Marisa De Franceschi is the author of the prose poetry book Random Thoughts (Longbridge), the short story collection Family Matters and the novel Surface Tension (both with Guernica). She is the editor of the landmark anthology Pillars of Lace: The Anthology of Italian-Canadian Women Writers (Guernica) and The Many Faces of Woman (River City). She has twice been the recipient of the Okanagan Short Story Award.
Rosetta Rosati immigrated to Canada from Calabria, Italy, in the late nineteen-fifties at the age of eleven. She attended Marymount High School in Montreal and later studied finance. In the late seventies she returned to Italy with her husband and pursued a career in banking in Milan. As head of strategic partnerships she has travelled around the world. She is co-founder and president of Università della Terza Età (UNITRE) in Siziano, Pavia, where she also teaches an English conversation course. She lives in Pavia. She has one daughter and two grandchildren.
Pietro Vitelli was born in Cori, Italy, in 1937. In 1999 he was honoured as Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica Italiana. He was employed as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance for many years, and subsequently named administrator of the Revenue Agency for Lazio and Abruzzo. He has held numerous political positions, including town councillor for Roccamassima, Cisterna and Latina, and mayor of his home town of Cori. He has written books and articles on Father Francesco Giuseppe Bressani, Enrico Tonti, and Giovanni Caboto. He has long been committed to a united, democratic, peaceful, and federal Europe – an issue he continues to champion as a member of the Italian Association for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (AICCRE). His poems have been translated into English, Russian, Polish and Greek.