IAWA’s Open Reading Series- Maria Mazziotti Gillan and James Mammarella

WHAT: Italian American Writers Association Open Reading Series.  Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series every second Saturday of the month.  IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café (Feb, Apr, June) and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months (Mar, May, July.)

WHEN: February 8, Saturday, 5:30-7:30 pm

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

WHO:  Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She has published 18 books, including What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009, The Place I Call Home, The Silence in an Empty House , Ancestors’ Song , and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories. Mazziotti is the founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and professor of poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.  With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.

James Mammarella is a poet, business journalist and editor.  He will read from his newly published poetry collection, Sonnets for Silvertoes.  He is founding editor and associate publisher of License! Magazine and won several juried awards, including the Godfrey Lebhar Award for Editorial Excellence and the Jesse Neal National Business Media Award. He studied poetry at George Washington University and performed at antiwar rallies in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s, Native American-based cultural events and most recently at the Enigma Bookstore in Astoria as a member of group Queens Writers Read.  Mammarella is currently studying Italian.

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

COVER: $8 includes complimentary beverage.  CONTACT: www.sidewalkny.com; or 212-473-7373.

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

Next Readings

March 8, 2014: Christopher Castellani and Marisa Labozzetta @Cornelia Street Café

April 12, 2014: Mark Saba and Joey Nicoletti @Sidewalk Café

May 10, 2014: Frank Lentricchia and Fred Misurella @Cornelia Street Café

Contacts: www.iawa.net , www.corneliastreetcafe.com or www.sidewalkny.com