Whaddyacall the Wind?


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Bordighera Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.72 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is a Bronx born poet, performance-artist, author, playwright, actor, director, songwriter, activist, cantastoria, whose stage presence has been called riveting and volcanic. Her work is inspired by the cacophonous opera of pushcart peddler street cries, the roots of theater in the agora, and the solo cantastoria in the piazza. She incorporates and puts metaphoric spins on iconic urban objects: the blue street corner mailbox, Spaldeens, the parking meter, traffic lights, block ice, casts of sewer caps. You can listen to her raw Bronx roar in Annie's Story Cave podcast, and her audiobooks on Audible.com. Visit AnnieLanzillotto.com, StreetCryInc.org.Lanzillotto is the author of the books Whaddyacall the Wind? (Bordighera Press), Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning and Stage Light, and Pitch, Roll, Yaw (Guernica World Editions), L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir (SUNY Press, Finalist for the Lambda Literary Foundation Award), and Schistsong (Bordighera Press). She hosts the talk show Tell Me a Story, (CityLore, StreetCry). Albums include: Never Argue with a Jackass, Swampjuice: Yankee with a Southern Peasant Soul, Blue Pill, Carry My Coffee. Plays and performance works include: Zerega Blues (Bronx Museum of the Arts), Feed Time (Dixon Place, City Lore), A Stickball Memoir (Smithsonian Folklife Festival), Confessions of a Bronx Tomboy: My Throwing Arm, This Useless Expertise (Under One Roof, Manhattan Class Company), La Scarpetta (Guggenheim Museum), a'Schapett! at The Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx, (Dancing in the Streets OnSite/NYC; Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, Puffin Fund), The Flat Earth: Wheredddafffhuck Did New York Go? (Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission), How to Wake Up a Marine in a Foxhole (The Kitchen), Pocketing Garlic (Franklin Furnace), The Hooking Place (Theatre 68), Lasagna Superstar, a musical (St. Ann's Church). Internationally she's performed readings at Napoli Città Libro, Fondazione Sassi-Matera, Sicilia Queer FilmFest-Palermo, Associazione Lette di Sera-Potenza. Lanzillotto was a founding board member of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition and conceived of the 146 Shirtwaist Kites, which grew into a coalition-wide community art project emblematic of the fallen sweatshop workers of 1911.Lanzillotto has garnered fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts in Non-Fiction Writing, and Multi-Disciplinary Performance, the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership program, and commissions and grants from Dancing in the Streets, Franklin Furnace, Dixon Place, Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund, and Puffin Foundation. Her poetry was awarded the Henry & Anne Paolucci Award from the Italian American Writers' Association, the Allen Ginsberg Award from The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, and the John & Rose Petracca Award from Philadelphia Poets. She's had writing residencies at New Jersey City University, Hedgebrook, and Santa Fe Arts Institute.


"In 1975 at the bequest of my grandfather I made a trip to the ancestral home of my family, the town of Acquaviva delle Fonti in Puglia, Italy. In four words, it changed my life. Jump cut to over 40 years later and I happen to meet Annie Lanzillotto, a gifted writer, director, and renaissance woman who shares this same ancestral home as I. Read this book and you'll understand why I cherish my friendship with this woman."Joe Mantegna
"Multitalented Annie Lanzillotto is a mesmerist who gifts us with a sumptuous word feast worthy of a great poet. This tale about ancestors, spiritual renewal, and a region of Italy that is both ancient and magical enfolds you like a mother. Lanzillotto is a master storyteller who will charm you as easily as her female progenitors wove spells and created legends that still captivate today."Marianne Leone, author of Jesse and Ma Speaks Up
"More on her own than she's ever been, readers will be reunited with the passionate and lyrical prose we've come to love about Lanzillotto. An intimate experience with matrilineal Italian tradition, and a warm and meaningful time with a dear friend that we all so desperately need. Both prophet and angel, Annie Lanzillotto is one of the greatest, most dedicated teachers and mentors you'll ever encounter."Erica N. Cardwell, author of Wrong is Not My Name
"Annie Lanzillotto's poems are a dream state in real time, sung in two tongues, from one heart, where 'three winds form the source.' She is one of our most gifted storytellers, relentless in her pursuit to 'shred language and break lines / until meaning comes.' We need her audaciousness and her genuine wise voice in these uncertain times." Tim Z. Hernandez, author of All They Will Call You