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iawa-East Welcomes Multi-Media Authors, Antonio D'Alfonso and Richard Vetere on Saturday, December 13, 2015 at Sidewalk Cafe

iawa-East Welcomes Multi-Media Authors, Antonio D'Alfonso and Richard Vetere on Saturday, December 13, 2015 at Sidewalk Cafe

IAWA . (December 9, 2014)
The poeticality of Antonio D’Alfonso’s texts … appears in the figure of the man of honesty who questions without end his place in the City and the commerce he entertains with his fellow citizens … the admission of a persistent passion that turns hearts upside down … a stubborn quest for significance … a philosopher who puts on the mask of the poet in order to better grasp the ambiguities of our world. Hughes Corriveau, Le Devoir

The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presents award-winning authors Antonio D'Alfonso from Canada and Richard Vetere on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A (at 6th Street) in New York City’s East Village,; 212-473-7373. The reading takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes followed by the featured writers.


 Antonio D’Alfonso is the author of over 30 books. He founded Guernica Editions in 1978 where he published more than 900 authors and 475 books, many of them authored by Italian Americans. Since he sold Guernica in 2010, he now works primarily as a literary translator and teaches, creative writing, script writing, film studies, and Italian at various universities.
His novel Un vendredi du mois d’août won the Trillium Award in 2005. His feature film Bruco won best director award and best foreign film award at the New York International Independent Film Festival in 2010. He has just completed his next feature film Antigone (an adaptation of Sophocles’ play). He has a BA from Concordia University, a MSc from Université de Montréal, and a PhD from University of Toronto (all in film studies). He has translated poets from Quebec, France and Switzerland. His latest books are Un ami, un nuage (Editions du Noroît, 2013) and The Irrelevant Man (Guernica Editions, 2014).
 Richard Vetere's new novel is The Writers Afterlife published by Three Rooms Press and received a rave review in Publishers Weekly.   His other novels include Baroque and The Third Miracle published by Simon & Schuster.  He co-wrote the screenplay adaptation produced by Francis Ford Coppola starring Ed Harris and directed by Agnieszka Holland.  His most recent book of poetry is The Other Colors in a Snow Storm.  He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his stage play One Shot, One Kill.  His other books of poetry include Memories of Human Hands and A Dream of Angels.  In 2010 he was made a Lifetime Member of the WGA East and was an elected to the Council for a two year term in 2012.
About the Italian American Writers Association Literary Readings: 
Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the month.  IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months.

Press Contacts:
Maria Lisella, IAWA Board Member and Co-curator
Phone: (718) 777-1178 and Email: [email protected]
Amy Barone, IAWA Board Member 
Phone: (646) 942-4972 and Email: [email protected]

COST: $8 includes complimentary beverage.  
CONTACT:; or 212-473-7373.
DIRECTIONS: By Subway, F to Second Avenue or #6 to Astor Place

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