On Friday, June 9, 2023, ICAP Waterloo organized the book launch of Narrarsi Altrove, a publication that marks the culmination of 3 years of intensive work by the poet, Anna Ciardullo Villapiana, conjointly with Prof. Gabriele Niccoli (emeritus St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo and former Honorary Vice Consul of Italy) who edited the volume and translated the Italian poems into English and with Stella Paola (a dedicated local secondary school teacher from Resurrection Catholic Secondary School who translated the prose into English). The event took place at St. Jerome’s University with over 85 invited attendees from the Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, Toronto and other areas comprising some of the interviewees themselves and University administrators, scholars, artists, journalists, Comites members, media as well as Abril Liberatori (ICAP President), Kate Squissato (ICAP secretary) and Gabriella Colussi Arthur (ICAP Past President). The ICAP Waterloo committee had approached ICAP in 2020 with this innovative and highly creative project. From a series of oral interviews undertaken by the three collaborators (working undeterred through Covid and conducting 90 interviews via Zoom), several valuable objects were identified, and from there, Anna’s poetic journey began. Her individual poems, which accompany stories contextualizing the origin and significance of the objects, underscore the value and meaning of the “diasporic object”, the material object, a treasure from the homeland and a carrier of personal identity for each custodian’s life journey. As Gabriel Niccoli, our own ICAP Board member and mentor throughout the project’s evolution, so eloquently puts it in his critical introduction to the volume, the material diasporic object encompasses “the triptych of diaspora, memory, and identity”.
Please see the original flyer, the accompanying article featured in the Thursday, June 8 edition of the Corriere Canadese and a photo with Gabriel, Anna, Gabriella and Stella taken on Friday evening in front of the Tree of Life in the Fireplace Lounge at St. Jerome’s. For a copy of the volume, please contact Gabriel Niccoli, firstname.lastname@example.org.