When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 6 p.m.

Where: I AM Books, 189 North St., Boston, MA 02113

On April 22, several poets and authors (including Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella) will celebrate National Poetry Month along with I AM Books during this special event in collaboration with the Italian American Writers Association.

B. Amore

B. Amore is an artist and writer. Her multi-media Ellis Island exhibit was published as An Italian American Odyssey: Through Ellis Island and Beyond. Other publications include Art by Mexican Farmworkers in Vermont, Carving Out a Dream, writings in Sculpture Magazine and Art New England, VIA, Brownstone Poets Anthology, Biancheria and Speaking Memory, among others.
Mary Bonina

Mary Bonina’s two poetry collections are Living Proof (2007) and Clear Eye Tea (2010). Author of My Father’s Eyes: A Memoir, she has also recently completed a novel. Bonina is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and on the Board of the Writers Room of Boston.
Peter Covino

Peter Covino’s books are The Right Place to Jump (2012) and Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005). Work is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Community RAI Italian Television, and the Yale Review. He is associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the U. of Rhode Island and a founding editor of Barrow Street and Barrow Street Press.
Gil Fagiani

Gil Fagiani is a translator, essayist, short story writer, and poet. His latest book is Logos (Guernica Editions, 2015). Gil co-hosts the Italian American Writers’ Association’s monthly readings in Manhattan. In 2014, he was the subject of a New York Times article by David Gonzalez, “A Poet Mines Memories of Drug Addiction.”
Julia Lisella

Julia Lisella’s poetry collections include Always (2014), Terrain (2007) and Love Song Hiroshima (2004), a chapbook. Her poems appear in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Ocean State Review, Valparaiso, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, and elsewhere. She is associate professor of English at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts.
Maria Lisella

The sixth Queens Poet Laureate, Maria Lisella’s work has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Poetry Prize. Her collections include Thieves in the Family, Amore on Hope Street, and Two Naked Feet. She co-curates the Italian American Writers Association readings, is a NY Expert for USA TODAY, and contributes to La Voce di New York and Bridge Puglia.