Bordighera Press

Bordighera Press Bordighera Press is dedicated to the history and culture of Italians in America. It is also publishes VIA: Voices in Italian Americana.

Bryant Park
01/22/2020

Bryant Park

Winter won’t stop us from bringing poetry to you. We’re heading indoors to our neighbor Kinokuniya New York (Kinokuniya USA) to kick off Bryant Park Reading Room's 2020 literary season on Tuesday, January 21, 6pm with Winter Poetry featuring Autumn House Press.

Readings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January - April, 6pm-7:30pm, and are free and open to the public. Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, Bordighera Press, and more round out the schedule. See more info and check out the full schedule and lineup here: Bryant Park Winter Poetry.

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Kathy Curto
01/21/2020

Kathy Curto

Two unexpected discoveries at one of my all-time favorite NYC sweet spots-- Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar. Not for Nothing (next to Mario Cuomo’s memoir...Joe Curto remember when we sent him a wedding invitation in 1992?) and holy guacamole these like-new boots for forty bucks next door Housing Works Thrift Shops!

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#writinghome #writer#writersofinstagram #childhood #comingofage #familystories #family #housingworks

Kathy Curto
01/17/2020

Kathy Curto

A stunning and stirring collection of poems. I just wish I had the chance to know Gil the way so many of the writers I’ve met through the Italian American literary community knew him. This book helps, though, and I thank you Maria Lisella (Gil’s wife) and Bordighera Press for offering it to us all. Visit Bordighera Press for more info.

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Kathy Curto
01/06/2020

Kathy Curto

I adore an early-January, whole-new-decade surprise! Gratitude and thankful lit vibes go out to Vincent Panella for reaching out to me and including a copy of this review after reading Not for Nothing. I look forward to the release of his upcoming books in 2020 and 2021! Please check out his site and his work: www.vincentpanella.com.

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Vincent Panella

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In our latest newsletter, we reflect on all of the books we've published this year—Want to see what you've missed, check...
12/26/2019
2019 in Review

In our latest newsletter, we reflect on all of the books we've published this year—

Want to see what you've missed, check out our complete 2019 catalog: https://conta.cc/39bimHl

Diane Syrcle recorded the song, "The Last Rose of Summer," that Luisa Tetrazzini sang on Christmas Eve in San Francisco ...
12/26/2019
Music’s Power to Unify

Diane Syrcle recorded the song, "The Last Rose of Summer," that Luisa Tetrazzini sang on Christmas Eve in San Francisco in 1910. This event inspired Anna Citrino's poem, "Making a Life."

Read more about it and listen to Syrcle's recording here:
https://annacitrino.com/2019/12/22/musics-power-to-unify/

“I will sing in San Francisco if I have to sing there in the streets, for I know the streets of San Francisco are free,” said Luisa Tetrazzini during a period when an unresolved dispute arose with …

"In her book of poems "A Space Between," Anna Citrino has illuminated the void Italians have felt after leaving home for...
12/12/2019
*Book Reviews

"In her book of poems "A Space Between," Anna Citrino has illuminated the void Italians have felt after leaving home for the storied American world beyond the sea."

MaryAnn L. Miller for Ovunque Siamo

https://ovunquesiamoweb.com/vol-3-issue-2/book-reviews/

Your copy is waiting at Small Press Distribution:
https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781599541495/a-space-between.aspx

New Italian Migrations to the United States: Vol. 1: Politics and History Since 1945 by Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra, University of Illinois Press, 2017 Review by Brian Fanelli At times, it …

Congratulations to Maria Terrone, her essay "Mystery, Menace, and Early Sorrow" was recognized as a "Notable Essay" in t...
12/11/2019
The Best American Essays 2019 | HMH Books

Congratulations to Maria Terrone, her essay "Mystery, Menace, and Early Sorrow" was recognized as a "Notable Essay" in the The Best American Essays 2019 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/The-Best-American-Essays-2019/9781328465801

Read the essay in "At Home in the New World" (Small Press Distribution): https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781599541273/at-home-in-the-new-world.aspx

“Essays are restless literature, trying to find out how things fit together, how we can think about two things at once, how the personal and the public can inform each other, how two overtly dissimilar things share a secret kinship,” contends Rebecca Solnit in her introduction. From lost languag...

Kathy Curto
12/11/2019

Kathy Curto

I can’t tell if I am one or two here but who cares? Got party hats, a basket of popcorn and a navy and white criss cross jumpsuit.
And the arms of both parents around me.
Speaking of birthdays, today my book is one!
Sending nothing but lit love and virtual hugs (happy to give you one in person if you want to meet for coffee) of thanks to all who helped me along the way. You know who you are.❤️

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Congratulations to Jennifer Martelli Poetry, finalist in the 2019 HOUSATONIC BOOK AWARDS from WCSU MFA for "My Tarantell...
12/06/2019
My Tarantella

Congratulations to Jennifer Martelli Poetry, finalist in the 2019 HOUSATONIC BOOK AWARDS from WCSU MFA for "My Tarantella"!

https://housatonicbookawards.wordpress.com/

Get your copy today at Small Press Distribution: https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781599541303/my-tarantella.aspx

My Tarantella Poetry. Women's Studies. Italian American Studies. "I love this book with its strength and riskiness, its weaving of the Kitty Genovese story with the narrator's own story and life. The details Martelli provides seem so real, so rooted, so perfect for the...

American Book Review
11/26/2019

American Book Review

Issue 41.1 (November/December 2019). Speculative Fiction. Focus edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, now available on Project MUSE https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/41276

"Fagiani has recollected all the missing Madonnas in his life and in doing so has forged an enduring legacy. By focusing...
11/26/2019
American Book Review :: Current Issue

"Fagiani has recollected all the missing Madonnas in his life and in doing so has forged an enduring legacy. By focusing largely on those whom he found in his lineage, he produced a breathtaking epic that we are all the richer for."

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright (Live Mag!) on "Missing Madonnas" by Gil Fagiani!

Thank you Jeffrey and American Book Review for the feature.

Read the complete review: http://americanbookreview.org/currentIssue.asp

Order "Missing Madonnas": https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781599541358/missing-madonnas.aspx

Founded in 1977, the American Book Review is a nonprofit, internationally distributed publication hosted by the University of Houston-Victoria

Eating Fried Eggs at Gail's by Barbara Crooker - Your Daily Poem
11/20/2019
Eating Fried Eggs at Gail's by Barbara Crooker - Your Daily Poem

Eating Fried Eggs at Gail's by Barbara Crooker - Your Daily Poem

Barbara Crooker’s award-winning poems have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies and have been featured on the BBC, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company), The Writer's Almanac, and in the Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress. Recipient of many fellowships and res...

Poet of the Month: “Love Poem” by Marisa Frasca
11/18/2019
Poet of the Month: “Love Poem” by Marisa Frasca

Poet of the Month: “Love Poem” by Marisa Frasca

Where else to carry love but on the lipsI silently speak your name this time of sunsetThe sun sinks its last drop of honey into the seaI put aside everything about the dayTry again in words never l…

Kathy Curto
11/13/2019

Kathy Curto

Short story: Not for Nothing visits Molise, Italy!
Long story: Last summer, after Bryant Park Reading Room Panel, Laura Tomasso introduced herself to me and asked if we could talk again. (If you know me you know what happens when someone asks, “Can we talk again?”) Laura noted that some of the themes in my book were ones she was thinking about in preparation for an upcoming conference in Molise, Italy. We did meet and talked about ‘Who Do We Think We Are” plus much, much more. And now here we are, mid-November, she just sent me the conference brochure plus (not included) the sweetest-ever voice message after her presentation. Thank you, Laura. Next stop, Molise. (I hope someday!)

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Maria Giura
11/11/2019

Maria Giura

So privileged to have shared a panel at IDEA Boston--Mothers and Mothering in Italian American Lit--with stupendous fellow authors Kathy Curto, Julia Lisella, and Olivia Kate Cerrone pictured here with our books! IDEA Boston is an annual festival celebrating lit, history, art and many other aspects of Italian and Italian American culture and is directed by I AM Bookstore’s (Boston) co-founder Nicola Orichuia. Thank you so very much
Nicola and staff!
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Kathy Curto
11/08/2019

Kathy Curto

A cozy (and packed!)Thursday night at Bronx River Books. Another great salon thanks to organizer Ines Rodrigues, Author and to all the writers who shared their material: Reyna Marder Gentin, Maria Giura, @bobbysnacks and Marlena Maduro Baraf. And here’s to 16-year-old photographer, Julie Benatar, for sharing her powerful portraits with us. Dark and rainy Thursdays (at that time of the year when some of us are still missing longer days of sunlight) are not so bad, after all.

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Kathy Curto
11/05/2019

Kathy Curto

Some takeaways from last weekend IDEA Boston: parking myself in front of one of one of the most charming bookstores in the universe, writerly sisterhood on our Mamma Mia panel, enjoying dinner and cannoli with my sidekick, Seuss in Italian and finally…Pinocchio!

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Julia Lisella
Maria Giura

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From the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center Poetry Reading featuring Rosemary Cappello, Mark Danowsky, and Luke Stromberg on...
11/04/2019

From the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center Poetry Reading featuring Rosemary Cappello, Mark Danowsky, and Luke Stromberg on Sunday, November 3.

I Am Books
11/04/2019

I Am Books

Excited to share "The Manifestos of Aldo Palazzeschi"! Edited and translated by Katia Pansa and Nicholas Grosso, the vol...
10/30/2019
The Manifestos of Aldo Palazzeschi — literaturhaus

Excited to share "The Manifestos of Aldo Palazzeschi"! Edited and translated by Katia Pansa and Nicholas Grosso, the volume captures the acerbic wit and grand parodic visions of Palazzeschi.

For the first time in English, read the complete manifesto cycle today.

literaturha.us/news-list/2019/the-manifestos-of-aldo-palazzeschi

With acerbic wit and grand parodic visions, Aldo Palazzeschi challenges the status quo (whether they be institutions, norms, or conventions) and champions the odd balls, the outcasts, the contrarians, and the unconventional.

Kathy Curto
10/30/2019

Kathy Curto

I’ve always adored this photo (all eyes, hands and feet on deck!) lots of stories to tell here. Heading to Boston this weekend for the IDEA Boston Festival to chat with Julia Lisella, Olivia Kate Cerrone and Maria Giura about mothers and mothering in contemporary Italian American lit. Bringing the unforgettable energy of these women with me—one great-grandma, two grandmas and my mama. ❤️

IDEA Boston
I Am Books

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#authorsofinstagram
#writersofinstagram
#everydaypoetry
#flashwriting
#teachingwriting
#writingworkshops
#artintheeveryday

Kathy Curto
10/29/2019

Kathy Curto

Brava to admired poet-friend Jennifer Martelli Poetry. (Who welcomed me with open arms when I visited the North End earlier this year.) I love this powerful volume of work and have used it in class-students appreciate it too!

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IASA - Italian American Studies Association

Conference 2019
10/28/2019
Conference 2019

Conference 2019

"In his treaty “Fascist Social Politics for Libya’s Arabs” (1938), Italo Balbo describes Italian racial policies established in Libya, the jewel of Italian colonial lands. The Italian governor in Libya between 1930 and 1939, Balbo was well known in Italy as a pilot, a soldier, and as a colonia...

Congratulations to Jennifer Martelli Poetry, "My Tarantella" was awarded Honorable Mention by IASA - Italian American St...
10/28/2019

Congratulations to Jennifer Martelli Poetry, "My Tarantella" was awarded Honorable Mention by IASA - Italian American Studies Association!

Kathy Curto
10/23/2019

Kathy Curto

These green and white Garden State Parkway signs seem to follow me wherever I go. (But I love it @raeccola.)
Thanks The Inner Loop: A Literary Reading Series for the cool vibes and support, to The Colony Club for the space and to all the new writers I met last night! Rachel and Courtney, the goddesses in these pics, are bringing bright and shiny literary offerings to the hood so keep bookish chatter alive and support their stuff.
DC, keep spreading the lit love!
(Also I can’t stop looking at the sign above our heads in the 3rd photo. (Seems to be asking if “Mommy and Daddy are dumb” and also indicating that “avocado was here, meat is 11 and pasta 38.” That’s some good pasta!)

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#writinghome #writer#writersofinstagram #childhood #comingofage #familystories #family #theinnerloopliteraryseries #dcwriters @ Colony Club

Kathy Curto
10/17/2019

Kathy Curto

Two Big Nights—one past, one future. Thanks Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation for inviting Maria Giura and I to share stories, sell books and meet members of your warm and welcoming community. And here’s to a fun Movie Night—Tucci and Scott’s Big Night is a favorite of mine. Friends, check this out on 10/29, if you can-it’s free, all are welcome and sure to be a fun time. Also, thanks to Beatrice for putting out such a delightful antipasto at our reading. Right at home, for sure!

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We are excited to announce the winner of the 2019 Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize—Janet Sylvester! Distinguished judge Peter ...
10/16/2019

We are excited to announce the winner of the 2019 Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize—Janet Sylvester! Distinguished judge Peter Covino described the collection as “gorgeous and sophisticated.”

And congrats to finalists Donna Pucciani and Carmela Lanza—all will be featured in VIA 31.1.

Read more about the bloody New Orleans lynching of 11 Italian immigrants and President Benjamin Harrison's proclamation ...
10/15/2019
Rope and Soap Lynchings of Italians in the United States

Read more about the bloody New Orleans lynching of 11 Italian immigrants and President Benjamin Harrison's proclamation for a one-time national celebration in 1892 in "Rope and Soap" by Patrizia Salvetti, available through Small Press Distribution.

https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781599541013/rope-and-soap-lynchings-of-italians-in-the-united-states.aspx

Rope and Soap: Lynchings of Italians in the United States Literary Nonfiction. Italian Studies. A close look into the lynchings of Italians in the United States and the political, social, and cultural fallout that led to the withdrawal of Italy's ambassadors from the US.

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