Hard Candy / Pitch Roll Yaw is a flip book of two poetry collections facing each other. It reads like a bare knuckle punch from beyond the grave. Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning, and Stage Lightoffers poems and prose on the eternal relationship of the poet and her mother. Pitch Roll Yaw is fourteen stations each beginning with a See, Saw poem — Lanzillotto’s one liners balanced by a fulcrum: comma, caesura, spondee, dash, or backslash, with quick shifts in weight and changes in meaning. Each station is unified by theme or form.
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is the author of Hard Candy: caregiving, mourning, and stagelight, and Pitch Roll Yaw, (Guernica World Editions, 2018); L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir (SUNY Press, 2013) a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and Schistsong (Bordighera Press, 2013). Lanzillotto narrated and composed the leitmotifs for her audiobooks on Audible.com. She is the singer/songwriter of the albums: Never Argue With a Jackass (2017), Swampjuice: Yankee with a Southern Peasant Soul (2016), Carry My Coffee (2012), Eleven Recitations (2011), and Blue Pill (2010), all under her label StreetCry Inc. Performance works include: Blue Mailbox Book Crawl (Franklin Furnace Commission / CityLore, 2013), The Flat Earth: Wheredddafhuck Did New York Go? (Dixon Place, 2008), How to Wake Up a Marine in a Foxhole (The Kitchen, 1998), a’Schapett at The Arthur Avenue Retail Market (Dancing in the Streets, Rockefeller MAP Fund, Puffin Foundation, 1995-1997). Lanzillotto was awarded New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for Non-Fiction Writing and Multi-Disciplinary Performance. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow.