Pictures and Parades
Culture

Pictures and Parades

There is this picture of me, taken at my first…

Poetry with Purpose: A Review of George Elliott Clarke’s J’Accuse
Review

Poetry with Purpose: A Review of George Elliott Clarke’s J’Accuse

In his latest book, J’Accuse, Poems Versus (Exile Editions, 2021)…

The Downfall of Emilio Picariello
History

The Downfall of Emilio Picariello

While the earliest wave of Italian immigration to Alberta between 1896 and 1914 largely comprised labourers, there were skilled individuals among them. Italy had an established trade apprenticeship system, and skilled craftsmen such as carpenters, masons, metalsmiths, tailors, shoemakers, jewellers, watchmakers and others had standing in the community denied to unskilled labourers. In fact, mastro (master) was an honorary address. In all eras of immigration, individuals used their trade as a tool for economic improvement.…

Anywhere in the World
Writings

Anywhere in the World

“Where to?” “Anderson Cancer Center,” I said. The…

Dr Franklin
Fiction

Dr Franklin

That autumn there was such a simple elegance to my…

To Marshall McLuhan
Poetry

To Marshall McLuhan

You were right, dear professor, the great vortex came in…

I Tested Positive for Coconut Lavender Hand Sanitizer

I Tested Positive for Coconut Lavender Hand Sanitizer

We were fully in our Covid times, hosting vigil to the insidious slow-creep of the virus along her unseen vectors.…

Mother of Sorrows

Mother of Sorrows

In his memoir, Mea Culpa: A Plea of Innocence, Bruno Cocorocchio embarks on an archeological endeavour, a series of excavations.…

The Chairman, the Princess and the King

The Chairman, the Princess and the King

Our distinguished guests will be with us overnight. Today is to be given over to cocktails, dining and sparkling conversation.…

Ottawa’s “Village”

Ottawa’s “Village”

Cars, trucks, and heavy transports bustle down the busy thoroughfare known as Preston Street. A vital link between the city…

An Apple a Day

An Apple a Day

I remember as if it were yesterday, when I would stop in to see Mom and Dad after work. They…

Jim Crow and Italian Immigrants in the American West

Jim Crow and Italian Immigrants in the American West

The 1920s saw the revival of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the West, especially in Colorado and Oregon, with…

Ottawa’s “Village”

Ottawa’s “Village”

Cars, trucks, and heavy transports bustle down the busy thoroughfare known as Preston Street. A vital link between the city…

Ottawa’s Little Italy Revives Street Art As It Revives Itself

Ottawa’s Little Italy Revives Street Art As It Revives Itself

Ottawa’s Preston Street developed its Italian-Canadian identity well before the 1950s, when the bulk of Italian immigration began. More importantly,…

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…

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…

Patrizio Buanne: Neapolitan Crooner and Really Nice Guy

Patrizio Buanne: Neapolitan Crooner and Really Nice Guy

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Neapolitan pop-crooner and international multi-platinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne has won over…

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The Downfall of Emilio Picariello

The Downfall of Emilio Picariello

While the earliest wave of Italian immigration to Alberta between 1896 and 1914 largely comprised labourers, there were skilled individuals…

Jim Crow and Italian Immigrants in the American West

Jim Crow and Italian Immigrants in the American West

The 1920s saw the revival of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the West, especially in Colorado and Oregon, with…

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…

Glenn Carley on His “Urban Opera” Il Vagabondo

Glenn Carley on His “Urban Opera” Il Vagabondo

In his new book, Il Vagabondo: An Urban Opera (Guernica 2021), Glenn Carley introduces a new avant-garde genre – literature…

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…

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…

Poetry with Purpose: A Review of George Elliott Clarke’s J’Accuse

Poetry with Purpose: A Review of George Elliott Clarke’s J’Accuse

In his latest book, J’Accuse, Poems Versus (Exile Editions, 2021) George Elliott Clarke pulls out all the stops and delivers…

Review of Italian Immigration in the American West – 1870-1940, by Kenneth Scambray

Review of Italian Immigration in the American West – 1870-1940, by Kenneth Scambray

Among the features of Prof Kenneth Scambray’s new book, Italian Immigration in the American West – 1870-1940, (University of Nevada…

Under the Shadow of Mortality: Review of Dying Times by Darlene Madott

Under the Shadow of Mortality: Review of Dying Times by Darlene Madott

Darlene Madott’s latest book of fiction, her eighth, might be titled Dying Times (Exile Editions, 2021), but it’s really all…

Yearning for Hopeful Resolutions: A Review of Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli’s Pigeon Soup & Other Stories

Yearning for Hopeful Resolutions: A Review of Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli’s Pigeon Soup & Other Stories

Since the first acts of creation the roots of civilization have been grounded in the human narrative as “storytelling” and…

Rinasheremo

Rinasheremo

Love given wholeheartedly, inclusively and unconditionally is inexhaustible. – Anonymous The first time I acknowledged it out loud, I was…

Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

My husband and I waited for 2020 to arrive with a lot of plans and expectations in mind. It was…

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…

The Drama of Caravaggio

The Drama of Caravaggio

An 11-year-old boy is walking on the edge of a forest near his uncle’s farm in the Lombardy region of…

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…

Caterina Edwards on the French Translation of Her Novel, The Sicilian Wife

Caterina Edwards on the French Translation of Her Novel, The Sicilian Wife

Caterina Edwards immigrated to Edmonton at age eight with her British father and Venetian mother. The Edmonton author was the…

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…