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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 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

Authors marked * are no longer active, though their work appears.

Lynda Albertson*


Lynda Albertson's monthly wine column appeared between 2006 and 2010.

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 developed a passion for writing and literature. Although she travels to Europe frequently, she resides in a sleepy little town outside of Seattle where she mothers, paints nudes, balances on her head, tends to her garden, engages in futile attempts at understanding human relationships and maintains her travel and fine art blog.

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.

Auld Archive Staff

"Auld Lang Syne"

Handwritten and typed letters are disappearing. The "Auld Lang Syne" 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.

Nicole Arriaga*


Nicole Arriaga wrote features and a column ("Bella Figura") between 2004 and 2012.

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.

Eleonora's blog

Mark Bassani

"The Economist"

Mark Bassani is the pen name of a political and economic writer based in Washington, D.C.

Lucy Brignall*


Lucy Brignall's "The Farm" column appeared between 2012 and 2016.

Alexandra Bruzzese*


Alexandra's "Second Generation" column ran from 20012 through early 2017.

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.

See Don's website

Jacob Carroll*


Katia De Sessa*


Italian lawyer and author Katia De Sessa briefly wrote a column called "That's Life."

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

William Graebner and Dianne Bennett

Film columnists

William Graebner is Emeritus Professor of History, State University of New York, Fredonia, where he taught Film and American Culture. His scholarly work includes essays on "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "The Poseidon Adventure" — and, in progress, a piece on zombie films. His most recent book is "Patty's Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America." Dianne Bennett, the first woman to head a large U.S. law firm, is a mostly retired U.S. tax lawyer. The duo indulges their film passion by attending film festivals, including the Toronto Film Festival for its first 10 years. Bill and Dianne met at Stanford-in-Italy and have continued their romance with Italy by living in Rome several months each year for the past 20 years (getting around on their Malaguti 250cc scooter). The rest of the year they live in Buffalo, NY, and Los Angeles. They have written two alternative guidebooks to Rome, "Rome the Second Time: 15 Itineraries That Don't Go to the Coliseum" and "Modern Rome: Four Great Walks for the Curious Traveler." Their blog, has almost 700 posts to date.Photo by Bruce Jackson..

See Bill and Dianne's "Rome the Second Time" website

Kissy Dugan*


Kissy Dugan's "Parenthood" column ran from 2007 through 2016.

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

Nancy Feyen*


Nancy Feyen's monthly "Due Diligence" column ran from 2006 through 2011.

Patricia E. Fogarty


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*


James Francis wrote "The Game" column from 2012 through 2014.

Annie Gold•


Annie Gold is the pen name of an American author who wrote the "L-Word" column between 2007 and mid-2016.

Madeleine Johnson

Associate Editor

Associate editor Madeleine Johnson, who writes the "Notebook" column, is a midwesterner who lived in Italy for almost three decades. She has degrees in art history from Wellesley College and U.C. Berkeley. To her monthly column for the American, she brings three decades of thought and research on a wide range of Italian social and political matters, including education, history, politics, literature and culture. She has also written about Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for the New York Post and about Italian real estate, urban growth, confiscation of Mafia property as well as travel and food for the Financial Times.

Vittorio Jucker*


Vittorio Jucker was the author of the column "The Economist" from its creation in 2012 to mid-2017.

Madeline Klosterman

"American Girl"

Madeline Klosterman was born and raised in rural Ohio. Now, after 15 years, she calls New York City home. She received her BA from the State University of New York and studied at the Writer's Studio with Pulitzer Prize winning author Phillip Shultz. She works for an international news media company and has written her "American Girl" column since 2008.

Susan Levenstein

"Bedside Manners"

Susan Levenstein, MD, fell in love with Italy in 1970, returned to her native New York City for medical training, and moved to Rome shortly after becoming Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1978. The primary care office practice she founded in 1980 has thrived ever since (See her professional site here). In a parallel research career Dr. Levenstein has explored the influence of psychological factors on diseases such as peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, and hypertension, with more than 60 scientific publications. She once wrote a weekly medical column for the Rome Daily American and is now working on a book about her adventures with Italian health, lifestyle, and medical care. She blogs on similar topics at Stethoscope on Rome.

Marco Lori


Marco Lori's yearlong column "Vino Infinito" combined personal reminiscence with his love for wine.

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.

Eric J. Lyman*


Eric J. Lyman's monthly "Pane al Vino" essay appeared from 2004 through 2006.

Patrick Masterson•


Patrick Masterson wrote the contemporary music column "Tracks" that ran from 2010 through 2016.

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 family-run B&B and a cooking school, Alla Madonna del Piatto (including daughter Tea and dog Google). Letizia's recipes and tales of Umbrian life appear on her blog. In 2015, she published a cookbook called "A Kitchen With a View."

Details on Letizia's cookbook

Lorien Menhennett


Though named for Tolkien's Elvish forest, Lorien didn't write much herself until college, where she took a journalism course because her biology advisor told her not to. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Illinois, she edited and wrote in the Chicago area before finally deciding to attend medical school. She is now in her third year at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Lorien's medical interests include palliative care and preventive medicine. She cannot conceive of a world without alliteration and assonance.

See Lorien's blog

Amber Paulen*


Amber Paulin's column "Nomad" ran from 2011 to 2015.

Clare Pedrick*


Clare Pedrick's "View from Spoleto" column was published between 2004 and 2009.

Pete Pescatore*


Pete Pescatore is the alter ego of a Milan-based American crime writer whose eponymous column ran for between 2014 and 2015. His novel is is "Suicide Italian Style".

Dino Quin*


Dino wrote "Divin Codino," the magazine's sports column from 2015 through 2016.

Amanda Ruggeri*


Amanda Ruggeri's column "La Straniera" ran from 2010 through mid-2014.

Eleonora Saravalle

"Free-Range Kid"

Eleonora was born in Milan. Her education has been eclectic. Since joining an Australian play group, she has attended Italian elementary school, British and then an Italian middle school, Italian liceo, American boarding school, American women's college, British university, and is now enrolled at Brown University in the U.S. When Eleonora is not acting, writing or watching comedy, she spends her time drinking tea, worrying too much about everything and spouting spoonerisms. Her column appears bimonthly.

Martina Scapin*


Oslo-born Italo-Swiss national Martina Scapin wrote "The London Eye" between 2014 and 2015. ,

Eleanor Shannon*


Eleanor Shannon's "Tasting Notes" wine column appeared from 2010 t0 2014.

Andrea Smith*


Andrea Smith's column on hiking in Italy ran from 2008 through 2013.

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*


Joel Stein wrote the humor column "Rye Wyt" for several years.

Oonagh Stransky*


Stransky lives Tuscany and wrote the "La Una" column between 2014 and 2017.

Jennifer Theriault*


Jennifer Theriault's "History 102" column ran from 2010 through 2015.

Gina Tringali*


Rome-based sommelier Gina Tringali has written extensively about wine.

Shaula Villadoniga*


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.

See David's site:

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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