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IAWA Boston Literary Series April 2024

Three rules of IAWA:

Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books! And review each other!

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

Three rules of IAWA:

Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books! And review each other!

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

Admission is free; registration required @ www.iawa.net

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkce-pqDsoH9JpfQuUcq3A9q8Y9QZKdNcn

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

3 rules of IAWA: Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

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

Three rules of IAWA: Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books! And review each other!

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

Admission is free; registration required

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtdeuhqjMtE9wpD0idHQO2kCfClRFoFcBl

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

3 rules of IAWA:  Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

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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IAWA Presents Writing Poetry Book Reviews

Interested in writing poetry book reviews? Learn from Lily Poetry Review Book Review Editor Amanda Shaw in this IAWA sponsored workshop!

Writing Poetry Book Reviews: Workshop

Wed., April 10th
6-8 pm EST (Zoom)

Support your literary community by writing poetry book reviews. But how?

Lily Poetry Review Book Review Editor Amanda Shaw will share the ins and outs of the reviewing process. During the two-hour workshop you’ll look at some examples and together extrapolate crucial elements of a well-crafted review, spend some time drafting, and discuss targeting your review when submitting it for publication.

Bring to the class: A poetry book you are interested in reviewing. Links to example reviews will be emailed to registered participants in the week before the class, but extensive reading is not a requirement.

Cost: 30.00 for IAWA members and 40.00 for nonmembers
Limit: 20 participants
Register by emailing chloemiller@gmail.com

Pay via Venmo: @Chloe-Miller-59793
or check:
The Italian American Writers Association
c/o Treasurer
P.O. Box 15
Cold Spring, NY 10516-0015

Sponsored by IAWA, the Italian American Writers Association
join here: https://iawa.net

Presenter bio:
Amanda Shaw set out into the world of adulthood, like most of us, with a vague idea of what was ahead. Since college she has lived in six different states and four countries, with poetry the greatest constant. After 20+ years of teaching and editing, she received her MFA in January 2020. She became a caretaker for her mother three years ago while continuing work as a freelance editor and teacher in official and non-official capacities. She currently divides her time between New Hampshire, where she was born, and Washington, D.C. Her upcoming collection, It Will Have Been So Beautiful, is due out from Lily Poetry Review Books in March 2024.

IAWA New York Literary Series February 2024

Three rules of IAWA:

Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books! And review each other.

IAWA New York Presents

Phyllis Carito and Joey Nicoletti

Saturday, February 10, 2024 (on Zoom)

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

Admission is free; registration required

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtcOqhrzkjE9eTP6sf9Twa92lT6zxI7LVD

Phyllis Carito has written six books – the latest is More Than Making Ends Meet (GusGus Press); others include barely a whisper, The Stability of Trees in The Winds of Grief, Worn Masks, and Travel Light and other Explorations. Her poems and stories appear in: Gathering Flowers; Gray Love; Wild Crone Wisdom; and literary magazines: Passager Journal, Vermont Literary Review, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Mediterranean Review and Persimmon Tree.

Joey Nicoletti is the author of ten poetry collections: Breakaway, Boombox Serenade, and Cannoli Gangster, which was a finalist for the Steel Toe Books Award. His first creative nonfiction book, Extinction Wednesday: A Memoir, is forthcoming from Bordighera Press in the spring of 2024. His Pushcart Prize-nominated poems, essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, such as The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, and Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books. He is the Reviews Editor of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana and teaches at SUNY Buffalo State University.

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IAWA Boston Literary Series January 2024

3 rules of IAWA: Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

IAWA-Boston Presents

Neal Zagarella & Suzanne Mercury

Saturday, January 20, 2024

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

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

Neal Zagarella is the author of the novel On Top of Everything and the poetry collections Falling Asleep in America and Liberty in Exile. His latest book of poems is A Child of Crane River, all from This Works Press. A selection of his work can be found in Madmen of Lynn from Ring of Bone Press. He is the co-founder of WAIL! Magazine and the WAIL! Coffeehouse. Collected issues of WAIL! are archived at Brown University, selected issues at the Peabody Essex Museum, and in the papers of W.E. Butts at Keene State University.

Suzanne Mercury is the author of Hive (Lily Poetry Review and Press) and two chapbooks, Sassafracas – Xerolage 69 (Xexoxial Editions) and Hand to Earth (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs). Her work has appeared in SpoKe, Truck, Summer Stock, Bombay Gin, Sonora Review, Arts & Letters, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, as well as in the anthologies Let the Bucket Down and The Wisdoms of the Universes in a Single String of Letters. A graduate of Smith College and of Syracuse University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, she currently lives in Boston.

To renew membership or sign up: https://www.iawa.net/join/

IAWA New York January 2024 Literary Series

3 rules of IAWA: Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

IAWA-New York Presents

check out our zoom presentations You and Your Top Hits of 2023
All Open Mic

Saturday, January 13, 2024
6-8 PM EST on
ZOOM

 

Join IAWA NY for our first reading of 2024!

Share your best piece of 2023 – published or pending publication or, read a new piece. If you care to, tell us why you are proud of the work– this is a chance to connect, listen, share goals and plans for 2024.

Readers will have 5 minutes each per our traditional time limit. We can’t wait to see you and hear your poetry and prose!

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtfuuprTMtHd0jTe2wBuUp8zaHZrsy8zGr

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Mark Your Calendars:

ZOOM Readings

Feb. 10: Phyllis Carito & Joey Nicoletti

March 9: Long Island Italian American Writers – Robert Savino & TBA

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Buon Anno a Tutti!

Buon Anno a tutti!

Dear Members:

Thank you for being an IAWA member and supporting the IAWA community. We are planning a dynamic year of book launches, author meet-ups, panels, a new lineup of workshops, and networking.

We are updating our website, streamlining our payment platform and establishing a new Author Profile Network so members can connect with each other that will be exclusive to IAWA members. As many of you know, membership includes a two-year subscription to Voices of Italian Americana (VIA) for the price of one, a 10% discount on purchases made through the I AM Books website and similar discounts on Fordham University Press publications.

This year, we continued our monthly literary reading series in New York and Boston; conducted prose and poetry writing workshops in both venues; participated in the New York Poetry Festival, presented an Author based discussion with Anthony Marra in Boston and ended the year in New York with the Sagra del Libro Social book fair.

We welcomed new IAWA Board member, Chloe Yelena Miller. Based in Washington, D.C. The author of Viable (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) and Unrest (Finishing Line Press, 2013), she teaches writing at American University and University of Maryland Global Campus. We are thrilled to be kicking off 2024 with an online presentation she organized.

Monday, Jan. 8 at 12:00 PM EST with a presentation: On Translating My Language is a Jealous Lover by Adrián N. Bravi with Giovanna Bellesia Contuzzi and Victoria Offredi Poletto.

Register for the free link here: https://www.brownbaglit.com/events

Order the book and other Brown Bag Lit authors’ books here:

https://bookshop.org/lists/brown-bag-lit-readers

For the first three months of 2024, New York will present virtual readings through zoom to give us a wider geographical reach including our Canadian members while Boston is firmly in place at I AM Books for its LIVE readings.

BOSTON LIVE, IN-PERSON Readings

I AM Books, 124 Salem Street, Boston/6-8PM EST

Jan. 20-Suzanne Mercury & Neal Zagarella

Feb. 17- Marie Gauthier & Danielle Pieretti

March 16-Chloe Yelena Miller & Kathy Curto

April 20- Joey Nicoletti & Lo Galluccio

May 18-Linda Lamenza & Sal Pane

NEW YORK, VIRTUAL Readings/6-8PM EST

Jan. 13-Open Mic to kick off 2024

Feb. 10- Phyllis Carito and Joey Nicoletti

Stay connected to us through social media and/or our website.

Please remember to renew or gift a membership as rates will increase 
as of Jan. 30, 2024 at iawa.net 
For other inquiries email us at italianamericanwriters@gmail.com
 
Saluti:
The Italian American Writers Association Board members:
 Joe Bocchiccio, Christina Bruni, Kathy Curto, Joe Giordano, Julia Lisella, Maria Lisella, Peter Marra, and Chloe Yelena Miller