Gino Quilico, the  Man and the Artist
People

Gino Quilico, the Man and the Artist

In her new book, An Opera in Three Acts Starring…

Dining With the Gods – A Travel Essay
Travel

Dining With the Gods – A Travel Essay

After almost half a century living in Toronto’s Little Italy,…

When Fiorello La Guardia Came to Ottawa
History

When Fiorello La Guardia Came to Ottawa

Fiorello La Guardia, the larger-than-life mayor of New York City, was the big draw at the Third National Conference of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities on June 10, 1940. It was definitely a coup to have one of the most sought-after speakers in North America travel to Ottawa. By coincidence, this was also the day that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini would declare that Italy would join the Second World War on the side of Germany…

The House
Poetry

The House

I’ve never visited Grace Street, but draft an…

IN MEMORIAM: Remembering Luciano Iacobelli
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IN MEMORIAM: Remembering Luciano Iacobelli

Luciano Iacobelli passed away on August 30, 2022, after a…

If Only We Knew
Essay

If Only We Knew

My father-in-law was a contadino from Castropigano. He was brilliant.…

Anecdotes About Luciano Iacobelli

Anecdotes About Luciano Iacobelli

Curated by George Elliott Clarke When poet, publisher, artist, and bookseller Luciano Iacobelli passed away in September 2022, deep and…

Dr Franklin

Dr Franklin

That autumn there was such a simple elegance to my own devastation that I didn’t think anybody else needed to…

Pictures and Parades

Pictures and Parades

There is this picture of me, taken at my first gay pride parade, that is one of my favourites. In…

SAVE THE DATE

To celebrate its 20th Anniversary,
Accenti Magazine is holding the 1st Accenti Magazine International Festival of the Arts,
hosted by the University of Calabria in Cosenza, Italy
Anywhere in the World

Anywhere in the World

“Where to?” “Anderson Cancer Center,” I said. The driver sneaked a look at me in the rearview mirror before he…

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…

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…

IN MEMORIAM: Remembering Luciano Iacobelli

IN MEMORIAM: Remembering Luciano Iacobelli

Luciano Iacobelli passed away on August 30, 2022, after a long illness that eroded his body, but not his spirit.…

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…

When Fiorello La Guardia Came to Ottawa

When Fiorello La Guardia Came to Ottawa

Fiorello La Guardia, the larger-than-life mayor of New York City, was the big draw at the Third National Conference of…

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…

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…

Dining With the Gods – A Travel Essay

Dining With the Gods – A Travel Essay

After almost half a century living in Toronto’s Little Italy, I make a return journey to the place where I…

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…

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…

If Only We Knew

If Only We Knew

My father-in-law was a contadino from Castropigano. He was brilliant. He had a grade five education. He possessed the patience…

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…

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…