A Winter’s Night of Italian Folktales: Reading and Publication Party

Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.

A Winter’s Night of Italian Folktales

 Reading and Publication Party


Bordighera Press has published a special issue of Voices in Italian Americana (VIA) dedicated to new Italian-American folktales. The issue features the first work seen in this genre in decades and includes authors from Italy, Canada, and the U.S.


Two Rochester writers and W&B instructors, Anne Coon and M.J. Iuppa, are among the contributors and will read at this event. Nick DiChario, former W&B director of education and programming, guest edited the issue and will be in town to talk about the project. You can meet the authors, purchase a copy of the collection for $10, and enjoy a casual evening of Italian-American culture and conversation.


Italian cookies and wine will be on hand to cap off the night. It is our only event scheduled for the week between Christmas and the new year, so please come out and join us for this unique program.


Bordighera Press is a non-profit publisher of Italian-American literature since 1989. They publish works spanning award-winning poetry and prose to groundbreaking scholarship and research. Based in Indiana with editorial offices also in New York City, Bordighera Press has an international presence as the foremost publisher of italianità in North America.


About the readers:


Nicholas A. DiChario is a World Fantasy and Hugo award nominated short story writer whose work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, among them The Year’s Best Science FictionThe Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century. He is the author of two novels, A Small and Remarkable Life and Valley of Day-Glo, both nominees for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year. In addition to editing the special folktales issue for Voices In Italian Americana, he is currently working on a collection of his own modern Italian folktales.


Anne Coon is an independent scholar and writer. During a sabbatical stay in Siena, Italy, she wrote Via del Paradiso (FootHills Publishing), a collection of poems later excerpted and published as the illustrated letterpress book Henry James Sat Here (The Old School Press). Anne is the author of several other books, poetry publications, and articles. Her most recent book, coauthored with Judy Feuerherm, is Thriving in Retirement: Lessons From Baby Boomer Women. Anne holds the rank of Professor Emeritus from the College of Liberal Arts at RIT.




M.J. Iuppa is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program and Lecturer in
Creative Writing at St. John Fisher College; and since 2000 to present, is a part-time lecturer in
Creative Writing at The College at Brockport. Since 1986, she has been a teaching artist, working
with students, K-12, in Rochester, NY, and surrounding area. Most recently, she was awarded the
New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2017. She has four full
length poetry collections, newly released This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017), Small Worlds Floating
(2016) and Within Reach (2010), both from Cherry Grove Collections, and Night Traveler (Foothills Publishing, 2003), along with 5 chapbooks. She lives on a small farm in Hamlin, NY.



Nancy Caronia is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer and scholar who is a teaching assistant professor with West Virginia University’s Department of English. She is the co-editor of Personal Effects: Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (Fordham University Press 2015) and the guest editor for Italian Americana’s special issue on the Rocky series.