Edvige Giunta is Professor of English at New Jersey City University. She has taught memoir workshops since 1996, mentoring writers and helping build diverse and vibrant writing communities. Her books include Writing with an Accent: Contemporary Italian American Women Authors, Dire l’indicibile, and the coedited anthologies, The Milk of Almonds, Italian American Writers on New Jersey, Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora, and Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo. In Italy her work has appeared in the volume Padri (Iacobelli) and in other volumes and journals. A certified yoga teacher since 2011, she has developed workshops that combine writing, meditation, and a gentle yoga practice. She has been profiled in The New York Times and was recently interviewed by RAI Italia. She is completing a book-length memoir titled “No Confetti for the Dead.”
U.S. writer Jonathan Levi is the author of the 1992 novel A Guide for the Perplexed and Septimania (April 2016, The Overlook Press), as well as many plays and opera libretti that have been performed internationally. A founding editor of Granta magazine, Levi has written political and cultural journalism for The New York Times, The Nation, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications. He currently lives in Rome and is artistic advisor to the Zaubersee Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, and co-director of the Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism in Cartagena, Colombia.