IAWA: Features Award-Winning Poets Stephen Massimilla and Judith Vollmer – April 8, 2017

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. Visit and join us at iawa.net

WHERE: Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A (6th Street) East Village, NYC-10009

WHEN:  Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHO: Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter/photographer. His 500-page co-authored volume Cooking with The Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare (Tupelo, 2016) won the New England Book Award and a USNews Best Book Finalist Award. Acclaim for his other books includes the SFASU Press Prize for The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat; the Bordighera Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch, and other honors. He teaches at Columbia and The New School.


Judith Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including The Apollonia Poems, winner of the Four Lakes Poetry Prize of the University of Wisconsin Press (2017).  Vollmer’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry International, The Women’s Review of Books, Agni, Poet Lore, The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire and elsewhere.  She is a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awardee of the University of Pittsburgh, and Emeritus Professor of English, Pitt Greensburg; currently she teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation. Her areas of scholarly interest include Italian and Sicilian 20th century poetry and fiction; urban geography and architecture; and in her work as an editor, contemporary American poetry. www.judithvollmer.com

HOSTING: Marisa Frasca, author of Via Incanto (Bordighera Press).

COVER: $8 includes beverage.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place

CONTACT: www.sidewalkny.com; 212-473-7373

IAWA: iawa.net;

IAWA Newsletter: newsletter@iawa.net

BLOG: italian american writers café @i-italy.org

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

Next IAWA Events & Readings 


MAY 13: Mark Chiusano and Paul Salisini @ Cornelia St. Café

JUNE 10: Olivia Kate Cerrone and Nino Provenzano/bilingual; Jessica Femiani, hosting @ Sidewalk Café

JULY: No Reading

AUGUST: No Reading

SEPTEMBER 9: Jessica Femiani and Playwright Elizabeth Primamore @ Cornelia St. Cafe

OCTOBER 14: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Novelist Camilla Trinchieri @ Sidewalk Cafe

NOVEMBER 11: TBA @ Cornelia St. Cafe

DECEMBER 9: Emerging Voices 3rd Edition @ Sidewalk Café


Our Mission: IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing,

reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors.. The three rules of IAWA:

Read One Another, Write or Be Written, and Buy Our Books.