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WHO WE ARE:


Founding and Managing  Editor-in-Chief

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Michelle Messina Reale is an associate professor and librarian at Arcadia University. She is the author of nine collections of poetry including Confini: Poems of Refugees in Sicily, forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press, 2018 and Behold My Laminate Life, forthcoming from Big Table Books, 2018..  Reale’s work has been published widely both online and in print.  She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her work appeared in the 2010 Best of the Net Anthology. She conducts ethnography among African refugees in Sicily  and conducts research in may other areas, including all aspects of Italian-American identity and life, narrative inquiry and inheritance, and others .  She holds an MFA in poetry.  She is  Sicilian and Calabrese on her father’s side, Neopolitan on her mother’s.  You can reach Michelle at  ovunquesiamo1@gmail.com.

Poetry Editor

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Chad Frame earned his MFA at Arcadia University. His poetry, fiction, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in decomP, Rust+Moth, Menacing Hedge, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Calamus Journal, Prick of the Spindle, Rag Queen Periodical, and elsewhere. He is the 2017 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and has used this platform to organize MARGINS, a diversity panel of minority artist voices who speak at schools and other venues about their unique experiences. Chad has been nominated for Best of the Net, is a past Literary Death Match pugilist, and lives with a Maine Coon named Jabberwocky in an outlying Philadelphia suburb. 

 

Illustrator

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Pat Messina Singer

 

If I’m not drawing, I’m thinking in pictures. I often find it impossible to turn the video-reel of my imagination OFF.  I’m a Tyler School of Art graduate, and after working for years in a fast-paced design studio, I began freelancing and never looked back. Recently I’ve focused on developing a new illustration style using watercolors, gouache, and ink. The creative process is always energizing, and I feel like a curious art-explorer discovering new territories. You can contact me at pat@psingerart.com

 

 

 

Book Reviews Editor

StephanieStephanie Longo is a native of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, and the author of three books: The Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dunmore, and the forthcoming ,The Ital

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Stephanie Longo

ians of Lackawanna County. A dual citizen of the United States and Italy, she runs an Italian-American heritage association in her region, called SIAMO. She is currently the director of marketing and communications at The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and is involved with many other community activities and incentives. is a native of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, and the author of three books: The Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dunmore, and the forthcoming ,The Italians of Lackawanna County. A dual citizen of the United States and Italy, she runs an Italian-American heritage association in her region, called SIAMO. She is currently the director of marketing and communications at The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and is involved with many other community activities and incentives.  You can reach Stephanie at stephaniealongo@gmail.com

 

Reviewers

 

DESTEFANO
George DeStefano

 

I am an author, journalist, and critic living in New York City. I have contributed features, reviews, essays, and opinion pieces to a wide range of print and digital publications. My ruling passions are culture and the arts (especially music, movies, and theater), politics, social science, social and political theory. I have written about all these topics, for such publications as The Nation, Film Comment, Newsday, Gay City News, The Advocate, Cineaste, In These Times, The Italian American Review and Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. I also am a contributor to the online publications PopMatters, The New York Journal of Books, Rootsworld, La Voce di New York and I-Italy. I am the author of An Offer We Can’t Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America (Farrar, Straus, Giroux), and a contributor to the Routledge History of the Italian Americans, Mafia Movies: A Reader (University of Toronto), and The Essential Sopranos Reader (University of Kentucky Press).

 

 

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Jennifer Martelli

 

Jennifer Martelli’s debut poetry collection, The Uncanny Valley, was published in 2016 by Big Table Publishing Company. She is also the author of After Bird from Grey Book Press. Her work has appeared in Thrush, [Pank], Glass Poetry Journal, Cleaver, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Jennifer Martelli has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is a co-curator for The Mom Egg VOX Folio.

 

 

Patrona

 

Theodora D. Patrona received her Ph.D. with Honors from the School of English of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2011. She also holds an MA in Translation from the University of Surrey, UK. She has numerous publications on Italian American and Greek American literature, film and television. She is the author of Return Narratives: Ethnic Space in Late Twentieth-Century Greek American and Italian American Literature (Fairleigh Dickinson UP: 2017).

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