May 7, 2012

Poetry and Prose at Cornelia St. Cafe 5/12

Italian American Writers Association 

Saturday, May 12, 2012
5:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Poetry and Prose Features
 plus Open Mike

Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia Street,

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

Featured Readers:
Ken DiMaggio & Paul LaRosa

Ken DiMaggio is a poet, short-story writer and scholar and Paul LaRosa is an 
Emmy-Award winning CBS News producer.

Ken DiMaggio’s most recent chapbook, American Gothics won the 2011 Darkling 
Publications Chapbook Competition.  His poems have appeared in Main Street Rag, 
Illuminations, Plainsongs, Floyd Country Moonshine, and two will soon be 
published in The New York Quarterly, one of which is about the Boston Red Sox. 
Poems and Stories from the Blue Collar Book of the Dead, his first chapbook, was 
published by Scars Publications.
    Italian Americana has published his short story, The Day Frank Sinatra 
Soothed the Savage Beast while Religious Cards will be published in a 
forthcoming issue. The same journal will publish his academic article, Leave the 
Gun, Take the Cannolis: How Machiavelli's The Prince Has Influenced the Gangster 
in Modern Film and Literature, a look at how the political theories of this 
Italian Renaissance text have helped influence popular works such as Mario 
Puzo's The Godfather, and the film, A Bronx Tale.
        He has a passion for travel, and recently visited Mongolia; he is a 
Professor of Humanities at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Of Paul LaRosa’s Leaving Story Avenue: My Journey from the Projects to the Front 
Page, Ken Auletta writes, “…in snappy prose, LaRosa sprinkles wisdom about New 
York, the pull of peers and of family, the ambition and pride that propels a 
working class kid to succeed, and a portrait of the zany New York Daily News 
newsroom that is one part exhilaration, and one part Front Page.”
    LaRosa is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience 
in print and television. For nearly 20 years, he’s been a successful producer 
for the CBS News magazine 48 Hours. He’s written for The New York Times, The Los 
Angeles Times and has authored four previous non-fiction books.
    LaRosa got his start as a copyboy and newspaper reporter at The New York 
Daily News. At that time, The News was still the largest circulating newspaper 
in the country but it was in the last, outrageous and often hilarious, gasp of 
The Front Page era. Reporters wallowed in a swirl of alcohol, hookers and bad 
behavior but none of it stopped them from delivering an electric and engaging 
paper every day. LaRosa, a naïf from the public housing projects, trapped in a 
Tabloid World, quickly adapted. As a reporter, he had a front-row seat to one of 
the most harrowing five-year periods in New York City history: the city’s brush 
with bankruptcy, the terror reign of Son of Sam, the blackout riots, and the 
murder of John Lennon.

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