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  • “L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir” SUNY PRESS, Feb 2013,

    “L Is For Lion” is the achingly true story of a Bronx tomboy whose 1960s girlhood was marked by her WWII veteran father’s lullabies laced with dissociative visions of trench warfare.  At four years old, Annie Lanzillotto hid silver teaspoons behind the heatpipes to tap calls for help when the fighting broke out between her parents.  At eighteen, on the edge of freedom, her studies at Brown University were halted by the growth of a massive tumor inside her chest.  Lanzillotto walked out of Sloan-Kettering just as A.I.D.S. was named, and made a wild truth-seeking ride out of survival, going into the fray of gay clubs and cross-dressing on the streets of Egypt.  This poignant and authentic story could only happen in New York, with this quintessential New Yorker as narrator and guide, with poetic insights from underneath the dining room table, to the stoop, sidewalk, street and out into the world of Italian American characters and their stories about war, immigration, gay sub-culture, cancer, mental illness, gender dynamics, drug addiction, domestic violence, the childhood wonder of Spaldeens, crescendoing in a reluctant return home to the timeless wisdom of her peasant grandmother Rosa Petruzzelli who shows her the sweetest essence of soul.


An album of Lanzillotto’s solo poetry with a bonus track of her “Mr. Butterfly” song live at Small’s Jazz, featuring Rose Imperato on sax, Lori Goldston on cello, and Sylvie Degiez on keys.

Lanzillotto’s songs folk rock and blues, featuring music direction and arrangements by Adeel Salman, with Lori Goldston on cello, Rose Imperato on sax, Erik Van Batavia on drums, and Adeel Salman on guitar and bass. Recorded at The Loft, Bronxville, New York.  Featuring Lanzillotto’s songs  “Red Sky” “Blue Pill” “Shelter” “WithOut Papers” “Bustopen” “Latte” “Down The Line” “Anything But Love” “Git on Me”

A live concert of Lanzillotto’s stories and songs featuring cello by Lori Goldston and a guest spot of pocket trumpet by Pasquale Cangiano.  Recorded as a live set in Saint Ann and The Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn, New York.  Recorded by Clean and Humble Studios. Featuring Lanzillotto’s story/songs “Carry My Coffee” “Mr. Butterfly” “This Moon” “Command My Soul” “Ballad for Joe Zito” “Girls Girls, Where Did You Work Last Night?”


About Annie Rachele Lanzillotto Author of "L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir" SUNY Press 2013, and "Schistsong" Bordighera Press 2013 Currently narrating / recording my audiobooks at The Loft studios in Bronxville, New York. If you'd like to contribute to help audiobook production, contact me: Spread the Bronx accent far and wide, to listeners, to those for whom reading a book is impossible or arduous...

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