AICW : The Association of Italian Canadian Writers

Featured Members

Michelle Alfano
Maria Pia Arpioni
Josephine Atri
Nic Battigelli
Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli
David Bellusci
Domenico A. Beneventi
Alessandra Bordini
Carmela Bruno
Claudia Buscemi Prestigiacomo
Silvia Caporale-Bizzini
Licia Canton
Domenico Capilongo
Theresa Carilli
Lucia Cascioli
Maria Giusepina Cesari
Maria Oss-Cech Chiacchia
Anna Ciardullo Villapiana
Carmela Circelli
Isabella Colalillo-Katz
Diana Colilli
Aldo Colangelo
Lillian Conti
Sheldon Currie

Domenic Cusmano
Liana Cusmano
Marisa De Franceschi
Giulia De Gasperi
Delia De Santis
Rina Del Nin Cralli
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
Caroline Di Giovanni Morgan
Bruna Di Giuseppe-Bertoni
Mary di Michele
Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews
Ron Edding
Caterina Edwards
Silvia Falsaperla
Nino Famà
Eufemia Fantetti
Terri Favro
Anna Foschi Ciampolini

Giuliana Gardellini
Frances Garofalo
Carole Giangrande
Frank Giorno
Connie Guzzo-McParland
Keith Henderson
D. C. Iannuzzi
Maria Luisa Ierfino
Damien Laframboise
Bianca Lakoseljac
Francesca LoDico
Marco LoVerso
Darlene Madott
Dennis Maione
Antonio Maggio
Maria Manna
Luisa Marino
Monica Meneghetti
Carmelo Militano
Michael Mirolla
Adriana Monti
Lianne Moyes
Erminio Neglia
Oriana Palusci
Annalisa Panati
Rene Pappone


Gianna Patriarca
Cristina Pepe
Pier-Angelo Piccolo
Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Benedetta Pignataro
Emma Pivato
Joseph Pivato
Matthew Poggi
Joseph Ranallo
Patricia Raynault-Desgagné
Silva Redigonda
Nino Ricci
Giovanna Riccio
Laura Rorato
Rosetta Rosati
Christine Sansalone
Maria Cristina Seccia
Christina Angela Sforza
Renée Sgroi
Caterina (Bueti) Sotiriadis
Frank Spezzano
Pasquale Verdicchio
Giulia Verticchio
Pietro Vitelli
Jessica Whitehead
Anna Maria Zampieri Pan
Osvaldo Zappa
Carmen Ziolkowski Laurenza
Jim Zucchero


In Memoriam


Carmen Ziolkowski, as she was known throughout her career, was born near Naples and studied in Italy and England. She worked in England as a midwife, before coming to Canada. In Sarnia, Ontario, she continued her medical career as a nurse. She was the author of four books of poetry and a novel. Her poetry was extensively published in Italy, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her plays, written in Italian, were performed in Canada and Italy. Carmen loved to travel and visited many countries, easily making friends wherever she went. She continued to write almost until the end of her life. A long-time member of the AICW, she passed away December 26, 2018.

VENERA FAZIO (1946-2017)
Venera Fazio was born in Bafia, Sicily, and at the age of five, she immigrated to Dundas, Ontario. with her family. After retiring as a social worker, to raise her children, her passion for literature led her to becoming a writer. She joined the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, taking on several executive roles, including that of president and organizer of national conferences. Known as a champion and supporter of other writers, Venera Fazio co-edited ten literary anthologies, which featured writers from North America, Italy and Australia. One of the highlights for her as editor was the publication of Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent in 2004 and the follow up of Sweet Lemons 2 in 2010. These publications highlighted Venera’s Sicilian heritage, of which she was very proud. In 2015, she published her own book of poetry, The Fabric of My Soul .Venera was well known as a writer, poet, and literary editor. She passed away on December 21, 2017.

PIETRO CORSI (1937-2017)
Pietro Corsi was a novelist, journalist, translator and co-creator of radio programs for RAI, the Italian official radio. Born in Cascalenda, Italy, he moved to Montreal in 1959 and worked for the weekly newspaper Il Cittadino Canadese. Corsi became a successful top executive for Princess Cruises and moved to California. He authored books ranging fro fiction to essays, cookbooks and training manuals for the cruise industry. His first work of fiction, La Giobba/Winter in Montreal, won the F.G. Bressani Prize in 2002. His published works include Halifax: The Other Door to America, The Sweet, Salty Smell of the Sea, The Light of the Soul: Neruda, the White Raven, the Black Cat, and La figlia del corvo/Raven's Daughter.

ANTONINO MAZZA (1949 - 2017)
Antonino Mazza passed away peacefully at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on June 6th, 2017, at the age of 68. Loving husband of Franceline Quintal-Mazza and adoring father of Domenico "Mico", he was the son of the late Domenico and Angela Mazza. Antonino Mazza was an award winning poet, editor and an accomplished translator. He taught at Carleton University. In 2001, he received the Grotteria Poetry Prize for La nostra casa e in orecchio cosmico. In 1994 he received the Brutium "Calabria" Gold Medal in Rome for The City Without Women. In 1992 he received the Italo Calvino Translation Prize from the Columbia University for P.P. Pasolini Poetry. His publications include The Other Passenger (Trans-Verse, 2013) and Immigrant Songs by Saro D'Agostino (Quattro Books, 2012).

Anthony Pignataro was born in Rende, Italy, and immigrated to Canada in 1952. He enjoyed a thirty-two year career as an elementary school teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He was ordained a pernanent deacon in 1992 and served as a volunteer chaplain at Sancta Maria House (a group home for young wonen) for fifteen years. In 2005, Anthony received a Diploma in Spiritual Direction from Regis College and was inducted as a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, The Honor Society of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education. He published his first book titled From Under a Linden Tree in 2011.

We are saddened to announce the passing of Anna Maria Carlevaris, a longtime member of the AICW. She taught at Concordia University and Dawson College, Montreal. She held a PhD and a MA in Art History from Concordia University, and a BFA in Photographic Arts from Ryerson University. Her writings on art appeared in contemporary art magazines, journals, exhibition catalogues, and anthologies such as Public Art in Canada (U. of Toronto Press) and Women's Art Production Between the Wars (Ashgate Press, UK). Anna Carlevaris passed away on December 23, 2012.

FRANK CAUCCI (1952 - 2011)
Frank Caucci was a Canadian academic and translator who had taught at McGill and Acadia University but since 1986 was teaching French and Canadian Studies at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana. In 2002 Frank earned a MSW and transferred to the Division of Social Work at IUN. He translated Pier Giorgio Di Cicco's Tough Romance into French as Les Amours difficiles (Guernica, 1990) and Mary di Michele's Bread and Chocolate into Pain et chocolat (le Noroit, 1996). He published numerous articles on Canadian writers. His book Les Voix d'éros: La poésie amoureuse de Paul Éluard et Pablo Neruda, appeared in 1989 and his edited work Nancy Huston: A Critical Collection in 2008.

JOHN G. MADOTT (1918 – 2011)
John Madott saw life with the passionate eye of the artist, its colour, texture, rhythm and form captured on his canvasses. He loved his family well and unconditionally, and he filled our world with laughter, opportunity and the encouragement to embrace our gifts, to take risks, to be. His perspective and vision will continue to touch all who love him and who shared life?s stage with him: his wife and devoted partner of 67 years, Francesca (nee Spadafora); his daughters, Valerie (Joseph), Darlene, and Francine (Charles); his grandchildren, Vanessa, Ross, and Marcus; his extended family and friends.

After a short illness Yolanda passed away on June 15, 2013 in her 84th year. Professor Emeritus with the Faculty of Business at Ryerson University, Yolanda had a distinguished career as an educator. Deeply committed to teaching, she engaged her students with passion and served her department as a thoughtful, dedicated Chair and colleague. After her retirement from Ryerson, she enjoyed writing about her Sicilian heritage and was an enthusiastic supporter of Italian Canadian writers.

Born in Cimitile, Naples, Corrado Mastropasqua graduated in medicine from the university of Naples, spent six years as a medical officer in the Italian navy and came to Montreal, Canada in 1961. After completing his four-year training in anaesthesia at the Royal Victoria Hospital, he joined the staff at Santa Cabrini Hospital where he was chief of anaesthesia until his retirement in 1995. Co-founder of the Italian theatre group “Le Maschere”, he pursued his passion for acting on stage, in film and on television. A true Renaissance man, he was a published poet and accomplished singer of opera and Neapolitan songs. He passed away February 19, 2010.