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February 1, 2013

Paul Zarzyski, Italian-American Rodeo Poet

Joseph Sciorra
Photograph by Luisa Del Giudice
Paul Zarzyski at the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, Nevada, 2013.

Ethnic recitations in Elko.

May 9, 2011

Benefit Concert for Calandra Institute, June 10th

Joseph Sciorra

John Giorno, Vic Ruggiero, Penny Arcade, and John La Barbera to perform in support of the Calandra Institute.

September 21, 2011

Whose Day Is It Anyway?

Joseph Sciorra
Diane di Prima

Poet Diana di Prima offers alternative Italian-American heroes to Columbus.

February 6, 2011

Guido Poetics

Joseph Sciorra

The Muse that is “Jersey Shore.”

May 5, 2011

Talking Folklore

Joseph Sciorra

Over the next several months, I will be presenting the book Italian Folk in venues throughout the New York metropolitan area.

January 25, 2010

Italianità alternativa

Joseph Sciorra
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John Giorno reciting at the Calandra Institute, October 6, 2009. Co-authored by Rosangela Briscese and Joseph Sciorra.

The Italian-American “experience” is anything but singular.

February 23, 2010

Ricordando Vincenzo Ancona

Joseph Sciorra
Martha Cooper
Vincenzo Ancona, Castel del Golfo Social Club, Brooklyn, 1987.

Poet, visual artist, raconteur, singer, immigrant laborer, friend.

December 7, 2007

Sal Paradise was an Italophobe.

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Jack Kerouac

A little piece of drivel by Jack Kerouac begs the question, What's Italian-American about On The Road?

August 11, 2008

A wall, a poem, a summer epiphany.

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Joseph Sciorra
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2008.

I am reminded of Eugenio Montale's haunting poem upon discovering a simple barrier wall built by an Italian immigrant in Brooklyn during the 1930s.

April 1, 2008

Tags I Like

Joseph Sciorra

In joyous celebration of April’s National Poetry Month and Fool’s Day, I offer these four “found poems” made entirely from tags I found on

January 11, 2008

Poet Vincent Ferrini, 1913-2007

Joseph Sciorra
Vincent Ferrini reciting "Forge Plant."

Poet Vincent Ferrini, 1913-2007