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Association of Italian Canadian Writers: history, activities and the Venera Fazio Poetry Prize (IIC MONTREAL WEBINAR SERIES)



Association of Italian Canadian Writers: history, activities and the Venera Fazio Poetry Prize (IIC MONTREAL WEBINAR SERIES)

The Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal and the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers / Writers (AICW) are pleased to inaugurate and present a series of webinars dedicated to the work of writing, an experience animated by Italian-Canadian authors, translators, directors , journalists, publishers, bloggers ...

The first webinar of the series spreads on the history and activity of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) and on the poetry prize dedicated to the writer and poet Venera Fazio, who passed away on December 21, 2017.

Tuesday, June 30th 2020, 5:00 pm EST

Registration required

Prof. Emeritus Joseph Pivato (Athabasca University) will outline the rich history of the AICW, while Delia De Santis, Vice President of the AICW, will trace its more specific and more relevant activities, including the "Venera Fazio Poetry Prize". As Delia De Santis recently wrote, "There were three things Venera was totally dedicated to, and they were her family, the AICW and her writing. But I know that quite often, the AICW got much more attention than her own creative work. She published one book of poetry, and I am sure if she had lived to a good long age, she would have had many more poems to share with the world"(AICW Newsletter, 93, June-Summer 2020, p. 5). The prize is dedicated to her memory, which in the 2020 edition was won by the three women poets: Lynn Tait, Carole Giangrande and Anna Villapiana, respectively first, second and third classified. The three winning poetesses participate in the webinar, introduced in turn by Delia De Santis and the writer Caterina Edwards, and Anna Foschi Ciampolini, member of the AICW Newsletter Editorial Board, and Francesco D'Arelli, Director of the Italian Institute of Montreal culture.

Delia De Santis is the author of the collection Fast Forward and Other Stories. She is widely published in literary magazines and has co-edited several anthologies. A long-time member of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers executive, Delia is presently the vice-president.

Anna Foschi Ciampolini is a short-story writer, journalist, and translator. Anna is a co-founder and two-time President of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. She is presently on the Editorial Board and the Newsletter Committee of the Association’s Executive.

Joseph Pivato is Professor Emeritus of Literary Studies at Athabasca University where he taught courses in comparative literature that included Italian-Canadian authors. His M.A. and Ph.D. are in Comparative Literature. He was born in Italy. In 1985 he edited Contrasts: Comparative Essays on Italian-Canadian Writing, the first critical analysis of this emerging literature. He has published Echo: Essays on Other Literatures (1994) The Anthology of Italian-Canadian Writing (1998) and books on George Elliott Clarke, Sheila Watson, Mary di Michele, Caterina Edwards, F.G. Paci, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco and other authors. Founding president of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers, 1986.

Caterina Edwards has published six books, each in a different genre. Her work of creative nonfiction Finding Rosa: A Mother With Alzheimer’s/ a Daughter in Search of the Past received two major awards, rave reviews and much critical attention. The Italian edition will be published this October. The Sicilian Wife, a literary noir, was named a Best Book of the Year in 2015 by The National Post, who described it as “a feminist answer to the Godfather”. The French translation came out last fall. In 2016, Caterina was inducted into the City of Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame.

Lynn Tait is an award-winning poet/photographer residing in Sarnia Ontario Canada. Her poems have appeared in Windsor Review, RE:al, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Feathertales, The Tower Society, Contemporary Verse II, Vallum, Freefall Literary Magazine, Literary Review of Canada and in over 100 Canadian and American anthologies, as well published a chapbook Breaking Away, co-authored a book EnCompass I, and is working on two full length poetry manuscripts. Her photos and digital art have appeared on numerous book covers including Discovering Voice: Italian-Canadian Women’s Writing. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and The Ontario Poetry Society.

Carole Giangrande's poetry has appeared in The New Quarterly, Grain, Prairie Fire, Spiritus, Queens Quarterly, Braided Way and in People, Places, Passages: An Anthology of Canadian Writing (Longbridge, 2018). She’s the author of ten adult books and one children’s book, Do I Have To Go To Sleep? (2020). Her novel All That Is Solid Melts Into Air won the 2018 Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. Her most recent novel, The Tender Birds was awarded the 2019 Silver IPPY in the same category.

Anna Ciardullo Villapiana was born in Cosenza, Italy in 1973. She graduated in 2000 at University of Calabria in the Faculty of Art with a Modern Literature degree. In 2003 she moved to Canada where she started her career as translator and Italian language teacher. In 2007 she published her first collection of poems, Percorsi Interiori/Inner Paths (Pandora Press). And later, in 2015 Frammenti di Luce/Fragments of Light (Pandora Press). In 2018 she published her third volume of prose and poetry Al di là del mare/Beyond the Sea (I rumori dell’anima Edition). Some of Anna Ciardullo Villapiana’s poem have been published in several magazines and anthologies in Canada, Italy and USA.


Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Time: At 5:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

In collaboration with : Associazione di Scrittori/Scrittrici Italo-Canades

Entrance : Free