Monday, September 15, 2008

Grandpa's Wine by Gil Fagiani Released by Poets Wear Prada

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Grandpa's Wine: Poems by Gil Fagiani (Poets Wear Prada 2008)
Poems by
Gil Fagiani
SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
ISBN 978-0-9817678-2-6
(soft cover/17 pp.)
$8.00 (+ $1.50 S&H

The inspiration for Fagiani’s latest collection, Grandpa’s Wine, is the immigrant generation of his own family. Through stories, myths, and personal observations, he explores the turmoil facing immigrants everywhere, as they adjust to leaving one homeland, in search of new opportunities in another.

Grandpa’s Wine is written where people make a life among the ruins of a shattered world. Feelings and memories take the place of an old coherence, now lost and never to be replaced. Gil Fagiani’s poems inhabit this world’s poignancy, searching its sorrows with unimpeachable candor and a spare language that perfectly suits its straightforward tastes and its undervalued satisfactions.

Robert Viscusi, author of Astoria: A Novel

Gil Fagiani’s poems celebrate the older generation of Italian immigrants as they collide with America, as they simultaneously hold to old ways and forge new identities. His lean lines describe without judgment, like my grandmother tasting her sister-in-law's rosemary tomato sauce every Sunday, “good, good, good enough,” she would purr. This collection hums with love, but it is a love born of mastery of the ingredients, and the application of great discipline and control.

Angelo Verga, author of 33 New York City Poems

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September 21, 2008, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Hemsptead, NY:
The 16th Annual Italian Experience
The 7th Annual
Poets' and Writers'

A Celebration in Contemporary Italian Culture and the Literary Word
~With Featured Poets & Writers~
Louisa Calio,
Rosemary Cappello,
Dr. Rosetta D’Angelo,
Emily Ferrara,
Diana Festa,
Venera Fazio,
Daniela Gioseffi,
Barbara F. Hoffman,
Maria Lisella,
Rob Marchesani,
Frank Messina,
Jim Pignetti,
Frank Polizzi,
Dr. Anthony J. Tamburri
The Emily and Jerry Spiegel Theater
Hofstra's South Campus
(Hempstead Turnpike)
Hempstead,NY 11549
Join in a day of Italian music, cuisine, dance, foklore, art, theatre, and culture.
Sponsored by The Association of Italian American Educators with Hofstra's Italian Experience
We would like to thank for their support!
Info: 516-463-5042
Email: Louisa Calio
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Gil Fagiani Photo Credit: Maria Lisella

Gil Fagiani’s poetry collection, Rooks is set at Pennsylvania Military College in the 1960s (Rain Mountain Press, 2007); his chapbook, Crossing 116th Street: A Blanquito in El Barrio was published by Skidrow Penthouse in 2004. He has translated poetry written from Italian, Abruzzese dialect, and Spanish into English. He co-hosts the monthly literary reading of the Italian American Writers’ Association at the Cornelia Street Café, and is Associate Editor of Feile-Festa: A Literary Arts Journal. Fagiani is a social worker by profession, and directs a residential treatment program for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in Downtown Brooklyn.

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