I know. The world is coming to an end. I’m actually posting two days in a row. The last time that happened was when I was attempting to write a poem a day.
Today, I came across a writing gem…well an Italian-American writing gem. I often check out the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) website for the latest news. Most everything is happening in New York. I dream of attending one of the monthly readings the Cornelia Street Cafe, but I’m here in Michigan. Still, it’s a great resource for finding new authors to read and for finding some publications to submit to. In fact, the reason I sent three poems for submission to More Sweet Lemons: An Anthology on Sicilian Writings is because I read it in the IAWA newsletter.
For a long time I noticed a regular announcement for Vito De Simone and his interviews with Italian-American writers that appeared on a cable channel in New York. Sadly, I knew I couldn’t view them from my little burg in Michigan. Today, however, something made me Google the guys name to see if there was any way I could see some of the interviews. I found the station’s Website and, as luck would have it, it directed me to Youtube where I found a slew of interviews.
The first I listened to was an interview with Robert Viscusi (spelled incorrectly in the video). I have so many more to listen to. I was especially drawn to Viscusi’s explanation for why Italian-American writing must be labeled. He said it was the way the book industry worked and that the goal is to have a shelf identifying these books alongside other ethnic groups that have been identified by the publishing industry. Otherwise, the voices remain silent and go unnoticed. I appreciated hearing that articulated. It reinvigorated my want to further my studies in Italian-American literature.