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Italian American Writers Association Literary Series

Event Type: Poetry Reading
Event Date and Time:
5:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Description: IAWA holds its Open Reading series every second Saturday of the month at two venues: Cornelia Street Café on odd months (July, Sept, Nov) and Sidewalk Café on even months (June, Aug, Oct.) Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes, followed by two featured writers: Stefano Vaccara is an Italian journalist, United Nations correspondent at Radio Radicale and columnist and Editor-in-Chief at La VOCE di New York, an online Italian language newspaper protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. He will read from his latest book, Carlos Marcello: The Man Behind the JFK Assassination, which has been recently translated into English. His articles, interviews, and opinions have been published in major Italian newspapers and magazines over the past 20 years. He also teaches two courses at Lehman College, CUNY: "The Mafia: Demystifying a Social and Political Phenomenon" and "Media & Democracy: from Citizen Kane to Wikileaks." He holds a Masters in International Relations from Boston University and a Laurea di Dottore in Storia from Universitá degli Studi di Siena, Italy. A native of Sicily, he lives with his family in Brooklyn. Roberto Ragone, is an entrepreneur and arts and culture advocate with 25 years’ experience. He served as Executive Director of New York City's Lower East Side Business Improvement District and has organized lectures and massive multimedia presentations and fundraising activities. He has also worked for the New York City Council and the New York City Mayor's Office executing strategies to increase the City's financial commitment to arts and culture. For IAWA, Ragone will perform a dramatization of a speech from Congressman Vito Marcantonio, the seven-time elected Congressman who hailed from East Harlem, once the largest Italian community in the country. COVER: $8
Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY
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