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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
Hi there!
Here’s the zoom link! password is: iambooks
Jennifer Martelli is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: IAWA Boston Feature and Open Mic!
Time: Aug 29, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 527 513 2425
Passcode: iambooks
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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:
Mark your calendar!
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.
100% operational online
Our physical store is closing, but we are focusing all our energies on our online operations. That means more books, more curation, and more attention to your needs when it comes to books in Italian, books about Italy and Italian American culture. Over the coming weeks we will send you updates on special offers and much more. So if you’ve been shopping online with us, nothing changes… actually, it’s only getting better!
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Consignment and returns

If you have books or products on consignment, we may need to return your books. We will reach out to you soon to work out the details, or you can write to us directly to inquire about your books at

IAWA Zoom Salon June 2020

IAWA Zoom Salon: 

Boston & New York

Saturday, June 27
6:00-8:00 pm

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Meeting ID: 527 513 2425
Password: ciao
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Temporary Suspension of Mulberry Street Programs

Dear friends and members of IAWA the Italian American Writers Association:

New York Public Library / NYPL Mulberry Street and other locations have temporarily suspended their public programs as a precaution in light of the Corona Virus.

Thus this month’s IAWA NYC Literary Series and Open Mic has been suspended.

IAWA is still operating as an organization with its Literary Series.

We will keep you in the loop about IAWA’s April Literary Series at Mulberry Street in the coming weeks.

As a precaution taken by Mulberry Street the March program has been suspended for this month.

We will keep you posted as to when the next IAWA reading will be held at Mulberry Street.



IAWA NYC Literary Series Presents March 2020

Book Boost

Saturday March 14, 2020 @ NYPL Mulberry Street


B. Amore & Joanna Clapps Herman

& IAWA Open Mic for ALL

When: 2:00-4:00 PM

Where: 10 Jersey Street New York, NY

Corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets

Near Lafayette Street one block south of East Houston Street

Journeys on the Wheel (Bordighera Press) is B. Amore’s first poetry collection. An artist, writer, she has also authored An Italian American Odyssey: Through Ellis Island and BeyondArt by Mexican Farmworkers in VermontCarving Out a Dream, and has written numerous articles that have appeared in journals and revues. She is a founder of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center and has been awarded Fulbright and Mellon Fellowships, public art commissions, and the Lifeline-filo della vita exhibit at Ellis Island.

When I Am Italian: Quando sono italiana (2019) is Joanna Clapps Herman’s most recent publication that explores the question of whether it’s possible to be Italian if you weren’t born in Italy. Other books include a collection of short stories, No Longer and Not Yet (2014), and a memoir, The Anarchist Bastard (2011). She is co-editor of two anthologies: Wild Dreams (2008) and Our Roots Are Deep with Passion (2006).

Upcoming 2020 Readings

April 11:

Free workshop: How does your work sound in Italian?

Versetto Libero or Free Verse with Laura Capparotti & Dave Johnson

Bring Poems – no longer than  one page – to be translated into Italian

May 9:

Mark Chiusano & David Messineo

June 13:

Cynthia Herbert Bruschi Adams & Brian Fanelli


IAWA Boston Literary Series Presents February 2020

Presents IAWA in Boston at I AM Books

189 North Street Boston, MA

Saturday, February 29 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Open mic sign-up 5:45 pm

Mary Cappello and MaryAnn L. Miller

Mary Capello’s six books of literary nonfiction include a New York Times bestselling detour on awkwardness; a breast cancer anti-chronicle; a lyric biography; and the mood fantasia Life Breaks In. A former Guggenheim and Berlin Prize Fellow, she is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island.

MaryAnn L. Miller is the author of Cures for Hysteria (Finishing Line Press, 2018). A three-time Pushcart nominee, her work has appeared in Mom Egg Review, Wild River Review, Presence, Ovunque Siamo, Stillwater Review,, Wordgathering, The International Review of African American Art, and others. She publishes artist books through Lucia Press.