September 30, 6-8 pm   In an epic poem [Ellis Island] whose structure corresponds to the hours in a year, Viscusi (Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing) portrays a world of perpetual change and taxing work, though one interrupted by moments of delicate hope. The ambitious poem explores the Italian American immigrant...

Many children and grandchildren of immigrants have only dreamed of returning to their ancestral birthplaces. But U.S. Ambassador to Italy and Leechburg High School graduate John Phillips and his brothers were able to pay a visit last fall to the small towns of Frisanco and Poffabro in northeastern Italy, where their grandparents grew up. &nbs...

  WTI Magazine #68    2015 September, 18Author : Cookie Curci      Translation by:   My grandfather was never a man of many words, but when he spoke we listened. Though his words were few they were filled with wisdom. He would often say to us: "Pray for the things you want, but work for the things you need". If...

  WTI Magazine #70    2015 October, 16Author : Umberto Mucci      Translation by:   Ciao from the East Coast! Welcome to the 70th issue of our online magazine. We've been in New York, where we attended the Columbus Day Parade: a big wave of energy, Italian pride and passion of Italy that every year gives us an incredible strength and confirms to...

by Maria Alvarez   Descendants of an Italian immigrant sailed on New York Harbor Saturday to pay homage to Angela Marchisella Maiello, the family matriarch whose 1913 trans-Atlantic voyage from Italy made their American dreams possible. Maiello's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with great-nieces and -nephews from Long...

by Dolores Alfieri   Lately, Anthony and I have been preoccupied with Roseto, Pennsylvania. Maybe it's because we recently spent time with bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, who grew up in Roseto; or maybe because we recently spoke with Maria Laurino, author of "The Italian Americans," the companion book to the popular PBS series of the sa...

By Greg Hoersten To the newspapers he was the "Banana King," an Italian immigrant who arrived in Lima in 1889 and grew a Public Square produce stand into a thriving distributorship by the early 20th century.   To his daughter Louise Cardosi, born Aug. 25, 1915, Victor Cardosi was the beloved father who "was always teaching me something," th...

by Claudia Astarita   Italy is a preferred destination by immigrants looking for new opportunities or to escape poverty in their home countries. Many of them have become entrepreneurs, and the most recent statistics reveal that over half a million commercial companies in Italy have been started by people coming from foreign countries. Moreov...

di Tiziana Pasetti   "Mia madre si chiamava Aurora. Mio padre Giovanni. Un giorno di quasi un secolo fa sono saliti su una grande nave. Insieme a loro c'erano i miei due fratelli, Eugenio e Matteo. Insieme a loro c'era una speranza. Partire, un sacrificio di dieci anni, non di più, e poi tornare a casa.   I sogni aiutano ad andare ava...

by David Wiegand   There is a kind of template for the immigrant experience, dating back to the 19th century: People come to the United States seeking better lives, often band together with their own kind for a while and eventually assimilate into the storied melting pot of American culture. Older generations are generally slower to adapt, o...