Italian American Writers' Cafe
Italian American Writers' Cafe
The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presents writers Tony Gloeggler and Barbara Fragoletti Hoffman on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at the Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street in NYC's West Village; www.corneliastreetcafe.com
The reading takes place from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes after which the featured writers take the stage. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series at Cornelia Street Café every second Saturday of the month.
Featured writer Tony Gloeggler' work has been thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and he is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including The Last Lie (New York Quarterly Books, 2010). His poetry has been thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his chapbook One on One received the 1998 Pearl Poetry Prize and his collection, One Wish Left (Pavement Saw Press, 2002), is now in its 2nd edition and Tony Gloeggler's Greatest Hits (Pudding House Press) . His work has appeared in such literary journals as Washington Square, The Ledge, Poet Lore, Rattle, and Skidrow Penthouse and on the American Life in Poetry site.
Jim Allman’s review of Greatest Hits says “It is gristly and bawdy, but so, too, is Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. My advice comes from Robert Duval as Felix Bush in Get Low: ‘If you don’t listen, you can’t hear nothing.’ ...Gloeggler’s work is music worth hearing.”
A native of New York City, Gloeggler has managed group homes in Brooklyn for developmentally disabled men for over 30 years.
Barbara Fragoletti Hoffman’s poems have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Margie, Minnesota Review, Italian Americana, and other journals. Her latest chapbook, The Life & Hard Times of... will be available for purchase at the reading.
She was a finalist forthe 2008 Bordighera Press Annual Poetry Contest for her manuscript, The Heat of Burnt Stubble. Of the collection, Judge Michael Palma wrote "Heat seems to be the dominant motif in these poems that have been honed and sharpened to a fine point without sacrificing their raw power and directness."
Hoffman's short fiction has appeared in Catholic Girls, published by Penguin and her articles have been published in The New York Times and Newsday. She was the subject of a WLIW channel 21 show “Originals” an “Arts on Long Island” series and a story in Newsday on the Power of Poetry.
She earned her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University and taught for several years. She was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and to the National Writers’ Project at Stony Brook University.
About Italian American Writers Association (IAWA)
IAWA aims to promote Italian American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of Italian American writing. For membership information, please visit www.iawa.net. To learn more about IAWA, also visit the Italian American Writers Cafe blog at http://www.i-italy.org/bloggers/italian-american-writers-cafe
Maria Lisella, IAWA Board Member and Reading Host
Amy Barone, IAWA Board Member
Phone (646) 942 4972
Authors Available for Interviews