Author Luisa Maria Giulianetti visits North to read from and discuss her new collection of poetry, Agrodolce. This multi-genre collection explores and unravels the complexities of "home" as a physical and cultural space, and as a contested condition of being. Drawing on personal experience as well as on the stories of ancestors, Luisa Giulianetti shares the lives of characters mired in loss and grief, those with their feet in two worlds, and others who try-however imperfectly-to fashion home from inherited ruins and imagined futures.
Luisa Maria Giulianetti is Bay Area born and bred, the daughter of Italian parents. Her first languages were Italian and Sicilian, and the kitchen table-where friends and family gathered to share food and stories-her first classroom. She is published in Brilliant Corners, CALYX, Feile-Festa, HerStry, Italian Americana, Motherscope, Ploughshares, Rattle, Tule Review, and VIA. For her, food is sacred: rooted, like writing, in history, lore, storytelling. And love. Luisa directs student programs and teaches at UC Berkeley. Agrodolce is her first collection.