time periodFebruary 2004 - March 2004
2002-2003 Guest Lecturer, The Olivetti Foundation, Rome, The University of Ferrara, the University of Cagliari, The Grazie Deledda Centennial in Sardinia,
1983-2003 Freelance journalist and book reviewer, publishing widely in the United States. (for publication history, see below)
1998—Novelist 1st novel,The Boy Who Went Away, published by Saint Martin’s Press in New York. Paperback published by Bantam Books, New York; foreign rights sold to England (Jonathan Cape) and Germany (Ulstein Verlag); movie rights optioned and currently in development
1992 – Senior Editor, Elle Magazine, writing extensively on contemporary literature, dance and art.
1991Contributing Editor, Elle Magazine, involved in production, editing, various editorial tasks.
1987-89 – Lecturer in North American Literature, University of Padova, Italy; responsible for teaching detailed survey courses in the history of American literature
1985-1987 – Staff Writer, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, responsible for writing speeches, films, honorary degree citations.
B.A. Hampshire College, Amherst MA , Honors Thesis on Contemporary Poetry
Columbia University, New York, graduate work in Literature and Literary Theory (no degree taken)
Awards and Fellowships
1999 – The Rome Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters;
1998 TheMckitterick Prize, British Society of Authors (for best first English Language novel)
1995 – New Jersey State Arts Council Grant (for fiction)
1993 – Fellowship to Yaddo Colony, Saratoga Springs, New York
1993 – Ludwig Vogelstein Prize (for fiction)
1992 – Fellowship to Macdowell, Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire
1991 – Fellowship to Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center
1991 - New Jersey State Arts Council Grant (for fiction)
The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Review, New York Newsday, Elle Magazine (over 40 articles), The Village Voice, Conjunctions, Caliban, The Jerusalem Post,
Translations (from the Italian)
1995 – La Scienza in Cucina, Pellegrino Artusi, Marsilio Books, New York
1991 - Science and Architecture, J.N.L. Durand, Rizzoli, New York.
1990 – The Mosques of Sinan, August Romano Burrelli, CLEUP, Venice, Italy
Languages: fluent in writing and reading Italian, read French
Literary Agent: Tina Bennett, Janklow-Nesbit Literary Agency, New York, New York