Carry Two/Una barca per due, won the 2010 Bordighera Poetry Prize and was published in a bilingual edition in 2011. 

His short stories, poems and reviews have appeared in the following journals, among others: Voices in Italian Americana (VIA), Ovunque Siamo, Poet Lore, Artful Dodge, The Evening Street Review, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Long Story, The Indiana Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and The Journal

Cariello is a senior lecturer in the English department at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Gail DiMaggio’s cycle of five “metta” poems won the Passager Poetry Competition for 2021. Her first book, Woman Prime(University of Alaska Press) was selected by Jericho Brown for the 2018 Permafrost Poetry Prize.

Her work has appeared recently in Valparaiso Poetry Journal, Whiskey Island, and Raw Arts Review where her poem “We Look into Fire” was a runner up for the Mirabai Prize.

Her second book, Ironworks, will be published by Variant Literature in 2022. She resides in Concord, New Hampshire.

Upcoming Readings: Feb. 26: Mary Lou Buschi and Chloe Miller
March 25: IAWA @ AWP, Philadelphia & Off-site Reading at A Novel Idea bookstore