Avanti Popolo:Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus
Monday, October 13, 2008, 7 pm
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, got lost on his way to India, and kicked of a genocide of the native people of Las Americas. In the 500 plus years since then, the forces of conquest have successfully wedded the Columbus story with Italian-American identity. This erases the histories of Italian-Americans who have stood up for social justice and fought hard for the liberation of humanity.
In this groundbreaking collection of poetry and prose, Italian American writers celebrate their hidden history in a literary tribute to fighting social injustice. With the current anti-immigrant sentiments filling up newspaper front pages, these writers respond with thought-provoking works that focus on breaking from mainstream tradition. On Columbus Day, instead of celebrating conquest, these poets and writers acknowledge those who stood up for justice and have fought for the rights of all.
Diane Di Prima
Cameron Mc Henry
MCs Tommi Avicolli Mecca and James Tracy