About Us

About Us

Italian Americana, a cultural and historical review devoted to the Italian experience in the New World, is printed in cooperation with Loyola University Chicago.


Carla A. Simonini
Loyola University Chicago
Crown Center 217G
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

Carla A. Simonini received a BA from Amherst College, an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown University. Her research interests include 20th century and contemporary Italian literature and constructs of italianità in American and Italian American literature, which was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. She has taught at Brown University, the University of Rhode Island and Skidmore College. From 2010 to 2018, she was an associate professor of Italian at Youngstown State University, where she coordinated the Italian program and taught courses on Italian language, culture, and literature as well as courses on Italian American identity for the American Studies program, and on Italian American literature for the English Department. She is currently the founding director and endowed professor of a newly inaugurated interdisciplinary program at Loyola University Chicago serving as the Paul and Ann Rubino Associate Professor of Italian American Studies.

Co-editor & Review Editor

John Paul Russo
Department of Classics
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33124

John Paul Russo is professor and chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Miami. He has published books and essays on the theory of criticism, ethnicity, and history of culture. Recipient of three Fulbright Fellowships to Italy, he has taught at the universities of Palermo, Rome, Genoa, and Salerno. He was co-editor of RSA (Rivista di Studi Nord Americani) (2009-12). His The Future without a Past: The Humanities in a Technological Society was awarded the 2006 Bonner Prize. His study of representations of Italy, Italians, and Italian Americans, co-written by Robert Casillo and entitled The Italian in Modernity, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011.

Poetry Editor

Maria Terrone

Maria Terrone is the author of the poetry collections Eye to Eye (Bordighera Press, 2014); A Secret Room in Fall (McGovern Prize, Ashland Poetry Press); The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works), and a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2. Her fourth collection, No Known Coordinates, is forthcoming from The Word Works. Published in French and Farsi, her work has appeared in such media as Poetry, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, and The Hudson Review and in more than 25 anthologies from publishers including Knopf and Beacon Press. She is also the author of At Home in the New World (Bordighera Press), a work of creative nonfiction. www.mariaterrone.com

Fiction Editor

Christine Palamidessi Moore

Christine Palamidessi Moore is author of two novels, The Virgin Knows and The Fiddle Case. With Editor-in-Chief Carol Bonomo Albright, she co-edited American Women, Italian Style. She was Professor of Writing at Boston University for 13 years. Her memoir “Grandmothers” is engraved on a granite monolith at Boston’s Jackson Square MBTA stop. Her non-fiction has appeared in publications as widely diverse and Andy Warhol’s Interview, the New York Times, and Italian American collections. Currently working as a visual artist, Palamidessi is an awarded Visiting Artist at American Academy in Rome and Mass MoCa. She teaches several writing workshops for artists each year. www.palamidessi.com Insta@palamidessi.art

Editor-in-chief Emerita

Carol Bonomo Albright


Founded by Ernest S. Falbo and Richard Gambino
Past Editor Bruno A. Arcudi
Michael Palma Poetry Editor 2004-2015
Dana Gioia Poetry Editor 1994-2003