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2nd Saturdays with IAWA Welcomes Stefano Vaccara and Roberto Ragone at the Cornelia St. Cafe, Saturday, May 10

2nd Saturdays with IAWA Welcomes Stefano Vaccara and Roberto Ragone at the Cornelia St. Cafe, Saturday, May 10

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The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presents Italian journalist and U.N. correspondent, Stefano Vaccara and culture maven Roberto Ragone on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 29 Cornelia St., Greenwich Village, 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.


Stefano Vaccara, Italian journalist, columnist and Editor in Chief of La VOCE di New York at USIT Media and United Nations Correspondent at Radio Radicale, will read from his latest book, Carlos Marcello: The Man Behind the JFK Assassination, which has been recently translated into English. While at America Oggi, Vaccara served as Executive Editor and as the United Nations Correspondent for the only daily Italian American newspaper in the U.S.

Roberto Ragone, is an entrepreneur and arts and culture advocate with 25 years’ experience. He served as Executive Director of New York City's Lower East Side Business Improvement District and has organized lectures and massive multimedia presentations and fundraising activities. He has also worked for the New York City Council and the New York City Mayor's Office executing strategies to increase the City's financial commitment to arts and culture.  For IAWA, Ragone will perform a dramatization of a speech from Congressman Vito Marcantonio, the seven-time elected Congressman who hailed from East Harlem, once the largest Italian community in the country.    

Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.  

COVER: $8 CONTACT:; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS: By Subway, A, B, C, D, E, F, and M to West 4th St. or 1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Square

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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 held every second Saturday of the month at Cornelia Street Café on odd months and at the Sidewalk Café on even months. 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]


Next Readings

June 14: Maria Terrone and Paola Corso @Sidewalk Café

July 12: Julia Fierro and Bordighera Prize Winner, Joanne Monte @Cornelia Street Café

Aug. 9: Michael Cirelli and Guernica Poetry Editor, Antonio d’Alfonso @Sidewalk Café

Sept. 13: Joanna Clapps Herman and Marie-Helene Bertino @Cornelia Street Café

Oct. 11: John Domini and Joe Tirella, author of Tomorrowland @Sidewalk Café

Nov. 8: Suzanne Petito and Michael Trocchia @ Cornelia St.

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