Annie Lanzillotto & Maria Lisella
for Book Launch and Reading
Saturday, April 10, 2010
New York, NY- On Saturday, April 10, 2009 the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) celebrates its 19th Anniversary with the zany performance artist, Annie Lanzillotto and Maria Lisella, journalist, poet and co-curator of the IAWA Reading series at Cornelia St. Café, who will read from her new chapbooks.
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is a poet, performance artist, songwriter, lead vocalist of her band FIASCO. Her first solo show, "Confessions of a Bronx Tomboy: My Throwing Arm," was staged at the Manhattan Class Company's “New Works Festival,” Under One Roof's “Women 9 to 90” Festival. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies including Our Roots Are Deep With Passion: Creative Nonfiction Collects New Essays by Italian American Writers (edited by Gutkind and Herman, New York: Other Press, 2006); her story, "Cosa Mangia Oggi" appeared in Gastropolis: A History of Food and New York City (edited by Deutsch and Lawson, Columbia University Press, 2007) and "Strike One," a poem in Italian American Writers on New Jersey: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose (edited by Gillan and Giunta, Rutgers University Press, 2003)
In Lanzillotto's signature performance, "Icewoman," she spins and destroys a 200- pound block of ice in her homage to her Barese father and grandfathers who delivered ice in the Bronx. She recently performed at IAWA's social event in Fall, 2009 at the Italian Cultural Institute. Videos of her performances and solo-theater teaching can be seen on YouTube, and http://www.annielanzillotto.com/
Maria Lisella's two chapbooks, Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada) were published in 2009. She has also authored poetry, a few short stories and won awards for her creative non-fiction that has appeared in anthologies such as Avanti Popolo: Italian American Writers Sail Past Columbus (ManicDPress, 2008), More Sweet Lemons (2011, Legas Press) while her Pushcart-Prize nominated poetry can be seen online and in print in Felie-Festa, Gradiva, Italian Americana, The New York Quarterly, Skidrow Penthouse, and others. She was a finalist in the competition for Poet Laureate in Queens in 2007.
She has been reporting on the travel industry for the travel trade and consumer publications for the past 25 years and is a member of the New York Travel Writers Association. She has spelunked in caves in Madhyar Pradesh, rafted the Jordan River, ridden horseback in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored the great art museums of Europe, hiked Mt. Etna in Sicily and Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Visit www.nytwa.info/marialisella/
TWO NAKED FEET
by Maria Lisella
Soft Cover, Saddle Stitched, 24 pp.
Poets Wear Prada, 2009
$8.00 (+ $1.50 S&H)
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