10/05 Tuesday 7 pm • Quando Sono Italiana/When I Am Italian


Quando Sono Italiana/When I Am Italian

A Reading/Performance by Joanna Clapps Herman and Michela Musolino, facilitated by Maria Giura

In her book When I Am Italian, Joanna Clapps Herman raises the question: To what extent can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian? The granddaughter of Italian immigrants who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s, Herman takes a complicated and nuanced look at the question of to whom and to which culture she ultimately belongs. During this evening of reading and song, Joanna will read short excerpts about memory and grief as well as stories about her Italian childhood in Waterbury, CT and visiting Italy for the first time. She’ll also read some short poems about the joy of recently becoming una nonna. Internationally recognized Sicilian-American singer Michela Musolino will start and close the evening with a few Southern Italian songs.  Q & A as well as a book signing will follow for those who wish to buy Joanna’s book.

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Joanna Clapps Herman has had 19 short prose pieces and poems accepted for publication in the past Covid era. Her most recent book length publication, When I am Italian: Quando sono italiana, (SUNY Press) explores the question of whether it’s possible to be Italian if you weren’t born in Italy. Other books include No Longer and Not Yet and The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America. She has co-edited two anthologies; Wild Dreams and Our Roots Are Deep with Passionwww.joannaclappsherman.com

Michela Musolino, an internationally recognized Sicilian-American singer us the granddaughter of Sicilians who immigrated to America. Michela explores her cultural roots through the study and reinterpretation of the folk songs of Sicily and Southern Italy. Having grown up listening to music from two worlds, Musolino now weaves ancient and modern melodies in her performances and enchants with a voice that seems to float between the ages.  www.michelamusolino.com

Maria Giura is the author of What My Father Taught Me and Celibate: A Memoir, which won a 2020 First Place Independent Press Award.  An Academy of American Poets winner, Maria has been published in several journals and has taught writing at multiple universities including Binghamton University, where she received her PhD. Maria teaches memoir writing workshops for Casa Belvedere. www.mariagiura.com

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