The 2023 Massachusetts Poetry Festival
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Sunday, May 7 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Navigating the Italian Diaspora: Three Bordighera Press Poets Read and Discuss Their Work

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Bordighera Press is dedicated to publishing creative works on the Italian diasporic experience. Julia Lisella, Jennifer Martelli, and Carla Panciera—three award-winning poets—will read from their books published by this press. Their poetry confronts stereotypes and misogyny within and without the Italian American community. The poets will also discuss the importance of finding community in the writing world and how that has supported and influenced their work.The reading will be followed by a robust question and answer period.

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Julia Lisella

Poet, teacher, scholar
Julia Lisella’s three books of poetry are Our Lively Kingdom (Bordighera Press), Always (WordTech Editions), Terrain (WordTech Editions), and Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press). Her poems are widely anthologized and are forthcoming or have appeared in The Common, Ploughshares... Read More →
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Carla Panciera

Carla Panciera’s latest book is Barnflower: A Rhode Island Farm Memoir (Loom Press). She has published two poetry collections: One of the Cimalores (Cider Press) and No Day, No Dusk, No Love (Bordighera). Her short story collection, Bewildered, received AWP’s Grace Paley Prize... Read More →
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Jennifer Martelli

Co-Poetry Editor, Mom Egg Review
Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Queen of Queens andMy Tarantella (Bordighera Press), awarded an HonorableMention from the Italian-American Studies Association,selected as a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center forthe Book, and named as a finalist for the Housatonic BookAward... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2023 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
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