James McGrath Morris & Lorraine Lener Ciancio
James McGrath Morris is author of The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War (2017 Da Capo Press), as well as several biographies, including the New York Times bestselling Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press and Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power. He has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, PBS’s NewsHour, and C-Span’s Book TV. He was the founding editor of the monthly Biographer’s Craft and has served as both the executive director and president of BIO.
Lorraine Lener Ciancio writes creative non-fiction and poetry. Her collection of essays and poems, From Salt to Sage (2017) emphasizes memoir, travel, and major lifestyle changes over a long life. Cianccio grew up in the Bronx in an Italian-American family and came of age in the 1950's. She states, “With a second generation American-Italian heritage I have always felt somewhat of an exile from Italy, a country in which I’ve never lived but have visited and felt at home. I explore this feeling in several essays and poems while still maintaining a modern connection with the many facets of my life as a thoroughly American woman.”
Ciancio’s poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including A Poet's Cookbook, XY Files, KnitLit, Adobe Walls, Contemporary Haibun Online. She was the editor of Chokecherries (SOMOS publication) for many years as well as co-editor of Storied Recipes.
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