On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presents writers Maria Mazziotti Gillan and James Mammarella at the Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A (at 6th) in New York City.
The reading takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes after which the featured writers take the stage. Cover of $8 includes complimentary beverage.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of 18 books and a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She is the founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and the creative writing program, and professor of poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.
James Mammarella is a poet, business journalist and editor. He will read from his newly published poetry collection, Sonnets for Silvertoes. He is founding editor and associate publisher of License! Magazine and won several juried awards, including the Godfrey Lebhar Award for Editorial Excellence and the Jesse Neal National Business Media Award. He studied poetry at George Washington University and performed at antiwar rallies in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s, Native American-based cultural events and most recently at the Enigma Bookstore in Astoria as a member of group Queens Writers Read.