Submissions are open for Volume Two of the Anthology of Italian American Writers (Short Stories)



Idea Press ( has recently published Volume One of “A Feast of Narrative, an Anthology of Short Stories and Creative Nonfiction by Italian American Writers” and is accepting submissions for Volume Two of the Anthology, which will consist of short stories only (fiction).

Submission guidelines

To be able to participate to the contest, the writer has to have at least one parent of Italian origins. Only short stories will be accepted; no creative nonfiction. One or two stories may be submitted. If a story, or both, will be accepted, a short biography will be required (maximum 150 words).

Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word, single-spaced, in Times New Roman size 12 font, and of a maximum of 6,000 words for each story.

No entry fee is required. The stories chosen will become part of the anthology and one copy of the book will be sent free of cost to each participant accepted.

The deadline for submission is September 1st, 2020.


The manuscripts may be sent to


A reading of LindaAnn LoSchiavo’s “The bones of the hospital”

Here follows a magnificent poem by my friend LindaAnn LoSchiavo, read by me. Click this link to the reading

The Bones of the Hospital
(Le ossa dell’ ospedale)

We’re making a novena for grandpa.
I stumble on words like leukemia,
Don’t understand bone marrow transplanting.

Before my father goes to donate his,
We’re having bone soup. “It’s nutritious food,”
Explains my mother. But the real reason’s
Because we’re broke, my classmates like to taunt.

I wonder if physicians will respect
Grandpa if neighbors hate poor foreigners
Like us, whose kitchen windows don’t emit
Aromas of expensive T-bone steaks.

Dad’s rich in health, the closest match. He sighs,
Vado in ospedale!” Miracles
Depend on faith but don’t discriminate.

One time in Stromboli, a ledge gave way,
Eruptions tearing up the crust beneath
His feet, and nonno reached out for tree bones,
Dangled all night till rescuers arrived.

Volcanoes are impartial. Which divine
Did grandpa put in charge of destiny?

Disease erupts like blowholes. Lava’s kind
To crops — — then turns destructive hot-spot god.

Perhaps le ossa dell’ ospedale
Are saints that guard red wards of surgery,
Restore the safe ground under human feet.

Strong bones of hospitals exist in dreams,
Protecting patients, blocking the cold room
Where promise goes, supplying nourishment.

Dad visits gramps. Hope is a fire revived.
Marrow’s like monks who chant for his to rise.


LindaAnn LoSchiavo is a dramatist, writer, and formalist. Her poetry chapbooks Conflicted Excitement (Red Wolf Editions, 2018), Concupiscent Consumption (Red Ferret Press, 2020), and A Route Obscure and Lonely (Wapshott Press, 2020), along with her collaborative book on prejudice (Macmillan in the USA, Aracne Editions in Italy), are her latest titles. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and SFPA.

Introducing myself… and the writer’s world.

I have been writing from forever, but time has been my major constraint since I always had a job (or two) unrelated to the writing world.  However, I always dedicated every free minute that I could afford without straining my family life to writing.

cover Sunny fornewwebsitedossenaMy early work was mostly technical since I operated in Italy as an export agent in the medical/dental field and wrote many articles and essays for dental magazines in Italy. I also translated a book on Botanics for medical use from Italian to English. I alternated the technical writing to poetry writing, mostly in Italian.

After I came back to the USA in 1987, my world changed. Meeting Leonardo Campanile again (I had been present at his wedding a few years before, when I lived in the USA, since I was a friend of his future wife) gave me the opportunity to write about any topics I wanted to, and I loved that. And so was born the new me…

OperaMyLovemagazineI have been the Editorial Director of L’Idea Magazine, a journal born in 1974, since 1990, and I have founded two other magazines, OperaMyLove and OperaAmorMio, of which I still am Editor-in-Chief. I was contributing editor of Bridge Apulia USA  (which after a few years became BridgePugliaUSA and appeared only online) and have written articles for more than one hundred periodicals. 

 I also was the co-founder of Idea Graphics with Leonardo Campanile (yes, it’s always him) and the company absorbed the two magazines I had founded besides L’Idea Magazine and Idea Publications, while creating a new Imprint, Idea Press, aimed at making the Italian American writers and Italian composers more known to the world.

 Since then, I have edited many books, both in English and Italian, and translated the content of all our music scores’ biographies, prefaces, and introductions from Italian to English. Most recently I edited an anthology of short stories by Italian American writers, of which I am proud for so many reasons, been the first of its kind.

I am working on many projects at the same time, although I despise multiple tasking, and each project will be announced on this site as soon as it is completed.

 I love animals, nature, opera (you could never tell), food (some people think I am obsessed with it) and red wine (possibly Barolo or Amarone), and despise any excess, other than the lack of sleep due to overworking on writing projects…

I hope I gave a picture of myself that makes the visitor interested in my books…




My First Post


Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

new web dossena RAI

This is the first post on my new website. Since the concept behind it is to inform about my activities, there may be long stretches of time without new information. I have no intention to bore the visitor with every little occurrence of my life, so I hope that this website will reach the target and satisfy the visitor who wants to know more about me…