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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

Featuring:

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.

 

 

IAWA NYC Literary Series Presents February 2020

Saturday February 15, 2020

@ NYPL Mulberry St.

 Featuring Ancient Mariner Phillip Giambri

& Marco Rafalà reading from his debut Novel

& IAWA Open Mic

 

WHERE: Mulberry Street Public Library

10 Jersey Street, New York, NY

Corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets,

near Lafayette Street, one block south of East Houston Street

Wheelchair accessible

WHEN: 2-4 PM

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Phillip Giambri aka “The Ancient Mariner” left home at eighteen and never looked back.  His latest collection, The Amorous Adventures of Blondie and Boho (Two East Village Dive Bar Coyotes) is illustrated with original watercolor art by Linda Wulkan. His book Confessions of a Repeat Offender is a compilation of his performance stories and poems. His work has appeared in Artists in the Kitchen, The Long Islander, Silver Birch Press, and online at NewYorkCityTalking.com.  He writes: “He’s seen and done what others dream of or fear.  That’s how he lives and that’s what he writes.”  www.AncientMarinerTales

Marco Rafala

How Fires End is Marco Rafalà’s debut novel. A first-generation Sicilian American novelist, Rafalà is also a musician, and writer for award-winning tabletop role-playing games. He earned his MFA in Fiction from The New School and is a co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in New York City. Born in Middletown, Connecticut, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review and LitHub.

IAWA NYC Literary Series Presents January 2020

Buon Capo d’Anno!

 

 Saturday January 11, 2020

@ NYPL Mulberry St.

Spoken Word Legends: Thomas Fucaloro & Clare Ultimo

& Open Mic

 WHERE: Mulberry Street Public Library

10 Jersey Street, New York, NY

Corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets,

near Lafayette Street, one block south of East Houston Street

Wheelchair accessible

WHEN: 2-4 PM

Winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Thomas Fucaloro has been on six national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is an adjunct professor at Wagner College and BMCC where he teaches world lit and advanced creative writing. He teaches poetry at Prison Writes and Imani House. His latest chapbook is There is Always Tomorrow (Mad Gleam Press, 2017).

 

Clare Ultimo is a writer, poet, artist, designer and educator, living & breathing in Brooklyn NY where she was born. Author of Fear of Bensonhurst and Brooklyn Babe, she has been active in the NYC poetry scene since 1995 when she began reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, later to work there and develop their visual identity. Clare founded Ultimo Inc, a communications design studio, in 1987.

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NEW + NOTEWORTHY IAWA’s Boston Series

@ I AM Books 189 North Street Boston, MA

Hosted by Authors Julia Lisella and Jennifer Martelli

https://www.iambooksboston.com/calendar/

 

Upcoming 2020 Readings

 

February 15:

Phillip Giambri & Marco Rafalà

March 14:

B. Amore & Joanna Clapps Herman

April 11:

Versetto LiberoFree Verse

Translating Your Work on the Spot

with Laura Capparotti and Dave Johnson

 

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

Alien Buddha Press, Apprentice House, Archway Publishing, Ashland Poetry Press, 

Big Table Publishing Company, Bone Orchard Press, 

Bordighera Press, 

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Dark Light Publishing,

downtown materialaktion, Dramatists Books,

Finishing Line Press, Five Star, Fordham University Press, Grey Book Press,

Guernica World Editions, 

Hammer & Anvil Books, 

HarperCollins,

Harvard Square Editions, 

Hummingbird Press/Wake Forest University, iUniverse, 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, Scholastic/Orchard Books, Serving House Books, 

Simon & Schuster,

Shakespeare & Company, 

Soho Press, SUNY Press, University Tennessee Press,

Upper Hand Press, Wordtech, Writing Knights Press

 

Three Rules of IAWA: Read each other, Write or be written, Buy our books.

 #4: And write reviews

IAWA New York City Literary Series Presents January 2020

January 11, 2020

WHERE: Mulberry Street Public Library

10 Jersey Street, New York, NY

Corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets,

near Lafayette Street, one block south of East Houston Street

Wheelchair accessible

WHEN: 2-4 PM

Open Mic Followed By Featured Readers:

Thomas Fucaloro The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Thomas Fucaloro has been on six national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is an adjunct professor at Wagner College and BMCC where he teaches world lit and advanced creative writing. He teaches poetry at Prison Writes and Imani House. His latest chapbook, There is Always Tomorrow was released in 2017 by Mad Gleam Press.

Clare Ultimo is a writer, poet, artist, designer and educator, living and breathing in Brooklyn NY where she was born. Author of Fear of Bensonhurst and Brooklyn Babe, she has been active in the NYC poetry scene since 1995 when she began reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Directions:

R train to Prince Street

D and F to Broadway-Lafayette

 

IAWA New York City Literary Series Presents December 2019

IAWA Open Mic & IAWA’s First Pre-Holiday Book Sale

WHEN: Saturday December 14 from 2-4 PM

WHERE: Mulberry Street Public Library

10 Jersey Street, New York, NY

Corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets,

near Lafayette Street, one block south of East Houston Street

D and F trains to Broadway-Lafayette. R train to Prince Street

Wheelchair accessible

Book sale opened to anyone who has participated at a 2019 IAWA reading.

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

Alien Buddha Press, Apprentice House, Archway Publishing, Ashland Poetry Press,

Big Table Publishing Company, Bone Orchard Press, Bordighera Press,

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Dark Light Publishing,

downtown materialaktion, Dramatists Books.