- Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company
- Available in: Paperback and e-book
- ISBN: 9781939562708 ISBN-10: 1939562708
- Published: December 30, 2014
by Giovanna Capone
In My Neighborhood contains both poetry and prose. It’s a lyrical, humorous, and provocative first book documenting Giovanna Capone’s search for a political and personal identity as an Italian-American raised in an old world traditional family, who later claims herself as a lesbian and a political activist.
From beginning to end, through poetry, essay, and memoir, Giovanna explores her journey both emotionally and geographically, as she leaves the hub of her ethnic identity in New York, and enters the world beyond her childhood. Her writing is bound by a search for love, freedom, and ethnic identity, and also by her feminist politics and point of view
Her beloved heritage is an ever-present touchstone as she examines her roots and describes her adult life and developing consciousness.
A living, breathing love song to the poet’s heritage and the many ways it shaped the fierce and independent woman that she has become today.”
— Maria Mazziotti Gillan, American Book Award winner for All That Lies Between Us
Capone paints a vivid picture, whose themes of love and loss will resonate with many, as they are simultaneously both personal and universal.”
— Mary Saracino, novelist, poet, and memoir writer, author of Heretics: A Love Story
Giovanna Capone is a poet, fiction writer, and playwright. She was raised in an Italian American neighborhood in New York. Her work has appeared in Curaggia: Writing by Women of Italian Descent, Bless Me Father: Stories of Catholic Childhood, Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry, Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus, Queer View Mirror 2, Lesbian & Gay Short Short Fiction, and Fuori: Essays by Italian/American Lesbians and Gays, and The Paterson Literary Review. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works as a public librarian.