IAWA’s Open Reading Series Featuring Gil Fagiani & Stephen Siciliano – May 9, 2015

Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the month.  IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months.

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WHEN: Saturday, MAY 9 @ 5:45 PM

WHERE: @ Cornelia St. Café @ 29 Cornelia St. off Bleeker

WHO: Gil Fagiani has published seven collections of poetry. His latest book, Stone Walls, focuses on his realtionship with his father growing up in Stamford, Connecticut. This fall Guernica Editions will publish Logos, which chronicles Fagiani’s experiences in a South Bronx drug program in the early 1970s. Fagiani was the subject of a New York Times article by David Gonzalez,“A Poet Mines Memories of Drug Addiction.”

An independent scholar, translator, essayist, short story writer, and poet, his translations have appeared in such anthologies as Poets of the Italian Diaspora, edited by Luigi Bonaffini and Joseph Perricone; and Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943. He co-curates the Italian American Writers’ Association’s reading series, and is an associate editor of Feile-Festa: A Literary Arts Journal.

Los Angeles-based Stephen Siciliano is a journalist, scriptwriter and a script reader for the Creative Artists Agency and United Talent Agency. As a correspondent he works at Bloomberg BNA, Los Angeles Business Journal and as managing editor for Downtown Los Angeles News. He co-founded and edited the Spanish-language weekly, La Otra Orilla (The Other River Bank) in Seville.

His adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s novel Change of Heart is set to be filmed later this year.  His latest novel-manuscript is The Goodfather, which tells the life story of the marvelous and radical congressman Vito Marcantonio from the perspective of la famiglia Fortunato who lived down the street from him in East Harlem.

COVER: $8 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT: www.corneliastreetcafe.com; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, A, B, C, D, E, F, and M to West 4th St. or 1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Square

Info for Readings at Sidewalk Cafe:

CONTACTwww.sidewalkny.com; or 212-473-7373. Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Bleecker Street. (more)


Upcoming 2015 Readings:

June 13: George Guida  and Susan Lembo Balik @Sidewalk Café

July 11: Fred Misurella and Joseph Luzzi @Cornelia St.  Café

Aug. 8: Louisa Calio and Carole Giagrande @Sidewalk  Café

Sept. 12: Nancy Caronia and Edvige Giunta @Cornelia St. Café

Oct. 10: Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Michael Palma @ Sidewalk Café

Nov.14: Bob Agnoli and Tommy Fucaloro @Cornelia St. Café

Dec. 12: Premiere of Student Partners Night @Sidewalk Café

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