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Poetry Book: Not Just A Personal Ad

NOT JUST A PERSONAL AD
Poetry by
VITTORIA REPETTO

published by Guernica Editions Inc.
ISBN 978-1-55071-244-5 84 pages $13

Poetry that eroticizes simple household chores & casts a direct and witty eye on life’s complexity

“My joy in reading these poems was Repetto’s rebel energy. She revels in her lust without avoiding her history. This is also a woman of courage as she negotiates the complexities of a multicultural existence. She tunes in to people who ride in her cab; she loves the city and the love of women. For her sex is freedom to indulge her desire; it is not possessive but an exchange of pleasure. Growing up in an age when all things sexual were disguised in metaphor, or never mentioned. I found her candor refreshing and stripped of anxiety.”
Chuck Forester – Lambda Book Report Winter 2007 Page 30

“Poems of intense sensibility and gorgeous imagery are a rarity these days; but this book of verse by a distinctly working class, distinctly lesbian, and distinctly Italian American voice is a must for all readers of good poetry.”
Rigoberto Gonzalez – Lambda Book Report – Fall 2006

Vittoria repetto is an energetic and passionate voice in Italian American poetry. Honest and clear, this brave poet knows how to make the world spin. At the same time, she is able to root her poems in the world of lower Manhattan where she grew up and still lives.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan

This collection of poems manifests a genuine sensibility interacting with a striking poetic gift. The meld is seamless. Repetto uses contemporary American idiom with a skill that approximates Dante’s with the Tuscan dialect.
Anthony Bardusk

“Her poetry has what T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens and the rest of them lack, clinging as they all do to their elitist view of poetry. I’d say she’s exactly what poetry needs — she returns it to the people.”
Edward Field

Nominated for the 2007 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

Available at http://bluestockings.com
and at

http://www.amazon.com/Personal-European-Contributions-American-Studies/dp/1550712446/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391481838&sr=1-1&keywords=not+just+a+personal+ad

Tues 7/30 Deirdre Sinnott & Elina Shnayderman Read at Bluestockings’ Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday July 30th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Deirdre Sinnott & Elina Shnayderman

Elina Shnayderman is a queer, genderqueer, student who likes to
write about gender, mental health, and kink.

Deirdre Sinnott is a memoirist, essayist, and screenwriter whose essay Right-Sized Rats has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She writes about the disturbing truths, outrageous behavior, and humbling circumstances (in other words, her life).

$5 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store

Tues 6/25 LuLu LoLo & Tammy Remington Read at Bluestockings’ Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday June 25th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: LuLu LoLo & Tammy Remington

LuLu LoLo will perform excerpts from two of her plays:“38 Witnessed her Death, I Witnessed her Love: The Lonely Secret of Mary Ann Zielonko (Kitty Genovese Story)”; forty years after the brutal murder of Kitty Genovese, Mary Ann Zielonko breaks her silence and reminisces about gay life in NYC in the 60’s, her life with Kitty, the murder, the trial, and its aftermath and “OBITS: An Exercise In Limitation” a series of monologues based on obituaries from The New York Times written while an LMCC writer in residence.

T.Remington, a 2011 Pushcart nominee, has been a featured reader here at Bluestockings twice before as well as being a frequent open mic participant.
She will be reading her story “The Last Risk” which was published in Takahe Magazine in New Zealand last year and she’ll be reading her new story “Giving Ground” in June. Both stories tug at our ideas of what’s real and what’s imaginary with unexpected outcomes.

$5 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store

Tues 3/26 Jennifer Miller & Erika Lutzner at Bluestockings’ Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam

 Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

 Tuesday March 26th  7pm – 9pm

 Feature Writers: Jennifer Miller & Erika Lutzner

 Jennifer Miller often writes about the natural world and the insights and consolations it can provide. She is currently working on a collection of poems exploring her relationship with one of her sisters through the prism of addiction and mental illness.

 Erika Lutzner’s work gives a voice to the invisible; she writes about those who are often left unheard or kept silent. Her work, though often brutal deals with subjects such a grief and violence trying to add color, texture and balance to an imperfect world.

 Bluestockings Bookstore
$5 suggested donation

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

 Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store

 

NYC. Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) at the San Gennaro

Italian American Writers (including myself) get interviewed at the San Gennaro Feast

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKeT121zp6s

Fri Apr 13 Italian Amer Book Festival

I’ll be attending and selling my books Not Just A Personal Ad and my chapbook Head For The Van Wyck

Special Event for Members*
SAGRA DEL LIBRO
THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN BOOK FESTIVAL
will be held on April 13th at Fordham University.
Please read the announcement below and let us know if           you would like to participate.
In past years on a Sunday in May most bookstores remained open in Italy to encourage the sale of books and support and promote its writers. This initiative was called “Celebrazione dei Libri” (Book Celebration). In line with the spirit of this movement, IAWA – The Italian-American Writers Association, in collaboration with Dr. Giuseppe Perricone, Modern Language Department, are launching a “Sagra Del Libro” (Book Festival) on Friday, April 13 from 6 to 9 pm in the South Lounge of Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60th Street (corner of Columbus Avenue) on the Mezzanine Floor. Admission is free to all.
All members of IAWA are invited to showcase their published books. There is no charge for individual authors but they must be members of IAWA. Non members wishing to participate must join IAWA first. Tables will be set up for the display of books and promotional materials, and authors will be available to speak with attendees and sign books. Also lively presentations consisting of readings and panel discussions by the authors will make for a fascinating evening of celebrating our Italian-American writers. Light refreshments will be served.
The Festival committee members are: Emelise Aleandri, Robert Agnoli, Jessica Femiania and Gil Fagiani. IAWA IAWA Authors wishing to participate in this event should contact Gil Fagiani immediately at fagianella@aol.com. Authors who are not yet members and who wish to join IAWA, please take this opportunity to join. Membership categories are: Student ($20), Senior ($20), Regular ($30), Associate ($100-249), Patron ($250- 499), Founder($500-1,000) and Benefactor ($1,000+). Payments and donations can be made through PayPal at http://www.iawa.net. For further information or any questions about IAWA, contact Dr. Robert Viscusi, President, at 718-951-5847 or at rviscusi@brooklyn.cuny.edu. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Tues July 13th – Reading at Sideshow! The Queer Literary Carnival

Sideshow! The Queer Literary Carnival: http://sideshowreadingseries.wordpress.com
Serious Literature for Ridiculous Times happens next on July 13th for FREAK FLAG with Sassafras Lowery, Vittoria repetto, Thad Rutkowski, & Charlie Vasquez. Sideshow happens every second Tuesday of the month at The Phoenix, 447 East 13th Street @ Avenue A, Doors at 7:30pm. Free!

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Not Just A Personal Ad by Vittoria repetto

“Poems of intense sensibility and gorgeous imagery are a rarity these days; but this book of verse by a distinctly working class, distinctly lesbian, and distinctly Italian American voice is a must for all readers of good poetry.”
Rigoberto Gonzalez – On My Nightstand – Lambda Book Report – Fall 2006

“My joy in reading these poems was Repetto’s rebel energy. She revels in her lust without avoiding her history. This is also a woman of courage as she negotiates the complexities of a multicultural existence. She tunes in to people who ride in her cab; she loves the city and the love of women. For her sex is freedom to indulge her desire; it is not possessive but an exchange of pleasure. Growing up in an age when all things sexual were disguised in metaphor, or never mentioned. I found her candor refreshing and stripped of anxiety.”
Chuck Forester – Lambda Book Report Winter 2007 Page 30

“Her poetry has what T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens and the rest of them lack, clinging as they all do to their elitist view of poetry. I’d say she’s exactly what poetry needs — she returns it to the people, even if the people, as Gerry Locklin says, don’t read poetry.
But maybe if more poets start writing like her, they will, or at least listen to it.”
Edward Field

Available at www.bluestockings.com, www.mcnallyrobinsonnyc.com, www.womensbookstore.com, www.booksinc.net & www.amazon.com

Tues Mar.30 Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

 Tuesday March 30th 7PM – 9PM

 Feature Writers: Renee Michelle Breedon & Monica Hand

 Renee Michelle Breedon is haunted by the ghosts of a Renaissance past. With her pen in hand she hangs metaphors from her past memories to share with the world a vision not seen by the naked eye.

 Monica Hand, leader of the Giving Voice Workshop, describes herself as a poet on a long journey as a book artist and human spirit. She embodies this spirit in poems that swell with “sizzling sounds sweet smells” where “mothers cook for their children feed them from their own mouths.”

 Bluestockings Bookstore
$5 suggested donation

Hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side
 

 

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.
Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store
 

 

Press contact person: Vittoriar@aol.com

 

Vittoria repetto reading Sat 3/27 at the Poet’s SalonThe Rainbow Book Fair

Vittoria repetto

will be reading in the 1-2pm slot

on Saturday March 27th

at the Poet’s Salon The Rainbow Book Fair

Saturday March 27th 11:30am-5:00pm

CUNY Graduate Center Fifth Avenue and 34th Street NYC

Free Admission

Vittoria repetto has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies; In 1995, she published a chapbook entitled Head For the Van Wyck (Monkey Cat Press) and in 2006, Guernica Editions published her first full length poetry book, Not Just A Personal Ad.

Since its release in Fall 2006, Not Just A Personal Ad has won accolades; in a Lambda Book Report column, poet and reviewer Rigoberto Gonzalez wrote “Poems of intense sensibility and gorgeous imagery are a rarity these days; but this book of verse by a distinctly working class, distinctly lesbian, and distinctly Italian American voice is a must for all readers of good poetry.”

Vittoria repetto is the vice president of the Italian American Writers Association and the editor of the monthly newsletter. She was a judge in the 2005 Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry & Thomas Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and she has been hosting the Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings Bookstore since its opening in 1999.

Copies of  Not Just A Personal Ad and Head For the Van Wyck will be on hand for sale

Please below for complete list of poets,

Hope to see you there!

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Poets at The Poet’s Salon The Rainbow Book Fair

Saturday March 27th 11:30am-5:00pm

CUNY Graduate Center Fifth Avenue and 34th Street NYC

FREE ! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC !

COME HEAR ! a LGBTQ poetry reading series

coordinated/hosted by Nathaniel A. Siegel & Regie Cabico

present POETS:

 David Bergman, Ana Bozicevic, Julian Brolaski, Steven Cordova, Mina Pam Dick, Ron Drummond, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Davidson Garrett, Nicholas Glastonbury, Octavio Gonzalez, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Stephanie Gray, Scott Hightower, Walter Holland, Paul Foster Johnson, Saeed Jones, Amy King, Bill Kushner, Jee Leong Koh, Gregory Laynor, Timothy Liu , Douglas A. Martin, David Messineo, Debrah Morkun, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Tim Peterson (Trace), Elizabeth Reddin, Vittoria repetto, Jason Roush, Moonshine Shorey, Richard Tayson, Vega, Ronaldo V. Wilson, Emanuel Xavier, Rachel Zolf

ALL reading their own poetry !

Also featuring poems from “persistent voices Poetry By Writers Lost to AIDS” edited by Philip Clark & David Groff, presented by Philip Clark

 

About Vittoria repetto

Vittoria repetto is a native downtown lesbian butch who grew up in the Greenwich Village. She is the daughter of immigrant Italian parents; from Liguria on her father’s side and Lombardy on her mother’s side.

Vittoria repetto has been published in Mudfish, Voices in Italian Americana, Rattle, Lips, The Paterson Literary Review, Italian Americana, Unsettling American: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry, Identity Lessons: Learning American Style, The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food & Culture, and Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly among others.

She has a chapbook entitled Head For the Van Wyck that contains a poem that her current publisher refused to print for fear of being sued by Camille Paglia.

In 2006, Guernica Editions published her first full length poetry book, Not Just A Personal Ad.
Since its release in Fall 2006 Vittoria repetto’s first poetry book Not Just A Personal Ad has won accolades; in a Lambda Book Report column, poet and reviewer Rigoberto Gonzalez wrote “Poems of intense sensibility and gorgeous imagery are a rarity these days; but this book of verse by a distinctly working class, distinctly lesbian, and distinctly Italian American voice is a must for all readers of good poetry.”

Chuck Forester in his Winter 2007 Lambda Book Report said: “My joy in reading these poems was Repetto’s rebel energy. She revels in her lust without avoiding her history. This is also a woman of courage as she negotiates the complexities of a multicultural existence. She tunes in to people who ride in her cab; she loves the city and the love of women. For her sex is freedom to indulge her desire; it is not possessive but an exchange of pleasure. Growing up in an age when all things sexual were disguised in metaphor, or never mentioned. I found her candor refreshing and stripped of anxiety.”
And the poet Edward Field said: “Her poetry has what T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens and the rest of them lack, clinging as they all do to their elitist view of poetry. I’d say she’s exactly what poetry needs — she returns it to the people, even if the people, as Gerry Locklin says, don’t read poetry. But maybe if more poets start writing like her, they will, or at least listen to it.”

Her poems have been chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in the Paterson Literary Review for five times since 2003.
She was a judge in the 2005 Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry & Thomas Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Vittoria repetto was the vice president and the newsletter editor of the Italian American Writers Association from 1992 to 2012 and she has been hosting the Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings Bookstore since its opening in 1999.

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