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IAWA Packs the House at Cornelia St. Cafe

IAWA Packs the House at Cornelia St. Cafe

IAWA . (November 12, 2012)
This weekend's features: Marisa Frasca and Judith Vollmer drew a full house audience from widely divergent worlds.

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


The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presented writers Marisa Frasca and Judith Vollmer on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at the Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street in New York City’s West Village, (212-989-9319);

Featured writer Marisa Frasca is a scholar, poet, writer and translator, illustrated her wide range of expression that took readers from a small village in Sicily, to the local town's new wine festival on San Martino's to a junior high school in Brooklyn, the New World. Award-winning writer and professor Judith Vollmer is founding editor of poetry journal 5 AM and author of five poetry books, including the most recent collection, The Water Books, from Autumn House Press, drew a dozen students from Drew's MFA program including Roberto Gonzalez and Mary Brancaccio among many others.

IAWA is embarked on an ambitious program to continue packing the house; drawing on support from former features and current members in an effort to expand its base from New York City and the East coast to a broader constituency throughout the U.S.

Upcoming readers include:

Dec. 8, 2012
Camilla Trinchieri Crespi, Mystery Writer of the Simona Griffo series, and
Award-winning Playwright and Poet, Richard Vetere
January 12, 2013
Jonathan Galassi reads from Left-handed poems and
Jane Tylus reads from her work on Gaspara Stampa

The reading takes place from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes after which the featured writers take the stage.

Watch this space for more details on the upcoming Features.
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About Italian American Writers Association (IAWA)
IAWA aims to promote Italian American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of Italian American writing. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series at Cornelia Street Café every second Saturday of the month. For membership information, please visit  To learn more about IAWA, also visit the Italian American Writers Cafe blog at


Maria Lisella, IAWA Board Member and Co-curator
Phone: (718) 777-1178
Email:  [email protected]

Amy Barone, IAWA Board Member
Phone:  (646) 942-4972
Email:  [email protected]

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Don't forget to post next month's event on your calendars...Dec. 8: Richard Vetere and Camilla Crespi. Watch this blog for more details shortly.