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IAWA New York Literary Series April 2023

Three Rules of IAWA plus 1:

Read each other, Write or be written, Buy our books,

Review each other too.

IAWA New York

@ Jefferson Market Library

425 6th Ave. near 9th St.

1st Floor in Willa Cather Room adjacent to Children’s Reading Room

IAWA New York features:

Phillip Giambri and Christine Baldino O’Hanlon & Open Mic

Saturday, April 8 @ 2:30 [Sign up for Open in LOBBY]-4:45 pm

Please remember: Adults are not allowed to wait in children’s room.

The 2022 winner of Nassau County Poet Laureate Society poetry contest, Phillip Giambri’s newest memoir, Good Boy, Bad Boy, A Better Man covers his life from the 40s in South Philly to his life the East Village in the 70s. His novella, The Amorous Adventures of Blondie and Boho (2020) is about love, survival, and gentrification in NYC’s East Village. He has two chapbooks and a memoir: Poems from an Unending Pandemic offers his perspective on NYC life during COVID-19; Love Borne in Retrograde (2017) is a collection of love poems and erotica; and Confessions of a Repeat Offender (2016) is a selection of performed stories and poems.

Of Christine Baldino O’Hanlon’s first collection, Rome-based poet Nathalie Handal writes,The Bronx Years is filled with vitalità.”   In it she recalls her rebellion, growing up in a traditional Italian-American family in the Bronx examining relatives with humor and honesty – asking, what do we choose to inherit? O’Hanlon’s work has appeared in The Paterson Literary Review, Voices in Italian Americana, Ovunque Siamo, and in the anthology, Rumors, Secrets & Lies. She has also written commercial content in advertising for print and commercials from cookie mixes, to credit cards and US Postage Stamps.


IAWA Boston Literary Series March 2023

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

IAWA-Boston Presents


Saturday, March 18, 2023


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Janet Sylvester’s poems have been awarded the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a PEN Discovery Award, and the Grolier Poetry Prize. Her previous two books, The Mark of Flesh (Norton) and That Mulberry Wine (Wesleyan), are now joined by And Not to Break (Bordighera Press). She teaches at Harvard Extension/Summer School and Endicott College.

Timothy Gager is a poet and fiction writer. His latest novel is Joe the Salamander. In 2023, Big Table Publishing published twenty years of his selected and new poetry and fiction, The Best of Timothy Gager. He hosts the Dire Literary Series and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award, The Best of the Web, The Best Small Fictions Anthology and has been read on National Public Radio.





IAWA New York Literary Series March 2023

Three Rules of IAWA:

Read each other, Write or be written, Buy our books

 IAWA New York Resumes 2nd Saturdays

March 11, 2023 @ 2:30 PM @ Jefferson Market Library

425 6th Ave, near 9th St. 

Willa Cather Room


Nick Matros & Frank Perero

& Open Mic

Saturday, March 11 @ 2:30 [sign up in LOBBY]-4:45 pm

Please wait in the lobby or Adult reading rooms until the room is open.

Adults are not allowed to be in the Children’s room.

Nick Matros is currently at work on a project tentatively titled Kidnapped by Communists: or How I learned to speak Italian. His poetry has appeared in Italian Americana, Feile-Festa, Avanti Popolo, Sweet Lemons 2, and many other publications.

He teaches Italian and Spanish language in Suffolk County, NY and has served as an IAWA board member. He earned a BFA in dramatic writing from NYU and an MA in Italian literature from Middlebury College.

Frank Perero will read from his inaugural collection Drive Through the Night  (Page Publishing, 2022), some of which appeared in The Third Seven Towers Anthology.  His poetry is based on the balladeer tradition of Robert W Service and epic ballads as The Village Blacksmith and The Highwayman. He earned a BA in creative writing at Queens College and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from St. John’s University. Recently, he has worked in local politics.


IAWA Boston Literary Series February 2023

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

IAWA-Boston Presents


Saturday, February 18, 2023


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JULIET GRAMES is the author of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2019), which was shortlisted for the New England Book Award and the Connecticut Book Award and which won the Cetraro Prize for Southern Italian Literature. Her second novel, The Lost Boy of Santa Chioniawill be published by Knopf in summer 2024.

OLIVIA KATE CERRONE is the author of The Hunger Saint, a historical novella. Winner of the Crab Orchard Review’s Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, she’s currently completing Displaced, which won the 2022 Novel Slices Contest and was longlisted for both the DISQUIET Literary Prize and the Masters Review Novel Excerpt Contest.

IAWA New York Literary Series February 2023

IAWA New York

Resumes 2nd Saturdays

@ Jefferson Market Library

425 6th Ave, near 9th St.

Willa Cather Salon


Antoinette Carone & Margaret Saraco

& Open Mic

Saturday, FEBRUARY 11 @ 2:30 [sign up]-4:45 pm

Antoinette Carone’s newest novel Hotel of the Siren (Scantic Press, 2022) follows Siren Shore(Shakespeare & Company 2019); and her first book, Ciao Napoli: A Scrapbook of Wandering in Naples (CreateSpace, 2014) is based on her year of living in Naples. Recent work appears in Ovunque SiamoFoxglove JournalEllipsis ‘ZineFudoki Magazine, and Real Women Write: Living on COVID Time. Carone is a member of IAWA, New York Writers’ Coalition, Women’s National Book Association; and is on the Board of the American Italian Cultural Roundtable.

Margaret R. Sáraco is a poet who enjoys composing as well as performing her poetry. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated work appears in her first poetry collection, If There Is No Wind (Human Error Publishing, 2022). Her work appears in Kerning, Moonstone Press, The Path, Peregrine Journal, Ovunque Siamo. She has written non-fiction articles and columns on contemporary life, music, health and feminism for a variety of publications. She was a semi-finalist in the Laura Boss Narrative Book Contest.

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IAWA Boston Literary Series January 2023

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

IAWA-Boston Presents


Saturday, January 21, 2023


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A novelist, historian, and editor, Diane Josefowicz grew up outside Providence, where she now lives with her family. Ready, Set, Oh is her first novel. Her second, L’Air du Temps (1985) is forthcoming in 2024 from Regal House. She serves as reviews editor at Necessary Fiction, associate fiction editor at West Trade Review, and director of communications for Swing Left Rhode Island, a progressive organization focused on electoral work.

Lisa DeSiro is both a writer and a musician. Her collections include Simple as a Sonnet (Kelsay Books, 2021), Labor (Nixes Mate Books, 2018), and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). She is a professional accompanist and also does freelance editorial work. Read more about her at

IAWA New York Literary Series January 2023

Three Rules of IAWA:

Read each other, Write or be written, Buy our books

 IAWA New York

Resumes 2nd Saturdays

Jan. 14, 2023 @ 2:30 PM

@ Jefferson Market Library

425 6th Ave, near 9th St.

With Award-winning Authors:

David Messineo & Camilla Trinchieri

& Open Mic

Saturday, JANUARY 14 @ 2:30-4:30 pm

New Jersey poet David Messineo kicks off our 2023 season by launching his Golden Anniversary Tour this afternoon, celebrating 50 consecutive years of poetry writing with the debut of his new collection, Golden (Freedom-of-the-Press, 2023 – available for $25 cash at this reading).  The author of 12 books, he is also among the 20 longest-serving poetry editors and literary magazine publishers still active in America, and received a 2009 New Jersey State Jefferson Award for Public Service for his work as Publisher/Poetry Editor of Sensations Magazine.  Other recent titles: Twenty Minutes of Calm (The Poet’s Press, 2019) and Flashes, a novella (DAYDREAM Press, 2021)


Of Camilla Trinchieri’s third mystery in her Tuscan series, Murder on the Vine (Soho Press), wrote Publisher’s Weekly “Trinchieri makes crime solving adventuresome, fun, and flavorful. This is the best in the series so far. Bring in number four.” Other titles in the series are Murder in Chianti, and The Bitter Taste of Murder. Trinchieri has published 14 novels, including eight under the pseudonym Camilla Crespi. All are mysteries except Seeking Alice, which won the Italian American Studies Association Prize in 2017.

When living in Rome, she worked dubbed Italian films with Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Lina Wertmuller.

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IAWA New York Literary Series December 2022



Thank You

For joining us all year round.

In the spirit of the Three Rules of IAWA:

Read each other, Write or Be written, Buy our Books

We are inviting you to


Saturday, December 10, 2022


Open Mic & Q&A fra noi

Buon Natale Buon Capo d’Anno!

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

Give the Gift of an IAWA membership or renew your own;

IAWA members are entitled to 10% discounts on books purchased through IAM Books Boston and from Fordham University Press

IAWA Boston readings take place monthly at

I AM Books Boston, 124 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113


IAWA New York will begin LIVE readings at

Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave, New York, NY 1001

Saturday January 14 @ 2:30-4:30PM

IAWA Boston will return live at I AM Books

Saturday January 21 6 – 8 PM EST

All welcome.

 A sampling of the publishing houses that have been featured @ IAWA:

Alan Squire Publishing

Alien Buddha Press, Apprentice House, Anchor,

Archway Publishing, Ashland Poetry Press, Beacon Press,

Big Table Publishing Company, Bone Orchard Press,

Bordighera Press, Clare Songbirds Publishing House.

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Dark Light Publishing,

Doubleday; First Edition,

downtown materialaktion, Dramatists Books,

Finishing Line Press, Five Star, Fordham University Press,

Glass Lyre Press, Grey Book Press,

Guernica World Editions,

Hammer & Anvil Books,


HarperCollins e-books,

Harvard Square Editions,

Henry Holt & Co;

Hummingbird Press/Wake Forest University, iUniverse, Lily Poetry Review,

Lightning Press, Little A,

Mad Gleam Press, New Village Press, NYQ Books, Other Press, Ovunque Siamo Press,

Palgrave Macmillan US, Penguin/Putnam,

Poets Wear Prada, Rain Mountain Press, Redux Consortium, Rogue Phoenix Press,

Santa Fe Writer’s Project,

Scholastic/Orchard Books, Serving House Books,

Simon & Schuster,

Shakespeare & Company,

Soho Press, SUNY Press, The Bunny & The Crocodile Press

University Tennessee Press,

Upper Hand Press, Word-tech, Writing Knights Press


IAWA Boston Literary Series November 2022

IAWA-Boston Presents


Saturday, November 19, 2022


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JOY BAGLIO’S fiction appears in The Missouri Review, Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. She’s received fellowships from Yaddo, Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, The Elizabeth George Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and The Kerouac Project, and is the founder of Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop. Find her online at and follow her on Twitter @JoyBaglio.


THOMAS DeFREITAS’S books include Longfellow, Tell Me, Kelsay Books (2022) and a chapbook Winter in Halifax, Kelsay Books (2021). His poems have appeared in Pensive, Plainsongs, Dappled Things, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. Thomas is an associate member of the Academy of American Poets, and is an active member of the New England Poetry Club. Find Thomas on line at

IAWA New York Literary Series November 2022

IAWA New York presents a Zoom Salon:

Award-winning Authors:

Anthony Cappo & Andy Smart

& Open Mic on ZOOM

Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 6-8 PM ET

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

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Anthony Cappo is the author of When You’re Deep in a Thing (Four Way Books 2022) and the chapbook, My Bedside Radio (Yes Poetry).

His writing has appeared in Thrush Poetry Journal, Prelude, The Rumpus, The Boiler, and other publications. Cappo earned his MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. He grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and now lives in New York City.


Andy Smart’s debut book, The More You Hate Me (Unsolicited Press) is a memoir-in-essays collection that examines his father’s suicide.  Smart’s essays have appeared in Salamander, Sleet Magazine, and Moon City Review. His poetry appears in River Heron Review, Lily Poetry Review, The American Journal of Poetry, among other publications.

He earned his MFA from the Solstice Creative Writing Program at Lasell University, where he was a Michael Steinberg fellow.

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