Giovanna was the recipient of a film grant in the year 2020, sponsored by the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum and the National Italian American Foundation. For more information, please check out their program and her film, as well as the other grant recipients, featured here: https://agbo.com/community/national-italian-american-foundation
Featured Reader at Second Annual Whitman-Stein Poetry Festival, Santa Barbara City College,
Santa Barbara, CA, for April 2012 National Poetry Month. Giovanna was a featured presenter
and honored poet. The Santa Barbara Whitman-Stein Poetry Festival is an annual event of LGBT
poets hailing from all over California. It's a Celebration of Poets and Poetry on a Slant: Illuminating
the Lives of LGBTQ Women and Men.
It was held on Saturday, April 21st at 7pm at the Fe Bland Auditorium at Santa Barbara City College.
Co-sponsors were The Pacific Pride Foundation, Instruments of Peace, SBCC Queer & Ally (Q&A) Club,
UCSB Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.
For a complete list of the honored poets for 2012, please see the following link:
An interview with author Giovanna Capone is forthcoming in a new book entitled Daughters,
Dads, and the Path of Grieving: Tales from Italian America, to be published by
Impact Publishing, Inc. The book examines father-daughter relationships in Italian-
American families, and is edited by authors Donna DiCello, PsyD., and Lorraine
Mangione, PhD. Dr. DiCello is Associate Director at the Graduate Institute of
Professional Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Hartford.
Dr. Mangione is with the Dept. of Clinical Psychology, at Antioch University in
New England. Their ground-breaking new book will be published at the end of
Original Art Work on Display:The popular Oakland, California eatery, Mama's Royal Cafe,
on Broadway, held its 30th Annual Napkin Art Contest in March and April, 2012. There
were 140 entries in total, and Giovanna's work was on display for napkin art. Her work was dubbed
“political collage.” Her art is entitled “Occupy Oakland: Stop the Foreclosures!” It represented
the crisis in Alameda County and elsewhere, of people losing their homes to the big banks.
About her work, Giovanna said this period of time is definitely a low point in American history
when you consider that this country is well-known as the “land of opportunity.”
The only rule of this annually held contest is that your art has to be created on a napkin.
Lambda Literary Award nominee. The Lambda Literary Awards, instituted in 1988, are the highest
literary award given in LGBT publishing for books that celebrate or explore LGBT themes.
for Best Lesbian/Gay Anthology from a small press for Hey Paesan! Writings by Lesbians &
Gay Men of Italian Descent, edited by Giovanna Capone, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, & Denise Nico Leto,
(1999), was nominated for the Lambda Awards category of Best Lesbian/ Gay Anthology from a
small press in the year 2000.
Giovanna’s original play Her Kiss, was chosen as one of the top five exciting new plays to be produced by
Luna Sea Women’s Performance Project in their First Annual Dyke Drama Festival in San Francisco,
California. Her Kiss was produced and performed before sold out audiences on four consecutive
weekends in the summer of 1999.
Featured Reader at Lesbian Writers' Series: A Different Light Bookstore, West Hollywood, CA (1992)
Giovanna read her work before a large bookstore audience. This reading series, founded in 1984,
celebrates and provides a platform for women authors to share prose and poetry. It has hosted
distinguished lesbian authors such as Joan Nestle and numerous others. Past such events have
also included literary stars such as June Jordan and Angela Davis.
Giovanna’s original poetry has been featured in workshops taught by the late poet and civil rights activist June
Jordan, in her Poetry for the People, a popular multicultural poetry program that Ms. Jordan taught
at the University of California at Berkeley.