The Door
Poetry

The Door

“Go shut the door,” he told me, and I stopped…

Be Careful What You Wish For
Pandemic

Be Careful What You Wish For

My husband and I waited for 2020 to arrive with…

In Conversation with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists
Interview

In Conversation with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists

Genni Gunn is the author of twelve books, including three novels, three short fiction collections, two poetry collections, a collection of personal essays, as well as an opera libretto. She is also a musician, and toured Canada as a bass guitarist, pianist and vocalist before turning to writing full time. She lives in Vancouver. Genni Gunn discusses her latest collection of short stories and her work in this interview for Accenti.  *** Watch the video…

San Trovaso, Acqua Alta
Featured Photo

San Trovaso, Acqua Alta

“San Trovaso, Acqua Alta” by…

The Thin Line Between Good and Evil
Review

The Thin Line Between Good and Evil

Captivating and evocative, the graphic…

To Make a Bridge: Antonia Facciponte’s Poetic Debut

To Make a Bridge: Antonia Facciponte’s Poetic Debut

In the beginning there is a bridge, and we are standing beneath it, “eyelids sutured / over iris by the…

Sauce Making in Covid Times

Sauce Making in Covid Times

So many of my ancient order have passed on, not from the Covid, but from the life. I have received…

A Story for Our Times

A Story for Our Times

If we wanted to tell the story of our time – the story of this time – where would it…

In Conversation with Jennifer Robson, Author of Our Darkest Night

In Conversation with Jennifer Robson, Author of Our Darkest Night

Jennifer Robson is the author of six novels set during and after the two world wars. Her latest novel is…

Calabria in Mind

Calabria in Mind

Intellectuals, too, take vacations, and they generally don’t look askance to venues off the beaten track. This is what Margherita…

Exploring the Depths of Loss and Hope, Grief and Resilience

Exploring the Depths of Loss and Hope, Grief and Resilience

For over 35 years Gianna Patriarca has been writing sensitive ethno-centric poetry about her colourful community of Little Italy in…

Calabria in Mind

Calabria in Mind

Intellectuals, too, take vacations, and they generally don’t look askance to venues off the beaten track. This is what Margherita…

Why I Sometimes Don’t Wear Shoes

Why I Sometimes Don’t Wear Shoes

What I’ve Learned From Fishing All Summer Long The other day I visited my neighbours and we played croquet. The…

Calabrese Moon

Calabrese Moon

Some dreams are meant to come true. I am living proof. My teenage years were not the easiest. Nonetheless, I…

At a Loss – The Science and Art of Being a Hairstylist

At a Loss – The Science and Art of Being a Hairstylist

Victor DiBenedetto has spent a lifetime discreetly making his customers look and feel their best. For nearly five decades, the…

But For Now We Stay Home

But For Now We Stay Home

For our mammas! Francesca LoDico’s radio special, "But For Now We Stay Home,” is about her mamma coping with the…

IN MEMORIAM: The Legacy of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

IN MEMORIAM: The Legacy of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

Poet and priest Pier Giorgio Di Cicco passed away on December 22, 2019. As a poet and editor, his contributions…

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Italy’s Years of Lead

Italy’s Years of Lead

"If you look at events in Italy from the late 1960s to the late 1980s without any context, it would…

A Rusting Freighter Spurred World Attention to a Refugee Crisis

A Rusting Freighter Spurred World Attention to a Refugee Crisis

When Saigon was overrun by Communist forces on April 30, 1975, thousands of Vietnamese began a rush for freedom. One…

Blurred Nationalities across the North Atlantic

Blurred Nationalities across the North Atlantic

Long before the mid-nineteenth century, thousands of people were constantly moving between the United States and British North America, and Leghorn,…

In Conversation with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists

In Conversation with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists

Genni Gunn is the author of twelve books, including three novels, three short fiction collections, two poetry collections, a collection…

In Conversation with Jennifer Robson, Author of Our Darkest Night

In Conversation with Jennifer Robson, Author of Our Darkest Night

Jennifer Robson is the author of six novels set during and after the two world wars. Her latest novel is…

In Conversation with Maria Giura, author of Celibate: A Memoir

In Conversation with Maria Giura, author of Celibate: A Memoir

In Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House Press, 2019) Maria Giura recounts the deep crisis and sense of displacement she experienced…

More Precious than Diamonds

More Precious than Diamonds

Despite my frequent trips to Italy, I consciously decided never to learn the language. With blissful ignorance, I always preferred…

Italian San Francisco

Italian San Francisco

It is impossible to think of San Francisco without its Italian heritage. There are the notables: A.P. Giannini, who founded…

Canadian Problems

Canadian Problems

It’s a Canadian problem. When you’re overseas, people don’t know what to make of you. You’re not American but you…

The Thin Line Between Good and Evil

The Thin Line Between Good and Evil

Captivating and evocative, the graphic memoir Patria: Crescere in tempo di Guerra (The Fatherland: Growing Up in Times of War)…

Il filo sottile tra bene e male in Patria, Crescere in tempo di guerra di Bruna Martini

Il filo sottile tra bene e male in Patria, Crescere in tempo di guerra di Bruna Martini

A fare da sfondo all’accattivante e suggestivo graphic memoir Patria. Crescere in tempo di guerra (BeccoGiallo, 2020, 230 pagine) è…

The Past Is Not Such a Foreign Country

The Past Is Not Such a Foreign Country

It was 1811, the year of Napoleon's Comet and the birth of his son. It was a time of a…

Making Sense of a Troubled Life in My Father, Fortune-Tellers & Me by Eufemia Fantetti

Making Sense of a Troubled Life in My Father, Fortune-Tellers & Me by Eufemia Fantetti

Eufemia Fantetti’s most recent book, My Father, Fortune-Tellers & Me: A Memoir (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2019) is a gripping outpouring…

A Story for Our Times

A Story for Our Times

If we wanted to tell the story of our time – the story of this time – where would it…

From the Garden

From the Garden

Whenever my family gets together, it’s always at my grandma’s house, breaking bread in her kitchen, more chairs than you…

Love Comes Around

Love Comes Around

Some people hate Valentine’s Day. They see it coming and they hiss and boo and say that it’s stupid. Even…

Power Failure

Power Failure

When I arrived at university, the first thing I was asked to do was write an English Writing Proficiency Examination,…

Reflections on Timeless Rhythms in David Bellusci’s Age of Innocence

Reflections on Timeless Rhythms in David Bellusci’s Age of Innocence

David Bellusci opens his latest poetry collection, Age of Innocence (Wipf and Stock, 2020), with a poem that heralds the…

Marinella

Marinella

An excerpt from the novel The Transaction. De Angelis, an inscrutable northerner, comes to a rural village in Sicily to negotiate…

Translation As Metaphor for Migration

Translation As Metaphor for Migration

In her Italian-Canadian Narratives of Return. Analysing Cultural Translation in Diasporic Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 436) Michela Baldo maps…

Paola Breda on Land of Triumph and Tragedy

Paola Breda on Land of Triumph and Tragedy

Compiled after decades of research by Marino Toppan, Land of Triumph and Tragedy: Voices of the Italian Fallen Workers is…

2021 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

2021 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

  Montreal, May 16, 2021 – We are pleased to report the names of the winners of the 2021 Accenti…

Creative Spaces: Queer and Italian-Canadian

Creative Spaces: Queer and Italian-Canadian

What does it mean to be queer and Italian-Canadian? And what experiences do queer Italian-Canadians have when their sexual orientation…

2020 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

2020 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

Montreal, May 26, 2020 – Publisher Domenic Cusmano and Editor-in-chief Licia Canton are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020…

Italian-Canadian Writers Gather for Conference in Winnipeg

Italian-Canadian Writers Gather for Conference in Winnipeg

If you could choose a first conference to attend as a speaker, the Biennial Conference of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers…