The Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize
The winner of the 2018 Prize is Matthew Cariello for his manuscript "Talk," to be published April 2019.

"What a pleasure it is to read these unadorned yet   carefully observed poems by Matthew Cariello.  TALK  wages a lyrical   conversation with the self, the everyday, and the natural world where hard-won   realizations are in perfect balance with a nature that becomes primal because   it is so effortlessly welcomed. There are no easy epiphanies, or grandiose posturing   here, instead we gain insight from an integrated narrative impulse that subtly engages   and delights. The birch tree, the fig trees, pigeons, and swallows, a walk to a   delicatessen, trips to an old bookstore, and even an otherworldly shovel emerge   as emblems without sacrificing their utility and order in the poet's refined imaginary."

-Distinguished judge Peter Covino
Submissions for the 2019 Prize are now open!

The Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize was conceived to promote the literature of the Italian diaspora and is open to poets of Italian descent writing poetry in English. The winning poet will be awarded $1000 and Bordighera Press will publish the manuscript, along with a standard royalty contract. Two runner-up manuscripts will receive standard royalty contracts.

For more information and guidelines, visit Submittable!
by Rita Esposito Watson
ISBN 978-1-59954-132-7
VIA Folios 136

Publication Date: February 2019

European grandmothers share important traits, a love of cooking and a love of family. I'm Armenian and yet, I see my own grandmothers as I read through stories which capture our heritage.

-S tephen Kurkjian, three-time  Pulitzer Prize winner for The Boston Globe
by Michelle Reale
ISBN 978-1-59954-136-5
VIA Folios 138

Publication Date: March 2019

SEASON OF SUBTRACTION is like Sicily's own citrus fruits-hybridized, yet native and emblematic; sweet and intricate, yet often bitter in places at the whim of life's turning.  With its nuanced language, crafted metaphors, and raw honesty, Reale's work is a treat to be savored.  

-Chad Frame, Montgomery County Poet Laureate, 2017
by Marisa Frasca
ISBN 978-1-59954-140-2
VIA Folios 137

Publication Date: April 2019

Frasca is a poet of wonder, and this work is alive, visionary, painterly. Here, myth isn't an old story, it is the art of transformation, and Frasca embodies an ever-present unfolding.

-Anne Marie Macari
Cesare Pavese's Long Journey
by Giose Rimanelli
ISBN 978-1-59954-133-4
Saggistica 27

Publication Date: Spring/Summer 2019

"[T]his book-length study of Pavese brings to light an important chapter of Rimanelli's own life journey. It highlights a strong sense of tradition, a loyalty to place and to one's roots, and the idea of America as a metaphor for one's literary substance, one's myth, and one's destiny."

-Mark Pietralunga, from the "Introduction"

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