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IAWA New York and Boston Present February 2021


Saturday, February 27th, 2021 (on Zoom)

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

Admission is free; registration is required.

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Rita Ciresi is author of the novels Bring Back My Body to MePink Slip, Blue Italianand Remind Me Again Why I Married You, the story collections Sometimes I Dream in Italian and Mother Rocket, and two award-winning collections of flash fiction (Female Education and Second Wife).  She is professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Brian Fanelli is the author of Waiting for the Dead to Speak (NYQ Books), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Poetry Prize and All that Remains (Unbound Content). Brian’s poetry has been featured on “The Writer’s Almanac” and Verse Daily and published in The Los Angeles Times, Paterson Literary ReviewMain Street Rag, and elsewhere. An assistant professor of English at Lackawanna College, Fanelli also writes about horror film for Signal Horizon MagazineHorror Homeroom, and the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

IAWA New York and Boston Present January 2021




IAWA Literary Reading Series Featuring

Christine Casson & Kailey Tedesco

Saturday January 30, 2021  (on Zoom)

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

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Christine Casson is the author of After the First World, poems. She is at work on a book of non-fiction titled, Trauma, Memory, Identityand on a study of the poetic sequence titled, Sequence and Time Signature: A Study in Poetic Orchestration.  Her second book of poems, Needle’s Eye, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2021. She is Scholar- / Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.  

Kailey Tedesco is the author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing), Lizzie, Speak, and FOREVERHAUS (both White Stag Publishing). She is a senior editor for Luna Luna Magazine, and she teaches literature and writing in Bethlehem, PA.

IAWA New York and Boston Present December 2020

IAWA New York and Boston present:

Joey Nicoletti & Domenica Ruta

Saturday, December 19, 2020  (on Zoom)

6-8 PM; Open Mic begins at 6 and doors “close” at 6:15.

Admission is free; registration is required via Zoom:


Domenica Ruta is the New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You, a memoir, and Last Day, a novel named one of the 100 best books of 2019 by the New York Times. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, Indiana Review, and Epoch. Her essays have been published in 9th Letter, New York Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City with her family.

Joey Nicoletti is the author of four poetry books and chapbooks, most recently Boombox Serenade (BlazeVOX, 2019), and Counterfeit Moon (NightBallet, 2016). His Pushcart-Prize nominated work has appeared in Ovunque Siamo, Aethlon, The Adroit, Voices in Italian Americana and others. He teaches at SUNY Buffalo State College.

IAWA Literary Series Presents November 2020


Mary Bonina and B. Amore

Saturday November 28, 2020

IAWA Literary Series Zoom Event

Open Mic 6:00-7:00 p.m. Featured Readers 7:00-8:00 p.m.

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B. Amore’s first poetry collection is Journeys on the Wheel (Bordighera Press). Other books include An Italian American Odyssey: Through Ellis Island and BeyondArt by Mexican Farmworkers in Vermont, Carving Out a Dream. Awards include Fulbright and Mellon Fellowships, and the Lifeline-filo della vita exhibit at Ellis Island.

Mary Bonina is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. Published books include My Father’s Eyes: A Memoir, and two poetry collections:  CLEAR EYE TEA and LIVING PROOF. Her essays appear in print or online in Worcester Review, Poets and WritersAdelaide, and Ovunque Siamo.  She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

IAWA Literary Series Presents October 2020



Vincent Panella and Cindy Herbert-Bruschi Adams

Saturday October 24th @ 6 PM

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Cynthia Herbert-Bruschi Adams’ most recent book is Italian Spices: A Memoir. She co-authored the  textbook Therapeutic Communication, which is still widely used in health care education.  She is a Professor Emerita of  University of Connecticut and a recently retired psychologist in private practice.

Vincent Panella is the author of The Other Side, Growing up Italian in America. His novel, Cutter’s Island, received a ForeWord award, and he is a Pushcart nominee in short fiction. Of his story collection, Lost Hearts, Primo magazine said, “. . . it calls to be included in every Italian-American’s library.”  His latest novel, Sicilian Dreams, is his fourth published book.


IAWA Literary Series Update

Dear IAWA Members,

We wanted to let you know about our efforts to keep the IAWA Zoom readings safe and undisturbed. Starting with the September 26 reading, we will employ the following:

1.    Registration: instead of a Zoom link, we will provide a registration link; once registered, you will receive the actual Zoom URL (we ask that you don’t share this);
2.    Waiting Room: you will be admitted in by the hosts;
3.    Locking: we will be locking the reading ten minutes after the start.
We thank you all for your support and understanding and we hope that we will meet in real life soon!
Julia Lisella & Jenn Martelli (IAWA-Boston) and Maria Lisella (IAWA-New York)

IAWA Boston Presents August 2020

Saturday August 29
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I AM Books Update

Dear friend,

I am writing to let you know that Jim and I have made the very difficult decision of closing our physical location at 189 North St. in Boston’s North End.

However, this isn’t “addio,” or farewell, but “arrivederci,” or “see you again.”

We hope you follow us on our journey, to keep track of where we go and end up. Keep an eye out for our newsletters and follow us on social media, as we keep you updated on our journey to continue the work we’ve been doing all along. And, of course, keep visiting for all the latest releases and recommendations that you have come to trust and value over time.

I want to end by thanking all of you for supporting us throughout the years. Without you, none of the things we accomplished would have been possible.

So let’s continue the voyage, together. Yes, virtually for now, but who knows what surprises the future holds.

Grazie di cuore. Thank you with all my heart.

Nicola & Jim

A few extra things:
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We are planning a “goodbye event” on Saturday, Sept. 12 (rain date Sept. 13). People can stop by outside our doors at 189 North St. to say bye, to pick up their online orders, and receive some goodies! More details coming soon.
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