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IAWA NY’s Inaugural Writing Workshop

In Praise and Practice of Poetry and Prose:

IAWA NY’s Inaugural Writing Workshop

Saturday, August 12, 2023

10 am-Noon (EDT) on Zoom

$30 for IAWA members – $50 for non-members

Please mail check to: IAWA PO Box 15 Cold Spring, NY 10516

To register and/or for more info please email: italianamericanwriters@gmail.com

This workshop is suitable for writers of all levels. While IAWA’s mission is to promote Italian American authors, this event is open to ALL as are our Open Mics.

Join IAWA Board Members/Workshop Facilitators, Maria Lisella (poet and author of Thieves in the Family) and Kathy Curto (author of Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood) for a generative writing session!

Using prompts – visual and verbal – the workshop is designed to encourage, inspire, and lead to new work.

No previous experience is necessary. Students will have the option to share material and/or offer feedback.

Second IAWA Summer Poetry Workshop in Boston

“Breathe In Experience, Breathe Out Poetry”—

Generating Poems from Our Lives

Summer Poetry Workshop with the Italian American Writers Association

Facilitated by award-winning poets Jennifer Martelli and Julia Lisella

Wednesday July 12, 6-8 PM EST

The Old South Meeting House

310 Washington Street, Boston, MA

IAWA Members: $30 per workshop, or $55 for both

Nonmembers: $50 per workshop, or $90 for both

Proceeds support the work of IAWA, a nonprofit literary association; feel free to join IAWA ($30 Annual Membership) at time of Registration for Membership Discount)

Checks payable to:

The Italian American Writers Association; c/o Treasurer; P.O. Box 15 Cold Spring, NY 10516-0015

 Workshop Location: The Old South Meeting House; 310 Washington Street (at the corner of Washington and Milk St.), Boston, MA. Directions by T: Orange line to Downtown Crossing or State Street,  Blue Line T to State St., or Red Line to Downtown Crossing (More detailed entrance instructions at time of registration!)

 For questions please email: italianamericanwriters@gmail.com

IAWA New York Literary Series July 2023

Three Rules of IAWA:

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

 IAWA New York

@ Jefferson Market Library

425 6th Ave, near 9th St., 1st Floor

Willa Cather Room adjacent to Children’s Reading Room

Please wait in lobby to enter.

Featuring

Tony Gloeggler & Maria Lisella & Open Mic

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

A life-long resident of New York City, Tony Gloeggler has managed group homes for the mentally challenged in Brooklyn for more 40 years. His collections include One Wish Left (2002), Until the Last Light Leaves (2015) and a chapbook One on One (1998) won the 1998 Pearl Poetry Prize.

Most recently, What Kind Of Man (NYQ Books, 2020) was long-listed for Jacar Press’ Julie Suk Award and was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize 2021. Ted Kooser chose his poem, “Five Years Later,” for his American Life in Poetry weekly feed and Gloeggler’s poem, “1969” remains one of the top 10 viewed poems in Rattle’s history.

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Featured on The Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress, Queens native, Maria Lisella’s collections include: Thieves in the Family (NYQ Books), Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). New work appears in: Stronger Than Fear: Poems of Empowerment, Compassion, and Social Justice; and NYC through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here. The sixth Queens Poet Laureate, she is an Academy of American Poets Fellow; poetry editor for VIA – Voices in Italian Americana; a correspondent for La Voce di NY and Never Stop Traveling and co-curates the Italian American Writers Association .readings.

 

IAWA Summer Poetry Workshops in Boston

“Breathe In Experience, Breathe Out Poetry”—

Generating Poems from Our Lives

Summer Poetry Workshops with the Italian American Writers Association

Facilitated by award-winning poets Jennifer Martelli and Julia Lisella

Wednesday June 14, 6-8 PM EST

Wednesday July 12, 6-8 PM EST

The Old South Meeting House

310 Washington Street, Boston, MA

How can we mine our experiences to give them power and shape them into poems? We’ll share poems by writers who take emotional risks to craft powerful poems of grit, honesty, and craft, and together we will discuss their literary strategies.

Then, through a series of prompts, we’ll write in this historic Boston location. Our intention is to form a safe and positive writing community where participants can explore memory and craft together.

After writing, participants can choose to share their work and if wanted, receive feedback. We’ll focus on “what’s working” and share ideas of how to take your work to the next stage.

These workshops are suitable for both beginners and experienced writers who need some summertime inspiration to generate new work. While IAWA’s mission is to support the work of Italian American writers, we invite writers of all backgrounds to write with us.

 Workshop 1: June 14, we’ll end class by taking questions and sharing some revision strategies.

Workshop 2: July 12, we’ll end class by taking questions and sharing best practices for submitting poems to journals, anthologies, and other publishing outlets.

Your Facilitators, Julia Lisella & Jennifer Martelli, co-host the IAWA-Boston Literary Series:

Julia Lisella’s latest collection of poems, Our Lively Kingdom (Bordighera Press), is a finalist selection in the 2023 Paterson Book Prize and an Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Finalist and Poetry Honorable Mention. Other collections include Always, Terrain, and the chapbook, Love Song Hiroshima. She is a professor of English at Regis College. Learn more: www.julialisellapoetry.com

Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Queen of Queens and My Tarantella, both named as “Must Reads” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, as well as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review.

IAWA Members: $30 per workshop, or $55 for both

Nonmembers: $50 per workshop, or $90 for both

Proceeds support the work of IAWA, a nonprofit literary association; feel free to join IAWA ($30 Annual Membership) at time of Registration for Membership Discount)

Checks payable to:

The Italian American Writers Association; c/o Treasurer; P.O. Box 15 Cold Spring, NY 10516-0015

 Workshop Location: The Old South Meeting House; 310 Washington Street (at the corner of Washington and Milk St.), Boston, MA. Directions by T: Orange line to Downtown Crossing or State Street,  Blue Line T to State St., or Red Line to Downtown Crossing (More detailed entrance instructions at time of registration!)

 For questions please email: italianamericanwriters@gmail.com

 

Membership News

Hello we are updating our membership form.

To join right now you can send a paper check to:

Italian American Writers Association
PO Box 15
Cold Spring, NY 10516-0015
In the amount of $30 which has been our fee since we started 32 years ago.
We expect to have the PayPal button up by end of June.
Thank you for your support.

 

IAWA New York Literary Series June 2023

Three Rules of IAWA plus 1:
Read each other, Write or be written, Buy our books,
Review each other

IAWA New York

@ Jefferson Market Library
425 6th Ave, near 9th St., 1st Floor

Willa Cather Room adjacent to Children’s Reading Room

Please wait in lobby to enter.

Featuring: Rosanna Staffa & Gabriella Belfiglio & Open Mic

Saturday, June 10 @ 2:30 Sign up in LOBBY; 4:45 pm end

Rosanna Staffa will read from her debut novel The War Ends At Four  (Regal House Publishing, 2023). An Italian-born, award-winning author, she received a McKnight Advancement Grant, a Jerome Fellowship, and won The Southampton Review nonfiction prize in 2022 with Holy, was also nominated among Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction 2022. Her short story Animals with Wings was included in the Best Small Fiction 2021; her work received Honorable Mention for The Tiferet Journal Award in 2019 and a Pushcart nomination. A Hedgebrook Alumna, her work has appeared in many journals including: The Sun, The Best New Writers Vol. 16, Gargoyle, and Brevity Blog among many others.

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Gabriella M. Belfiglio is an Italian-American, queer artist and political activist in Brooklyn, NY.  She is a winner of the W.B. Yeats award and a Saltonstall fellow.   Belfiglio teaches self-defense, martial arts, and conflict resolution, to all ages throughout the five boroughs.  Her work has been published in many anthologies and journals including The Centrifugal Eye, Folio, Avanti Popolo, Poetic Voices without Borders, Lambda Literary Review, and The Paterson Review. She is part of the poet trio, The Ferlinghetti Girls, with Paola Corso and Phyllis Capello.

www.ferlinghettigirls.com

www.gabriellabelfiglio.info

 

IAWA Boston Literary Series May 2023

3 rules of IAWA:

Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

IAWA-Boston Presents 

CARLA PANCIERA & MARK SABA

Saturday, May 20, 2023

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

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

 To renew or become a member of IAWA, go to https://iawa.net/join/

CARLA PANCIERA is the author of a memoir: Barnflower (Loom Press), Bewildered (University of Massachusetts Press), a story collection and winner of AWP’s Grace Paley Award, and two collections of poetry: One of the Cimalores (Cider Press) and No Day, No Dusk, No Love (Bordighera).

MARK SABA’s most recent book publication is Flowers in the Dark (poetry). Other works include Calling the Names (poetry) and Ghost Tracks: Stories of Pittsburgh Past. His work has appeared widely in literary magazines. He is also a painter, and recently retired medical illustrator from Yale University.

IAWA New York Literary Series May 2023

Rules of IAWA:

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

IAWA New York

@ Jefferson Market Library

425 6th Ave, near 9th St., 1st Floor

Willa Cather Room

Please wait in lobby as adults are not allowed in Children’s Room.

Featuring: Christina Bruni & Annie Lanzillotto & Open Mic

Saturday,  May 13@ 2:30 [sign up for Open in LOBBY]-4:45 pm

An award-winning blogger, Christina Bruni’s first book was the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. Her latest book is Working Assets: A Career Guide for Peers – Finding and Succeeding at a Job Living with a Mental Illness. She writes the Bruni in the City column for City Voices mental health journal, for which she won a Volunteer Journalist award. Her work has appeared in Feile-Festa, Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent, Fresh Words: An International Literary Journal and Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. An IAWA Board Member, she has been in IAWA for 23 years.

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto’s books are: Whaddyacall the Wind? (Bordighera Press), Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning, and Stage Light; and Pitch Roll Yaw(Guernica World Editions), L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir (SUNY Press; finalist for LAMBDA Literary Award), Schistsong  (Bordighera Press.)  She podcasts as Annie’s Story Cave.  Her albums include: Never Argue With a Jackass; and Swampjuice: Yankee with a Southern Peasant Soul Lanzillotto has been awarded grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Dancing in the Streets, Dixon Place, Franklin Furnace, Puffin Foundation, Creatives Rebuild New York, and Trickle Up NYC.  AnnieLanzillotto.com

JOIN or RENEW MEMBERSHIP  @ https://iawa.net/join/

IAWA Boston Literary Series April 2023

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

IAWA-Boston Presents

GLORIA MINDOCK & ROSANNA STAFFA

Saturday, April 22, 2023

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

 To renew your membership or become a member of IAWA, go to www.iawa.net/join/

 

Gloria Mindock is editor of Cervena Barva Press and author of six books of poetry, most recently, Ash, which won 6 book awards. Widely published, Gloria has been translated and published into eleven languages. She served as Poet Laureate of Somerville in 2017 and 2018.

 

Rosanna Staffa is an Italian-born author. Her debut novel The War Ends At Four will be published by Regal House Publishing on May 10, 2023. Her stories appear in The Sun, Gargoyle Magazines, and many others. “Holy” is nominated among the Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction 2022. She is a Pushcart nominee and Hedgebrook Alumna.

 

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.

JOIN or RENEW MEMBERSHIP  @ https://iawa.net/join/