Celebrate the Italian American Writers Association’s (IAWA) 31st year of monthly literary readings. Due to COVID-19, the Boston and NY Chapters have been posting readings remotely via Zoom; doors close 6:15 pm; registration is required. An Open Mic precedes two features and a Q&A with the authors. Featuring on May 21 are Connie Post and Jeff Santosuosso.
Connie Post’s work has appeared in Calyx, Slipstream, River Styx, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Verse Daily. Her first full length Book Floodwater (Glass Lyre Press), won the 2014 Lyrebird Award. Other poetry awards include the Liakoura Award and Crab Creek Poetry Award. Her latest collection, Prime Meridian (Glass Lyre Press), was released in January 2020.
Jeff Santosuosso is a one-quarter Italian, one-quarter Sicilian and half-Greek poet living in Pensacola, FL. He is Editor-in-Chief of Panoplyzine, an e-zine of poetry and short prose. His chapbook, Body of Water (Clare Songbirds Publishing House) was published in 2020. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared online and in print internationally.
IAWA was founded in 1991 by a group of authors including the late scholar, Robert Viscusi to promote Italian American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of Italian American writing. Since then, IAWA has hosted monthly readings at venues in New York and Boston.