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IAWA Italian American Writers Association Newsletter February 2006

IAWA Italian American Writers Association Newsletter February 2006

P.O. Box 2011, New York, N. Y. 10013

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Saturday, February 11th - 5:45 pm – 7:45pm.

Poetry and Prose Feature plus Open Reading

Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia St., Manhattan

$6 minimum includes one drink

Come in time to sign up at 5:45 pm.

Bring poetry Bring prose Bring script Bring a friend

Featured Readers:

Antonio D'Alfonso & Gil Fagiani

Antonio D'Alfonso is the president and founder of Guernica Press, which has published more than 300 titles and 500 authors from around the world since its inception 26 years ago in 1978; Guernica Press has published works by many Italian American writers including Mary Jo Bona, Fred Gardaphe, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Anthony Valerio and Robert Viscusi. Antonio D'Alfonso is a poet and essayist who has written many books, including L'Apostrophe qui me scinde (1998) and L'autre rivage (1999) published by Les Éditions du Noroît. D'Alfonso is very active on the literary scene in Montreal and Toronto, and helped to found the review Vice-Versa, which explores intercultural issues. In 2002, his poetry collection Comment ça se passé or How it Went was a finalist for the Trillium Award, which he won in 2005 for his novel Un vendredi du mois d'août or One Friday in August.

Gil Fagiani has had what seems to be an endless array of lives: from the streets of Villa Avenue in the Bronx to the idyllic suburbs of Connecticut to Pennsylvania Military College and to East Harlem in the 1960s. His new work, Rooks, published by Rain Mountain Press, focuses on those volatile years he spent in military college, where his political evolution took him to the streets of El Barrio, the focus of his earlier collection, Crossing 116th St.: A Blanquito in El Barrio published by Skidrow Penthouse. He recently won honorable mention for both the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards and the coveted Bordighera Prize. Fagiani also translates Italian dialect and the modern poetry of three North African immigrants living in Italy due to be published this year in A Bilingual Anthology of Italian Migrant Poetry


Thursday, February 2. Reading: Italian American Women Novelists Book discussion, sale and signing followed by wine and cheese reception. 6pm Sponsored by the National Organization of Italian American Women in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue, Manhattan. Free admission. For information, call 212-237-8574, noiaw@aol.com or http://www.noiaw.org .

Thursday, February 9. Reading. Antonio D’Alfonso and Robert Viscusi. Presented by Laura Boss and Maria Gillan. Barnes & Noble, Route 17 South, Paramus NY, 7:30 pm. Admission Free.

Saturday, February 11. Reading: The Phoenix Reading Series, Featuring George Guida, Zork and Christine Timm, followed by an open reading. 3 pm Socrates, 101 Hudson Street, Manhattan. Take 1 or 9 to Franklin Street. $5 suggested donation. For information, call 212-219-2422 or email mikegraves50@hotmail.com.

Saturday, February 18. Poetry Slam: The Intercollegiate Poetry Slam, hosted by Uncle Brother, Cookie, and BT. All college and university poets welcome to compete. All others welcome to judge or just enjoy the show. $100 monthly prize to winner, plus chance to qualify school for $500 May grand slam. 6 pm (5:45 sign-up) The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, Manhattan. Take F train to 2nd Ave. or 6 train to Bleeker St. $3 For information, visit www.bowerypoetry.com, email gguida@citytech.cuny.edu .

Tuesday, February 28. Reading: Women's Poetry Jam & Women's Open Mike Readers: Carla Thompson & Maria Mazziotti Gillan
In Bearing Witness: Not So Crazy in Alabama, Harlem native Carla Thompson meets an itty bitty beauty queen, a redemptive ex-con, and a wheelchair-bound quiz kid among others and discovers that the American South is a complex intersection of race and class filled with people who go about the business of living the best way they can.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan explores her life as a woman--wife, mother, daughter--in all its complexities while examining that life through the lens of ethnicity and class. She will be reading from Italian Women in Black Dresses as well as from her forthcoming book, All That Lies Between Us. Hosted by Vittoria repetto. 7 pm. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (between Stanton & Rivington), Manhattan (Take V or F train to 2nd Ave., and exit from the 1st Ave exit, then walk south down Allen St. (aka 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store). $5 suggested donation. For information, call 212-777-6028 or Vittoriar@aol.com .

Monday, March 6. Book presentation by Josephine Gattuso Hendin and Fred Gardaphe of Robert Viscusi reading from his new book Buried Caesars, And Other Secrets of Italian American Writing. (SUNY Press, 2006). “A great book and a great event,” writes Martino Marazzi, University of Milan. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West12th Street, 6 pm. Admission Free.

Members’ News:

Adele Regina La Barre’s story “Damn Near Laughed Myself to Death” was published in Del Sol Review, 13; it’s available on the web at: http://www.webdelsol.com/Del_Sol_Review/

Daniela Gioseffi will be featured on "The Poet and the Poem" radio show from the Library of Congress hosted by Grace Cavalieri. It will be aired on public radio stations all over the country via satellite distribution. Check local listings at


Vincent Lezzi has three books: Coffee with Nonna (Servant Publications/ St. Anthony Press 2003), The Garden & Forest Behind Grandpop's House (Authorhouse Publications 2005) and More Coffee with Nonna (Servant Publications/ St. Anthony Press 2003).

Precise Machine by Dennis Barone is a collection of poetic fictions that sell with simultaneous dimensions. The pieces take us around the globe and through history, weaving an epic of moments large and small: a bike's flat tire, a teenage comeuppance, an Italian city destroyed by plague. The prose seduces and derails, then ensnares again. Barone invites us to inhabit his stories and also to retreat to the periphery to query how experience itself is recorded, catalogued and remembered. Infused not with certitude but with the far more human condition of ambivalence, these parables do no not patronize. Available from Small Press Distribution, www.spdbooks.org, or Amazon, www.amazon.com

Drs. Emelise Aleandri and Gloria Salerno have just entered into an agreement with New Academia Publishing, LLC to write the story of their years of work at the John D. Calandra Italian-American Institute and the labor abuses therein that led them and three other employees to file lawsuits, and several other employees to leave. The narrative will focus not only on the hostile work environment, but on the failure of an ideal, and how one of our major Italian-American public institutions, with New York State legislative support and funding, failed in its mission because of poor leadership and mismanagement.

Lois Roma-Deeley has two collections of poetry; the first book is Rules of Hunger (Star Cloud Press); the second collection of poems is called northSight and will be published in January 2006 by Singularity Press, an imprint of Star Cloud Press. For more information, go to www.SingularityPress.com. or www.StarCloudPress.com

Frank Canino’s Looking For Angelina was selected for the 36th International Film Festival of India in Goa, Nov 24-Dec 4

New Books/Publisher’s News/Book Reviews:

Douglas Collura’s new book of poems Things I Can Fit My Whole Head Into has been published by Jane Street Press

Fred Misurella’s latest collection of stories, Lies to Live By, has just been published by Bordighera Press. These stories tell “the complex, and sometimes secret truth about what it is to be alive in these complicated times. The eight stories in this collection are deep in their understanding and widely varied in their subject matter.”—Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong and Eventide. Lies to Live By is available from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other on-line outlets.

Anthony Valerio’s new audio book, The Little Sailor: A Romantic Thriller, has just been released by Daisy H. Productions. Valerio delivers a dramatic reading of this latest work of fictionalized personal history, of which he says, “I enjoyed writing The Little Sailor more than any of my other books. I had never recalled so early, with such pleasure. These are the beautiful women who raised me. Who taught me. Happy women and sad. Sainted women and scorned. Lovers appearing in the guise of goddess and sibyl.” To order, visit www.thelittlesailor.com or write to Daisy H. Productions, P. O. Box 1883, Middletown, CT 06457.

Michael F. Capobianco has published a children's picture book, Abdallah and the Bright Strings, illustrated by Dr. Joseph Ficchi; he can be contacted at capobiam@stjohns.edu

The Italian American Press announces the posting of A Teacher from Another Time by Vittorio Barbagiovanni. This soon-to-be-published book offers readers a personal view on the politics of Italy during two World Wars through the eyes of Maria Rosa Liuzzo, a Sicilian teacher. The book was published and distributed in Italy under the title of Una maestrina d'altri temp; for more information click Italian American Writers & Books at www.italianamericanpress.com,

George De Stefano’s An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia In The Mind of America (Faber and Faber), explores how these representations illuminate the allure of mafia stories, while discussing the rich cultural details contained in the works. He also addresses the lamentable extent to which the "goodfella" cliché makes it all but impossible to produce media projects about the Italian American experience not set in gangland.

Literary & Research Queries:

Lucia Ducci is an Italian Ph.D student at the University of Florence who is researching U.S.-Italian relations during the Giolittian Era, and currently teaching Italian at the College of Holy Cross. She is researching an article dealing with the Fasci Siciliani and their perception by the American public; she can be reached at lducci@holycross.edu .


Feile-Festa, an online journal, needs poetry or microfiction evoking the cultures of Mediterranean and Celtic societies, especially Irish and Sicilian, whether found in the native country or transplanted to America or Canada. Send submissions plus SASE to Mediterranean Celtic Cultural Association, P.O. Box 436, New York, NY 10012 or online: www.medcelt.org.

Paterson Literary Review #34 celebrates William Carlos Williams w/ poetry, essays by Diane di Prima, Philip Levine and others, poetry by Grace Cavalieri, Diane di Prima, Mary Ann Mannino, Vittoria repetto, Angelo Verga, among others, and the winners and finalists of the 2004 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. To order, send $15 to Maria Mazziotti Gillian, Editor, The Poetry Center, Passaic Country Community College, One College Boulevard, Paterson, New Jersey 07505-1179.

VIA, Voices in Italian Americana, is a semi-annual published in the spring and fall. Issues include sections of essays, fiction, poetry, review essays, reviews, and guest spots by prominent Italian/American writers. Subscriptions are $20.00 per year ($15.00 for seniors, students, and un[der]employed). http://orion.it.luc.edu/~wfeinst/bord1.htm .

Italian Americana, in cooperation with the American Italian Historical Association, is the first and only cultural as well as historical review dedicated to the Italian experience in the New World. http://www.uri.edu/prov/italian/index.html .

Writing Contests:

Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) 2006 Literary Contest

Entries: Three categories-fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Limit of 2000 words for fiction and non-fiction, and 40 lines per poem. Submissions are accepted in English, French, and Italian. Send 3 copies of manuscripts; manuscripts will not be returned. Blind judging: Entrant's name should not appear on the manuscripts. Provide a separate sheet with name, address, telephone number, e-mail and word count. Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, with the title appearing on each numbered page. No previously published or simultaneous submissions. Multiple entries welcome. Not restricted to Canadian writers and/or writers of Italian descent.

Entry Fee: $20 Canadian, $12 US, and $10 (Canadian) for AICW members for each entry of fiction/ non-fiction /up to 3 poems. Make checks or money orders out to Association of Italian-Canadian Writers

Prizes: First prize of $200 per category, one honorable mention per category. Winners will be announced in the AICW Newsletter and AICW website (www.aicw.ca) and published in Accenti magazine. Information: Venera Fazio (veneraf@ebtech.net).Send entries and fees to The Association of Italian Canadian Writers, c/o Delia De Santis, 2961 Delia Cres., Bright's Grove, ON, Canada N0N 1C0. Submissions that do not comply with the above criteria will be disqualified.

Deadline: Postmarked by March 1, 2006.

Announcing The Bordighera Poetry Prize, sponsored by The Sonia Raiziss-Giop Charitable Foundation The prize, consisting of book publication in bilingual edition by Bordighera, Inc. is dedicated to finding the best manuscripts of poetry in English by an American poet of Italian descent and surname or middle maiden surname, to be translated upon selection by the judges into quality translations of modern Italian, for the benefit of American poets of Italian ancestry and the preservation of the Italian language. Each winning manuscript will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 to the winning poet and $1,000 for a commissioned translator. The poet must be a U.S. Citizen, but the translator may be an Italian native speaker, not necessarily a U.S. citizen. The poet may translate his/her own work if bilingually qualified. Submission may be made in English or bilingually with English followed by Italian mss. Submissions must be postmarked by May 31st each year. For complete submission rules and mailing address, go to http://www.italianamericanwriters.com/Prize.html .

2006 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards Honoring Allen Ginsberg’s Contribution to American Literature First prize: $1000, second prize: $200, third prize: $100
Deadline: April 1, 2006 For entry fees, rules and guidelines, go to
http://www.pccc.edu/poetry/Prize/2005/2006_Allen_Ginsberg_P.html .

For other contests sponsored by The Poetry Center at Passaic Country Community College, go to http://www.pccc.edu/poetry/Prize/index.html .

Submissions Wanted:

Alimentum is the first-ever literary review all about food. Food in its finest form; sating a loftier appetite: juicy paragraphs, tasty stanzas, mouth-watering stories, surprisingly succulent essays and seeking fiction, creative nonfiction (6,000 word prose limit), poetry, and that elusive concoction: the recipe poem - a poem to follow you into the kitchen. Go to http://www.alimentumjournal.com/ for more information.

The American Italian Historical Association Newsletter is now accepting submissions of scholarly essays and book reviews. One scholarly essay and several reviews will appear in each future number of the newsletter. Scholarly essay submissions will be peer reviewed; consequently the newsletter is also seeking scholars to review submissions. Please send all submissions (with brief bios) as Word or RTF files, as well as all statements of referee interest, to George Guida, at gguida@citytech.cuny.edu .

PoetWorks Press is pleased to announce its call for submissions for our next poetry anthology. For submission guidelines, please go to http://poetworks.com/Passing.html .


Accenti, The Canadian Magazine with an Italian Accent at http://www.accenti.ca/

The AA Independent Press Guide is a free, online resource for writers at http://www.thunderburst.co.uk . The guide has detailed listings on over 2,000 literary and genre magazines and publishers from around the world, plus links to over 750 Internet magazines. It also contains links to writers’ and artists’ personal web pages and other useful resources.

The Feminist Press publishes a number of Italian and Italian American women writers: The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture

Italian American novels and memoirs such as Barolini’s Umbertina
Unspeakable Women: Selected Short Stories Written by Italian Women During Fascism

The Silent Duchess http://www.feministpress.org/Book/index.cfm?GCOI=55861100032210

The Defiant Muse: Italian Feminist Poems

Www.virtualitalia.com is an online resource for Italians, Italian Americans and enthusiasts of Italian culture.

Visit George Guida’s Web site ( www.home.earthlink.net/~gguida/ ), where you can order George’s books, find out where he’s reading, and read samples of his work.

At The Italian-American Press, www.italianamericanpress.com, there are links for finding translators, a literary marketplace, and writers’ guilds, aside from links such as Tools for Italian American Writers, Italian American Books, Italian American Publishers, and the Internet's best selection of self-published Italian American Books (84 Titles). The site also lists a potpourri of useful instructional books, including bargain-priced used texts for self-improvement or for the teaching of English and other subjects to groups or classes.

Www.littap.org is a new resource for literary presenters, with tools such as Guidelines for Writers Fees.

For the calendar of events for the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, go to http://www.nyu.edu/pages/casaitaliana/events.html .

For the calendar of events for the Italian Academy at Columbia University, go to http://www.italianacademy.columbia.edu/calendar/calendar.html .

Www.loveitalia.org . In addition to featuring Italian American, Italian Canadian and Italian writers, the site has reviews and links to the sites of writers of Italian Australian, Italian French and Italian Latino American origins.

The Immigration History Research Center is at http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/ .

See Poets & Writers for leads to prizes for writers, and places to get away and write; see http://www.pw.org/links_pages/, featuring new or updated links to grants, conferences and residencies.

Call for Forum Participants:

The Modern Language Association’s Italian American Literature Discussion Group is seeking participants in a forum on Italian Americans in Hollywood, to be held at a future M. L. A. convention in late December (likely 2007). The forum will examine Italian American involvement in film production, as well as on-screen images of Italian Americans. Interested producers, directors, actors, writers, critics, and others in the film industry should contact George Guida at New York City College of Technology, English Department, 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, (718) 788-0336, (718) 260-5394, gguida@citytech.cuny.edu or John Domini, vojam@aol.com .

Of Interest:

The recently formed New York-based Italian-American Playwrights Forum meets at the Calandra Institute three Thursdays a month to develop plays and carry out discussions about Italian-American identity/themes. The work itself does not have to be about an Italian-American theme. We simply want to foster and create a momentum for Italian-American voices in the theater community. We are encouraging women playwrights who have experience writing plays to join the group. Please contact Gian Di Donna (gian@att.net) for information.

NYC Paid Participants Needed for Italian Study: Rutgers University research project in midtown Manhattan on the acquisition of Italian as a foreign language. Anyone interested in learning the Italian language who has had some previous instruction in Italian is a potential participant. All people who qualify will be paid $50 for their participation. The small-group Italian classes will be held at the Columbus Citizens Foundation on East 69th Street. The classes will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 6 weeks starting the week of February 6. Qualified participants will be native English speakers not fluent in another Romance language. For information, contact Tom Means at tom@meanslanguagecenter.com

Through March 5 Antonello Da Messina: Sicily’s Renaissance Master, featuring the “Virgin of the Annunciation.” Antonello da Messina (ca.1430 – 1479) was one of the most innovative and influential painters of the quattrocento. Trained in the brilliant artistic climate of Naples, he traveled to Venice in 1475, where his art had a profound impact on Giovanni Bellini and other Venetian painters. His portraits marked a new stage in the evolution of that genre in Italy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Manhattan http://www.metmuseum.org

May 4 A Tribute to the Italian-American Contribution to Jazz at B.B. King’s Blues Club &Grill in Manhattan presented by The American Italian Cultural Roundtable www.JazzItaloAmericano.com

Diario della studentessa Jean is a classroom supplemental reading tool for thousands of advanced, beginner, and intermediate-level high school students studying the Italian language. It’s available from Edizioni Farinelli at $9.95. For more information or to order, contact the publisher at (212) 751-2427 or email edizioni@mindspring.com .

Looking to study Italian while in Milan, Italy? See www.ihmilano.it

Italian American Writers, a Cablevision television series hosted by Vito De Simone, runs each month on many New York area and other Cablevision systems, including Manhattan, Long Island and some Brooklyn systems. Check local listings for channels and times.

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