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B. Amore is a sculptor, installation artist, recipient of major public art commissions and Co-Director of the Kokoro Studio Retreat Center. Amore recently created an extensive exhibit, "LIFELINE * filo della vita," for the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The exhibt is traveling in the US and Italy and is being published as an illustrated book in both English and Italian. Her Black Madonna Exhibit, a collaboration with Joe Sciorra of the Calandra Institute, is touring the US. Her work has evolved from its origins in carved forms to complex installations involving text, ancestral objects, photography, stone and fabric. Her present work incorporates her interest in time, journey and reflection on the human condition. Her sculptures and writing explore memory, the many layered nature of existence and the relationship between human perception and history, both in the near and distant past. Amore is Founder of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, recipient of Fulbright and Mellon Fellowships and Mass Cultural Council grants. She has created public art pieces in Japan and the U. S. Amore taught for many years at the Boston Museum School and worked for ten years as an Artist Teacher and Visiting Critic with the Vermont College MFA program. She currently offers a private studio consulting service for artists called Inner Eye Resources. She is represented by SOHO 20 Chelsea Gallery in New York City. B. Amore, amoreb@earthlink.net

Nancy Azara is a sculptor whose work has been featured at a number of galleries and spaces in New York City, in other parts of the United States, and internationally. Her sculpture is carved, assembled, and highly painted wood with gold and silver leaf and encaustic. She also makes collages, woodcuts, rubbings and artists books. Recently she has translated some pieces for outdoors, casting the wood into bronze, resin, and aluminum. For several decades she has been making sculpture, carving pieces of wood that are sometimes logs, sometimes milled lumber, sometimes 12 feet high, sometimes 12 inches. The work is often gilded with metal leaf, painted with tempera, encaustic, and oils, stained and sometimes burned or bleached. These formal properties are the psychic outer layer. Within the psychic inner layer is the voice of her heart- the wood, the paint, and layers that make up the sculpture record a journey of memory, images, and ideas. The sculpture Heart Wall, for example, is made of carved, gilded and painted wood and stands 6 feet high by 24 feet wide. Shimmering with its silvery and golden surface, it has a center section of two slender human-sized red tree limbs that cross over each other like a child's promise of truth, "cross my heart and hope to die." Both limbs are held against a silvery pink carved slab of wood, a gold leafed panel behind it. All in all, thirteen separate sections expand out from the center twelve feet in length on each side, from the central crossed limbs, stretching into space like the span of large golden wings. Like ancient writings, it engages the viewer with picture symbols, many repeated such as bright red branches from a tree, the pinky red color of a pulsating heart, deep maroon hands pressed into the wood, mossy green bowl shapes like baptismal fonts, smaller hands and feet, an impression of a sleeve, a bone, a jacket, an arm, a leg, a face. Heart Wall contains the imprint of shapes of memory itself, its contents, these images lined up on a wall with seeds, spines, spirals, line after line, panel after panel. It feels quiet at the center, vital and alive as it reaches out in its span. Solo exhibitions have been held in Portland, Oregon; Florence, Italy; New York City; Duluth, Minnesota; Clemson, North Carolina; and Burlington, Vermont, among others. She has also participated in a number of group shows locally and abroad. She recently wrote a book called Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art, which was published in the Fall of 2002 by Red Wheel/Weiser Books, as well as an essay, In Pursuit of the Divine, for the book Painting, Sculpture and the Spiritual Dimension: The Kingston and Winchester Papers, published in 2003 by Oneiros Books. She helped found the New York Feminist Art Institute (NYFAI) in 1979, where she taught a workshop called Consciousness Raising, Visual Diaries, and Art Making for many years. Currently she teaches workshops on art and the unconscious and has been a visiting artist at many institutions. She has been an artist in residence in the United States, Europe, and most recently in the state of Kerala, South India. To see her work, please visit www.nancyazara.com.

Gabriella M. Belfiglio was born and grew up in Philadelphia, PA. She went to school in Yellow Springs, OH, attending Antioch College. During her four years there - through their work-study program - she lived and worked in several different places around the country. She has held internships at feminist and literary magazines, has taught preschool, and worked as a social worker at a group house for developmentally disabled adults. After graduating in 1995, she moved to Brooklyn, NY, where among other things, she taught karate and self-defense to women and children at The Center for Anti-Violence Education. She has recently started an M.F.A. Program in Poetry at American University in Washington, D.C. She is also a feminist and social activist. Gabriella M. Belfiglio, gbelfiglio@earthlink.net

Giovanna Bellia La Marca is the author of the book SICILIAN FEASTS. She was born in Ragusa Sicily, and came to the U.S, at age 10. Her book is a celebration of her family, her city, the history, language, folklore and feasts of Sicily. Sicilian Feasts includes a glossary of Sicilian, Italian, and English terms. She has recently retired from teaching at her alma mater, The Bronx High School of Science, where she taught Art for 20 years and where she introduced the study of Italian in 1982 by teaching it for the first 2 years until another teacher could be hired. The Italian classes continue to this day. Giovanna Bellia La Marca, giovanna639@earthlink.net , http://GiovannaLaMarca.com

Monica Calabritto is assistant professor of Italian at Hunter College. She is currently working on a book-length project on the representation of early modern madness in Italy. Her investigation focuses on the role that medical tradition(s), medical institutions, and historical documents played in forging an image of madness that interacted and at the same time differed from what writers represented in their literary works. The multidisciplinary nature of her project, encompassing literary and historical research, reflects the multiple connections among literary and medical traditions in defining madness in terms of language, rhetorical strategies, and gender that existed in the early modern period. Her project focuses on gender, the mutual interference and contamination between literary works and medical tradition, and the internal differences between academic and practical medicine vis-à-vis madness. Two of her articles are forthcoming in Forum Italicum and Emblematica. Another article will appear in an issue of Genesis, an Italian journal of Italian women historians. The issue is dedicated to feminine madness. She is also interested in the activity and production of Italian and Italian-American women artists and writers in the metropolitan area. Monica Calabritto, mcalabri@hunter.cuny.edu

Karen Campbell was educated as an industrial designer and for two decades, has worked as an architectural lighting designer. Women's history and performance, however, are her real loves. She's a member of the WOW Café, a women's theater collective, and is presently serving as their treasurer. She has written, performed, and produced two plays at WOW: 'Blaze Craze: A Lesbian Melodrama' and 'It's Not Ova Yet: A History of the Subjugation Women.' She has also collaborated on and co-produced other shows. As a result of her play, 'Ova,' she returned to school to study Women's History. In 2000, she received a Master's in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College, where Bella Visono Dodd, an Italian American woman, was the subject of her thesis. Her interests lie in women's resistance in 20th century American history, with a passion for Italian American radical women. Karen Campbell, SAGEBLAZE@aol.com

Jenna Capeci was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a B.S. in Biology and Women's Studies. Currently working towards a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University, Jenna spent four years in Southeast Asia working in the field of human rights and environmental protection. She is also a published poet. Jenna Capeci, jennacapeci@yahoo.com

Phyllis Capello, a.k.a. Ukulele Lady, is a writer/musician/performer who works for The Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, where she entertains hospitalized children. She teaches writing in city schools with Teachers & Writers Collaborative and other NYC arts programs. Her family concerts helped the Brooklyn Museum of Art celebrate its centennial year. She has traveled - Ireland to Istanbul - as educational consultant on family cruises. She's a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and a prizewinner in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and literary magazines such as: The Dream Book, From the Margin, The Voices We Carry, Journey Into Motherhood, The New York Quarterly, The Little Magazine, The Paterson Literary Review, and was featured in the Special Italian American Women Authors issue of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana. Her poems appear most recently in The Milk of Almonds. Her one-woman show, "Careless Love: Rescued by the Blues," premiered at New York's The Kitchen. Phyllis Capello, TheUkeLady@aol.com,
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Rosette Capotorto is a poet and writer who was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Part of a literary tradition of Italian American writers whose roots are firmly planted in the principles of feminism as well as a politicized ethnic identity, her work has been published in numerous literary journals and in the current anthologies Are Italians White? The Making of Race in America, Italian American Writers on New Jersey, and The Milk of Almonds. Her recently published chapbook, Bronx Italian, has an introduction by Edvige Giunta. Ms. Capotorto is an educator and Teaching Artist who has served as mentor, literary critic and publisher. She teaches writing workshops throughout the New York metropolitan area and is the creator Poetry Live! ® an innovative series of comfort zone writing workshops designed and adaptable for second grade through high school and for adults of all ages. A two-time recipient of the Edward F. Albee Fellowship, and of an Allen Ginsberg Honorable Mention, Ms. Capotorto has a BA (Summa Cum Laude/PBK,) from Hunter College where she was privileged to study poetry with Audre Lorde. She has completed but not published Pop Beads, a novel in the form of interconnected stories based on her Bronx childhood. Her most recent project, Take My Redheaded Word for It, is a collection of 100 short poems. She has read her work extensively on both sides of the Hudson and beyond, in cafes and classrooms, at academic conferences and in the boroughs and swears to keep her Bronx accent for life. Rosette Capotorto, rozettac@aol.com

Nancy C. Carnevale is Associate Professor of History at Montclair State University where she teaches the history of immigration, race, and ethnicity in the U.S., Italian American history, and women’s history. She is co-editor of Critical Studies in Italian America, a series published by Fordham University Press, and Book Review Editor for The Italian American Review. She is the author of A New Language, A New World: Italian Immigrants in the United States, 1890-1945 (University of Illinois Press, 2009), winner of a 2010 American Book Award from The Before Columbus Foundation. She has published in journals and edited collections. Her work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is currently working on a history of African American and Italian American relations in suburban and urban New Jersey. She is also writing a memoir.

Nancy Caronia, a native of the NYC Metropolitan area, currently resides in Geneva, NY. Caronia is a writer, actress, director, and educator. She has had her poetry and short stories appear in numerous anthologies and literary magazines including Coloring Book: An Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers (Rattlecat Press); Don't Tell Mama! The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing; The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture (Feminist Press); The Paterson Literary Review; and has work forthcoming in Sweet Lemons: An Anthology of Sicilian American Poets. She was the editor for and wrote the introduction to the girlSpeak journals (Women's Words Press). She has read her work throughout Manhattan including the Nuyorican Poet's Café, Cornelia Street Café, and NYU's Casa Italiana. Caronia has received Honorable Mentions for her writing from the New Millennium Writings Awards and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. In 2002 Caronia was commissioned to write Labor On Broadway, a documentary revue about labor unions and the working class as portrayed in Broadway plays and musicals for The Working Theater in NYC which starred David Straithern. In the Central NY-area Caronia has taught writing workshops for the Geneva Free Library and has read her work at Writers & Books, Nazareth College's Casa Italiana and JellieBeans's "Lifescapes: Portraits in Ink on Paper" Reading Series. In addition, she received an Acting Merit Award from the Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) for her work in the Geneva Theatre Guild's production of The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year and The Red Coat. She also directed The Red Coat, which went on to become a state finalist in the 2001 TANYS Festival, has appeared as Jesse in "Night Mother for the Seneca Community Players, and Domina in GTG's production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Most recently, she appeared in Keuka College's production of The Laramie Project, tackling twelve roles including Doc O'Connor, Andrew Gomez, Reggie Fluty, Dennis Shepard, and Rebecca Hilliker. She has taught creative writing and memoir workshops for New Jersey City University and currently teaches composition and literature at Finger Lakes Community College and tai chi for the Seneca Falls Recreation Center. Caronia also writes monthly columns for Government Video ("Lesson Plans") and Pro Sound News (View From the Top) magazines. She was chairperson the Geneva Human Rights Commission from 2000 to 2001 and created Perceptions, a human arts oriented event which featured poets Jimmy Santiago Baca and Cornelius Eady as well as filmmaker Kym Ragusa. Nancy Caronia, caronia8461@yahoo.com

Donna Caruso, a documentary filmmaker of Italian descent, lives in Saskatchewan's beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley, under blue skies and puffy clouds that remind her of the best of Michelangelo's church ceilings. Desperately rooted in her Italian culture, Donna makes award-winning films and videos rich in sumptuous images, and which tell stories with a personal intimacy that heals and heartens. Donna's films and videos have won awards internationally (DOLL HOSPITAL, Rhode Island Film Festival, 1998, and CanPro, 1998; TWIXT HEAVEN AND EARTH, Montana International Wildlife Film Festival, 1999, and Columbus International Film Festival, 1998). Working in the arts for over twenty years as a writer, performer, and filmmaker, Donna's first book of short stories, UNDER HER SKIN, was published in the fall of 1999, and has spawned a one-woman stage play GRACE BEFORE MEALS. Donna Caruso, dcaruso@sk.sympatico.ca

Tiziana Rinaldi Castro was born in Italy in 1965. She came to New YoDue coserk in 1987, drawn by John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Whitman, the autobiography of Angela Davis, and the mysterious drumming of the Orisha of the Yòrúba faith. And true to her calling, for the past 21 years she has been working with the New York Lucumí and Yòrúba communities towards the retention of the African cultural and religious heritage in the Diaspora. She graduated in Film and TV from New York University, and then in Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient and African Religions. In 1992, after the publication of her first poetry book: “Dai Morti” published in Italy by Ed. Ripostes, she moved to the South East of Colorado, at the feet of the Wahatoya-Breasts of Mother Earth- two dormant volcanoes which, admittedly, were redolent of her Vesuvius. And there she lived for six years, in a Chicano community, militant in the preservation of their culture and Il Lungotheir ancient religious rituals. It was the good and generous people whom she met and worked with while there, who inspired her first novel: “Il Lungo Ritorno”, which narrates the struggle of the Arizona White Mountain Apache people to save the Dzil Nachaa Si An, their sacred mountain, threatened by science and the Vatican.  On 9/11, while in Italy on her first book tour, she painfully realized that her home was New York and, once again, she uprooted herself and her two daughters and returned to Brooklyn. She presently teaches Ancient Greek Literature at Montclair State University and Ethics in Science at New Rochelle University in the Bronx and continues writing. Her second novel: “Due Cose Amare e Una Dolce”, the storyDai Morti of an unforgivable redemption, has been published by Edizioni EO in May 2007. She is presently awaiting publication of her latest novel, “Dove Ritorna Il Mare”,  and is working on her next one. She collaborates editorials and short stories for the Italian newspaper “Il Manifesto” and has written both in English and in Italian short stories and poetry for various literary magazines, collections, and anthologies.
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Joanne Cataldo is a painter, born and raised on Long Island, New York. Her family originates from Alcamo, Sicily and Cosenza di Mare, Provincia di Cosenza via Bushwick, Brooklyn and the coal mines of western Pennsylvania. As a young artist, Joanne had the formative experience of studying plein air techniques with Charles Pfahl, Jeffrey Web and Christian White as part of an annual summer arts program on Long Island along with attending the Saturday Arts program at C.W. Post College. She went on to study at the School of Visual Arts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2000 Joanne had the privilege of participating in an emerging artist master class with May Stevens at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Since 1996 She has been an active member of the arts community, serving as co-chair of the Exhibition Committee of the Women's Caucus for Art's Boston Chapter from 1999-2000 and is currently a member of Pro-Arts, Inc. She returned to the New York area in 2001, after 18 years in Boston. In January of 2004, she participated in a master class with Philip Pearlstein. Her current work can be viewed at: www.lapittura.com

Rachel Citrino is a mixed media artist born in Philadelphia of first generation Calabrian parents. She has described herself as a citizen perched on a fence. CitrinoMEANDERING MENSES  oil media on wood panel learned to paint and draw first from her artist father, Raphaele Citrino and then various private classes including Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, The PA Academy of Fine Arts and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. Primarily self-taught and she has been exhibiting works and teaching privately for over thirty years. She is a former regional president and national board member of Women's Caucus for Art and co-founder of Philadelphia based IAWA, Italian American Women Artists. She has received awards and commendations for the $60,000.00 project success from the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is mother to four daughters two of whom are self supporting artists and she has been an advocate for women's art throughout her artistic life having organized and curated numerous exhibitions and events to highlight the contributions and achievements of women artists. Presently she is living and working in Southern New Jersey where she continues to advocate for women's art. Citrino exhibits in the USA and internationally as well as conduct artist retreats in Italy. http://www.rachelcitrino.com http://www.inliquid.com rachelcitrino60@gmail.com

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ary Ciuffitelli was enchanted by the roots music of Southern Italy and by 2000, a passionate exploration into the music and dance, led to the organization of a series of workshops for Italian musicians, performers, filmmakers and anthropologists to present their work in NYC. She became the U.S. manager of the Italian band, Aramirè Compagnia di Musica Salentina, and managed two U.S. tours in 2002. During this time, she also became a U.S. representative for an Italian Language and Cultural Center for foreigners located in Lecce and in Rome. She was Art Director in educational publishing in NYC for nearly 20 years, owned stores, and various business ventures. Ciuffitelli is a (very tired) community and political activist. Longtime activism around the issue of Palestinian rights, included participation in a human rights delegation to Palestine/Israel and a volunteer stint in Jerusalem. Her experience as a volunteer Emergency Medical technician, who worked the western shore of the Hudson on September 11th, intensified her motivation to bring to New York City, the beautiful, ancient music of Southern Italy that was once used to heal. www.incantata.com. Mary Ciuffitelli: mc5@mindspring.com.

Lucia Colombaro is a freelance writer and investigative journalist. An alumna of Boston Latin School and Barnard College, she lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter. Lucia Colombaro, lcolombaro@yahoo.com

Marie Saccomando Coppola is a newly retired Social Studies teacher, having taught in secondary schools for most of her life. In that capacity, she did a Fulbright teacher exchange in the U.K., studied under Fulbright grants in Italy and Israel and another grant that took her to Germany sponsored by the Armonk Institute. In 1998 she earned a Ph.D. in the American Studies Dept. at the University of Buffalo, writing a dissertation entitled: "Toward a Missing Link in the Identity of Italian American Women: Oral Histories of Sicilian and Sicilian American Women." Most recently she was the executive producer of a 30 minute video, "Voices of Difference," sponsored by the Women's Pavilion 2001 celebrating the centennial of the Pan American Exposition 1901 in Buffalo, NY. The video relates the stories of three immigrant women who came to Western New York, one at the turn of the 20th century who came from Scotland; a second woman who came in the 1960's from Guyana in South America and a third who came in the 1990's from Syria in the Middle East. Her son lives in Newburg, NY and her daughter in Westport, CT. She is blessed with five grandchildren. She travels through New York State and Connecticut often. Marie Saccomando Coppola, mscoppola@aol.com

Paola Corso was born in the Pittsburgh area where her Southern Italian immigrant family found work in the steel mill. A New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry fellow and Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award winner, she is the author of Catina’s Haircut: A Novel in Stories on Library Journal’s notable list of first novels in Fall 2010, Giovanna’s 86 Circles And Other Stories, a John Gardner Fiction Book Award Finalist, a book of poems, Death by Renaissance, and newly released, The Laundress Catches Her Breathand Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing, which includes a section of poems about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. More info at paolacorso.com.

Mikki del Monico is a screenwriter and film/video editor. In 2003, she graduated with Honors from Columbia University's M.F.A. Film Program, where two of her scripts won Faculty Honors in the 2003 Columbia Film Festival. She was a 2002 recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Screenwriting. She has also participated in a writer's residency (2002), awarded her by the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation in Maine. She currently works for Actuality Productions in Los Angeles. Previously, she served as the Festival Coordinator for 25 Years of Women Calling the Shots, the 25th anniversary retrospective and symposium for New York Women in Film & Television, held at Lincoln Center. She has directed, shot, and/or edited several short videos, many in collaboration with choreographers and musicians in New York City. She has edited two feature films and has written five original Feature screenplays. Her screenplay, Alto, about an Italian-American musician, will be produced as a feature film by Triad Pictures in NYC (forthcoming). Mikki del Monico, mikkidel@att.net

Michel DeMatteis has been associate managing editor at Natural History magazine for the past eight years. She worked as a journalist, translator, and interpreter in Rome, Italy, from 1978-1987; for over two years, on the English desk of the Italian News Agency ANSA. Her experiences living and working in Italy include two and a half years, during the period 1970-1972, with an Italian experimental theater group, Gruppo di Mario Ricci; she also toured with the group throughout Italy and at other European venues. For two years she was managing editor of an English-language weekly, The Athens News, published in Athens, Greece; she lived a total of five years in Greece, from 1988--1992, dividing her time between free lance journalism and cooking in restaurants. She returned to New York City in 1992, attended night school, earned a BA degree, and, because of a growing academic interest in ethics, is now planning to enter graduate school to study philosophy. Michel DeMatteis, mdematteis@nhmag.com

Claudia DeMonte has had more than 60 one person and 300 group exhibitions nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Corcoran Museum Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Mississippi Museum, Tucson Museum, Flint Institute of Art, Museum of the Southwest etc. Her work is in numerous museum permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Stamford Museum, Boca Raton Museum, and in major corporate collections such as those of Hyatt Regency Hotels, Exxon, Citibank and Siemens. Her public commissions have come from the N.Y.C. Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Library System, Queens Supreme Court, Prudential Life Insurance, the State of New Mexico and N.Y.C. School Construction Authority. DeMonte is the curator of "Women of the World: A Global Collection of Art." This traveling exhibition, with accompanying book, includes work of women from 177 countries dealing with the image of women. DeMonte's work is influenced by her travels to over 80 countries and her interest in and collection of Outsider Art. She has exhibited or lectured in over 15 countries. For the last 31 years DeMonte has served on the faculty of the University of Maryland where she has been named Distinguished Scholar Teacher. She is married to the sculptor Ed McGowin and lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut. Claudia DeMonte, McMonte2@aol.com

Samantha R. DeMuro was born and raised in Boston, MA. Her identity as an Italian American Woman is tied deeply to her relationship with her grandmother, Rose (Chiariello) DeMuro who lived in Kearny, NJ most of her life. Samantha spent many hours of her childhood in the back seat of the family car driving to New Jersey to visit her grandmother. Her academic background is Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She holds a Master’s Degree from Simmons College in Gender/Cultural Studies, where she studied the need for intersectionality in research about LGBTQ youth in child welfare systems. She has worked in Boston, RI and NYC as an educator, counselor and advocate for LGBTQ youth. She is passionate about storytelling, communication and the power of creating media to spark dialogue and expand narratives. She is currently living in Queens, NY and establishing an independent, online & in-person research project talking with Italian American Women about their relationship to gender and sexuality. srdemuro@gmail.com, http://facebook.com/ItalianWomenProject

Louise DeSalvo is a professor of English at Hunter College. Among her published works are Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work, the memoirs Vertigo (which won the Gay Talese Prize and which will be reissued shortly by The Feminist Press), Breathless, and Adultery. She has co-edited Between Women, The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf, and A Green and Mortal Sound (a collection of short stories by Irish women writers); and Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture, with Edvige Giunta. Most recently, she has published Writing as a Way of Healing and written "Color: White / Complexion: Dark" for Jennifer Guglielmo's collection Are Italians White? How Race Is Made in America (Routledge, 2003), and a memoir, Crazy in the Kitchen (forthcoming, Bloomsbury). Louise DeSalvo, LAD1942@aol.com

Joanne Detore-Nakamura, Ph.D. grew up in Frankfort, NY, a small Italian-American village in central New York, and is a first generation college-graduate and third generation Italian/Sicilian American. She is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she teaches English, literature, and communication courses. Her poetry has appeared in VIA, Slow Trains, The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (York University), and will be anthologized in the forthcoming Legas book: Sweet Lemons: Sicilian Writing With an Accent, among other publications. Her scholarly work has appeared in the SUNY published anthology, Fractured Feminisms (2003), The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Film (1998), and the forthcoming Rowan and Littlefield book, Reflections from the Wrong Side of the Tracks: Class, Identity, and the Working Class Experience in Academe (2004). She is also a noted Buffy Studies scholar for her work on family/psychoanaylytic analysis in the horror genre and is included in the Encyclopedia of International Buffy Studies, publication associated with the peer-reviewed journal Slayage. She writes a monthly column on motherhood for The Philosophical Mother Magazine and has been a guest columnist writing about current national events for the newspaper, Florida Today. Detore-Nakamura has been an invited conference presenter on topics such as diversity, literature, and popular culture at numerous international and national conferences since 1992 including the MLA, The International Popular Culture Association Conference, The International Virginia Woolf Conference, 20th Century Literature Conference, and the American-Italian Historical Association Conference among others. Her biography is included in several editions of Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where she earned her Ph.D. in American literature and women's studies and was a distinguished University Fellow, winning several prestigious research awards for her scholarly work. She is currently co-editing an anthology about working mothers and childcare, finishing a book of her poetry and revising a scholarly book on friendship and literature for publication. She lives in the Daytona Beach area of Florida with her husband and family. Joanne Detore-Nakamura, detor6ee@erau.edu

Carissa DiGiovanniis a Masters' Degree candidate in Women's Studies at San Diego State University. She attended Grinnell College for her undergraduate degree, studying English and Art History. Her Masters' thesis will be on rape, disability, and public policy in the U.S. She is also currently working on a novel about Sicilian women and eating disorders. She is interested in gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and religious issues, all surrounding the central question: who is an American? and what happens to you if you're not 'enough' of an American? Carissa DiGiovanni, carissa6678@msn.com

Kris DiLorenzo aka Kris Dean & Miss Clawdy, is a performer, writer, poet, activist, and teacher. As an actress (SAG/AFTRA), she has worked on stage, screen, and radio in the US and Canada, and trained at the Royal National Theatre Studio (London) and with Royal Shakespeare Company principals. An ex-DJ/talk show host, she holds an FCC license. Kris has also sung with rock bands in the UK & NY. As a writer, Kris was a music critic, dance columnist, theatre critic, TV columnist, travel writer and more, for the NAACP's Crisis magazine, BackStage, A&E Monthly, and many others. Her work was published by The New York Times Syndicate and nominated for Italy's Barbi-Colombini Award. As Miss Clawdy, she has performed her poetry at the Knitting Factory, Barnes & Noble, NY Public Library, on Poet to Poet (TV), and other venues, and published in literary journals. Her first chapbook is titled Vision Mixer. An activist, Kris was a leader in SDS, SMC, NY Radical Feminists, Women Against Pornography, Women Against Violence Against Women, National Association of Women in Music, and NOW NY. A NYC & NYS licensed teacher, she teaches and coaches screen acting and Shakespeare (NY & LA), writing, poetry, multicultural magick, self-empowerment for girls, and tarot reading. Kris was a teenage Andy Warhol Factory gal, had a Pulitzer Prize-winning mentor, and was "adopted" by The Black Queen, blues singer Victoria Spivey. She received her BA at Colgate University (as one of its first female students), and her MA from SUNY Stony Brook. She is currently studying stregheria and working on a novel (Stardust Man), solo show (Virtual Reality), and essay and poetry collections: A New York Minute; Dangerous Propaganda; Talking to Angels; Rumours from the Continent; Zona Pellucida; Rituals, Habits, Legends, & Secrets; Disorderly Conduct; Hearing Voices; and Night Battles. Kris DiLorenzo, DiLorenzoK@aol.com

Andrea Dottolo is a Visiting Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She is also a lecturer in psychology at UMass Lowell. Andrea earned joint Ph.D. in psychology and women's studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a master's degree in Women's Studies from San Diego State University. Her research is about the construction and maintenance of social identities, especially race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and social class. She is currently working on a research project on Italian American women, identity, and food. She is from Syracuse, New York. Andrea Dottolo, dottolo@hotmail.com

Janice Ducate, a former x-ray tech, is currently seeking meaningful work. She recently enrolled in a Feng Shui certification program that she hopes will help transform her life. As a rock, pop singer/songwriter for the past few years, Janice has received radio airplay on KKUP 91.5 FM in California, Radio Starsul FM 102,9 Mhz in Brazil and a university campus in Moscow. She was featured in Toronto's Indie Music Paper along with numerous online interviews and ranked in the top ten on many mp3 music charts. Janice won 1st place in the 2nd Global UnsignedWar songwriting contest, was a finalist in MakeaStar.com and received much praise for her self-released debut EP. Besides music, Janice has had short stories, poems, and prose published in Paths, NJCU's creative writing publication, where she also won an essay contest and 3rd place for her poem "Rusty ol' Mass". Her 1st chapbook, "Strip'd Bare" was self-published and her poem "Depression is..." was just published in Delirium Journal. Janice Ducate, jaydee1@optonline.net

Jennifer (Peini) Lagier Fellguth, Ph.D., is a librarian and faculty member at Hartnell College in Salinas, California, Monterey Peninsula College, and has also taught at California State University, Monterey Bay. She owes her Italian heritage to her grandparents, Joseph and Clementina Peini. Jennifer is a member of the Italian American Writers' Association. She has published work in e'zines, journals and anthologies throughout the U.S. and Italy. Jennifer earned her M.L.I.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in English from California State University, Stanislaus, and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from the Graduate School of Computer and Information Science, Nova Southeastern University. Jennifer's poetry has also been published in: Fishing for Portents, Pudding House Publications, 2008; The Mangia Syndrome, Pudding House Publications, 2004; The Anthology of Monterey Bay Poets, Chatoyant, 2004; The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture, Feminist Press, 2002; Second-Class Citizen, Bordighera, Inc., Voices in Italian Americana Folio Series 19, 2000. Jennifer designed and maintains websites for malia, the Italian American Historical Society, http://aiha-wrc.org/, The California Italian American Project, http://aiha-wrc.org/CIAP/index.html. Jnnifer Lagier, jenniferlagier-poet@yahoo.com, http://www.jlagier.net

Jean Feraca is an award-winning writer, poet, and public radio talk show host, the creator and host of Wisconsin Public Radio's global cultural affairs program, Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders http://www.hereonearth.org. Recipient of an Ohio State Award and a Gabriel Award for her Women of Spirit radio series on female leaders in the early Christian Church, she also received the National Telemedia Council's Distinguished Media Award for her radio advocacy for people with mental illness. In 2004 Jean helped found The Odyssey Project, a college-bound humanities course in Madison, Wisconsin, for adults living under the poverty line. Born in New York City and raised in the Bronx, Jean grew up in an Italian-American family where her father recited poetry and instilled in her the idea that her true identity was Italian, not "Yankee Doodle." She graduated from Manhattanville College with honors awarded jointly by Harvard University, completed a master's degree at the University of Michigan where she studied poetry with Donald Hall and won two Hopwood Awards, and did graduate studies toward her PH.D. at the University of Kentucky. Described by The Nation's poetry editor, Grace Schulman, as "one of the most promising poets of her generation," Jean won The Discovery Award in 1975, and was published in Helen Barolini's anthology of Italian American women writers, The Dream Book. Her experiences traveling in Italy and living in Rome in 1968 and 1971 led to South From Rome: Il Mezzogiorno , her first book of poems, published with an NEA grant and nominated for a Pushcart Prize, followed by Crossing the Great Divide, also nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and Rendered into Paradise , a Parallel Press chapbook. The University of Wisconsin Press published her first book of creative non-fiction, I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio (Fall, 2007), which was declared "one of the best memoirs of the last twenty or thirty years" by former New Yorker editor, Dwight Allen.

Edvige Giunta is Associate Professor of English at New Jersey City University where she teaches memoir. She is the author of Writing with an Accent: Contemporary Italian American Women Authors (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, 2002) and Dire l'indicibile: Il memoir delle autrici italo americane (University of Siena, 2002). She has co-edited with Louise DeSalvo, The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture (The Feminist Press, 2002). She has also co-edited a special issue of the Italian journal tutteStorie (2001) devoted to translations of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays by Italian American women, and A Tavola: Food, Tradition, and Community Among Italian American (1998), and edited a special issue of Voices of Italian Americana devoted to Italian American women (1996). Her memoir and poetry have been published in Barrow Street, The Paterson Literary Review, Curaggia (The Women's Press), Don't Tell Mama (Penguin), What We Hold in Common (The Feminist Press), FEMSPEC, and other publications. Her articles have been published in many journals and anthologies, including MELUS, VIA, Italian Americana, Transformations, The Canadian Journal of Italian Studies, Beyond the Godfather: Italian American Writers on the Real Italian American Experience, Beyond the Margin, and many others. As a member of the Feminist Press Policies and Publications Committee, she is actively involved in the publication and reprint of Italian American women's works and has written essays for the reprints of such classics as Tina De Rosa's Paper Fish (1996), Helen Barolini's Umbertina (1999), and Louise DeSalvo's Vertigo (2002). She is an active member of Malìa: A Collective of Italian American Women, and poetry editor for The Women's Studies Quarterly. In 2000, she was profiled in The New York Times for her work in Italian American studies. Currently, she is completing a co-edited anthology, Italian American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers University Press), and working on her memoir, Departures. Edvige Giunta, egiunta@optonline.net

Jennifer Guglielmo grew up just north of the Bronx to Italian American and Irish American parents. Raised since the age of five by her Neapolitan and Lucana (Basilicata) Italian American family, she spent the first twenty years of her life hanging out with a gang of rebellious Italian American girls, while devoting herself to performance art (dance and theater mostly). After spending a year in Italy as a young woman, she returned to the US, became active in reproductive rights, anti-war, and anti-racist movements, and pleaded her way into college. Currently she is a historian of U.S. labor, immigration and women's history, with particular interest in women's political and cultural activisms. Her publications include Living the Revolution: Italian Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945 (UNC Press, 2010), and Are Italians White? How Race Is Made in America (Routledge, 2003), co-edited with Salvatore Salerno. She is currently translating and editing a collection essays written by Italian immigrant women anarchists in early twentieth-century urban New York and New Jersey, and is associate professor of history at Smith College. Jennifer Guglielmo, jgugliel@smith.edu

Joanna Clapps Herman has written a book about growing up in Waterbury Connecticut called: Growing Up Italian in America. She has published poetry, fiction, memoirs and essays. She is co-editor of Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press, 2008), as well as co-editor of Our Roots Are Deep With Passion (Other Press, 2007). Her essay, “My Homer” is in Oral History, Oral Culture,and Italian Americans, Ed. Luisa Del Giudice, Palgrave, October 2009. Joanna is represented in The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing: Don’t Tell Mama, ed. Regina Barreca, 2002) by “The Discourse of un Propria Paparone,” “Coffee And,” appears in The Milk of Almonds, Eds, Edvige Giunta and Louise DeSalvo. Her fiction has appeared in the Massachussets Review, Inkwell, The Crescent Review and elsewhere. Her story, “Perfect Hatred” won the Bruno Arcudi Prize, and her “Falling” the Henry Paoloucci prize. Among other places she has spoken at Harvard and The Tenement Museum repeatedly. The Litchfield Review awarded her their medal for Literary Excellence. She teaches at The City College (CUNY) Center for Worker Education and is on the Graduate Writing Faculty of Manhattanville College. She can be contacted at jclapps@gmail.com Her web-site address is http://www.joannaclappsherman.com

Theresa Horvath is an assistant professor and the director of the Mercy College Graduate Program in Physician Assistant Studies. She is a long time member of the nearly defunct, IAMUS, Italian Americans for a Mutli-Cultural United States, which organized educational forums and campaigns to raise critical issues at the annual New York City Columbus Day parades. She is a long time political activist, having worked for many years with the political prisoner movement, and in running the Brecht Forum, formerly the New York Marxist School. In the 1970's she was co-chair of CARASA, the Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse, a multi-issue feminist reproductive rights organization. She has written for NACLA, and is one of the editors of a textbook called Primary Care. Theresa V. Horvath, THorvath@mercy.edu

Suzanne Iasenza, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Counseling at John Jay College-CUNY, and a psychologist and sex therapist in private practice in NYC. She is co-editor of Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice. Suzanne Iasenza, siasenza@aol.com

Marisa Labozzetta is the author of the collection of short stories, At the Copa, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and hailed by Kirkus as a "funny, finely wrought collection of short stories that stirs up the emotional currents beneath seemingly placid lives of middle-aged characters in the old age of youth." Her novel, Stay With Me, Lella, was called "one of the most forceful pieces of Italian American fiction in a decade" (Melus, Fall 2003. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Don't Tell Mama! The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing, KnitLit, Show Me a Hero, When I Am An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple, The American Voice, VIA, the Florida Review, The Pegasus Review, Paradise, Our Mothers Our Selves, Beliefnet.com, Foodsofaffection.com, Italian Heart American Soul, Greece and Italy: Ancient Roots and New Beginnings, among others. She was a contributor to The Italian American Encyclopedia and the Melus issue on Italian American Literature. She is the winner of the Rio Grande Writers’ fiction contest, and was a finalist in Playboy’s Victoria Chen Haider Memorial Literary Award for Fiction and in New Letters Literary Awards. She was She received a BA from the School of Education Honors Program at Boston College and an MS from Georgetown University Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics, where she was a teaching fellow in the Spanish department. She has taught The Italian American Experience at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, writing at Kirtland Community College Controlled Burn Seminar for Writing, Spanish at Greenfield Community College, English As a Second Language in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC, and directed after-school foreign language programs at area elementary schools. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. http://wwwmarisalabozzetta.com

Laura Lancione (Bearskin) is an artist, educator, and community activist. Her first teen volunteer position was at the Lisle Montessori School where she had the joy of working with autistic three year olds. Laura was recently a history, culture, health, & art teacher (and proud "Mother") at a Milwaukee high school for at-risk students. She was nominated for an Education award during USPS Woman's History Month 2003. She is a visual artist - working with oils, pencils, acrylics, stone, beadwork, & photography and has artwork on permanent exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Veterans' Museum in Madison. Laura has also sung in bands and at Pow Wows - from Ontario to West Palm Beach. She's been involved with numerous grassroots political groups, co-sponsored community health and education forums, and worked on environmental issues with a focus on women's health. Laura Lancione (Bearskin), tuonogirantesi@yahoo.com; http://lancione-laura.tripod.com/

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is a Bronx-born poet, director, performance-artist, of Barese heritage. Her poem Triple Bypass won the first Paolucci Award in Poetry given by the Italian American Writers Association, and was published in the 2002 anthology The Milk of Almonds: Italian-American Women Writers on Food and Culture, edited by Giunta and DeSalvo. Her poem Strike One is included in Italian American Writers: on New Jersey, edited by Gillan, Gillan, & Giunta. Her installation of text and sculpture "A Stickball Memoir" was featured in City-Lore's "New York City Neighborhood Tent" on the Washington D.C. Mall for the 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a celebration of contemporary New York culture. Her play "Sul Occh du 'Schapp" (by the Eyes of the Shoes) premiered at CUNY's 2001 conference on "Biancheria" Italian-American Women's Domestic Needlework. Her 1998 one-woman show, "How To Wake Up a Marine in a Foxhole" premiered at The Kitchen's Solo Voices Series. Her site-specific community-based works at The Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx were commissioned by Dancing in the Streets and funded by grants from The Rockefeller Foundation MAP fund and The Puffin Foundation. These works collectively titled, "a'Schapett!" (savoring what's left -- wiping the plate with the heel of the bread) 1996-1998, turned the oral histories of pushcart peddlars into street opera and the day-dreams of butchers into countertop trapeze; "How to Cook a Heart ran on Valentine's Days at Mario's Meat Market." Her 1993 play, "Pocketing Garlic" received a Franklin Furnace in Exile performance commission. Her 1993 debut solo show, "Confessions of a Bronx Tomboy Part 1: My Throwing Arm (This Useless Expertise)" premiered at Under One Roof theatre, and Manhattan Class Company's Performance Marathon. Annie curated "Opera Vindaloo!" at Dixon Place from 1994-1996. She served as the Literature Curator at The Kitchen from 1998-2001, where she initiated Poets & Preachers: One Score: Sermons in the Age of A.I.D.S. an event which asked poets and preachers to reflect on what they've said over the first two decades of A.I.D.S.; Global Poetry Slam which let poets in three countries share work live via internet conferencing, and Action Writing Dance Party, which turned writing from a private act into a public communal performance through various writing environments. Annie is a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Program. She holds a B.A. from Brown University, and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Lanzillotto has been selected for the 2004 Who's Who in America. Annie Rachele Lanzillotto, lanzillotto@gmail.com

Nicole Lanzillotto was born in The Bronx, New York, and is currently a senior at Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts. She is majoring in African American Studies with a focus on racial politics. Nicole spent the summer in South Africa, exploring and studying the history of race, class and gender relations from the development of the oppressive apartheid government, through the revolutionary struggles to dismantle it, and contemporary movements to re-imagine a nation free of injustices. This year she has had the privilege to work directly with Jennifer Guglielmo and together they have created a "Mini Malia" collective on campus. Next semester, Nicole will be conducting research and working again with Jennifer on a special project, entitled "Critical Race Studies," where she will focus on the complexities of whiteness and the ways in which immigrant cultures, specifically Italians gained a common sensibility of their own white identities in the U.S. She is currently applying for grants to study and travel in southern Italy this summer to continue her studies on race, class and gender with the intention of documenting her experience of "going back" for the first time to the homeland. She hopes to make a short film accompanied by memoir-like short stories as she travels to Bari, to meet her family. She has not published anything but spends most nights reading and writing so she can receive her Smith degree. Nicole hopes to go back to her community in New York City to help motivate disenfranchised youth to imagine their lives outside of their communities. She would love to make some money as a professor teaching anything having to do with race, write and play on the side as well as create community centers in urban working-class communities and communities of color. She is a blossoming conscious feminist but has always had revolutionary ideas; the only difference is she now has obtained the language to articulate them. Nicole Lanzillotto,
nlanzill@smith.edu

Loryn Lipari is graduate of New Jersey City University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Creative Writing concentration (memoir in particular). She has been an active member of the collective since 2000. Her area of expertise, aside from her writing, is "on-the-day" coordination of collective events. She is definitely not a behind-the-scenes woman and thrives on her involvement in the collective. Her writing currently appears in an anthology entitled, The Milk of Almonds, edited by Edvige Giunta and Louise DeSalvo (Feminist Press, 2002), numerous campus publications, and two anthologies that are forthcoming. Loryn Lipari, Ohbats128@aol.com

Maria Lisella has been a reporter whose work has appeared in Travel & Leisure, Diversion, Journeys, The New York Daily News, the Newark Star Ledger, Fra Noi and Italian American Review. Her poetry has appeared in Vivace, Curaggia: Writings by Women of Italian Descent, the Performance Poets Association's Literary Magazine and in the Paterson Literary Review. She won first place for a group of poems in the Mid-Island JCC 2002 Adult Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsburg Poetry Award, Honorable Mention for her non-fiction memoir from the Canadian Italian Writers Association and Honorable Mention for an essay in the Anne and Henry Paolucci Awards for Italian American Writing in 2003. She currently writes for Recommend magazine and contributes to the New York Times. Italian Heart, American Soul: An Anthology, a 258-page soft-covered book was published by Winston Publishing in May 2004. The collection of 98 entries of poetry and prose includes Lisella's non-fiction story, La Terra Perfetta as well as three poems by her husband, Gil Fagiani: The Missing Madonna, Rest Hour and The Saint and one of his short stories, The Cinder Block Wall. Copies cost $14.95 and can be obtained from bookstores, amazon.com or by writing Winston Publishing, 52 Tobey Court, Pittsford, New York 14534. Maria Lisella, MLJourneys@aol.com

LuLu LoLo is a playwright/actor/performance and multi-disciplinary
artist. LuLu has written and performed six one-person plays Off-Broadway highlighting her Italian immigrant family heritage, her passion for historical research and social justice especially as pertaining to the dramatic struggle of women in New York City’s past on such subjects as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; the lesbian lover of murder victim Kitty Genovese; Mother Cabrini, Anita Garibaldi, and Ester Meucci. Her play on Aaron Burr and Theodosia Burr was written while she was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer in Residence. As a performance artist LuLu has performed as “Dust Collecting Specialist”, collecting art museum dust in the major museums of Genoa, Italy; Paris, France; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and New York in collaboration with the John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) (http:// www.jema.us). In Campagna, Italy she collected the dust of the town to purify and celebrate the town as a work of art. (http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=yCdDkbjSDAg&feature=related). LuLu’s next project is “Dust from My Ancestral Homeland: An Act of Immigration Reinvented” collecting dust in her grandparents’ hometowns in Melfi and San Fele province of Potenza in Basilicata, Italy She has also performed in Campania, Italy and Paris, France as Mother Cabrini, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NRY5cXjKpw). Her lecture “Return to Italy as Artistic Performance”, at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, NY, highlighted the importance of her return to the land of her grandparents. LuLu has also created large scale installations for the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Staten Island: “With These Our Hands: The Artistry of the Early Italian Immigrants in New York City” and “Grandma LuLu and Grandma Lizzie-A Remembrance of Tenement Life”. LuLu was born, raised, and still lives in East Harlem/El Barrio on the street named after her late father, Pete Pascale a beloved community leader. Her late mother, Rose Pascale also devoted herself to the East Harlem community. LuLu is a Board Member and Director of Performance at the City Reliquary Museum, Brooklyn, NY (http://www.cityreliquary.org) ; a member of The Triangle Fire Remembrance Coalition (http://www.rememberthetrianglefire.org); and a cancer survivor (http:// www.lululolo.com).

Stephanie Longo is a writer from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her first book, "The Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania" has just been published by Arcadia Publishing of Portsmouth, NH. She has also had her poetry and short stories published in the US, Italy, and Australia. Aside from writing, she is a graduate student in History with a focus on Italian-American history, at the University of Scranton, PA, where she is also a graduate assistant for the history department. She has her BA degree in Italian and French from the University of Scranton (2003) and is planning on obtaining her PhD. Stephanie is actively involved in Italian American activities and is a member of the NIAF, OSIA, and the AIHA. Stefania_56@yahoo.com

Michelle Vitale Loughlin is a mixed media artist, educator and curator who residesImage of installation work, 2004 in Jersey City, New Jersey. In 2001, she graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts with a MFA degree. She also received a certificate from the Women's Studies program at the Douglas College campus of Rutgers University. A second generation Italian American, craft played an important role in the emigration of her family to America and she began to infuse aspects of craft into her painting and sculpture. While at Rutgers, she painted on blankets that her grandmother and her knitted together more than twenty years ago and created a body of work titled Knitting Lessons. Currently, Loughlin continues to investigate the boundaries of painting, sculpture and craft with her painted, hand-knitted forms. In 2004, the work garnered her a Puffin Foundation artist grant and an artist residency in Italy. loughlinsinjc@aol.com . Visit her web site: http://www.woolpunkstudios.com

Christina Mancuso was born in Montréal, a first generation Canadian from an Italian emigrated family. A multi-media artist, teacher and curator, she holds an M.F.A. degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. By incorporating various media such as large-scale drawings, installation and video, notions of ritual and the domestic are explored, all psychologically rooted in the feminine experience. She has exhibited her work extensively in the US and Canada to include New York, Jersey City, Portland, Montréal and Toronto. Her artwork has also been published in Issue #8 of Maisonneuve Magazine. Christina Mancuso, cmancuso@rsight.net

Luisa Marino has an extensive career as a performer and educator. She is founder and director of the Italian American Theater Company, Eleonora Duse. Luisa graduated from La Sapienza of the University of Rome with a degree in Italian Language and Literature and attended the Academia di Arte Drammatica di Roma. She began anthropological research about her native Abruzzo and became a founding member of the well-known magazine D'Abruzzo. This research also affected her life in the theatre, where she became a striking performer of the folk songs and poetry of Italy's regions and, as a director, has been dedicated to the stories of marginalized peoples particularly of Southern Italy. "Canti di Gente", which received great acclaim throughout Italy, is a tribute to the art forms of the workers and farmers of Southern Italy. An established actress in Italy, she has appeared in such works as T.S. Eliot's "Murder in the Cathedral", "The Orestia" of Sophocles and "The Imaginary Socrates" of Galliani. Her repertoire is rich in works by Eduardo De Fillippo including "Christmas in the House of Cupiello", "Dolore Sotto Chiave" "Filomena Maturano" and "Questi Fantasmi.? In 1992 she moved to Boston to assist her brother, Les Marino, in the opening of his restaurant, Marino's of North Cambridge and collected additional accolades for cooking, receiving the 1993 Boston Pasta Festival award for the most original pasta, nidi d'amore. Through collaborations in Boston she brought to the US the story of Carminelle, a woman who transcends, through her pregnancy with a rapist's child, the victimization of having been raped during war and subsequently marginalized. Adapted by Jonathan Hubbard, it was performed at the Saunders Theater in Boston under the title "An Unknown Soldier's Child" dedicated to the women of Kosovo. "Voices from the Past" was a widely performed interpretation of the words of Sacco and Vanzetti. Currently she is preparing an original piece, "Nostalgia", the story of the Italian Theater of New York from 1890 to 1940, which will be performed in theatres throughout Italy beginning October 12, 2002. Luisa Marino, marinoluisa@hotmail.com

Natalie Marrone received her Master of Fine Arts degree in choreography from The Ohio State University in 1998. That same year, she founded an eight member all-female dance company, The Dance Cure. The Dance Cure premiered its first evening-length performance entitled The Widow's Spin: Contemporary Dances from an Ancient Myth in 2000. In addition, The Dance Cure has performed Ms. Marrone's work at numerous outdoor festivals, including Festa Italiana in Tampa, FL, the Ohio Dance Anniversary Choreographer's Showcase in Cleveland, OH, the Canton Ballet Choreographer's Showcase in Springfield, OH, and in Columbus Dance Theatre's Choreographer's Showcase at the Verne Riffe Center. In 1999, Natalie Marrone and The Dance Cure coordinated, produced, and performed in Withstand, a dance concert to benefit refugees in Kosovo. Ms. Marrone has choreographed for many venues and dance companies across the country. According to David Tull of The Delaware Gazette, "Marrone makes perfect use of the medium of dance…Her dances range from dramatic to comic, and from mystical and languid to exuberant." Her recent choreographic research experiments with the fusion of southern Italian folk dances and contemporary dance. In 2001, she was awarded a research support grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council for her new evening-length work entitled Passages. In critique of Passages, Barbara Zuck of the Columbus Dispatch writes, "Marrone has mined her Italian-American heritage for a complex and rich assemblage of innovative dances." In addition to her work with The Dance Cure, Ms. Marrone also runs the dance program at Ohio Wesleyan University. Natalie Marrone, www.thedancecure.com, nataliemarrone@hotmail.com

Anne Mattina is an associate professor of Communication at Stonehill College whose research focuses on the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and class in the rhetoric of the American labor movement. She has published work on the "Uprising of the 20,000", labor orator Leonora O'Reilly and the Lowell Female Labor Reform Association. Her current work focuses on the ethnicity and gender in the Great Strikes of the early 20th century, with a particular emphasis on Italian-American women in Paterson, New Jersey and the Lower East Side. In 1914, her Sicilian grandfather left BarraFranca in the province of Enna to find work in Argentina, eventually settling in the Springfield, Massachusetts area where he was later joined by his wife and they began their American family. Anne can be reached at profafm@yahoo.com

Kathleen Zamboni McCormick is Professor of Literature and Pedagogy and Director of Writing at Purchase College, SUNY. Her teaching and written work attempt to develop new pedagogical practices, particularly in the areas of reading and writing from theories of cultural studies, cognition, and rezeptionsasthetik. McCormick's most recent textbook is Reading Our Histories: Understanding Our Culture (Allyn and Bacon, 1999). Her previous book, The Culture of Reading and The Teaching of English (Manchester UP and NCTE, 1994), won the Mina Shaughnessy Award from the MLA in 1995. In 1997, she won a National Writing Program Administrators' Award, and in 1998, she received the James E. and Frances W. Bent Award for Creativity from the University of Hartford. Identifying primarily with her Irish side, she began her career as a Joycean and is the co-editor of the MLA volume on Approaches to Teaching Joyce's Ulysses (1993), but she is currently exploring her Italian roots, voraciously reading Italian American women writers, and beginning work on a memoir/novel, which explores growing up as a half Italian-American. Kathleen Zamboni McCormick, KMPurchase@aol.com

Denise Calvetti Michaels writes poetry and memoir. Her poems have been published in the Paterson Literary Review; Crosscurrents Journal (Washington State's Community and Technical College Review); and King County Poetry on Buses. Her work is also included in The Milk of Almonds, Italian American Women on Food and Culture. Her grandparents immigrated to the United States from Piedmontese villages in Italy. Born in Salinas, she grew up in Redwood City, California, near San Franciso, where many relatives also. Mother to three daughters and grandmother to Holden, Calder, and Maizie, she attended Pacific Oaks College to complete the MA in Human Development. Her thesis explores reflections on her journal wrritings during the fifteen years she directed a preschool/child care program in Kirkland, Washington, where she's lived for 20 years. There was a short stint early 70's in Florida to attend the University of South Florida. She currently teaches Human Development, Multicultural Communication and a variety of psychology classes for Cascadia Community College in Bothell, WA. This past year she completed a poetry collection, Opus Reticulatum, --A Work of Webbing. The collection's memoir quality weaves childhood memories with recent returns to places of origin: both geograpy and imagination. She sometimes teaches child development for NorthWest Indian College. Denise Calvetti Michaels, denisecalvetti@yahoo.com

Gina M. Miele is the Executive Director of the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at Montclair State University. The Coccia Institute responds to the growing interest in Italian and Italian-American fields of study, both among scholars and the public at large. The mission of the Institute includes both public outreach and academic components, with a special focus on the historical and contemporary interplay of the Italian culture and society with American culture and society. To the Director's position, Gina brings a personal and professional passion for the dissemination of knowledge about Italian-American heritage, culture, and literature. To this end, she is an active member of such organizations as the AIHA (American Italian Historical Association) and the MLA (Modern Language Association). Born and raised in Holmdel, N.J., Gina received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Italian Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a year of study at the University of Florence, she obtained a Master's Degree (1998) and a Ph.D. (2003) in Romance Languages and Literatures, both at Harvard University. In her time at Harvard, Miele taught Italian language courses and Dante's Divine Comedy, among other seminal texts, to undergraduates. In the summer of 2002, while conducting research on Luigi Capuana's folktales in Mineo, she was an instructor at Harvard's summer program in Calabria and Sicily. Miele is currently preparing for publication a series of articles on New Jersey's Little Italies and on Italian American women. In addition, she continues to work on her manuscript, "Stretta e' la foglia: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Italian Folktales from Capuana to Calvino," as well as on a novel about the Italian American experience and a children's book "Tilly Thyme." As founder of a small business, Educational Specialists and Consultants, Miele has consulted and translated for various companies in New Jersey, NewYork, and Boston. Gina M. Miele, mieleg@mail.montclair.edu

Michela Musolino is a singer and actress whose credits include stage, film and television. In New York City, she has performed at the Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine as a member of I Giullari di Piazza and at Saint Mark's Church in the Bowery as a soloist in poet Paolo Valesio's, The Square of Massacred Prayers. She has studied Commedia dell'Arte with Enzo Aronica and Lydia Biondi as well as movement and mime with Yass Hakoshima. She has studied voice with Louisa Nadir and Southern Italian drumming with Alessandra Belloni and Roberto Raheli. Michela has been researching and performing Sicilian folk music and is now sharing this repertoire with audiences in New York under the title Soul of the Trinacria.accompanied by the acoustic guitarist, WIlson Montuori. As Michela Musolino has been researching, singing and now recording Sicilian folk music, a performance has evolved. This recital of Sicilian folk songs called Soul of the Trinacria, includes brief explanations of the songs and also some of their history in order that audiences may be either introduced to or reacquainted with the inestimable patrimony of the Sicilian cultural inheritance. It is her belief that while folk music may have a nationalistic appeal, it is in actuality a music that belongs to the world. This is particularly true of Sicilian folk music in which can be heard the rich influence of so many cultures such as Arabic, Hellenic and Norman. By presenting a repertoire of songs ranging from lulla-bies to work chants and lively popular tunes, she tries to return to the listeners a history which has long been forgotten. Michela has recently released her debut CD, Songs of Trinacria: A Collection of Sicilian Folk Music. Michela Musolino, michelamusolino@optonline.net

Dominique Padurano, currently a Ph.D. candidate in History at Rutgers-New Brunswick, is writing a cultural biography of Charles Atlas. Her dissertation will explore issues of gender and sexuality, boyhood and old age, as well as class and ethnicity (Atlas was born "Angelo Siciliano" in Calabria in 1893), while situating Atlas in the mid-twentieth century United States. Dominique also teaches "America in the Arts" for Rutgers' American Studies Department. When not working, Dominique enjoys cooking (Italian, of course!) for friends, keeping fit (yoga, walking, swimming, surfing, dancing) and traveling when she gets the chance. Dominique Padurano, padurano@yahoo.com

Pat Bennett Porto is a school psychologist in the New York City schools. She is interested in promoting Italian, and especially, Sicilian folk music. Current projects include co-authoring a book of Italian folk songs. She is a member of the Italian Folk Arts Federation of American and participates in the United Federation of Teachers Italian American Committee. Pat Bennett Porto, patbenny@aol.com

Cara Lisa Powers is a "second generation slam baby" (quoth Patricia Smith),= a writer, an organizer, a performer, an educator, an activist, a lover, a fighter, a secret rapper, and makes a mean lasagna from scratch. Italian and Irish American, she has been strongly influenced as a writer and performer by her mother's writing (including her chapbook "Nana and Other Women of Color) and her immigrant grandmother's commitment to teaching her about her Italian heritage. She has performed at the Middle East, the Freedom House, the 119 Gallery, Clark University, Cloud Place and the Prudential Center, and has presented workshops at UMASS Boston, the Boston Globe, Teen Voices Magazine, the Community Church of Boston, Simmons College, MIT and at Champlain College. Cara is currently the Media Education Organizer at Project: Think Different in downtown Boston, running their Youth Media Institute. Prior to her work at Project: Think Different, she was the Digital Media Coordinator at the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell, Massachusetts. Cara received her BA in Screen Studies with a focus in Urban Development/Social Change from Clark University and is currently a candidate for her MA from Goddard College, as well as a member of Reflect & Strengthen, the City of Boston Hip Hop Roundtable, ACME Boston, and the Executive Committee of Whats Up Magazine. Her work can currently be found at caralisapowers.wordpress.com and soon at caralisapowers.com.

Elizabeth Primamore is a Ph.D. Candidate in English, writer, musician, and journalist. She holds an M.A. in English Studies from the University of London. As a guitarist and songwriter with the bands Run Girl Run, Angel and the Drunken Gods, and Presents of Mind in New York's downtown arts scene, she has worked with producers Mark Kamins (Madonna) and Pete Waterman (Dead or Alive), and performed at clubs such as CBGBs, the Ritz, and the Knitting Factory. Current projects include a dissertation on British "male" poet "Michael Field," a pseudonym for an aunt and niece literary collaboration in nineteenth century Britain, a memoir, and profiles on a variety of celebrities from "Sopranos'" creator David Chase to legendary singer Connie Francis to character actor Frank Vincent. She is a regular contributor to New Jersey Monthly Magazine and a columnist for the CUNY-Advocate. Elizabeth Primamore, Primamore@aol.com

Kym Ragusa is a writer and filmmaker of Italian American and African American descent. Her films, including the documentaries Passing and Fuori/Outside (available through Third World Newsreel at www.twn.org), draw upon her mixed family histories to explore the politics of race and community. Her writing has been featured in the anthologies The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture, and Are Italians White? How Race Is Made in America, and the Italian feminist journal tutteStorie. She is currently working on a memoir to be published by W. W. Norton & Co. in 2005.

Michelle Reale is a freelance writer and professional book critic, as well as a fiction and poetry writer. She has both a BA and MA in English and her specialty is Third World Literature, particularly that of South Asia. She has been working on a cycle of short stories and poems on Italian-American life, which has put her in a sort of trance state---She sees stories everywhere! Her latest poem, published in the October issue of Philadelphia Poet's Magazine is about and dedicated to Gaspara Stampa. She constantly looks to other women for encouragement and support---She is never disappointed! She is 42 years old and has been a single mother of four children for 10 years now. She is happy to belong to Malia! Michelle Reale, metay2@yahoo.com

Caterina Romeo has a doctoral degree in Women's Studies from the University "La Sapienza" of Rome - Italy, with a dissertation on Italian American women writers. In 2001 she co-edited a special issue of the Italian journal tutteStorie on Italian American Women artists, together with Maria Rosa Cutrufelli and Edvige Giunta. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, while at the same time working on the publication of her dissertation. Caterina Romeo, caterina.romeo@verizon.net

Daniela Saioni is an independent filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. Her first short film, Rites, aired on WTN and TVO in Canada and played at the Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival, among others. She is currently in prep on a reality series pilot and in development on a half-hour short drama, "Il Gallo" which features Italian seniors in the lead roles. As a script supervisor for the past ten years she has worked on over 50 feature films and TV series in five countries (including Italy). She owns Mondo Cinema Inc. in Canada and is always on the lookout for screenplays featuring Italian American stories. Daniela got her BFA at York University in 1991.

Mary Saracino is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer. The daughter of a Tuscan-American mother and an Apulian-American father, Mary was born and raised in Seneca Falls, NY. She currently resides in Denver, CO. Mary's writing focuses on breaking silence, reclaiming the truth of women's lives, restoring the power of women's voices, and resurrecting the memory of the Dea Madre. She is the author of Voices of the Soft-bellied Warrior: a memoir (Spinsters Ink, 2001), Finding Grace (Spinsters Ink, 1999) and, No Matter What (Spinsters Ink, 1993). Finding Grace was awarded the Colorado Authors' League 1999 Adult Fiction Mainstream/Literary award. No Matter What was a 1994 Minnesota Book Award Fiction Finalist. Saracino's essay, "Valentino, Puglia and Seneca Falls," was the co-winner of the 2000 Salvator and Margaret Bonomo Memorial Prize for Literature. Her work has also appeared in The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture, Don't Tell Mama!: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing, Hey Paesan!: Writing by Lesbians and Gay Men of Italian Descent, Writers Who Cook, TutteStorie, Sinister Wisdom, Voices in Italian Americana, and Italian Americana. Mary Saracino, marysar@aol.com.

Margaret Sáraco is a poet, writer, feminist, teacher and former actress. She has two wonderful children who test her theories about gender roles constantly. After college, before her children were born, she was a professional actress for twelve years. Around the same time she taught specialized exercise work integrating mind and body including Pilates for seven years. She returned to graduate school and received an MA in Women's Studies from CUNY. Soon after, she was hired to run, direct and shape a writing program at a middle school with 600 students. She also does a great deal of staff development in other school districts, as well as private consulting. Currently, she is teaching middle school mathematics. She writes poetry, feature articles, contributes to student workbooks, and wrote a music and book column for thirteen years. She likes to think of herself as a symphony in which everything comes together, and themes -- whether harmonious or discordant -- shape the entire piece. Margaret and her husband, Alex, currently live in Montclair. Margaret Saraco, saraco@earthlink.net

Joan L. Saverino is an educator and museum professional who currently lives in Philadelphia. She grew up in West Virginia, the grandchild of Calabrian and Sicilian grandparents who immigrated there to work in the coal mines. Growing up in an economically and socially depressed Appalachian region sensitized her to the complexities of the politics of culture and the inequalities in our society. Searching for a way to understand culture, she was first drawn to anthropology (B.A., M.A.) and then folklore and folklife (Ph.D.). In her scholarly and personal life, she combines her interests in art, history, material culture, and Italian and Italian American culture. Her first foray into studying her own heritage was interviewing her maternal great-grandmother for an undergraduate anthropology life history assignment. She continued that work when she received a NEA apprenticeship with a master artist to study Italian needlework with her great-grandmother. While working on her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, she fulfilled a dream to conduct research in her great-grandmother's hometown of San Giovanni in Fiore, Calabria. She is working on a book that uses the lens of needlework and costume to investigate the performance and commoditization of Italian women's identities. She was a Pennsylvania Humanities Council local scholar (1998-2001) and a visiting scholar (2002) at the Germantown Historical Society where she developed an ethnohistorical documentation project on Italian communities in northwest Philadelphia. Research from this project is published in the Society's journal, The Germantown Crier. The "Italian American Heritage Guide to Philadelphia's Historic Northwest," a driving/walking tour guide (2003), also came out of this project. She is currently at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania where she is developing content for a web site on Pennsylvania ethnic history. Joan Saverino, jsaverino@hsp.org

Arlene Holpp Scala is Chair of the Women's Studies Department at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She earned a doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University and is a teacher-researcher. Some of her research interests include student memories of Barbie, student readings about incest, butch and femme identities, and student activism. She is very interested in her Italian heritage and loves reading memoirs by Italian American women. Arlene and her partner, Donna Ezrol, collect religious objects and have a growing collection of Virgin Mary's. Between the two of them they have six children. They live in Englewood with six cats, and now four feral cats who have adopted them. They love baking bread and cooking sauce, and have bimonthly discussion groups at their home. Feeding the discussants is as important as the evening's discussion topic. Arlene Holpp Scala: scalaa@wpunj.edu

Jennifer Schettino was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, New York. After graduating from Brown University where she received an A.B. in Music, she attended law school at Boston University. She worked in private practice for three and a half years before retiring though she is still active in pro bono work, especially with women and children in need of legal assistance. She is currently assistant director of the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at Montclair State University. She is also pursuing an M.A. (and eventually Ph.D.) in American History, and is particularly concerned with issues of gender, class and power as related to the legal system. Jennifer Schettino, jaschettino@verizon.net

Born and raised in New York City, Joseph Sciorra is a folklorist who has researched and published extensively on the “aesthetics of everyday life,” religious folk art, festivals, cultural landscapes, and the vernacular modification and use of urban spaces.  He is the assistant director of Academic and Cultural Programs at Queens College's John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, where he conducts original research, and conceptualizes and implements the Institute's publics programs including monthly lectures, author readings, and documentary film screenings, symposiums, and conferences (see http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/calandra/academic/index.html ).  Joe has curated several exhibitions, including “Sacred Emblems, Community Signs: Historic Flags and Religious Banners from Italian Williamsburg, Brooklyn” and “‘Evviva La Madonna Nera!': Italian American Devotion to the Black Madonna.”  In 2000 and 2001, he successfully nominated the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Grotto in Rosebank, Staten Island and the Lisanti Family Chapel in the Bronx to the National and New York
State Registers of Historical Places.  Joe is the co-editor of a bilingual edition of verse by Sicilian-American poet Vincenzo Ancona, Malidittu la lingua/Damned Language (Legas, 1990) and the author of R.I.P.: Memorial Wall Art (Thames & Hudson, 2002), a collection of photographs by Martha Cooper documenting memorial graffiti.  He is
currently completing a book for John Hopkins University Press entitled Built with Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination in Italian New York.  Joe was part of the now defunct Italian Americans for a Multicultural United States (IAMUS).  He also maintains a personal Web site about hip hop in Italy and Italian-American identity at
http://www.italianrap.com and can be reached at jsciorra@qc.edu.

Joann Sicoli, CMP a Certified Meeting Professional is and administrative specialist/meeting planner for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for the last 15 years. Her memoir prose piece The Love of Music was published in a chapbook in November 1999. Her article Mentoring with Heart and Head and prose piece Letter to My Parents was published in the National Organization of Italian American Women Newsletter. In November/December 2002 Joann's memoir prose piece Christmas Growing Up was published in PRIMO Magazine and Poetry.Com. Joann is in the process of writing a novel, working title "Domenica's Journey." Joann has read excerpts from her novel at Fordham University @ Lincoln Center, Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University, and Cornelia Street Café. Joann has served on the boards of the American Italian Cultural Roundtable (AICR), the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW), Meeting Professional International Greater New York Chapter (MPIGNY) and was one of the Program Coordinators and Co-Hosts for the Italian American Writers Association Open Readings at the Cornelia Street Café. Joann is also a very accomplished singer and performer and has done various cabaret shows at Don’t Tell Mama and The Triad. Joann was extremely instrumental for the huge success of the First Italian American Book Fair at the Italian Cultural Institute in March 2000, the Italian American Writers Association booth at New York is Book Country September 2000 and had 10 Italian American writers read from their books & sell their books on the corner of 55th Street and Fifth Avenue, the First National Conference of the Italian American Writers Association at the Museum of the City of New York in October 2000, the Italian American Book Fair, a two day event in White Plains, NY in May 2001 and the poetry/prose readings of various Italian American Women writers at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University, the Italian Cultural Institute, Fordham University and the Ear Inn from February 2001 to October 2005 and the open mic readings and Italian American Book Fair at Fordham University @ Lincoln Center in December 2003 with over 28 writers reading and 5 publishers in attendance. Joann hopes to finish her novel and get it published in 2013. Joann resides in New York City and her email address is:joann.sicoli@pfizer.com

Alexis Sottile is a native of Staten Island, living in Brooklyn. She is a writer, actress and student of drama therapy, of mixed Sicilian/Neopolitan descent. Alexis Sottile, ultrasottile@hotmail.com

Bernadette Speach's work as a composer embraces a variety of styles, and includes solo, chamber and orchestral works. In recent years PARALLEL WINDOWS - UNFRAMED for piano and orchestra was performed by Anthony de Mare and the Absolute Chamber Orchestra, and WITHIN for piano and orchestra was performed by Ursula Oppens and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Her second string quartet, LES ONDES POUR QUATRE, was premiered by the Arditti String Quartet in Darmstadt, Germany, where Ms. Speach lectured as part of the composition faculty, and at the Ravinia Festival, where it received its American premiere. Bernadette and poet/writer Thulani Davis have collaborated extensively since 1986. TELEPATHY SUITE, their first set of collaborative settings, was released on the CD, WITHOUT BORDERS (Mode Records 16), which also included chamber works performed by the Bowery Ensemble, Anthony de Mare, Leonard Krech, Michael Pugliese, Jeffrey Schanzer and Jan Williams. Bernadette received a commission from MusicVistas, Inc. with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts in 1992 to continue her collaboration with Ms. Davis. A new CD of her more current chamber works, REFLECTIONS (Mode 105), with performances by The Arditti String Quartet, Anthony de Mare, Lois Martin, Rozanna Weinberger, Speach/Davis & Musicians and others was released in February, 2002. Bernadette has written works for numerous performers and ensembles including Zeitgeist and the Fidelio and Abel/Steinberg/ Winant Trios. She has performed with her husband Jeffrey Schanzer as the Schanzer/Speach Duo across the US, in Puerto Rico and Europe. Their first CD, DUALITIES, was released in January 1992 on the Mode/Avant Label. Bernadette received her Ph.D. in music composition from SUNY-Buffalo where she studied with Morton Feldman and Lejaren Hiller. Bernadette was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship in 1992 and of a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in 1998. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of MusicVistas, Inc., The Flea Theater and Composers' Forum, Inc.

Cynthia Tedesco is a published poet, whose first collection of poetry, Letters Found After… (Sesquin), was published in 1997. Her poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in Apex of the M, Barrow Street, Columbia Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Montserrat Review, No Roses Review, and Talisman, among others. A work of fiction, Suitcases, is currently archived on-line at www.archipelago.org and is the basis of her on-going novel-in-progress, The Book of Four Worlds. A work of non-fiction, Tarot for Writers, is also in progress. Ms. Tedesco is an Audiologist/Speech-Language Pathologist by training and works as a Teacher of Speech for The Lexington School for the Deaf. She is married and the mother of two wonderful adult sons. She lives with her husband in northeastern Queens. Cynthia Tedesco, anon11358@yahoo.com

Maria Terrone is the author of two poetry collections: A Secret Room in Fall, co-winner of the McGovern Prize (Ashland Poetry Press, 2006) and The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works), and a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2. Her work, which has received first-place awards from Passages North, Willow Review and Wind , has been published in French and Farsi and appeared in such magazines as The Hudson Review, Poetry, Notre Dame Review, and Poetry International. Her work appears or is upcoming in 20 anthologies, including the best-selling Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem (Knopf); The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture (The Feminist Press); Sweet Lemons: Writing with a Sicilian Accent; More Sweet Lemons (Legas); and New Hungers for Old: One Hundred Years of Italian American Poetry (Star Cloud Press). Of Neapolitan and Sicilian heritage, Maria was inspired to write "Vesuvius," her earliest published poem, by her first trip to Italy while on editorial assignment from Attenzione magazine, an Italian American monthly. Maria is the recipient of an Individual Artist Initiative Award from the Queens Council on the Arts and the Arts and Culture Award from the Italian American Labor Council. In April 2012, a Guggenheim Museum multidisciplinary project, stillspotting nyc, presents her narrative, “At Home in the New World.” Contact: mterrone@nyc.rr.com or visit http://www.mariaterrone.com

Mary Anne Trasciatti teaches in the School of Communication at Hofstra University. Prior to becoming an academic and moving back to her native New York, she lived in Massachusetts, where she held several odd jobs and was very actively involved in the nuclear freeze movement. She continues to be active in peace and social justice movements, and sees her teaching and scholarship in early twentieth century radical rhetoric, political propaganda, and dissident media as an extension of her activism. In October 2002 she co-directed a symposium to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. She is co-editing a volume of essays on the cultural and political legacy of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, and is completing a manuscript on discourses of citizenship among Americans and Italian Americans during World War I and the 1920s. Mary Anne Trasciatti, sphmat@hofstra.edu

Camilla Trinchieri was born in Prague of an American mother and Italian father. She has lived in a lot of places and used to consider Rome, Italy her home. She was in the film business there for seventeen years and was lucky enough to work with directors such as Fellini, Visconti and Wertmuller. When she came to the States in 1980, she sold pasta in Little Italy, and then moved on to a translation company and an advertising agency. In 1997 she became an American citizen and now home is New York City. In this country she's become a writer and an artist which has given her great happiness as well as frustration. As Camilla T. Crespi she's published seven mysteries in the Simona Griffo series which have been re-issued by iUniverse under the auspices of the Mystery Writers of America. A short story of her's appeared in the anthology The Milk of Almonds, published by the Feminist Press in 2002. A short memoir, A String of Beads, appears in the anthology Unrooted Childhoods published by the Intercultural Press in December of 2003. The Breakfast Club Murder, written under the pseudonym Camilla T. Crespi has been published by Five Star. The Italian translation of  her Camilla Trinchieri novel--What Really Happened to Billy--will be published in Italy by MarcosyMarcos. It is currently trying to find an American home.Her website http://members.aol.com/camcrespi/ has some yummy recipes for those who love to cook. Camilla Trinchieri, camcrespi@aol.com

Elvira Truglia is a writer, broadcaster and activist in media and communication. As a CBC Radio correspondent, she has produced stories for the Global Village and Sounds Like Canada. Her 29-minute documentary "Strangers in Italy: Immigration, Italy and Fortress Europe" commissioned by the U.S.-based National Radio Project was aired internationally in August 2003. As a print/radio journalist, she has covered international social movements in Mexico (2003), South Africa (2002), Brazil (2002), and Italy (2002). She wrote, produced and directed "Mala femmina: Or how to be a bad Italian girl in Canada". The forty-minute radio play was staged as a dramatic reading at Euro Deli in Montreal in 2000 and has since aired on Italian and Canadian radio. In 1995, she co-wrote and produced "Radioactive," a 25-minute documentary video profiling Ottawa's CKCU-FM. Elvira worked for more than three years as a host and producer at CKCU-FM, Canada's largest campus-based community radio station. In 1996, she began working for the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) as the editor of InteRadio, the magazine of the community radio movement published in English, French and Spanish. During the course of six years at AMARC, she progressed into the position of programme director of this international non-governmental organization based in Montreal. Publications include "Coming Home", an article printed in the July/August 2003 issue of Accenti: The Canadian Magazine with an Italian Accent. Most recently, she presented her paper "You say information, WE say communication: Reclaiming the media in the 'information society'" at the UN World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland. Elvira Truglia completed her Master of Arts in Media Studies at Concordia University (Montreal 2000). Elvira Truglia, e_truglia@sympatico.ca


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