Congratulations to our 2023 Pushcart Poetry Prize nominees Carla Panciera, Clare Rossini, and Kiki Petrosino.
Italian Americana is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to exploring the Italian emigrant/immigrant experience through both scholarly and creative works. Founded in 1974 by Richard Gambino, together with Ernest Falbo and Bruno Arcudi, the journal was first published at Queens College, City University of New York. In 1989 < Italian Americana’s founders turned over the publication and editorship to Carol Bonomo Albright, who published the journal at the University of Rhode Island up until her retirement in the spring of 2015. The journal’s next appointed editor, Carla A. Simonini, relocated Italian Americana first to Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, and later, in 2018, to Loyola University Chicago, where it now serves as a cornerstone of Loyola’s endowed Paul and Ann Rubino Italian American Studies Program.
Although the journal has undergone several changes in editorial leadership, its mission has remained consistent since its original founding — i.e. to publish scholarly and creative works that explore the topic of Italian Americanness from a wide variety of perspectives. Italian Americana today maintains its long tradition of printing innovative articles by historians, social scientists, literary critics, and visual artists, among others, as well as presenting original works of fiction, poetry, and memoir. A number of writers whose early works first appeared in Italian Americana have, in fact, gone on to achieve national and international acclaim, which is a particular point of pride for the editorial team.
Beyond scholarly and creative offerings, each issue also features a book review section, which aims to introduce readers to the most recent contributions to the interdisciplinary field of Italian American Studies. We, the members of the journal’s editorial staff at Loyola University Chicago University, are pleased to be able to maintain the legacy of Italian Americana and to continue to print the journal semi-annually, bringing our readership a winter and summer issue.
Call for Papers
We are seeking poems and works of short fiction and creative nonfiction, on any subject and in any notag, by writers of Italian heritage on either side. Since 1977, we’ve published authors including Kim Addonizio, Rita Ciresi, Clare Rossini, Ned Balbo, Sandra Gilbert, and Peter Covino. Work of short fiction and creative nonfiction are also welcome. For full guidelines, click on the “Submissions” link.
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Call for Papers
We are seeking poems and works of short fiction and creative nonfiction, on any subject and in any style, by writers of Italian heritage on either side. Since 1977, we’ve published authors including Kim Addonizio, Rita Ciresi, Clare Rossini, Ned Balbo, Sandra Gilbert, and Peter Covino. Work of short fiction and creative nonfiction are also welcome. Deadline for Summer 2024 is November 30, 2023. For full guidelines, click on the “Submissions” link.
Carla A. Simonini
Loyola University Chicago
Crown Center 217G
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
Carla A. Simonini received a BA from Amherst College, an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown University. Her research interests include 20th century and contemporary Italian literature, theories and methodologies of second language acquisition and constructs of italianità in American and Italian American literature, which was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. She has taught at Brown University, the University of Rhode Island and Skidmore College. From 2010 to 2018, she was an associate professor of Italian at Youngstown State University, where she coordinated the Italian program and taught courses on Italian language, culture, and literature as well as courses on Italian American identity for the American Studies program, and on Italian American literature for the English Department. She is currently the founding director and endowed professor of a newly inaugurated interdisciplinary program at Loyola University Chicago serving as the Paul and Ann Rubino Associate Professor of Italian American Studies.
Co-editor & Review Editor
John Paul Russo
Department of Classics
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33124
John Paul Russo is professor and chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Miami. He has published books and essays on the theory of criticism, ethnicity, and history of culture. Recipient of three Fulbright Fellowships to Italy, he has taught at the universities of Palermo, Rome, Genoa, and Salerno. He was co-editor of RSA (Rivista di Studi Nord Americani) (2009-12). His The Future without a Past: The Humanities in a Technological Society was awarded the 2006 Bonner Prize. His study of representations of Italy, Italians, and Italian Americans, co-written by Robert Casillo and entitled The Italian in Modernity, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011.
Maria Terrone is the author of the poetry collections Eye to Eye (Bordighera Press, 2014); A Secret Room in Fall (McGovern Prize, Ashland Poetry Press); The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works), and a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2. Her fourth collection, No Known Coordinates, is forthcoming from The Word Works. Published in French and Farsi, her work has appeared in such media as Poetry, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, and The Hudson Review and in more than 25 anthologies from publishers including Knopf and Beacon Press. She is also the author of At Home in the New World (Bordighera Press), a work of creativenonfiction. www.mariaterrone.com
Christine Palamidessi Moore
Christine Palamidessi Moore is author of two novels, The Virgin Knows and The Fiddle Case. With Editor-in-Chief Carol Bonomo Albright, she co-edited American Women, Italian Style. She was Professor of Writing at Boston University for 13 years. Her memoir “Grandmothers” is engraved on a granite monolith at Boston’s Jackson Square MBTA stop. Her non-fiction has appeared in publications as widely diverse and Andy Warhol’s Interview, the New York Times, and Italian American collections. Currently working as a visual artist, Palamidessi is an awarded Visiting Artist at American Academy in Rome and Mass MoCa. She teaches several writing workshops for artists each year. www.palamidessi.com Insta@palamidessi.art
Carol Bonomo Albright
Founded by Ernest S. Falbo and Richard Gambino
Bruno A. Arcudi
Michael Palma (Poetry Editor 2004-2015)
Dana Gioia (Poetry Editor 1994-2003)
- John Alcorn, Trinity College
- Robert Casillo, University of Miami
- Rita Ciresi, University of South Florida
- Andrea Ciribuco, National University of Ireland, Galway
- Mariaconcetta Costantini, Università degli Studi G. d’Annunzio
- Donna DeBlasio, Youngstown State University
- Ferdinando Fasce, University of Genoa
- Perri Giovannucci, American University in Dubai
- Edvige Giunta, New Jersey City University
- Luciano Iorizzo, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Oswego
- Michael LaRosa, Rhodes College
- Martino Marazzi, University of Milan
- Maria Serena Marchesi, University of Messina
- Kathleen Zamboni McCormick, SUNY Purchase
- James Morone, Brown University
- Martha Pallante, Youngstown State University
- Eleonora Rao, University of Salerno
- Maria Galli Stampino, University of Miami
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NOTA BENE: All creative writers submitting to Italian Americana must be of Italian heritage on one or both sides of their family. Please mention the connection in your cover letter or bio.
All submissions should be forwarded to us via email at email@example.com in a Word file attachment following the specific guidelines for each submission category, as indicated below.
- Please send up to five unpublished poems in a single Word file, Times New Roman 11 point font.
- Your name, address, email address and phone number should appear on every page of the file.
- Begin the document with a short cover letter, including a bio of no more than 65 words for inclusion in our “Notes on Contributors” section. Remember to include, either in your bio or your cover letter, an explanation of your Italian heritage. Please note that we may edit the bio according to space concerns.
- We welcome poems on any subject and have no special preference for Italian or Italian American themes.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
- Please email the Word doc to Italian Americana at firstname.lastname@example.org. “Poetry/Your Last Name” should appear in the subject line.
- If your poetry is published in Italian Americana, please wait for an additional issue to publish before sending new work to be considered.
- We nominate for the Pushcart Prize
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Submissions:
Italian Americana accepts previously unpublished submissions in the following categories:
- short story (fiction)
- creative nonfiction
- personal essay
(For differences between memoir and essay, please consult the Purdue Online Writing Lab.)
- Please read our current and past issues to familiarize yourself with our publication and the choices our editors have made. We prefer works that deal with Italian heritage and/or make explicit reference to elements of italianità, but we also welcome submissions on other topics. Fine quality writing is our ultimate selection criterion.
- Submissions should be no more than 4,000 words.
- Please email your Word doc to Italian Americana at email@example.com. The body of your email should include a brief biography about yourself (maximum of 65 words) for inclusion in our “Notes on Contributors” section with your name in bold font, upper and lower case. Please note that we may edit the bio according to space concerns.
- We accept simultaneous submissions, and writers are required to extend the courtesy of letting us know that you are simultaneously submitting and immediately contact us if another magazine accepts your publication.
- Remember to include, either in your bio or your cover letter, an explanation of your Italian heritage.
- Submissions must follow Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Italian Americana uses the author-date system for citations with authors’ full names in the Works Cited list. Notes may be used for supplemental information. Examples:
(Simonini 2015, 142)
Simonini, Carla Anne. 2015. “Constructing America by Writing about Italy: How Nineteenth-Century Travel Writing Informed Ethnic Identity Construction in Italian-American Literature.” Italian Americana 33(2): 136-156.
- Copy should be single-spaced in Times New Roman, 11 point font and with no line spaces between paragraphs and justified.
- Paragraphs should be denoted by using the Tab—not by inserting line spaces between paragraphs.
- Numbers from one to ten should be spelled out.
- We follow American, not English style, for quotes, so punctuation should be within the quote marks, except for semi-colons, where the semi-colon should be placed outside the quote marks.
- No apostrophes in dates, unless it is a possessive: 1940s
- Please email the Word doc to Italian Americana at firstname.lastname@example.org. The body of your email should include a brief biography about yourself (maximum of 65 words) for inclusion in our “Notes on Contributors” section with your name in bold font, upper and lower case. Please note that we may edit the bio according to space concerns.
Peer Review Policy:
For scholarly articles, peer review is a double blind peer review process. All reviews are refereed by two external scholars with relevant expertise and no involvement with the journal's editorial management. The journal generally follows their recommendations for publication unless the decision is split, in which case the co-editors make the final decision.
For fiction and poetry, authors are identified.
Becoming Italian American in the Nation's Heartland: The Immigrant Experience in Ohio's Mahoning Valley
Donna M. DeBlasio; Martha I. Pallante
Chicago's Lost Italian Enclave—4700–5100 S. Federal Street (Armour Avenue)
Essay: “Notes from the Least Italian Albergotti”
Luigi Donato Ventura, a Trilingual Self-translator
Maria Rita D'Aviera
Four Novels of 1939: Ambition and Redemption; Ethnicity and Race
Featured Poet Kiki Petrosino: “The Red Earth of Terra”
La Bocce Vita
Sweet as She Can Be
Annette Januzzi Wick
Rediscovering Paul Busti (1749–1824)
Paolo Semenza; John Everett Jones
Featured Poet Angela Alaimo O'Donnell: “Confessions of a Coal Miner's Granddaughter”
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
My Body & Me
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
White Shoulders and Strega