IAWA’s Open Reading Series – June 14, 2014

Join IAWA at the Sidewalk Cafe for its monthly open reading, featuring Paola Corso and Maria Terrone.  

IAWA holds its Open Reading series every second Saturday of the month at two venues: Cornelia Street Café on odd months (July, Sept, Nov) and Sidewalk Café on even months (June, Aug, Oct.) Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes, followed by two featured writers.

Paola Corso is a writer and professor whose fiction and poetry are set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant family found work in steel mills.  Among her awards and honors is a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award.  Corso’s new poetry books are The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the 2012 Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing, and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing, featuring Pittsburgh steelworkers and garment workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and in sweatshops today. She is a lecturer at Chatham University’s Low-Residency MFA Program and also teaches at the City University of New York.  www.paolacorso.com

Maria Terrone is the author of Eye to Eye (May 2014, Bordighera Press); A Secret Room in Fall (McGovern Award, Ashland Poetry Press) and The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works), as well as a chapbook American Gothic, Take 2 (Finishing Line Press).  Her work, which has been published in French and Farsi and nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, has appeared in magazines including Poetry, Ploughshares, Hudson Review, and Poetry International and in 20 anthologies.  She was one of 10 Queens-based authors commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum to write an essay for its 2012 performance project, “sillspotting  nyc.” www.mariaterrone.com

$8.00 at entrance, includes one drink.

Come at 5:30 to sign up for the open mic.

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

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

DIRECTIONSBy Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place

Next Readings

July 12: Julia Fierro and Bordighera Prize Winner, Joanne Monte @Cornelia Street Café

August 9: Michael Cirelli and Guernica Poetry Editor, Antonio d’Alfonso @Sidewalk Café

September 13: Joanna Clapps Herman and Marie-Helene Bertino @Cornelia Street Café

October 11: John Domini and Joe Tirella, author of Tomorrowland @Sidewalk Café

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

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