A New Life with Bianca - Night of Poetry & Music at Casa Belvedere Tues. 11/10

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Join Us For a Night of Poetry & Music at Casa Belvedere, Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue - Staten Island, NY 10301. T. 718-273-7660. E. [email protected] www.casa-belvedere.org

A New Life with Bianca. by Frank Polizzi. This evening's program will feature a presentation of Mr. Polizzi's new poetry book, A New Life with Bianca, published by Bordighera Press, under the auspices of the Calandra Institute of the City University of New York and edited by Prof. Anthony Tamburri. Participants will be treated to the reading of two sonnets, in English and Sicilian. As an added accompaniment to the evening, a guitarist, Andrew Graziano, will provide music during the reading of the sonnets as well as perform a few solos to entertain the audience. Part of the presentation will include visual projection of Michael McCurdy's images, whose engravings are archived at the Boston Public Library. Q&A will follow.

Donation: $20pp Refreshments will be served. The book will be available for sale and signing by author. Kindly RSVP in advance so that we can plan accordingly. Call 718-273-7660 or E-Mail [email protected]


Frank Polizzi is the editor of Feile-Festa, a multicultural, literary arts journal and President of the Mediterranean Celtic Cultural Association. His poems and stories have appeared in The Archer, Bitterroot, Electric Acorn (Dublin Writers), Mudfish, Paterson Literary Review, Wired Art and others. The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA) accepted his one-act play, By the Light of a Barber Pole for its reading series in 2009. Two years later, Finishing Line Press published All Around Town, his poems exploring Sicilian American roots and experiences in NYC. A trilingual edition (English, Italian & Sicilian) of love sonnets, A New Life with Bianca, was released by Bordighera Press in 2015.

In the past, Frank worked as a Vista Volunteer in New London, Conn., and then as an educator in many capacities over the years, including an English teacher on the original staff to reopen Townsend Harris H.S. at Queens College and Head of Reference & Instructional Services at Wagner College's Horrmann Library. He has participated in six presentations with Enzo Farinella, former Italian Cultural Attaché in Dublin, on the similarities between Irish and Italian/Sicilian cultures, including one jointly sponsored by the Glucksman Ireland House & Casa Italiana of NYU.

Frank is currently seeking a publisher for a new novel, Somewhere in the Stars, set during World War II, which made the 2014 Long list of the UK publisher, Lightship, for its "First Novel Prize." He is committed to exploring and promoting all aspects of italianità.

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