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Politics, Poetry, and Unsung Heroes

Politics, Poetry, and Unsung Heroes

SATURDAY, MAY 9
5:45-7:45 PM
$8 cover charge (includes complimentary drink)

Cornelia St. Café @ 29 Cornelia St. off Bleeker
A, B, C, D, E, F, M to West 4th St.; #1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Square

painting of vito marcantonio | the goodfather by stephen sicilianoTwo founding members of the Vito Marcantonio Forum will present their work at a Literary Reading sponsored by the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA).Gil Fagiani, will read from his new work, Stone Walls published by Bordighera Press.

Stephen Siciliano, a screenwriter, will read, accompanied by a pianist, from his latest completed manuscript The Goodfather that tells the life story of the radical congressman Vito Marcantonio from the perspective of la famiglia Fortunato, who lived down the street from him in East Harlem.

This wonderfully stimulating event will take place this coming Saturday, at 5:45, in the Cornelia Street Cafe. We look forward to seeing you at this celebratory event. Here is some additional info about Fagiani and Siciliano:

Gil Fagiani has published seven collections of poetry. His latest book, Stone Walls, focuses on his relationship with his father growing up in Stamford, Connecticut. This fall Guernica Editions will publish Logos, which chronicles Fagiani’s experiences in a South Bronx drug program in the early 1970s. Fagiani was the subject of a New York Times article by David Gonzalez,“A Poet Mines Memories of Drug Addiction.”

An independent scholar, translator, essayist, short story writer, and poet, his translations have appeared in such anthologies as Poets of the Italian Diaspora, edited by Luigi Bonaffini and Joseph Perricone; and Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943. He co-curates the Italian American Writers’ Association’s reading series, and is an associate editor of Feile-Festa: A Literary Arts Journal.

Los Angeles-based Stephen Siciliano is a journalist, scriptwriter and a script reader for the Creative Artists Agency and United Talent Agency. As a correspondent he works at Bloomberg BNA, Los Angeles Business Journal and as managing editor for Downtown Los Angeles News. He co-founded and edited the Spanish-language weekly, La Otra Orilla (The Other River Bank) in 

His adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s novel Change of Heart is set to be filmed later this year.  His latest novel-manuscript is The Goodfather, which tells the life story of the marvelous and radical congressman Vito Marcantonio from the perspective of la famiglia Fortunato who lived down the street from him in East Harlem. His reading will be accompanied by  New York-based pianist and composer Peter Dizozza.

so you wanna be italian by anna filameno

So You Wanna Be Italian? by Anna Filameno | Book Party | July 10th, 2014

The Italian American Museum Presents a Book Party Thurs July 10th 2014 @ 6:30pm for

SO YOU WANNA BE ITALIAN?

An Artist’s Journey Exploring Her Roots

By Anna Filameno

Introduction by Gerald Meyer, Co-Chairman of the Vito Marcantonio Forum
Book Presentation by Anna Filameno
Reading
by Roberto Ragone, Co-Chairman of the VMF
Reading by LuLu LoLo Pascale, East Harlem Performance Artist

So You Wanna Be Italian? – An Artist’s Journey Exploring Her Roots is a series of vignettes on various famous Italian figures who have had influence on the life of Anna Filameno. Anna gives us a unique experience as she explores her Italian roots. Each page has a beautiful background graphic art illustration that helps tell the story of each vignette.
Through a tour-de-force of powerful images and experiences, sometimes dreamlike and poetic, sometimes biographical, we learn the potent force Italian figures such as Valentino, Fellini, Sinatra, Anna Magnani, Aradia “la strega”… and many others had on her life… how in exploring her relation to them Anna more fully realized her relationship to herself… and how we can be inspired to do the same in our own lives.
The author will be giving a book presentation that includes readings by performance artists at the Italian American Museum… Don’t miss it!
italian american museum logo Thursday, July 10th
6:30pm
Suggested donation of $10 per person  
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
(Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets)
New York, NY 10013 

PLEASE RESERVE EARLY  

To reserve a place for this event, please call the Italian American Museum at
(212) 965-9000

or

email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com

For information on the Museum’s Travel Program, please call Jeannie Russo-Winner at
(718) 597-1414

The IAM is chartered by the University of the State of New York and has a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.