Paola Corso
Copyright © 2017 Paola Corso. All Rights Reserved.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NEWS & APPEARANCES News The Laundress Catches Her Breath was reviewed in Italian Americana and The City Paper. Paola's poem "How Much Sun" was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Paola will be traveling to Madison, Wisconsin, to accept the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association for The Laundress Catches Her Breath. The Laundress Catches Her Breath is a Binghamton University Milt Kessler Book Award Finalist and ForeWord magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year Finalist.   Paola will be giving some special readings of Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing  about Pittsburgh steelworkers and garment workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and in sweatshops today. Profits from book sales at these will go toward relief efforts for victims of the Bangladesh factory collapse. The Laundress Catches Her Breath, Paola’s latest poetry book, is out with CavanKerry Press. Read an Interview with Nin Andrews. Read about The Laundress Catches Her Breath in the Bryant Park Blog. Paola’s newly released poetry collection Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing  includes an introduction by Michele Fazio and Michelle Tokarczyk. Look for Paola’s “Put Objects to Work in Your Fiction in the September 2012 issue of The Writer. Her article includes interviews with Alice Walker and Annie Proulx along with Gerald McCarthy, Fred Misurella, Lisa Nichols, Elizabeth Sanders, and Meredith Sue Willis. Paola was among the judges for the Working Class Studies Association’s Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing who selected the winning title, Sweet Hope: A Novel by Mary Bucci Bush. Paola's Catina's Haircut is on Family Tree Magazine's Recommended Genealogy Reading List for its May 2011 Book Remarks. Penn State University's radio station WPSU selected Paola's Catina's Haircut as part of its Amazon Associate Program. Check out the link for details. Only-the-Blog-Knows-Brooklyn's Louise Crawford interviewed Paola for Park Slope Patch. Paola's short story collection Catina's Haircut is on Library Journal’s “First Novels: Fall Firsts" notable list. Catina's Haircut is featured in the article "Pearls on a String: The novel in stories is a literary form worth trying" by Evan Marshall on The Literary Life Psychology Today blog. Paola wrote about self-censorship and in the publishing industry in "From Without and From Within" in Glimmer Train Bulletin No. 45, October 2010. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rege Behe wrote an article about how Paola fictionalized the immigrant experience in Catina's Haircut. Two of Paola's poems were published in Women's Review of Books Jan./Feb. issue and appear in her poetry collection Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing. Appearances 2015 Wednesday, March 25, 2015 “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in Italian and Italian American Memory” 6 p.m. Italian Cultural Institute 686 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065 (212) 879 4242 ext. 323 Presenters: Suzanne Pred Bass, Cassandra Casella, Paola Corso, Edvige Giunta, Ester Rizzo Licata, Mary Anne Trasciatti. Donatella Baldini, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, will moderate the event. Thursday, March 26, 2015 “Remembering the Triangle Fire" 6-8 p.m. Calandra Institute 25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor New York, NY This gathering of creative and powerful women is a fitting tribute to the memory of those who died in the fire and the continuing struggle for social justice that it inspired. Paola will be reading with  Edvige Giunta, Mary Anne Trasciatti, Marcella Bencivenni,  Cassandra Casella, Ester Rizzo Licata, Annie Lanzillotto, and LuLu LoLo. Friday, April 17, 2015 Poetry Reading: Featuring the works of Thomas Merton and Dennis Brutus 7-9 p.m. East End Book Exchange 4754 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15224 info@eastendbookexchange.com (412) 224-2847 As a member of Pittsburgh's Merton Center for Peace and Social Justice, Paola curated this reading as part of the Thomas Merton Centennial Festival. Participants include Sheila Carter Jones, Paola Corso, Carol Gonzalez, Kenneth Miller, Bonita Penn, Mike Schneider, and Philip Terman. Saturday, April 18, 2015 Versify Reading Series featuring Paola Corso, Lauren Shapiro, and Sheila Squilante 7 p.m. East End Book Exchange 4754 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15224 info@eastendbookexchange.com (412) 224-2847 Featured readers are Paola Corso, Lauren Shapiro, and Sheila Squillante. Curated by Bob Walicki. Sunday, May 31, 2015 Poetry reading by Paola Corso and Maria Terrone 6 p.m. The Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia Street New York, NY 10014 (212) 989-9319 2014 Friday, March 14, 2014 New Jersey Poetry Out Loud State Finals 10 a.m. New Jersey Performing Arts Center 1 Center Street Newark, NJ Paola will represent CavanKerry Press, publisher of her award-winning poetry collection, The Laundress Catches Her Breath, and be a judge for the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest State Finals. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation program for students grades 9-12. The program encourages the nation's youth to learn about great works of classic and contemporary poetry memorization and performance. Saturday, April 26, 2014 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Squirrel Hill 2-4 p.m. 5801 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 422-9650 Paola will read from her new poetry books The Laundress Catches Her Breath and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing and give an author's talk. She'll share copies of her Writer's Digest article "Falling Into Place: arrange your poetry with a purpose to shape your collection into a cohesive manuscript." Thursday, November 13, 2014 Embrobidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora edited by Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra Calandra Institute 6 p.m. 25 West 43rd St., New York Free and open to the public Anthology readers include B. Amore, Phyllis Capello, Paola Corso, Jo Ann Cavallo, Maria Frasca, Lucia Grillo, Maria Grillo, Karen Guancione, Jospeh Inguanti, Annie Rachele Lanzillotto, Tiziana Rinaldi Castro, Tippy Acamantis, Joan Saverino, and Maria Terrone. 2013 Friday, January 18, 2013 Folktakes From Around the World Writers in the Wall Reading Series Hosted by Paola Corso 7-8:30 p.m. Aspinwall Municipal Building 217 Commercial Avenue Aspinwall, PA 15215 (412) 781-0213 A family-friendly event free and open to the public Join us for an evening of folktales that will trot the globe. Featured readers: Keiko Maeda Edwards, Japan; Janina Kvedaras, Venezuela; Javier Rodriguez, Puerto Rico; Beth Cusick Ruff, Ireland. Ethnic refreshments will be served. Saturday, March 9, 2013 CavanKerry Press: The Lives Brought to Life Reading Noon to 1:15 p.m. Associated Writing Programs Conference in Boston Alice Hoffman Bookfair Stage, Exhibit Hall D, Level 2 Teresa Carson, Nin Andrews, Paola Corso, Joan Cusack Handler, Michael Miller. Paola Corso, The Laundress Catches Her Breath; Joan Cusack Handler, Confessions of Joan the Tall, and Michael Miller, Darkening the Grass will read from their recently published books, plus Nin Andrews will read selections from The Waiting Room Reader II: Words to Keep You Company. Friday, April 12, 2013 Poems to Save the Earth  7 p.m. Poets House 10 River Terrace, NYC Hosted by Daniela Gioseffi. Readers: Joanne Monte, Alfred Corn, D. Nurkse, George Guida, Vivian Demuth, Burt Kimmelman, Gil Fagiani, Juanita Thompson, Pat Falk, George Held, Eliot Katz, Maria Lisella, Rob Marchesani, Stephen Massimilla, Nancy Mercado, Maria Terrone, Paola Corso.   Friday, May 17, 2013 Writers in the Wall: Aspinwall’s Reading Series  Featuring Julie Cecchini, Andrew Edwards and Open Mic. Hosted by Paola Corso 7:30 p.m. Aspinwall Municpal Building 217 Commercial Ave. Aspinwall, PA 15215 (412) 781-0213 Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Julie Cecchini lives in Penn Hills. She is active with several poetry and writing groups in Pittsburgh. She is currently studying poetry at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette, Loyalhanna Review, Tattoo Highway, and other journals. When she’s not writing, she enjoys trail walking and experimenting with art. Andrew Edwards is a writer, teacher, and librarian currently tutoring in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He is the author of The Kobe Reality Series, a book of poetry based on his experience living in Japan. During his stay there, he flew to St. Petersburg, Russia, to attend the Summer Literary Seminar where he met Robert Creeley who compared his work to that of William Carlos Williams. Andrew is married to Keiko Maeda and lives in Aspinwall with their two sons.   Saturday, June 8, 2013 Italian American Writers Association 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sidewalk Cafe  94 Ave. A on the corner of Sixth St., New York (212) 473-7373 Paola will be a featured reader with poet Maria Terrone. Featured writers take the stage after open mic readings of five minutes. Thursday, June 13, 2013 Fighting Forward: A Labor and Working Class Summit Musical and Cultural Event   2013 Conference of the Working Class Studies Association 7:30–10 p.m. Madison College Downtown Education Center Madison, Wisconsin Emcee: Jim Leary, Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, UW-Madison. Featuring Bucky Halker, Company of Folk, Chicago, IL, The Madison Solidarity Singers, and Spoken Word Performances. Paola will read from The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association. She will attend the Friday banquet to accept her award.   Thursday, June 27, 2013 An Evening of Poetry with Paola Corso  7 p.m. Mt. Lebanon Public Library 16 Castle Shannon Blvd Pittsburgh PA 15228 412-531-1912 X 214 Paola will read poems from her new books, The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing, and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing about Pittsburgh steelworkers and garment workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and in sweatshops today. Profits from her book sales that night will go toward relief efforts for victims of the Bangladesh factory collapse.   Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series 8 p.m. Hemingway’s Café 3911 Forbes Ave. Oakland section of Pittsburgh Hosted by Jimmy Cvetic and Joan Bauer. Paola will read with Rina Ferrarelli and Sheryl St. Germain followed by an open mic.   Saturday, October 6, 2013 Poetry at the Pump House Featuring Jan Beatty, Peter Oresick, and Paola Corso 1:30 p.m. Waterfront Drive Munhall, PA 2012 Wednesday, January 4, 2012 New Hungers for Old Anthology Group Reading 8 p.m. St. Mark's Poetry Project 10th Street and 2nd Avenue New York, New York Introduction by Editor Dennis Barone with readers J.T. Barbarese, David Cappella, Christine Casson, Paola Corso, Peter Covino, Ray DiPalma, Elaine Equi, Mary Giaimo, George Guida, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Daniela Gioseffi, Vittoria Repetto, Matthew Longabucco, Jerome Mazzaro, Nick Piombino, Clare Rossini, and Maria Terrone. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Word for Word Poetry 7-9 p.m. The Bryant Park Reading Room New York Public Library http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2012/06/12/word-for-word-poetry Paola will read with fellow CavanKerry Press authors Carole Stone and Kevin Carey. Thursday, October 4, 2012 Writers in the Wall Writing Workshop Hosted  by Paola Corso 7-8:30 p.m. Aspinwall Municipal Building 217 Commercial Ave. Aspinwall, PA 15215 (412) 781-0213 Free and open to the public The workshop welcomes writers from all genres and levels. There will be in-class writing prompts and exercises. Bring a poem or a couple pages of prose to critique if you'd like. Thursday, November 2, 2012 Writers in the Wall Reading Series Hosted by Paola Corso 7-8:30 p.m. Aspinwall Municipal Building 217 Commercial Ave. Aspinwall, PA 15215 (412) 781-0213 Free and open to the public The reading series will feature published authors and emerging writers giving book talks and readings with audience Q&A to follow. Light refreshments will be served. 2011 Saturday, January 8, 2011 The Italian American Writers Association 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia Street, NYC (212) 989-9319; www.corneliastreetcafe.com The evening starts with Open Mic readings of five minutes each. IAWA is a 501(3)© not-for-profit corporation. Since 1991, the organization has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series at Cornelia St. Café every month. For membership information, visit www.iawa.net. Visit the Italian American Writers Cafe blog http://www.i-italy.org/bloggers/italian-american- writers-cafe. Paola will be reading with Lisa Marie Basile. More info. Friday, February 11, 2011 The Park Slope Food Coop's Wordsprouts Reading Series Open House with co-curators Paula Bernstein and Paola Corso 7 p.m. The Park Slope Food Coop Meeting Room 782 Union Street, Brooklyn 11215 (btw 6th and 7th Aves) (718) 622-0560 Free and open to the public Drop by for a refreshment and learn about all the fab Coop authors, their books, and upcoming events. Wordsprouts Reading Series co-curators Paula Bernstein and Paola Corso would love to hear about your writing projects and news for an upcoming Wordsprouts column or suggestions for future Wordsprouts events. Check out our bag of writing resources. Sign up for a critique of your writing with Script Doctors Paula and Paola. Paula Bernstein is the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited (Random House, 2007). She has a Masters in Cinema Studies from NYU and has taught memoir writing at mediabistro.com. Paola Corso's most recent book of fiction is Catina's Haircut: A Novel in Stories, included on Library Journal's notable list of first novels last fall. She is a writer-in-residence at Western Connecticut State University's MFA Program in Creative and Professional Writing. Friday, March 18, 2011 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Centennial Commemoration Reading 6-8 p.m. Bread and Roses Gallery or SEIU 1199 at 310 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 http://rememberthetrianglefire.org/ Paola will read poems about the Triangle fire from her forthcoming book, Once I Was Told The Air Was Not for Breathing, due out in 2012. The poems were originally published in Feminist Studies and were excerpted in the book Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture edited by Edvige Giunta and Kathleen Zamboni McCormick. Sunday, March 20, 2011 The Park Slope Food Coop's Wordsprouts Reading Series Open House with co-curators Paula Bernstein and Paola Corso Noon The Park Slope Food Coop Meeting Room 782 Union Street, Brooklyn 11215 (btw 6th and 7th Aves) (718) 622-0560 Free and open to the public Drop by for a refreshment and learn about all the fab Coop authors, their books, and upcoming events. Wordsprouts Reading Series co-curators Paula Bernstein and Paola Corso would love to hear about your writing projects and news for an upcoming Wordsprouts column or suggestions for future Wordsprouts events. Check out our bag of writing resources. Sign up for a critique of your writing with Script Doctors Paula and Paola. Paula Bernstein is the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited (Random House, 2007). She has a Masters in Cinema Studies from NYU and has taught memoir writing at mediabistro.com. Paola Corso's most recent book of fiction is Catina's Haircut: A Novel in Stories, included on Library Journal's notable list of first novels last fall. She is a writer-in-residence at Western Connecticut State University's MFA Program in Creative and Professional Writing. Saturday, April 9, 2011 The Unicorn Writers Conference 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saint Clements Castle Portland, CT Paola will lead a fiction workshop, "Gotta Have Story." More info at http://www.unicornwritersconference.com/Speakers.html Sunday, April 10, 2011 The Park Slope Food Coop's Wordsprouts Reading Series Group Reading hosted by Co-curators Paula Bernstein and Paola Corso 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The Union Hall 702 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-638-4400 Free and open to the public Co-Curators Paula Bernstein and Paola Corso will host a group reading of Park Slope Food Coop authors at the Union Hall this month, featuring Tom Angotti, Michele Carlo, Vincent Collazo, Louise Crawford, Grace Edwards, Ellen Freudenheim, Thomas Glynn, Fran Hawthorne, Daniel Levin, James Luke, Torrey Maldonado, Donna Minkowitz, Matt Mitler and Thomas Rayfiel. Paula Bernstein is the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited (Random House, 2007). She has a Masters in Cinema Studies from NYU and has taught memoir writing at mediabistro.com. Paola Corso's most recent book of fiction is Catina's Haircut: A Novel in Stories, included on Library Journal's notable list of first novels last fall. She is a writer-in-residence at Western Connecticut State University's MFA Program in Creative and Professional Writing. Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30, 2011 "The 3 Fs in Italian Cultures: Critical Approaches to Food, Fashion, and Film" The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute 25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor, New York, NY 10036. For further information visit www.qc.edu/calandra or call 212-642-2094 At the conference, Paola will likely read an excerpt from her novel in stories, Catina's Haircut, or a work-in-progress, both focused on food. Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Canzoniere Intergenerazionale: An intergenerational celebration of Italian American poets & book launch party 7-9 p.m. Poets House 10 River Terrace (212) 431-7920 Free and open to the public "Canzoniere Intergenerazionale" brings together an intergenerational lineup of diverse and powerful voices from the Italian American literary community. Spanning multiple generations, this event features readings from poets Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, Paola Corso, Amy Barone, Barbara Hoffman, Nicholas Matros, Marisa Frasca, Kristina Gramlich, Anthony Buccino, Susan Scutti and Robert Viscusi. Hosted by Angelo Zeolla, this event is also a celebration and launch of Michael Cirelli's controversial new poetry collection, Everyone Loves The Situation, that explores Guido culture (and loss of culture), and flips the cultural zeitgeist, MTV's Jersey Shore, on its gelled and sprayed head. Book signing to follow. Admission is free. Thursday, May 19, 2011 Fifth Annual Edgy Mother's Day Reading 8 p.m. The Old Stone House Fifth Avenue and Third Street in Park Slope's Washington Park $5 donation includes free wine and snacks Paola will join novelists Sophia Romero and Yona Zeldis-McDonnough, essayists Nancy McDermott and Judy Antell, graphic novelist Jennifer Hayden and MORE for an annual reading about motherhood and mothers by writers with razor sharp wits and pointy pens. Curated by Sophia Romero and Louise Crawford. Saturday, October 15, 2011 Between Two Shores Poetry Reading at B. Amore's Naples/New York Exhibit 2-5 p.m. David Filderman Gallery in the Axinn Library Bldg 9th Floor Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (516) 463-5672 Join artist B. Amore and invited Italian-American guest poets, including John Barrale, Louisa Calio, Paola Corso, Pellegrino D’Acierno, Woody Dorsey, Jason Eisenberg, Marisa Frasca, Fred Gardaphe, Daniela Gioseffi, George Guida, Maria Lisella, Charles Sant’Elia, Maria Terrone, and Bob Viscusi for an afternoon of poetry. Poems will cover themes touching upon the life and cultures of both Naples and New York. Friday, October 21, 2011 An Evening of Memoirs Featuring Donna Minkowitz, Jacob Slichter and You! The Park Slope Food Coop's Wordsprouts Reading Series co-curated by Paula Bernstein and Paola Corso 7 p.m. The Park Slope Coop Meeting Room 782 Union Street, Brooklyn 11215 (btw 6th and 7th Aves) (718) 622-0560 Free and open to the public Writer, drummer and Coop food-processor Jacob Slichter is the drummer for the platinum-selling band Semisonic. Slichter’s memoir, So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star (published by Broadway Books in 2004), is a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the music business as well as the mind of a performer who chases after superstardom with failure ever at his heels. He has also written for The New York Times and is anoccasional contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition. Donna Minkowitz won a Lambda Literary Award for her memoir Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me about Sex, God and Fury. A former columnist for the Village Voice, she has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon and others. Minkowitz recently completed a second memoir, The Marvelous Toy, which combines approximately 87% true memoir with the fantasy that her mother created her as a golem. Minkowitz and Slichter will read from their memoirs and then there will be an open mic, so you can read from your work (5- minute time limit, sign up at 6:45 p.m.). Refreshments will be served. Sunday, November 13, 2011 Editor's Panel Discussion and Q&A Featuring Tom Angotti, Alexander Dwinell, and Judy Goldberg The Park Slope Food Coop's Wordsprouts Reading Series co-curated by Paula Bernstein and Paola Corso Noon The Park Slope Coop Meeting Room 782 Union Street, Brooklyn 11215 (btw 6th and 7th Aves) (718) 622-0560 Free and open to the public Tom Angotti is Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning and Director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development. He is co-editor of Progressive Planning magazine, Participating Editor for Latin American Perspectives and Local Environment, and co-edited Service-Learning in Design and Planning: Education at the Boundaries, to be released in Januuary 2012 by New Village Press. Believing in the role of books and the written word in creating social change, Alexander Dwinell has worked for the past decade as an Editor/Publisher with South End Press and as a collective member of the Lucy Parsons Center, a radical bookstore and community space. He has also worked as a freelance editor and designer, toured in a punk band, and, with thousands of people, prevented the passage of the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) agreement. Judy Goldberg is a senior editor at Parents magazine. She assigns and edits features—everything from food stories, special reports, and essays, to straight up service pieces. Previously she was at Scholastic where she was the editor contemporary literature magazine for high school students. She has two kids, a hilarious husband, and a golden retriever. Saturday, December 3, 2011 Children's Poetry Workshop and Reading by DuEwa Frazier The Park Slope Food Coop's Wordsprouts Reading Series co-curated by Paula Bernstein and Paola Corso 6 p.m. The Park Slope Coop Meeting Room 782 Union Street, Brooklyn 11215 (btw 6th and 7th Aves) (718) 622-0560 Free and open to the public DuEwa Frazieris an author, educator and performer. She is the author of Ten Marblesand a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children, Shedding Light From My Journeys andStardust Tracks on a Road. DuEwa is the editor and publisher of the Image Award nominated anthology, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcee.She earned her M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University and her M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing at The New School. To be kept up to date about Paola's news and events, join her Mailing List.
Join the Mailing List
Enter your name and email address below:
Name:
Email:
Subscribe Unsubscribe
Read Paola’s Ellis Island essay in The New York Times
Join Paola's Mailing List

Enter your name and email address below:

Name:
Email:
Subscribe Unsubscribe