Spring 2010





Writing Our Own Stories


by Licia Canton


If we don’t write our own stories, someone will do it for us – often with less than agreeable outcomes. We know that Italian Canadians are not immune to cultural stereotypes. Too often, the mainstream media is quick to report on the less flattering and more sensational aspects that, like it or not, are associated with “Italianness” – unrepresentative though they may be. Accenti is an alternative presence in the perception of Italians in Canada.


In addition to bringing readers insightful stories on many different topics, Accenti is also a symbol of the vibrancy, vitality and diversity of the Italian Canadian community. We have a say in the development of our community and our culture. We all have a story to tell, opinions to share. What we write makes a difference in the way we see ourselves and the way the world sees us. In this issue Michael Mirolla’s Stereotypers Beware: Le Donne Briganti Have Your Number reports on a group of women who are working to bring about exactly this kind of change.


Accenti is also about bridging the two cultures we hold dear. In a special travel feature Domenic Cusmano takes us to Italy’s Marches Region in All of Italy in One Region and Colours of the Marches. Elizabeth Cinello gives us a different perspective on Rome in The Graffiti Walls of the Eternal City.

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Caterina Edwards’ article A Rare Work broaches a topic that is still considered taboo: the horrifying fate of the Istriani – Italians who were forced out of their homes when Italian territory was handed over to Yugoslavia in the aftermath of World War II.

Linda Leith tells us how Metropolis Azzurro – Italian and Italian Canadian writers participating at Blue Met – came about in Sharing the Pleasures of Writing. Andrea Camilleri presents a refreshing if controversial view of Women’s Day in his piece The Day of the Deceptive Mimosa.


In her short story Storing Up Memories, Delia De Santis conveys the juxtaposition of modernity and traditional ways of thinking. This issue also pays homage to the thirdplace winners of last year’s Accenti contests: Angela Long with her story This Is Sunday Lunch and Paul French with his photo Bella Donna, which graces the cover of this issue.


We also bring you poems by Corrado Paina and Luigi Monteferrante, Lina Medaglia’s review of Michelle Alfano’s Made Up of Arias, and several new books in Italian Canadiana.


In this issue we invite readers to support the Italian Canadian literary and artistic community. The newly formed Accenti Magazine Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote Italian Canadian cultural and artistic expression through the publication of Accenti Magazine. Visit www.accenti.ca/foundation to find out more and to make a donation.


The Accenti Magazine Awards celebrate their 5th anniversary on April 23 at the Montreal Delta Centre-Ville Hotel during the 12th Blue Met Festival. Join us in toasting the winners of the Accenti writing and photo contests in the company of beatnik jazz poet and musician Ralph Alfonso and the Franco Proietti Quartet.


Happy Spring!



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