Robert Viscusi, the author of "The Three Rules of IAWA," has published the
novel Astoria (Guernica Editions, American Book Award 1996)
and the performance poem An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher
Columbus (VIA Folios). He has published numerous essays in books and
journals on Italian American literature and culture, among them "Breaking
the Silence: Strategic Imperatives for Italian American Culture," which appeared
in the first number of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana and became
a manifesto for IAWA. Viscusi has been a fellow of the National Endowment
for the Humanities and of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.
He is Claire and Leonard Tow Professor of English and executive officer of
the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College, as
well as president of the Italian American Writers Association.