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IAWA Welcomes NYTimes best-selling author Wally Lamb and Queens’ author Gil Fagiani

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. Visit and join us at 

IAWA Welcomes NYTimes best-selling author Wally Lamb and Queens’ author Gil Fagiani

WHERE: @ Cornelia St. Café @ 29 Cornelia St. off Bleecker

WHEN:  Saturday Sept. 10, 2016 @ 5:45 – 7:45 pm

Wally Lamb
Wally Lamb


WHO: Wally Lamb is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels: Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much is True, She’s Come Undone, and most recently, We Are Water. Lamb also edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past 16 years. Lamb’s forthcoming sixth work of fiction, I’ll Take You There, will appear in November in both hardcover and digital form. The digital e-book will feature text, audio, music, and film.


Gil Fagiani is a translator, essayist, short story writer, and poet. He has published five books of poetry the most recent of which is Logos (Guernica Editions, 2015). Other collections include: Stone Walls, and Chianti in Connecticut published by Bordighera Press, A Blanquito in El Barrio, and Rooks published by Rain Mountain Press; and three chapbooks, Crossing 116th Street, Grandpa’s Wine, and Serfs of Psychiatry.       

Gil Fagiani

Fagiani co-curates the Italian American Writers’ Association’s monthly reading series, co-founded the Vito Marcantonio Forum, and is an associate editor of Feile-Festa: A Literary Arts Magazine. He directed a residential treatment program for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in downtown Brooklyn for 21 years. In February 2014, he was the subject of a New York Times article by David Gonzalez, “A Poet Mines Memories of Drug Addiction.”


COVER: $9 includes complimentary drink.

CONTACT:; or 212-989-9319.

DIRECTIONS: Trains: A, B, C, D, E, F, and M to West 4th St. or 1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.

IAWA: IAWA Newsletter: [email protected]

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Next Readings

October 8: Embroidered Stories -Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra @Sidewalk Café

November 12: Chuck Joy and Jennifer Militello @Cornelia St. Café

December 10, 2016: Emerging Writers Forum

Our Mission

IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors.

Tiziano Thomas Dossena
Tiziano Thomas Dossena
Tiziano Thomas Dossena is the Editorial Director of L’Idea Magazine. He is the author of “Caro Fantozzi” (2008), “Dona Flor, An Opera by van Westerhout” (2010), "Sunny Days and Sleepless Nights" (2016), "The World as an Impression: The Landscapes of Emilio Giuseppe Dossena" (2020), "Federico Tosti, Poeta Antiregime" (2021), and "La Danza del Colore" (2023). Dossena is the editor of A Feast of Narrative anthology series and co-editor of Rediscovered Operas Series books on librettos.

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