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The American's Team

Good writers are hard to find. The American has been fortunate beyond measure to assemble a group of veteran journalists and younger writers. Since the magazine began publishing online in 2004, some have written once, others dozens of times. But each has done his or her part with enthusiasm and a commitment to professional ethics.

Below you'll find a list of the most recent contributors to the project (in all, we've published some 200 writers). Some live in Italy while others write from afar. A list of their published work for us may be found below their brief biographies. We do not list the personal email addresses of our writers at their request. Some have blogs and personal sites, and many of those are also listed. The writers are responsible for the content of their personal biographies and are also accountable for their spirit and accuracy. Errors in fact, however, are the full responsibility of the magazine. Point them out and we'll correct them.

If you wish to get in touch with one of our writers about their work you may write to them maginfo@theamericanmag.com and your message will be forwarded to them in due course. Whether they choose to answer is up to them.

Finally, while all content has been vetted and edited, the views represented in our reports, interviews, profiles, and first-person columns represent those of the authors and not the magazine. The American is a forum for ideas about Italy and the world around it. It's also a venue where expatriates can read about what their fellows are thinking. If you'd like to join our team, write to us at the maginfo address and we'll open up a conversation. Eloquence and insight is what we seek and what we hope to have provided so far. Our magazine is the sum of its wonderfully disparate parts. It is "old school" in that it does not represent a forum for reader ideas and "quickie" feedback. Nor is it a blog. Instead, it is a kind of "log," which we see as an effort to compile many life narratives, some from Italy, others not. With luck, bits of wisdom follow suit.

Christopher P. Winner, editor and publisher


Jennifer Allison

"Lost in Translation"

Born in Frankfurt, Germany to a military family Jennifer spent her childhood and young adulthood moving from place to place; earning her the honorary title of both “military brat” and “gypsy.” She attended the ultra liberal Evergreen State College where she further developed a passion for writing and literature. Although she travels to Europe frequently throughout the year, she currently resides in a sleepy little town outside of Seattle where she paints nudes, balances on her head, engages in futile attempts at understanding human relationships, feeds two teenage boys and maintains the blog Onestreetshy.com

See Jenn's site

Food and Wine Archive

Recipes and Libation

Our Food and Wine Archive section section contains nearly a decade of fine writing on fine foods and wines, including recipes, most of the selections culled from the work of the many columnists who have written for The American since its inception in 2004.


Letters Archive Staff

"Letters"

Handwritten and typed letters are disappearing. The "Letters" column is an effort to gather letters, notes, telegrams and other items sent via mail, most culled from the archives of the magazine's writers. These included personal and business correspondence and other tidbits that help reflect a time when nothing was instant, especially replies, and stamps mattered.


Eleonora Baldwin

"In Cucina"

American-born, Italian-raised Eleonora Baldwin lives in Rome and divides her time between food and lifestyle writing, interviewing chefs for a web series, and designing Italian culinary holidays. She has published a number of successful books and guides, and is currently editing her food-inspired bio/cookbook. She is the author/editor/photographer behind the popular blogs Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino and Roma Every Day.


Lucy Brignall

"The Farm"

Lucy Brignall was living happily in London running a Montessori Nursery School, but when her family started growing, she and husband decided to move to a small farm in Le Marche. They now have five children, and between washing 98 socks a week, driving 300 kilometers on the school run alone, and cooking more meals than some restaurants do, she takes time out to write. She has a blog where she writes about day-to-day life.

See Lucy's blog

Alexandra Bruzzese

"Second Generation"

Born and raised in America's smallest state, Alexandra graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 2011 with a dual degree in Italian and Spanish literature. The granddaughter of Italian immigrants, she was eager to explore her Italian roots and spent her junior year abroad in Bologna. She returned there after graduation where she worked as an English teacher and translator. An avid reader and writer, she now lives in Rome with her identical twin sister.


Mark Campbell

"That's Queer"

Mark David Campbell grew up in a small village north of lake Ontario, Canada. He spent two decades studying and working in archaeology and anthropology in Central America, Canada, Jordan, Egypt and Greece. He earned his Phd. in social cultural anthropology from the university of Toronto in 1996 and taught as a part-time professor. While on project in Greece he met an Italian doctor, fell in love, got married and set up house in Italy. He paints, writes and teaches, moving between Milan and Lago Maggiore. He has had art shows in Canada and Italy.


Don Carroll

"Closing Argument"

Don Carroll is an American attorney in Rome specializing in U.S. income, gift and estate tax, multijurisdictional estate planning and administration and real estate transactions. He is also legal counsel to U.S.-based colleges, universities and non-profit organizations with programs in Italy. He has been a speaker at American Bar Association symposia and has taught at John Cabot University. He is married with one son and his passions are Umbria and the theater. He can be reached at: donald.carroll@studiopirola.com


Elisa Scarton Detti

"In the Sticks"

Elisa stubbornly decided to move back to Italy after her parents went to the trouble of immigrating to Australia before she was even born. She'd like to say she was possessed by an adventurous spirit, but the real reason was love. Before leaving Melbourne, she earned a journalism degree, with honors, from RMIT University. She now lives and writes in the smallest, but in her opinion, most resplendent corner of the Tuscan countryside, the Maremma. She contributes regularly contributes to Australian Bride, the Herald Sun and The Florentine, among others. She shares her travel tips and stories on her website, Maremma Tuscany, and in her soon-to-be-published guidebook, hoping to inspire intrepid travelers to experience the off-the-beaten track side of Tuscany.

See Elisa's website

Kissy Dugan

"Parenthood"

Kissy Dugan started her career at the age of four at Delaney's Irish Pizza Pub where she sang back up for a band... of midgets... dressed as leprechauns. From there, a career in comedy was inevitable. As a comic, Kissy's work appeared regularly at all of L.A.'s famous clubs like Laugh Factory, Comedy Store and The Improv. She has performed her comedy all over the United States and eight countries in Europe. As a writer, Kissy has worked in many capacities including: indie film, stage and public relations. She now takes her new experience as a mother to the pages of The American.

See Kissy's blog

Suzanne Dunaway

"Suzanne's Taste"

Suzanne Dunaway is the author and illustrator of "Rome, At Home, The Spirit of la cucina romana in Your Own Kitchen" (Broadway Books), "No Need To Knead, Handmade Italian Breads in 90 Minutes" (Hyperion) and "No Need to Knead — Metric edition" (Grub Street Publishing). She drew for Gourmet Magazine and The New Yorker for 11 years and has had illustrations published in Orion, Bon Appetit, Wine & Food, among others. She began a bakery in her kitchen, which expanded to become Buona Forchetta Hand Made Breads in Los Angeles, named by "W" magazine as "the best bread in the world." She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, and taught cooking for 15 years privately and at cooking schools in Los Angeles. In her atelier in France, she paints naked women falling through space and other subjects, cooks like a madwoman and tends her garden.

See Suzanne's site

Patricia E. Fogarty

"Scriptorium"

Ex-Rabelais scholar, "Scriptorium" boss Fogarty skipped from degreeland to clock-filling doublejobs in NYC: ghetto teaching; freelance copyediting Prentice Hall. The next, Italian experience added translation word games. In Rome, jump-started an Italian publisher’s English-language series, cinema-slanted. Over years, time snatched for travel pieces, short stories, placed wherever they fell. "Scriptorium": a few monthly grafs from an over-booked head.


James Francis

"The Game"

James Francis earned a degree in Italian and German from Durham University, England. After enjoying his time in Rome during an ERASMUS placement in 2009, he decided to return two years later as a freelance journalist and English language teacher. He loves both sport and cuisine.


Madeleine Johnson

Associate Editor

Associate editor Madeleine Johnson, who writes the "Milan Notebook" column, is an unrepentant midwesterner who has lived in Italy — with a two-year break in Paris — since 1988. She has degrees in art history from Wellesley College and U.C. Berkeley. To her monthly column for the American, she brings two decades of thought and research on a wide range of Italian social and political matters, including education, history, politics, literature and culture. She has written about Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for the New York Post and is a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, for whom she writes on numerous matters including Italian real estate, urban growth, confiscation of Mafia property as well as travel and food. She lives in Milan.


Vittorio Jucker

"The Economist"

Born in Paris, raised in Rome, educated in Manchester and London, Vittorio Jucker remains very much an Italian citizen and lives in Rome. He joined Italian state company ENI in 1965, working in Africa, the Middle East, Venezuela, the then-Soviet Union and China, with two stints in New York. He also held senior positions at Ecofuel in Milan and Agip Petroli in Rome. Until his retirement in 2000, he was the London-based director of natural resources for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has written articles and lectured frequently at universities and conferences.


Madeline Klosterman

"American Girl"

Madeline Klosterman was born in Dayton, Ohio in corn and soybean country. As the youngest of 14, she strictly followed the edicts of family order theory and ran off to see the world upon turning 18. She has traveled Europe and the United States, lived in San Francisco, Seattle, and Southern California. She came to New York in 1999 and studied creative writing at the Writers Studio in the West Village. She loves art, nature, vodka martinis and Brazilian music. Spurning Manhattan, she lives in Brooklyn (in Walt Whitman's old neighborhood) and hangs out where artists and musicians continue to thrive and inspire her.


Elaine Luti

"Psych Dept."

Elaine Luti has been a psychotherapist in private practice for well over 30 years. She has taught psychology at various universities in Italy and worked as a college counsellor with international students in Rome for more than 20. She also teaches in an Italian post-graduate psychotherapy school and supervises student therapists. She and her Italian husband have two adult children who grew up as bilingual Italians (she's also a grandmother). She earned a BFA in painting in Boston, but later turned to psychology, studying at Rome's La Sapienza. Her interests include calligraphy, cooking, singing, and reading.


Patrick Masterson

"Tracks"

Patrick Masterson is a freelance writer living on Chicago's West Side. Born in New York and raised in South Carolina, his enthusiasm for reading and writing led to a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. Though his free time is divided primarily between writing for Dusted Magazine and DJing for the Chicago Independent Radio Project, Patrick also spends significant time illegally obtaining MotoGP and World Superbike broadcasts by foreign providers, craft beers, and traveling on a shoestring budget.


Letizia Mattiacci

"In Provincia"

Letizia lives on a magical mountain near Assisi. Born and raised in Italy, she learned to cook from her Sicilian mother and to dream about the world from her Umbrian father. A former behavioral ecologist, she left academia together with her husband Ruurd to renovate a 500-year-old farmhouse. Years of hard work yielded a B&B and a cooking school, Alla Madonna del Piatto , which is run by the family (including daughter Tea and dog Google). Letizia's recipes and tales of Umbrian life appear on her blog.


Amber Ruth Paulen

"Nomad"

Amber grew up on a farm in West Michigan. At 22, she bought a one-way ticket east and has yet to shake the thought that she's always going somewhere. Since writing can't happen while traveling, she lives in Rome, where she is happiest typing out a manuscript. She also freelance writes and copyedits, and more of her work can be read at www.amberpaulen.com.


Amanda Ruggeri

"La Straniera"

Growing up, Amanda Ruggeri lived on a Vermont mountain in winter, a boat in Maine in summer, in Rochester, N.Y. on off-seasons. After a degree in history from Yale and an M.Phil in international relations from Cambridge, she moved to Washington to cover politics and the economy for U.S. News & World Report before moving to Rome in 2009. Now based in New York City, she writes a blog called Revealed Rome and has published in the Guardian, the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, and Travel + Leisure. Her column appears quarterly.


Eleanor Shannon

"Tasting Notes"

Eleanor is based in Liguria, not far from Milan where she trained to become an Italian sommelier (Associazione Italiana Sommeliers). Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, she earned a BA in French and history at Dartmouth and an MBA at Harvard. She worked for the World Bank in Africa, taught at the University of Virginia, and raised three children. In 2004, the phone rang with an invitation to teach university students in Italy, and she never looked back. She writes the Uncorked Italy blog about her wine and travel adventures.

Eleanor's blog

Annie Shapero

Writer

Descended from a long line of gourmets, Annie has food and wine in her DNA. A nationally certified Italian sommelier (AIS) and recreational chef, she picked up the essentials of Italian cooking over the course of eight years in Rome and her frequent travels throughout Italy. A believer in culinary sorcery, Annie understands of the healing powers of everything from chicken soup to a flourless chocolate aphrodisiac. A freelance food, wine, and travel writer, she is a contributor to Eurocheapo.com, Berlitz, Time Out, Insight Guides, DK Eye Witness Guides, as well as Where Rome, Draft, and YRB magazines. Now in Brooklyn, she serves as Wine Director and Senior Editor for Haute Life Press, and runs "DiVino", a wine consulting business.

See Annie's blog:

Book Staff

Book Reviews

Our book staff consists of writers who contribute regularly and those who chip in from time to time. Names are withheld because the reviews are about the book, not the writer of the review. Our notices are intended only to spread interest in reading by proving unique vantage points and occasionally uncommon literary positions. Some reviews are signed.


Film Staff

Movie Reviews

A monthly taking stock of our favorite and least favorite movies, both old and new, from the archives of our eternally good-natured critics.


Joel Stein

"Rye Wyt"

Joel Stein is an American kind of man (with an American kind of wife) who has lived in Toyko, Dubai, Rome and New York. He works in the petrochemical industry and loves everything to do with soap. He doesn't speak English or Italian but his wife speaks both, allowing him to do what's necessary to get by. The Stein's have no children but may yet build one. His hero is Snoopy.


Oonagh Stransky

"La Una"

Born in Paris, Oonagh grew up in Beirut, Jeddah, London and Boston. She studied literature and languages at Mills College, Middlebury, Universita' di Firenze and Columbia. During her first visit to Florence, at age 19, she was the guest of an elderly lady in Florence who taught her about ravioli nudi, Majani chocolates, and Eugenio Montale. Exploring Florence on her own, Oonagh learned about sex, coffee, and Renaissance art. Although not of Italian origin, Italia is her fil rouge: she has worked at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, the Italian Consulate General in NYC, at a winery in Tuscany, and is a selective translator of Italian literature (Knopf, City Lights, Macmillan). Oonagh's mother lived in Rome in the 1970s, her two daughters attended college there, but Oonagh lives in Tuscany.


Barbara Tarricone

"Fuori Mappa"

Born and raised in Bologna, Barbara moved to California where she made some of her best friends, acquired a strong valley girl accent, and picked up a penchant for wearing flip flops during the winter. After earning a degree at UCSB, she shuttled between Los Angeles and New York while working as a journalist and TV producer for state-owned Italian network RAI. She now lives in Milan, is a movie reporter and writer for SKY Cinema, hosts a DITV talk show called "Chick Chat," and loves to discover and write about Italy's off-the-beaten track people and places. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Barbara on Twitter

Jennifer Theriault

"History 102"

Born in eclectic Venice Beach, California, Jennifer Theriault moved to Rome in 2005 after receiving her Masters in English from California State University, Northridge. Ardent about literature, art and travel, Jennifer did a stint studying abroad in Dylan Thomas's hometown, Swansea, Wales, and spent two-and-a-half years working as a docent for a top cultural association in Italy before moving to Paris in 2008, and Barcelona in 2012. Now based in Los Angeles, Jennifer is a Creative Partner at Bellaluce, a boutique branding, communications and digital agency. A monthly columnist for The American since 2010, Jennifer's journalism has also been featured in Metropolitan Barcelona, Budget Travel, BootsnAll, Interior News, and Swell City Guide.

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Julianne VanWagenen

"Wonderland"

Julianne is (barely still) a twenty-something United Statesian best known for her 1991 rendition of a Bon-Bon in the Lansing, Michigan community theater performance of "The Nutcracker." She has since moved on to greater, if less celebrated roles in life. She graduated from DePaul University in Chicago and moved to Rome in 2006 to enroll at L'Universita' Roma Tre. In 2010 she returned to the United States, where she's now a PhD. candidate in Italian Studies at Harvard. She's an advocate of the elegant written word, positive romanticism, quests, tutus, a multiverse, and eating bottom feeders at home rather than sushi out.


Christopher P. Winner

Editor and Publisher

Christopher P. Winner was born in Paris, France. He founded The American in 2004. Before that, he was executive editor of The Prague Post and the London-based European correspondent for USA Today. An American citizen, Winner lives in Rome and has been based in Europe for most of his career. He writes the column Area 51 He's a lifelong Neil Young and New York Yankees fan.


David Winner

Fiction Editor

David Winner's first novel, "The Cannibal of Guadalajara," won the Gival Novel prize and has earned praise from National Book Award winners Shirley Hazzard and John Casey. His short fiction has been nominated twice for the Pushcart and the Associated Writing Programs Intro prize, as well as winning the 2003 Ledge Magazine Short Story contest. He has published in The Village Voice, Fiction, Confrontation, Dream Catcher, The Cortland Review and several other journals in the U.S. and UK. Another story, "My Lover's Moods" was made into a short film screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

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Marcia Yarrow

Film Critic

A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany. She grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She attended Michigan State University, graduating with honors in French studies in 1990. She attended the National Film School of France, La Femis. She also studied film at USC. She lives in London with her Siamese cat Miou-Miou and her Sioux Indian boyfriend Jasper. She's working on a book on modern European film and second one called, "How to See Movies."


Germano Zaini

"Da Germano"

Germano Zaini was born and lives in Rome. He has a degree in biology and works for a pharmaceutical company. He loves traditional Italian and international cooking, mixing flavors to create his own brand of "fusion" cuisine. In his spare time, he cooks for his American wife and friends.

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