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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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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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IAWA New York Literary Series October 2022

IAWA New York Presents Zoom Salon

Lisa Sita and Stella Fiore

& Open Mic on ZOOM

Saturday,  October 8, 2022 @ 6-8 PM ET

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

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Lisa Sita is the author of Madolina’s Daughter, an independently published novel. Of Madolina’s Daughter, one reader wrote:”…it is as delectable as the pastries sold at the Fig and Chestnut where Alba tends to shop.” Lisa’s  short stories and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Fictional Café, Literary Veganism, and The Ekphrastic Review. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Anthropology.

Stella Fiore is the inaugural Rutan-Becket Writer in Residence at Conference House Park on Staten Island. An immersive literary exhibit, Working Title brings her novel-in-progress into physical space. She has had residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in America Oggi, The Magazine of La Cucina Italiana, NIAF’s Ambassador. From 2017 to 2019, she hosted Cut + Paste, a live two-hour literary talk show on Staten Island’s  Maker Park Radio.

Next Reading: Nov. 12 Featuring Anthony Cappo and Andy Smart


NYC Poetry Fest on Governor’s Island

You’re Invited to the NYC Poetry Fest on Governor’s Island

Saturday, September 10,  2022

A Trio of Poetry Circles: 

Thursday Morning Poets, Italian American Writers Association & Bordighera Press

Every summer, The New York City Poetry Festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees. By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.

More Info Sept. 10 & 11:



featuring Nicollette Barsamian, Isabella Calisi-Wagner, Beth Evans, J.A. Forgione, Bruce Grossberg, Melva C. Lewis, Maria Lisella, Megha Sood, and Judy Trupin


featuring Kathy Curto, Mike Fiorito, Peter Marra, Angela Alaimo ODonnell



featuring Phyllis Capello, Maria Giura, Sara Fruner, Julia Lisella, and Maria Terrone.

IAWA New York Literary Series September 2022

IAWA New York presents:

Award-winning Authors:

Joe Giordano & Mark Ciabattari

& Open Mic on ZOOM

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 @ 6-8 PM ET

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

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 24, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Mark Ciabattari is author of four novels in the Rizzoli series– When the Mask Slips (Bordighera Press October 2022), Dreams of an Imaginary New Yorker Named Rizzoli and The Literal Truth (both reissued by Bordighera Press November 2020), and Preludes to History (Bordighera Press 2016), and Clay Creatures (Canio’s Editions, 2004), with two stories–“The Urn” by Mark Ciabattari and “The Jar” by Luigi Pirandello, in a new translation by Maria Enrico.   With his wife Jane, also a writer, he lives in Sonoma County, CA., where he is at work on Rizzoli #5, Ends and Odds.

Joe Giordano’s latest novel, The Art of Revenge, (Rogue Phoenix Press) was released in June. His stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, and Shenandoah, and his short story collection, Stories and Places I Remember (Rogue Phoenix Press). His other novels include, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, (Harvard Square Editions) and the Anthony Provati thriller series, Appointment with ISIL, (Harvard Square Editions) and Drone Strike  (Rogue Phoenix Press).


IAWA Boston Literary Series September 2022

IAWA—Boston Presents a Hybrid Reading


Saturday, September 17, 2022

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

THIS IS A HYBRID READING—to attend by Zoom, please register at:

 Christine Palamidessi’s visual art and writing explores the interweaving of memory and time. She is author of Bridge of Love, The Virgin Knows and The Fiddle Case, and co-author of American Women, Italian Style; her articles have appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere. She is Italian Americana’s fiction editor. Her memoir “Grandmothers” is engraved in granite and installed at Boston’s MBTA Jackson Square station.

Livia Meneghin (she/her) is the author of Honey in My Hair and GASHER reviews. She’s the winner of Breakwater Review‘s 2022 Peseroff Prize, a Writers’ Room of Boston Fellowship, and The Academy of American Poets’ 2020 University Prize. Her writing has found homes in Solstice Lit, Thrush, and elsewhere.

IAWA New York and Boston Literary Series June 2022

IAWA New York & Boston Present:

Jay Parini & Rose Solari

Saturday, June 25, 2022 (on Zoom)

6-8 PM EST   Open Mic begins at 6–“doors” close at 6:15!

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Jay Parini is the author of more than thirty books, including the novels Benjamin’s Crossing, The Passages of H.M., The Apprentice Lover, The Damascus Road, and The Last Station, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.

His six volumes of poetry include New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015. He has written biographies of Steinbeck, Robert Frost, Faulkner, and Gore Vidal. He has also written a biographic study of Jesus and numerous other nonfiction works, including Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. His recent memoir, which he calls a “novelistic memoir,” was Borges and Me, a recollection of his travels through the highlands of Scotland in 1971 with Jorge Luis Borges.

Rose Solari is the author of three collections of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere, in which she also performed, and a novel, A Secret Woman. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing; the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis; and the Centre for Creative Writing at Oxford University in Oxford, England. In 2010, she co-founded Alan Squire Publishing, a small press with big ideas.


IAWA New York and Boston Present May 2022

IAWA New York and Boston Present

Connie Post and Jeff Santosuosso

Saturday, May 21st, 2022 (on Zoom)

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

Admission is free; registration is required

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 21, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Connie Post’s work has appeared in Calyx, Slipstream, River Styx, Spoon River Poetry Review,  and Verse Daily. Her first full length Book Floodwater won the 2014 Lyrebird Award. Her poetry awards include the Liakoura Award and Crab Creek Poetry Award.  Her newest book, Prime Meridian, was released in January 2020 from Glass Lyre Press.

Jeff Santosuosso is a one-quarter Italian, one-quarter Sicilian and half-Greek poet living in Pensacola, FL. He is Editor-in-Chief of Panoplyzine, an e-zine of poetry and short prose. His chapbook, Body of Water, was published by Clare Songbirds Publishing House. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared online and in print internationally.



IAWA New York City and Boston April 2022

Gina Troisi and George Guida

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 (on Zoom)

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

Admission is free; registration is required

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Gina Troisi is the author of the memoir, The Angle of Flickering Light, which won First Place for the 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Award for Memoir, and a Silver Medal for the 2021 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards. Gina’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, such as Fourth Genre, The Gettysburg Review, and others.

George Guida’s latest collections are Zen of Pop (2020) and the revised edition of New York and Other Lovers (2020). His debut novel, Posts from Suburbia, is due out in June from Encircle Publications. His second novel, The Uniform, will be published by Guernica Editions in 2024. He’s at work on The Walking Amoeba: Memoirs of a Fat Kid, Virtue at the Coffeehouse: Poetry Communities in Contemporary America, and Alone at the Opera, a collection of poems based on operas.