IAWA gives voice to writers through its Open Reading series every second
Saturday of the month. IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café
(Feb, Apr, June) and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months
(Jan, Mar, May.) Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes, followed by two featured writers.
Gerard “Gerry” LaFemina is the author of eleven books of fiction and poetry. His most recent publications are the novel, Clamor, and a collection of prose poems, Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist. LaFemina is the recipient of numerous
awards and honors, including a Pushcart Prize, the Bordighera Poetry Prize, the
Anthony Piccione Memorial Award and fellowships from the Michigan Council for
Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Irving Gilmore Emerging Artists Foundation. He directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University, where he is an Associate Professor of English, and co-directs the new Lunar Walk Reading Series at the Two Moon Art House and Cafe in Brooklyn.
Joanne Monte is the recipient of the 2012 Bordighera Poetry Book Award for the collection, The Blue Light of Dawn. Her poems have appeared in such literary
journals as Poet Lore, The Raintown Review, Cerberus, Ancient Paths Literary Review and Poet. Among her awards are The John David Johnson Memorial Poetry Award, The Writer's Digest Award and the New Millennium Writings Award IV for Poetry. She also published a novel, The Day to Eternity, in 2012. In 1999, the American Biographical Institute selected her as one of two thousand notable American women for her literary and humanitarian contributions.