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Meatball and Spaghetti Artist Podcast

Meatball and Spaghetti Artist Podcast

By Mike Fiorito
Chats with Italian-American artists, writers, musicians and performers.
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Federica Santini
Federica Santini is Professor of Italian and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University, where she coordinates the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Italian literature from UCLA and a Laurea in Lettere Moderne from the University of Siena, Italy. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Plath Profiles, Rogue Agent, and Italian Culture, among others, as well as in many edited volumes. As a translator, she has published translations of US poets for Mondadori and Nino Aragno, as well as translations of Italian poets for the University of Toronto Press. She has authored or co-edited six volumes, among which her monograph, Io era una bella figura una volta: Viaggio nella poesia di ricerca del secondo Novecento (Scritture, 2013) and her poetry chapbook, Unearthed (Kelsay Books 2021).
October 26, 2021
Janine Certo
Janine Certo is the author of three books: Elixir, winner of both the New American Poetry Prize and the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize (New American Press and Bordighera Press, forthcoming 2021), In the Corner of the Living, runner-up for the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award (2017), and a book of poetry scholarship, Children Writing Poems: Poetic Voices in and out of School (Routledge, 2018). A winner of Nimrod International Journal’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, her poems appear or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, The Greensboro Review, New Ohio Review, Poetry Northwest, Shenandoah, Vallum, and others. She has also been a Featured Poet in the cultural and historical review, Italian Americana. She is currently an associate professor of poetry and teacher education at Michigan State University.
September 14, 2021
Maria Giura
Maria Giura is the author of What My Father Taught Me  (Bordighera Press) and Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House), which won a 2020 Independent Press Award and was called “complex and emotionally wrought” by Publisher’s Weekly. Maria’s writing has appeared in several journals including Prime Number, Presence, Italian Americana, Lips, VIA, Ovunque Siamo, and Tiferet. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Center for Women Writers and was selected to judge the Lauria/ Frasca Poetry Award.  She has taught Literature and Writing at St. John’s University, Montclair State University, and Binghamton University where she earned her doctorate in English.
September 12, 2020
Allison Scola
Allison Scola is founder, owner, and curator of Experience Sicily and the Cannoli Crawl. Named one of the experts for the 2019 New York Times Travel Show, Scola writes and lectures on Sicily and leads immersive tours and designs custom itineraries that delight discerning travelers. She has been featured on Rudy Maxa’s World with the Carey’s, America’s #1 Travel Radio Show and as the cannoli expert in the documentary Cannoli, Traditions Around the Table. Scola has lectured about Sicily at University of Pennsylvania, The New School, LIU Post University, Queens College, at high schools in the New York City metropolitan area, and at events in New York City. Experience Sicily Cannoli Crawl Cannoli Crawl on Instagram @cannolicrawl_nyc From The Inquisitive Eater I Cannoli: Nothing Better in the World
August 05, 2020
E. Rossi & Company
Opened in 1910 by Ernesto Rossi as Rossi's Libreria, the shop began as a music store and publishing company. Joseph Sciorra, assistant director of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College has said that E. Rossi & Sons is a repository and archive for Italian-American popular culture. Its collection is unprecedented. For more information go to: Link to a fabulous documentary on the history of E. Rossi & Sons:,174
June 27, 2020
Anthony Tamburri
Anthony Julian Tamburri is the Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College, CUNY) and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures. His research interests lie in literature, cinema, semiotics, interpretation theory, and cultural studies.
June 12, 2020
Joey Nicoletti
Joey Nicoletti is the author of 4 poetry chapbooks and 4 full-length collections, including Boombox Serenade (BlazeVOX, 2019), and Cannoli Gangster, which was selected as a finalist for the 2009 Steel Toe Books Award. His Pushcart Prize-nominated work has appeared in Ovunque Siamo, Gradiva, Voices in Italian Americana, and Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, among other journals, magazines, and anthologies. A graduate of the University of Iowa, New Mexico State University, and Sarah Lawrence College, Joey teaches creative writing at SUNY Buffalo State.
June 06, 2020
Kathy Curto
Kathy Curto teaches at The Writing Institute and Montclair State University. She is the author of Not for Nothing-Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood, published by Bordighera Press.  Her work has been featured on NPR, in the essay collection, Listen to Your Mother:  What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, and in The New York Times, Barrelhouse, La Voce di New York, Drift, Talking Writing, The Inquisitive Eater, Voices in Italian Americana, Ovunque Siamo and Lumina.  She has been the recipient of the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship, the Montclair State University Engaged Teaching Fellowship and also serves on the faculty of the Joe Papaleo Writers’ Workshop in Cetara, Italy.  Kathy lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their four children.
April 17, 2020
Annie Lanzillotto
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is a poet, performance artist, songwriter, author and playwright.  Her books include: “Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning and Stagelight,” “Pitch, Roll, Yaw” (Guernica), "L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir" (SUNY Press), (Lambda Literary Award finalist) and "Schistsong," (Bordighera).  For more info, go to:
March 24, 2020
Rebecca Bauman
Rebecca Bauman is Associate Professor of Italian at Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, where she also teaches in the Department of Film, Media and Performing Arts. She has published essays and book chapters on Italian melodrama, masculinity in Italian cinema, and mafia movies in such publications as the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies and Italian Studies. She is Film and Digital Media Reviews editor for the Italian American Review and is Chair of the Columbia Seminar in Modern Italian Studies. 
February 23, 2020
Edi Giunta
Edvige (Edi) Giunta is the author of Writing with an Accent: Contemporary Italian American Women Authors. Among her books are Personal Effects (co-edited with Nancy Caronia) and Embroidered Stories, an anthology on domestic needlework in the Italian diaspora (edited with Joseph Sciorra). Edi is a Professor of English at New Jersey City University, where she has trained scores of students, many first-generation immigrants, in the art of memoir. She has completed No Confetti For the Dead, a memoir moored in the space between her homeland of Sicily and North America (with Mary Anne Trasciatti). Currently, Edi is completing an anthology of personal essay on the Triangle Fire.
February 13, 2020
George Guida
George Guida is Professor at the New York City College of Technology's English Department.   He is the author of Pugilistic: Poems, The Sleeping Gulf: Poems, The Pope Stories and Spectacles of Themselves: Essays in Italian American Popular Culture and Literature.  
January 10, 2020
Joanna Clapps Herman
Joanna Clapps Herman is an Italian American writer, editor and poet. She is the author of three books of prose, editor of two anthologies, and her essays and writing have been published in many anthologies and literary journals. Among the books Joanna has written are When I am Italian, The Anarchist Bastard and No Long and Not Yet: Short Stories.
November 25, 2019
Jennifer Martelli
Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Uncanny Valley and My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), which was selected as a 2019 “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her chapbook, After Bird was the winner of the Grey Book Press open reading, 2016. Her work is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine and The Sycamore Review and, most recently, has appeared in Verse Daily, The DMQ Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Iron Horse Review (winner, Photo Finish contest). Jennifer Martelli is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review and co-curates the Italian-American Writers Series at I AM Books in Boston.
October 24, 2019
Marianne Leone
Marianne Leone has had roles in several films, including True Love 1989), Goodfellas (1990).  Her longest-running recurring role was on the The Sopranos. She is also a writer. Her book Knowing Jesse was written in 2007 and more recently her book Ma Speaks Up was published by Beacon Press.  She has also contributed to Ovunque Siamo’s publications.
October 08, 2019