June 8, 2009

Italian American Writers - 18th anniversary 6/13

Saturday, June 13, 2009

New York, NY- On Saturday, June 13, 2009 the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) celebrates its 18th Anniversary with two innovative multi-media artists: John J. Trause and “The Fabulous” LuLu LoLo.

Poets Wear Prada press recently published John J. Trause's chapbook of poetry Seriously Serial. His translations, poetry, and visual work have appeared in Sensations Magazine, Cover, The Rift, The Troubadour, Global City Review, Xavier Review, The Alternative News, Parse Radix, Now Culture, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets Anthology, and in the on-line journals Sidereality and Pedestal Magazine and the artists' periodical Crossings. His work is forthcoming in Sulphur River Review and LIPS.

His chapbook Latter-Day Litany has been staged Off-Off Broadway and elsewhere by Daniel P. Quinn since 1998. Trause was twice chosen along with Jerome Rothenberg to participate in the Visible Word exhibition and poetry reading (Stevens Institute, Hoboken, N. J.), which paired poets and visual artists. In 2005, he co-founded the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., where he serves as programmer and host.

LuLu LoLo hails from 116th St. in East Harlem. She has written and performed five one-person plays, acted in television and film, and has been featured as a multi-disciplinary artist working in installation, sculpture, photography and collage.

She draws inspiration from her Italian heritage, movies, the circus, religious processions, and 99 cents stores. Her plays are developed out of her passion for historical research and social justice, especially as pertaining to the dramatic struggle of women in New York City's past.

LuLu will be performing the Mary Ann Zielonko monologue from her one-person play “38 Witnessed Her Death, I Witnessed Her Love: The Lonely Secret of Mary Ann Zielonko (Kitty Genovese Story).” Forty years after Kitty Genovese's death, Mary Ann Zielonko gave her first interview revealing that she was Kitty's lover.

The reading takes place Saturday, June 13, 2009, 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., at the Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, (212-989-9319; www.corneliastreetcafe.com ).

The evening starts with Open Mic readings of five minutes each. IAWA is a 501(3)©not-for-profit corporation. Since 1991, the organization has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series at Cornelia St. Café every month.

For membership information, visit: www.iawa.net


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