AICW : The Association of Italian Canadian Writers


The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) brings together a community of writers, critics, academics, and other artists who promote Italian Canadian literature and culture. The AICW's mission is to support and encourage the expression and dissemination of the Italian Canadian experience within an ethnoculturally diverse society.

The AICW was founded in Vancouver in 1986 during the first National Conference of Italian Canadian Writers, which resulted in the publication of Writers in Transition (1990), edited by C. Dino Minni and Anna Foschi Ciampolini.

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers is a national non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. The AICW welcomes writers and artists who share an interest in Italian Canadian writing and artistic expression. Membership includes over 100 writers – in Canada, the United States, Italy and other parts of Europe – who write in English, French, Italian and dialect.

In collaboration with universities and cultural organizations, the AICW organizes a biennial conference in Canada or Italy. Featuring readings, round table discussions, academic panels, workshops, film screenings, and art exhibitions, the AICW conference is an exciting gathering that explores new trends while maintaining a connection to the historical past of its members, namely, Italian immigration and culture. The papers and readings presented at the biennial conference are usually published in book form.

The AICW organizes activities that promote the literary works of our members. Throughout the year and across Canada, the AICW organizes literary readings, book launches and discussion groups. The AICW also holds a writing competition open to emerging and established writers.

The AICW and its members participate in major festivals such as the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, The Word on the Street - National Book and Magazine Festival, and La Semaine Italienne de Montréal.



Padula, Italy, August 2016 – Departures, Journeys, Destinations
Montreal, May 2014 – Writing and Translating Cultures: Bridging Differences Together
Halifax, March 2012 – Back to the Future: Possibilities Since Pier 21
Atri, Italy, June 2010 – Writing Our Way Home
Toronto, November 2008 – Envisioning Culture
Vancouver, May 2006 – Immigrant and Artistic License
Udine, Italy, May 2004 – Oltre la Storia / Beyond History / Au-delà de l’histoire
Toronto, May 2002 – The Challenge of Ethnic Minority Representation
Montreal, November 2000 – The Dynamics of Cultural Exchange
Vancouver, October 1998 – Challenging Cultural Invisibility
Toronto & Woodbridge, October 1996 – Beyond Toronto?
Winnipeg, September 1994 – The Italian Woman in Canadian Literature
Montreal, November, 1992 – Words and Images in a Multicultural World
Ottawa, October 1990 – Pluralism and Literature
Toronto, March 1988 – Second National Conference of Italian Canadian Writers
Vancouver, September 1986 – First National Conference of Italian Canadian Writers



Maria Cristina Seccia (2016 - present)
Domenic Beneventi (2014 - 2016)
Licia Canton (2010 - 2014)
Pasquale Verdicchio & Venera Fazio (2008 - 2010)
Pasquale Verdicchio (2006 - 2008)
Peter Oliva (2004 - 2006)
Anna Foschi Ciampolini (2000 - 2004)
William Anselmi (1998 - 2000)
Pasquale Verdicchio (1994 - 1998)
Caterina Edwards (1992 - 1994)
Mary di Michele (1990 - 1992)
Joseph Pivato (1986 - 1990)