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L is for Lion - Annie Lanzillotto's New Memoir - a Bronx Butch Memoir

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto - Author
Excelsior Editions
SUNY series in Italian/American Culture
Price: $24.95
Hardcover - 300 pages
Release Date: February 2013
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4525-0

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto

AUTHOR of Lambda Literary Award finalist L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir (SUNY Press 2013) and the book of poetry Schistsong (Bordighera Press 2013).

RECORDING ARTIST, narrated the audiobooks for L IS FOR LION and SCHISTSONG, available on AUDIBLE.COM.

SINGER/SONGWRITER on her original albums: swampjuice: yankee with a southern peasant soul by annie lanzillotto & washbucket blues— Blue Pill by Annie Lanzillotto Band –  Carry My Coffee recorded live with Lori Goldston on cello

BORN AND RAISED in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx, and in Yonkers, New York, of Barese heritage.  B.A. with honors in medical anthropology from Brown University.  MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.


ACTOR & PERFORMANCE ARTIST debut in 1993 with her solo show, Confessions of a Bronx Tomboy: My Throwing Arm, This Useless Expertise at Under One Roof Theater and Manhattan Class Company in New York City. Lanzillotto received fellowships and performance commissions from New York Foundation For The Arts, Dancing In The Streets, Dixon Place, Franklin Furnace, The Rockefeller Foundation. Her shows include: Pocketing Garlic (Franklin Furnace), How to Wake Up a Marine in a Foxhole (The Kitchen), a’Schapett, at The Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx. (Dancing In The Streets, Rockefeller MAP Fund), The Flat Earth: Wheredddafhuck Did New York Go? (Dixon Place).  Lanzillotto played Grandma Nunzio in the 2014 production of “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” in Times Square, directed by Tony Lauria.

TEACHER master classes in solo performance for the Acting Apprentice Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville;  guest-artist workshops in Theatre Outreach at Sarah Lawrence College; writing and performance at Naropa College, and Robert Morris University. Multi-Disciplinary Performance Mentor at The Kitchen’s Summer Institute.

WRITER IN RESIDENCE,  2013-2014 Writer-in-Residence at New Jersey City University, and a 2013 Buckham Fund Writer-in-Residence at The University of Vermont.

“L is for Lion” has been taught on colllege syllabii at: New Jersey City University, Prof. Ellen Garvey’s class ”Women and Gender Studies” — New Jersey City University, Prof. Edvige Giunta’s class on “Memoir”– University of Vermont, Prof. John Gennari’s class — Brooklyn College, Prof. Bob Viscusi’s class ”Introduction to Italian American Lit.”

“Schistsong” has been taught at New Jersey City University, Prof. Edvige Giunta “Italian American Literature”

“L is for Lion” Book Tour has been to:



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Member: Actors’ Equity Association




New York Theater



Annie’s bands have performed at Dixon Place, St. Ann’s Church, Judson Church, Smalls Jazz Club, Make Music New York festival, Remember the Triangle Fire Memorial on Washington & Greene Streets, NYC

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