Contributions: Emily Bernard
Emily Bernard is an Associate Professor of English and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont. Her publications include Remember Me to Harlem: The Letter of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Some of My Best Friends: Writers on Interracial Friendship (2004), which was chosen as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, 2006. Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, a book she co-authored with Deborah Willis, was published by W. W. Norton in 2009 and received an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award in spring 2010. The Van Vechten Paradox: Blackness, Whiteness, and the Harlem Renaissance was published by Yale University Press in 2009.
Contributions: Mary-Jo Bona
Mary Jo Bona, Professor of Italian American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, has authored By the Breath of Their Mouths: Narratives of Resistance in Italian America (2010) and Claiming a Tradition: Italian American Women Writers (1999). Bona is editor of The Voices We Carry: Recent Italian American Women’s Fiction (1994), co-editor of Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates (2006), and series editor of Multiethnic Literature for SUNY Press. Bona has completed a poetry manuscript and is at work on a critical study of representations of migratory women through the trope of needlework.
Contributions: Jenn Brandt
Jenn Brandt is the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at High Point University, where she is also an Assistant Professor of English. Brandt’s work focuses on gender and cultural studies in popular film, literature, and television. She is particularly interested in the ways in which politics have shaped and are reflected in contemporary literature and culture. She has published articles about Sex and the City and The Da Vinci Code. Her most recent publications include "Here's To Not Being Fake: Bravo's The Real Housewives and the Postfeminist Heroine" in Foregrounding Postfeminism and the Future of Feminist Film and Media Studies and “Reading Nip/Tuck as an Interrogation of Hegemonic Masculinity and Cosmetic Femininity” in Nip/Tuck: Television That Gets Under Your Skin.
Edited: Nancy Caronia
Nancy Caronia is a lecturer at University of Rhode Island. She teaches in the Honors Program, Gender & Women’s Studies, and in the departments of English and Writing and Rhetoric. She works on issues of transnationalism and globalization in contemporary American and Anglophone ethnic literature and film. Her scholarly essays, reviews, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture, New Delta Review, and Don’t Tell Mama! The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. Her introduction to Casting Off will appear in Bordighera’s reprint of DeSalvo’s novel.
Contributions: Kimberly A. Costino
Kimberly A. Costino is Professor of English and Director of the Teaching Resource Center at California State University, San Bernardino. Her research interests include Italian American women’s autobiography, literacy, composition, and critical race studies, particularly the politics of language, the relationship between language and identity, and issues of access to higher education. Her articles have been published in The Journal of Second Language Writing and The WPA Journal and she has published book chapters on teaching Italian American literature and on Gloria Naylor's novels.
Contributions: Peter Covino
Peter Covino is a poet, translator, editor, and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island. His most recent book of poetry is The Right Place to Jump (New Issues Press, 2012). Winner of the 2007 PEN America/Osterweil Award for emerging poets, he has published Cut Off the Ears of Winter (New Issues, 2005) and the chapbook Straight Boyfriend (2001), winner of the Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize. With Dennis Barone, he co-edited the volume, Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture (Bordighera Press, CUNY 2011). Recent poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, LIT, and The Yale Review, among other venues. Covino is a founding editor of Barrow Street Press and poetry editor for VIA: Voices in Italian Americana.
Contributions: Jeana Del Rosso
Jeana DelRosso is Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Director of the Honors Program at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. Her book, Writing Catholic Women: Contemporary International Catholic Girlhood Narratives (2005), and her edited collection, The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers: Critical Essays (2007, coedited by Leigh Eicke and Ana Kothe), were published by Palgrave MacMillan. Her articles have appeared in NWSA Journal and MELUS.
Contributions: Jennifer-Ann Di Gregori-Kightlinger
Jennifer-Ann DiGregorio Kightlinger received her PhD from Stony Brook University. She was the recipient of the Dorothy Pieper Merit Award for Outstanding Entering Doctoral Students, the Presidential Award for Graduate Student Excellence, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. She has taught classes for the English and European Languages, Literatures and Cultures departments including The Italian American Experience in Literature, Images of Italian American Women in Literature and Film, Modern Drama and Modern Fiction Studies. Her dissertation examines representations of food in Italian American literature.
Contributions: Joshua Fausty
Joshua Fausty is Associate Professor of English at New Jersey City University where he teaches courses on literature, film, composition, and creative nonfiction. He received his PhD in English from Rutgers University. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals and anthologies. His essay on Trinh T. Minh-ha was published in Afterall.
Contributions: Margaux Fragoso
Margaux Fragoso holds a PhD from Binghamton University. Her poems, fiction, and essays, and reviews have been published in Margie, Barrow Street, The Literary Review, Big City Lit, The George Eliot Review, NPR, and The New York Times. Her memoir Tiger, Tiger has been named a best book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, The Washington Post, and Globe and Mail and has been published in twenty-five countries and translated into twenty languages, including Catalan, Romanian, Japanese, French, German, Chinese, Latvian, and Spanish. In September 2013, it made the Prix Medicis longlist and was listed for two other French prizes: The Fnac prize and JDD/France.
Contributions: John Gennari
John Gennari is Associate Professor of English and Director of the U.S. Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Blowin' Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics (University of Chicago Press, 2006), winner of the 2007 John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Book in American Cultural Studies, and of a 2007 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in popular music criticism. He has authored many articles on jazz, Italian American cultural studies, visual culture, and sports. He was a visiting scholar in the American Studies department at Yale University in 2008-2009.
Edited: Edvige Giunta
Edvige Giunta is professor of English at New Jersey City University, where she teaches memoir and other literature and writing courses. She is the author of Writing with an Accent: Contemporary Italian American Women Authors and Dire l’indicibile. She is co- editor of The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture (with Louise DeSalvo); Italian American Writers on New Jersey (with Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan); Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture (with Kathleen Zamboni McCormick); and Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora (with Joseph Sciorra).
Contributions: Benjamin D. Hagen
Benjamin D. Hagen received his PhD in English from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 and now serves as the English Program Coordinator at URI’s College of Continuing Education in Providence, RI. He teaches courses in modern literature and critical theory, and his research on Virginia Woolf and Wallace Stevens has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Modernism/Modernity and Twentieth-Century Literature. In addition, he is at work on two book projects. The first attempts to reimagine “the new” in literary modernism. The second joins modernist studies with interdisciplinary research regarding the socio-theoretical entanglements of religion and secularity.
Contributions: Mark Hussey
Mark Hussey has been active in Woolf scholarship for nearly thirty years. In addition to his own many edited and authored articles and books on Woolf, he is General Editor of the Harcourt Annotated Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf, a member of the Editorial Board of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf, a founding editor of Woolf Studies Annual, and a co-editor of Virginia Woolf Miscellany. In 1991 he initiated the annual conference on Woolf and remains chair of its Steering Committee.
Contributions: A.J. Kandathil
A.J. Kandathil is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in the Ploughshares blog, Burner Magazine, Newfound Journal, Hippocampus, and The Review Review. She received her MFA from Hunter College. She teaches creative writing at the Arts Council of Princeton.
Contributions: Lia Ottaviano
Lia Ottaviano graduated from Hunter College’s Creative Nonfiction MFA program in 2011. She lives in Brooklyn, New York by way of Coventry, Rhode Island, and is a Senior Editorial Assistant at John Wiley & Sons Publishing. She is working on her first memoir, tentatively titled “Consuming.”
Contributions: Theodora Patrona
Theodora Patrona is affiliated with the School of English of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece, as Special Teaching Fellow (EDIP). She is the author of Return Narratives: Ethnic Space in Late-Twentieth-Century Greek American and Italian American Literature.
Contributions: Kym Ragusa
Kym Ragusa is the author of The Skin between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty and Belonging (W.W. Norton, 2006). A finalist for the Hurston/Wright Foundation's 2007 Legacy Award in Nonfiction, it was published in Italy in May, 2008, where it won the Premio John Fante, a literary prize for writers of the Italian diaspora. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies Are Italians White?, The Milk of Almonds, and About Face, as well as the journals Leggendaria and TutteStorie. She has taught Creative Writing at City College, Queens College, and Eugene Lang College in New York, and at Josai International University in Japan. In 1999, she was the recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in Film. Her films Passing and Fuori/Outside have been shown on PBS and at festivals throughout North America and Europe. Her video, Demarcations, had its premiere at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She teaches Nonfiction in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in the Writing and Humanistic Studies Program at MIT.
Contributions: Ilaria Serra
Ilaria Serra is associate professor of Italian and comparative studies at Florida Atlantic University. Her research spans from Italian cinema and literature to the history of Italian immigration to the United States. She is the author of Immagini di un immaginario: L’emigrazione italiana negli Stati Uniti fra i due secoli: 1890– 1925 (1997); The Value of Worthless Lives: Writing Italian American Immigrant Autobiographies (2007); and The Imagined Immigrant: Images of Italian Emigration to the United States between 1890 and 1924 (2009).
Contributions: Julija Sukys
Julija Šukys (PhD, University of Toronto) is the author of Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė (Nebraska, 2012) and Silence is Death: The Life and Work of Tahar Djaout (Nebraska, 2007). Epistolophilia was shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction, long-listed for the Charles Taylor Award in Literary Nonfiction, and won the 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature. Šukys teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Missouri.
Contributions: Anthony Julian Tamburri
Anthony Julian Tamburri is Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College, CUNY. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is codirector of Bordighera Press and past president of the American Italian Historical Association and of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. His books include Narrare altrove: diverse segnalature letterarie (2007); Una semiotica dell’etnicità: nuove segnalature per la letteratura italiano / americana (2010); Re- viewing Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Cinema (2011); and Re- reading Italian Americana: Specificities and Generalities on Literature and Criticism (2014). He is a cofounder of the Italian American Digital Project. Since 2007, he has been the executive producer of the TV program Italics.