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Gianna Patriarca is an award-winning author of 11 books, poetry and short fiction. Her first book, Italian Women and Other Tragedies, is in its 4th printing and was runner-up for the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award. Her work is extensively anthologized and adapted for screen. Gianna lives in Toronto.

Giulia De Gasperi was born in Italy and has lived in Canada, Scotland and the USA. She is currently a freelance editor and literary translator working in English and Italian, and curates Collana Canada (Italian translations of Canadian literary works) for an independent Italian publisher. She is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. She is also the Chair of the AICW Bressani Literary Prize Committee. She is currently working on her first collection of trilingual poems. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. 

Ilaria Tuti lives in Gemona del Friuli, in the province of Udine. She has a degree in economics, has always had a passion for painting, and freelances for a small independent publisher in her spare time. She won the Gran Giallo Città di Cattolica literary prize for her short story The Pagan Child. Flowers over the Inferno was her debut novel.

Ilaria Tuti’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Born in Teramo Province, Abruzzo, Donatella Di Pietrantonio completed her studies in the provincial capital, Aquila, and now lives in Penne. Her short fiction has been published by Granta Italy, and her novel, Bella mia, was nominated for the Strega Prize and won the Brancati Prize. A Girl Returned, her third novel, won the Campiello Prize.

Festival appearance is generously supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura.