Premiere of Student Partners Night Features Three Jersey “Girls” – December 12, 2015

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

Premiere of Student Partners Night Features Three Jersey “Girls”

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

WHEN:  December 12, 2015 (Saturday)    5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHO: Professor Edvige Giunta from New Jersey City University (NJCU) agreed to be IAWA’s on-campus liaison in order to produce this reading presenting three recent graduates who studied memoir, literature and writing courses with her.

Cassandra Casella is an Italian American poet and memoirist from Hoboken, NJ. A 2015 NJCU graduate, she teaches 10th,11th, and 12th grades. Her dedication to Italian culture and Italian American literature started in her grandmother’s kitchen. Her poems have been published in Paths and anthologized in Olive Girrrls: Italian North American Women and the Search for Identity. 

Chloe DeFilippis also graduated from NJCU this year. A former editorial assistant of Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, she co-edited  the 2014-2015 issue of Paths, NJCU’s student journal of creative writing. Her fiction and flash nonfiction have been published in PathsOlive Grrrls, and Voices in Italian Americana.

Angelica Roman earned her B.A. in Creative Writing from NJCU this year where she was also coeditor of the university student writing journal Paths. She is currently Permissions Assistant at Farrar, Straus and Giroux where her curiosity for the behind-the-scenes world of books is fed daily.

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