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Frank Lentricchia reads at the Italian American Writers Association May gathering

(Apr 24, 2014)

Join IAWA at the Cornelia Street Cafe for its monthly open reading, featuring Frank Lentricchia and Roberto Ragone. IAWA holds its Open Reading series every second Saturday of the month at two venues: Cornelia Street Café on odd months (July, Sept, Nov) and Sidewalk Café on even months (June, Aug, Oct.) Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes, followed by two featured writers.

Frank Lentricchia is one of the country’s leading literary critics as well as a professor, novelist, and film teacher. He has been called “the Dirty Harry of literary criticism.” A chaired professor of literature at Duke University, he is the author of several highly acclaimed and often controversial critical studies. His novels include Johnny Critelli, The Knifemen, and The Accidental Pallbearer; and a memoir, The Edge of Night. His latest book, The Dog Killer of Utica, belongs to the Eliot Conte Mystery series.

Roberto Ragone, is an entrepreneur and arts and culture advocate with 25 years’ experience. He served as Executive Director of New York City’s Lower East Side Business Improvement District and has organized lectures and massive multimedia presentations and fundraising activities. For IAWA, Ragone will perform a dramatization of a speech from Congressman Vito Marcantonio, the seven-time elected Congressman who hailed from East Harlem, once the largest Italian community in the country.

$8.00 at entrance, includes one drink. Come at 5:45 to sign up for the open mic.

Check the new IAWA website for a full monthly list of events, publications, opportunities, and resources for writers and readers: www.iawa.net