Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series every second Saturday of the month. Two feature writers will follow an open mic.
Maria Famà is the author of six books of poetry. Her latest collection, Mystics in the Family, was published by Bordighera Press. Her award-winning work appears in numerous publications and anthologies. Famà has read her poetry throughout the U.S. and on National Public Radio. She appears in the film documentaries “Prisoners Among Us” and “Pipes of Peace.” In 2006 she was awarded the Amy Tritsch Needle Award for Poetry. A Philadelphia resident, Maria Famà teaches English at DeVry University.
Robert Viscusi, president of IAWA, will read from his newest work, epic poem Ellis Island from Bordighera (www.ellisislandpoem.com.) Viscusi has published numerous essays on Italian American literature and culture, including "Breaking the Silence: Strategic Imperatives for Italian American Culture," which became a manifesto for IAWA. Viscusi has made his mark as a poet, novelist, essayist, literary critic, and public speaker. He teaches English at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he is also the Executive Officer of The Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities. His books include Astoria: A Novel, which won an American Book Award, and poetry collection A New Geography of Time. Viscusi has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.