October 5, 2009

Poetry and Prose @ Cornelia St. Cafe 10/10

Saturday, October 10th - 5:45 pm – 7:45pm.
Poetry and Prose Feature plus Open Reading
Italian American Writers Association

Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia St., Manhattan
212-989-9319; http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/

$7 minimum includes one drink
Come in time to sign up at 5:45 pm.
Bring poetry Bring prose Bring script Bring a friend

Featured Readers:

Etta Cascini with Emelise Aleandri, and Robert Viscusi

On Saturday, October 10, the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA). The evening starts with Open Mic readings of five minutes each. Celebrates its 19th Anniversary with Italian-born Etta Cascini and Emelise Aleandri who will read Cascini's work in English. Robert Viscusi, whose epic work Ellis Island is now circulating among publishers and has been produced in hand-made issues will read from this and other works.

Etta Cascini was born in Salerno and now lives in Genoa. A freelance journalist, former literature teacher and playwright and radio drama author, she is the former director of the Drama Seminar at the University of Genoa. She has had more than 10 plays produced and performed in Italy and more than 40 dramas and serials have been broadcast by RAI and 15 on Swiss Radio. In New York, African Women and SHHHH were performed at the Miranda Theater in November 1996 and October 2000, and SHHHH at the Hunter College, May 2003. Namastè was performed at Portovenere Festival 2005 (Italy) and during Italian Heritage & Culture Month 2005, New York. Her work has won many awards and she lectures from time to time on Italian Contemporary Theater both in Italy and Stateside.

Dr. Emelise Aleandri is no stranger to either Cornelia St. stage or to IAWA as she is Chair of the Membership Committee. She is the Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi The Olde Time Italian-American Musical Theatre Company, which recreates 19th century immigrant entertainments. As an actress and singer she has appeared in many feature films, television and theatrical productions. She has adapted several plays for television and Arcadia has published her two photographic histories, The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City and Little Italy. She is currently completing a multi-volume History of the Italian-American Immigrant Theatre for Mellen Press.

Robert Viscusi is the President of IAWA and has been the primary mover with Vittoria repetto of this monthly reading series at Cornelia St. Café. Viscusi won the American Book Award in 1996 for his first novel, Astoria, the story of the Great Migration of Italians to this country, 1880-1924, as it is re-imagined by a writer who is a third-generation Italian American. He has also published An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher Columbus, A New Geography of Time, Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing (Premio Giuseppe Acerbi, 2008), and numerous essays on American literature and culture. His current project is an epic poem entitled Ellis Island is currently appearing in parts. A handmade limited edition of its first four books (there are 52 books in all) has been designed and produced by the poet Nora Almeida. You can read random sonnets based upon the whole text at http://www.ellisislandpoem.com/

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