IAWA New York City Literary Series April 2019

Be Part of Versetto Libretto’s Translation Project at this Reading

APRIL 27 @ NYPL Mulberry St. 

featuring Versetto Libretto or Free Verse

Translation Experience with Laura Caparrotti and Dave Johnson

At the IAWA event, Italian artists and Free Verse poets will recite poems in their original version followed by the Italian translations.

The audience is invited to participate by bringing a short poem that will be translated.

Laura Caparrotti (Kairos Italy Theater) Since 2014, In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY has brought Italian artists to the Free Verse Poetry Workshops in the South Bronx to collaborate. Hosted in the heart of the waiting room of the NYC Department of Probation, the Italian artists translate poems written by the Free Verse participants, which include probation clients, their families, the staff, and community members. The Italian artists perform the poems together with their authors. In 2018, this experience became a book, Versetto Libero: a celebration, published by Kairos Italy Theater. The collection features poems, stories, photos that bear witness to four years of pure love and shared art, culture, and life.

Dave Johnson is the author of the play, Baptized To The Bone (Dramatists Books), a book of poems, Marble Shoot (Hummingbird Press/Wake Forest University), and the editor of an anthology of poems, Movin’ (Scholastic/Orchard Books). Johnson is a Lecturer at Yale University, a Visiting Faculty member of the MFA Program at The New School University, and an Instructor at The Cooper Union School of Art. He teaches extensively in public libraries and with Poets House, in the nationwide Poetry in The Branches Public Library Initiative. Dave appeared as guest artist for The Manhattan Borough President’s inauguration 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And appointed by the NYC Mayor’s Office, Johnson is currently serving as Poet in Residence for The Department of Probation of New York City.

Hosted by Camilla Trinchieri

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

Three rules of IAWA: Read each other; Write or be Written; Buy our Books; 

and new rule, Review each other!


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Book Boost x2:

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June 22 @NYPL Mulberry St. 

Book Boost:

Joe Giordano and Maria Lisella

July 27, 28

IAWA at New York City Poetry Festival

Governor’s Island

Hosted by Peter Marra

June 29@ NYPL Mulberry St. 

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July 13 @ NYPL Mulberry St. 

Book Boost x2:

Susan Gerardi Bello and 

Marisa Labozzetta, Thieves Never Steal in the Rain. 

September 14 @ NYPL Mulberry St. 

National Translation Month

Romance is in the Air and on Our Lips

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October 12 @ NYPL Mulberry St.

Book Boost:

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November 9 @ NYPL Mulberry St.

Book Boost:

Barbara Crooker and Maria Mazziotti Gillan

December 14 @ NYPL Mulberry St.

Zoe Trischka and TBA

 IAWA’s Boston Series

 @ I AM Books 189 North Street Boston, MA

Hosted by Authors, Julia Lisella and Jennifer Martelli