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Joanna Clapps Herman (1944, in Waterbury, Connecticut) is an Italian American writer, editor, and poet who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her writings and edited works on Italian American identity and culture have added to the dialogue of what it means to have an Italian American identity and being Italian in America.[1] She is a member of Malìa,[2] a collective of Italian American women and is on the international journal, Italian Americana Advisory Board.[3]

She teaches at City College of New York,[4] The Center for Worker Education,[5] is on the Master's of Fine Arts faculty in creative writing at Manhattanville College, and teaches writing and memoir workshops. Her most recent book, No Longer and Not Yet: Stories from the Upper West Side, SUNY Press[6][7] a book of fiction was published in January 2014.

Heritage and Family History[edit]

Herman was born to second-generation Italian American parents. Her grandparents are all from the province of Basilicata, also known as Lucania. These towns are part of the area's ancient history. Her father's family is from Avigliano, where the name Claps is a common one. Her mother's family (Becce), is from Tolve, which it is said Hannibal burned to the ground on his sweep through Italy. In the fields outside Tolve, are the remains of a 4th Century BCE Roman Villa.

The customs of this part of Italy were kept alive during her childhood in America. Herman's maternal grandparents were farmers and cheesemakers[8] The men in her paternal family were blacksmiths in Avigliano and became ironworkers in the U.S. This history is reflected in Herman's writing, where the subject of being a southern Italian woman raised in a Post-World War II New England industrial town, is addressed.

Education & Works[edit]

Herman has a Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY Empire State College and a Master of Arts in American Studies from City College of New York, where she studied with Francine du Plessix Gray. Herman's writing topics often include her Italian American heritage and family.[9]


Books[edit]

Editing Work[edit]

Prose[edit]

  • “Stitching Our Voices Together” in Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra, eds. Embroidered Lines and Cut Threads: Women’s Domestic Needlework in the Italian Diaspora. University of Mississippi Press, (forthcoming). 
  • “Flesh, Bone, and Song" in Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art, William Paterson University, Fall 2012.[10]
  • "Psychic Arrangements" in Mary Saracino, ed. She is Everywhere! Volume 3: An Anthology of Writings in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality. iUniverse, (February 15, 2012). ISBN 1462064337. 
  • " U Bizza di Creanza: A Piece of Politeness," Alimentum, Fall, 2010.
  • "My Aboriginal Women" in Gloria Vando and Philip Miller, ed. Lavanderia: Wash, Women and Word. Sunbelt Publications, (Fall 2009). ISBN 0981602061.  Winner of the 16th Annual San Diego Book Awards Association for Best Anthology.
  • "My Homer" in Dr. Luisa Del Giudice, ed. Oral History, Oral Culture, and Italian Americans. Palgrave, (October 2009). ISBN 0230619479. 
  • "Words and Rags" in Creative Nonfiction. Fall 2006.
  • " Est, Est, Est, Estate, in Leggendaria, October 2004, Roma, Italia.
  • "Night Rifts," in Italian Americana, Spring 2004.
  • "Papone" in Regina Barreca, ed. Don't Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing. Penguin, (2002). ISBN 014200247X. 
  • "Coffee And" in Edvige Guinta and Louise DeSalvo, eds. The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture. Feminist Press, (2002). ISBN 1558614532. 
  • "Perfect Hatred" in Italian Americana, 2001.
  • "The Discourse of un'Proprio Paparon " in Domenica DiLeo, Gabriella Micallef and Patrizia Tavourmina, eds. Curaggia: Writing by Women of Italian Descent. Women's Press: Toronto, (Fall 1998). ISBN 0889612315. 
  • "Snow Struck" in The Massachusetts Review, Spring 1997.
  • "No Longer and Not Yet" in The Massachusetts Review, Winter 1997, Vol. XXXVII, No. 4.

Poetry[edit]

  • "The Smell of Language" in Italian Americana, Summer 2012.
  • "My Italian Father Gives Birth," Feile-Festa, Fall 2009.
  • "On a Brown Street" in Inkwell (journal), Spring 2009.
  • "My Skin Turns to Bark" in Inkwell (journal), Spring 2008.
  • "On the Roof," Protest Poems Poetry Anthology, Winter 1998.
  • "Open Windows in a Cool Row" and "Each Early Spring," The Slackwater Review, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1981.

Honors & Awards[edit]

Herman's story, "Perfect Hatred,"[11] won a Bruno Arcudi Literature Prize, and her story, "Falling," won a Henry Paolucci Award.[12] She has received the Chase Award for Literary Excellence, was the keynote speaker and honoree of The Annual Litchfield Review Writers Conference and awarded her with The Litchfield Review medal for Literary Excellence.[13] She was named Fab Over Fifty.[14] Herman's work was featured by The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) at Cornelia Street Cafe[15] and the Poets and Writers' Piazza at Hofstra University's Italian Experience.

Book Reviews[edit]

  • Donna Lee Miele, Review of "No Longer Not Yet,", The Rockland Times, March 20, 2014.[16]
  • Lisa Jardine, Review of "No Longer and Not Yet," The Harrison Review, March 2014.[17]
  • Fred Gardaphe, "Family Writing Workshop: review of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America," October, 2011.[18]
  • Ciao America!, review of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America, June 2011.[19]
  • Feile-Festa: The Literary Arts Journal of The Mediterranean Celtic Cultural Association and Paradiso-Parthas Press, review of "The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America," SUNY Press, Spring 2011.[20]
  • Mary Donnarumma Sharnick, "The Anarchist Bastard: And Other Tales of Growing Up Italian in America (review)." The Connecticut Muse, Spring 2011.
  • Donna Miele, "Review of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America," The Rockland Times, April 2011.[21]
  • Good Reads, Community Reviews of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America.[22]
  • Alane Salierno Mason, Buona Sera, Social Clubs? 3 Italian American Anthologies Reviewed, Boston Review, October/November 2003.[23]

External Links & Interviews[edit]

  • Interviews with Herman about her book, The Anarchist Bastard can be heard on Wisconsin Public Radio's Here On Earth: Radio Without Borders [24] and on Connecticut's WPKN Radio.[25]
  • Liliana Rosano, "Emigrazione & Letteratura, Joanna Clapps: dalla Basilicata all NY anni '60," America Oggi, October 16, 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ J.D. Oriani, Growing up Italian in America - Old World Author, Bronxville Patch, September 30, 2011.
  2. ^ "Malìa, a collective of Italian American women.". Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Advisory Board Member". Italian Americana International Journal. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Joanna Clapps Herman, CCNY Faculty List". City College of New York. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Center for Worker Education". City College of New York. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Joanna Clapps Herman, No Longer and Not Yet: Stories from the Upper West Side. SUNY Press, 2014.
  7. ^ A Book Launch with Manhattanville College Professor Joanna Clapps Herman, Manhattanville College Event News, 2014.
  8. ^ "Joanna Clapps Herman, Farm & Food: Making Cheese". Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Family photos on Joanna Clapps Herman's website.
  10. ^ "Flesh, Bone, and Song" in Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art, William Paterson University, Fall 2012.
  11. ^ JSTOR, "Perfect Hatred." Italian Americana, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Summer 2000), pp. 197-205
  12. ^ "Henry Paolucci Award Recipient, 2009". Anne and Henry Paolucci. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Dominic Candeloro, "From the Field: Updates on Activities in Italian American Studies". Italian/American Digital Project, i-italy.org. January 20, 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Johanna Herman". Fab Over Fifty. 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Featured Italian American Writers, Joanna Clapps Herman and Richard Vetere". Italian American Digital Project. September 30, 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Donna Lee Miele, Review of "No Longer Not Yet," The Rockland Times, March 20, 2014.
  17. ^ Lisa Jardine, Review of "No Longer and Not Yet,", The Harrison Review, March 2014.
  18. ^ Fred Gardaphe, Family Writing Workshop, review of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America, October 2011.
  19. ^ Ciao America! Review of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America. CiaoAmerica.net, June 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  20. ^ Feile-Festa: The Literary Arts Journal of The Mediterranean Celtic Cultural Assocation and Paradiso-Parthas Press, review of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America, SUNY Press, Spring 2011.
  21. ^ Donna Miele, "Review of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America,", The Rockland Times, April 2011.
  22. ^ Good Reads, community reviews of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America.
  23. ^ Alane Salierno Mason, Buona Sera, Social Clubs? 3 Italian American Anthologies Reviewed, Boston Review, October/November 2003.
  24. ^ Wisconsin Public Radio, Here On Earth: Radio Without Borders. Guest, Joanna Clapps Herman, wpr.org, June 16, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  25. ^ Connecticut WPKN Radio, Guest, Joanna Clapps Herman, wpkn.org, October 13, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2012.

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