IAWA’s Open Reading Series – Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Open Mic plus Features Chiara Montalto Giannini & Frank Polizzi

The Italian American Writers Association will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2016. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the months. 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

IAWA Presents Pre-Valentine Passions

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

WHEN:  February 13, 2016 (Saturday)    5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHO: Chiara Montalto Giannini is the author of the critically-acclaimed play A Brooklyn Love Story: Emergency Used Candles, which she performed Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre and in Los Angeles. Set in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the play is a coming of age tale between a young Italian-American woman and her grandfather. It is currently being adapted into a feature film. She has performed in films, TV and onstage, including in the 40th Anniversary Production of Balm In Gilead, Metropolitan Operas and other productions. Recently married to Pierfrancesco Giannini, she is thrilled to be back “home” at IAWA. www.chiaramontalto.com/

Frank Polizzi is a poet, playwright and editor of Feile-Festa, an online literary arts journal. Polizzi’s work has appeared in The Archer, Bitterroot, Electric Acorn (Dublin Writers), Mudfish, Paterson Literary Review, Wired Art. His latest poetry collection, A New Life with Bianca (Bordighera Press, 2015) includes translations into Italian by Chiara Curtoni and Sicilian by Nino Provenzano; engravings by Michael Mc Curdy; followed by an Afterword by Prof. Anthony Di Renzi (Ithaca College). Finishing Line Press published his chapbook, All Around Town in 2011. The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA) included his one-act play, By the Light of a Barber Pole in its 2009 reading series.  An excerpt from his novel, A Pity Beyond All Telling was shortlisted for the Fish Prize in Ireland. Polizzi is seeking a publisher for a new novel, Somewhere in the Stars, which made the 2014 Long list of the U.K. publisher, Lightship, for its “First Novel Prize.”  www.medcelt.org/feile-festa/

COVER: $8 includes beverage.

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

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