IAWA Presents Writing Poetry Book Reviews

Interested in writing poetry book reviews? Learn from Lily Poetry Review Book Review Editor Amanda Shaw in this IAWA sponsored workshop!

Writing Poetry Book Reviews: Workshop

Wed., April 10th
6-8 pm EST (Zoom)

Support your literary community by writing poetry book reviews. But how?

Lily Poetry Review Book Review Editor Amanda Shaw will share the ins and outs of the reviewing process. During the two-hour workshop you’ll look at some examples and together extrapolate crucial elements of a well-crafted review, spend some time drafting, and discuss targeting your review when submitting it for publication.

Bring to the class: A poetry book you are interested in reviewing. Links to example reviews will be emailed to registered participants in the week before the class, but extensive reading is not a requirement.

Cost: 30.00 for IAWA members and 40.00 for nonmembers
Limit: 20 participants
Register by emailing chloemiller@gmail.com

Pay via Venmo: @Chloe-Miller-59793
or check:
The Italian American Writers Association
c/o Treasurer
P.O. Box 15
Cold Spring, NY 10516-0015

Sponsored by IAWA, the Italian American Writers Association
join here: https://iawa.net

Presenter bio:
Amanda Shaw set out into the world of adulthood, like most of us, with a vague idea of what was ahead. Since college she has lived in six different states and four countries, with poetry the greatest constant. After 20+ years of teaching and editing, she received her MFA in January 2020. She became a caretaker for her mother three years ago while continuing work as a freelance editor and teacher in official and non-official capacities. She currently divides her time between New Hampshire, where she was born, and Washington, D.C. Her upcoming collection, It Will Have Been So Beautiful, is due out from Lily Poetry Review Books in March 2024.

IAWA New York Literary Series February 2024

Three rules of IAWA:

Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books! And review each other.

IAWA New York Presents

Phyllis Carito and Joey Nicoletti

Saturday, February 10, 2024 (on Zoom)

6-8 PM EST; Open Mic begins at 6—“doors” close at 6:15

Admission is free; registration required

Register in advance for this meeting:


Phyllis Carito has written six books – the latest is More Than Making Ends Meet (GusGus Press); others include barely a whisper, The Stability of Trees in The Winds of Grief, Worn Masks, and Travel Light and other Explorations. Her poems and stories appear in: Gathering Flowers; Gray Love; Wild Crone Wisdom; and literary magazines: Passager Journal, Vermont Literary Review, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Mediterranean Review and Persimmon Tree.

Joey Nicoletti is the author of ten poetry collections: Breakaway, Boombox Serenade, and Cannoli Gangster, which was a finalist for the Steel Toe Books Award. His first creative nonfiction book, Extinction Wednesday: A Memoir, is forthcoming from Bordighera Press in the spring of 2024. His Pushcart Prize-nominated poems, essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, such as The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, and Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books. He is the Reviews Editor of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana and teaches at SUNY Buffalo State University.

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IAWA Boston Literary Series January 2024

3 rules of IAWA: Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

IAWA-Boston Presents

Neal Zagarella & Suzanne Mercury

Saturday, January 20, 2024


(arrive 5:45 to sign up for open mic!)

Neal Zagarella is the author of the novel On Top of Everything and the poetry collections Falling Asleep in America and Liberty in Exile. His latest book of poems is A Child of Crane River, all from This Works Press. A selection of his work can be found in Madmen of Lynn from Ring of Bone Press. He is the co-founder of WAIL! Magazine and the WAIL! Coffeehouse. Collected issues of WAIL! are archived at Brown University, selected issues at the Peabody Essex Museum, and in the papers of W.E. Butts at Keene State University.

Suzanne Mercury is the author of Hive (Lily Poetry Review and Press) and two chapbooks, Sassafracas – Xerolage 69 (Xexoxial Editions) and Hand to Earth (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs). Her work has appeared in SpoKe, Truck, Summer Stock, Bombay Gin, Sonora Review, Arts & Letters, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, as well as in the anthologies Let the Bucket Down and The Wisdoms of the Universes in a Single String of Letters. A graduate of Smith College and of Syracuse University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, she currently lives in Boston.

To renew membership or sign up: https://www.iawa.net/join/

IAWA New York January 2024 Literary Series

3 rules of IAWA: Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

IAWA-New York Presents

check out our zoom presentations You and Your Top Hits of 2023
All Open Mic

Saturday, January 13, 2024
6-8 PM EST on


Join IAWA NY for our first reading of 2024!

Share your best piece of 2023 – published or pending publication or, read a new piece. If you care to, tell us why you are proud of the work– this is a chance to connect, listen, share goals and plans for 2024.

Readers will have 5 minutes each per our traditional time limit. We can’t wait to see you and hear your poetry and prose!

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Mark Your Calendars:

ZOOM Readings

Feb. 10: Phyllis Carito & Joey Nicoletti

March 9: Long Island Italian American Writers – Robert Savino & TBA

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Buon Anno a Tutti!

Buon Anno a tutti!

Dear Members:

Thank you for being an IAWA member and supporting the IAWA community. We are planning a dynamic year of book launches, author meet-ups, panels, a new lineup of workshops, and networking.

We are updating our website, streamlining our payment platform and establishing a new Author Profile Network so members can connect with each other that will be exclusive to IAWA members. As many of you know, membership includes a two-year subscription to Voices of Italian Americana (VIA) for the price of one, a 10% discount on purchases made through the I AM Books website and similar discounts on Fordham University Press publications.

This year, we continued our monthly literary reading series in New York and Boston; conducted prose and poetry writing workshops in both venues; participated in the New York Poetry Festival, presented an Author based discussion with Anthony Marra in Boston and ended the year in New York with the Sagra del Libro Social book fair.

We welcomed new IAWA Board member, Chloe Yelena Miller. Based in Washington, D.C. The author of Viable (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) and Unrest (Finishing Line Press, 2013), she teaches writing at American University and University of Maryland Global Campus. We are thrilled to be kicking off 2024 with an online presentation she organized.

Monday, Jan. 8 at 12:00 PM EST with a presentation: On Translating My Language is a Jealous Lover by Adrián N. Bravi with Giovanna Bellesia Contuzzi and Victoria Offredi Poletto.

Register for the free link here: https://www.brownbaglit.com/events

Order the book and other Brown Bag Lit authors’ books here:


For the first three months of 2024, New York will present virtual readings through zoom to give us a wider geographical reach including our Canadian members while Boston is firmly in place at I AM Books for its LIVE readings.


I AM Books, 124 Salem Street, Boston/6-8PM EST

Jan. 20-Suzanne Mercury & Neal Zagarella

Feb. 17- Marie Gauthier & Danielle Pieretti

March 16-Chloe Yelena Miller & Kathy Curto

April 20- Joey Nicoletti & Lo Galluccio

May 18-Linda Lamenza & Sal Pane


Jan. 13-Open Mic to kick off 2024

Feb. 10- Phyllis Carito and Joey Nicoletti

Stay connected to us through social media and/or our website.

Please remember to renew or gift a membership as rates will increase 
as of Jan. 30, 2024 at iawa.net 
For other inquiries email us at italianamericanwriters@gmail.com
The Italian American Writers Association Board members:
 Joe Bocchiccio, Christina Bruni, Kathy Curto, Joe Giordano, Julia Lisella, Maria Lisella, Peter Marra, and Chloe Yelena Miller

Brown Bag Lit Event Co-hosted with IAWA

Monday, January 8, 2024
ONLINE: 12:00 PM  1:00 PM EST

Giovanna Bellesia Contuzzi and Victoria Offredi Poletto will discuss translating My Language is a Jealous Lover by Adrián N. Bravi into English. They will read from the text and share their process of translating and working together on the project.

Register for free link here.

Order this and other Brown Bag Lit authors’ books here.

Cosponsored by Brown Bag Lit and IAWA – Italian American Writers Association.

IAWA New York Sagra Del Libro


   Jefferson Market Library in collaboration with IAWA – The Italian American Writers Association, is hosting a “Sagra Del Libro” (Italian-American Book Festival) on Saturday, December 9 from 2:30-4:30 pm at Jefferson Market Library,
425 Avenue of the Americas
is located near 9th Street in Greenwich Village.

   Admission is free to all. 

ALL WRITERS are invited to display and sell their published books or anthologies their work appears in at this event. Tables will be set up for the display of books and promotional materials, and authors will be available to speak with attendees and sign books.

   Lively presentations or readings by the authors will make for a fascinating afternoon of celebrating our Italian-American writers. Authors interested in joining this event should immediately email IAWA @italianamericanwriters@gmail.com or contact Sagra del Libro to reserve a spot or for additional information.

 About IAWA: The Italian American Writers Association was founded in 1991 to promote Italian-American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of Italian-American writing.

The Sagra Book Festival Committee is chaired by Kathy Curto, Maria Lisella and Christina Bruni.

We look forward to welcoming you to an enjoyable Italian-American cultural celebration.


IAWA New York Literary Series November 2023

Three Rules of IAWA: Read each other, Write or be written, Buy our books

IAWA New York
@ Jefferson Market Library
425 6th Ave, near 9th St., 1st Floor
In the Willa Cather Room

IAWA Presents Thriller Authors from Connecticut:
Cynthia Herbert-Bruschi Adams and Pat Dunn aka T.M. Dunn
Saturday, November 18 @ 2:30 –4:30

Sign up for open mic in lobby.

Writer of mixed genre, Cynthia Herbert-Bruschi Adams’ The Red Toque, Love and Loss in the Time of Tito is a novel/biography of WWII told through the voice of her mother-in-law who came of age in Slovenia just prior to WWII. Adams is Professor Emerita from the University of Connecticut. Post UConn she began commercial writing and has since published a memoir and three Gothic New England horror novels. https.//getbooksbycindy.com

Patricia AKA T. M. Dunn is the author of the psychological thriller, Her Father’s Daughter (Crooked Lane Books, 2023.) Her other books include: Last Stop On the 6 (Bordighera Press, 2021) and Rebels By Accident (Sourcebooks, 2014). Dunn has served as Senior Director of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and coaches aspiring and established writers and teaches creative writing workshops. She is one of the co-founders of Key to the Castle Workshop; co-host of the Westport Library’s podcast, Go Ahead, Write Something; and co-chair of programming for Sisters-in-Crime CT.

To join or renew your membership: https://iawa.net/join/

IAWA Boston Literary Series November 2023

3 rules of IAWA: Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

IAWA-Boston Presents

Linda Dini Jenkins & Gail Thomas
Saturday, November 18, 2023
6:00 – 8:00 pm EST at I AM BOOKS: 124 Salem Street, Boston

Arrive at 5:45 to sign up for the open mic

Linda Dini Jenkins is a poet and essayist. She is the author of Becoming Italian: Chapter and Verse from an Italian American Girl and Up at the Villa: Travels with My Husband. Her poetry has appeared in VIA, Ovunque Siamo, and Poeti italo-americani e italo-canadesi. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

Gail Thomas has published six books, most recently Leaving Paradise. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. Among her awards are the Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press, the Narrative Poetry Prize from Naugatuck River Review, the Massachusetts Center for the Book’s “Must Read,” Quartet Journal’s Editor’s Choice Prize, and Seven Kitchen Press’s chapbook award.

Join or renew your IAWA membership here: https://iawa.net/join/