Lynn Gernert Art Workshop International associate, is the principal of Lynn Gernert Architects. For over 20 years, she has designed and overseen construction of projects ranging from highly detailed private commercial and residential projects to large-scale affordable housing and community centers. Prior to establishing her own firm, she was Senior Architect at the Pratt Center for Community Development in New York City. Gernert is an Adjunct Professor at NYC College of Technology, CUNY, where she teaches architectural design and building science.
lynn@artworkshopintl.com  
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Edith Isaac-Rose is director of Art Workshop International; painter, teacher, and graduate of the Chicago Art Institute, B.A.E. She’s represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York. Isaac-Rose has been a Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, 2003; and Vermont Studio Center Fellow, 2005. She’s exhibited in the U.S. at the Phyllis Kind Gallery and abroad, recently in China; taught at Ohio State, Columbia, Princeton Art Association, and in her studio. In addition, she has lectured and critiqued in various schools in the Northeast and conducted art workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is in the Hirshhorn Museum and other important collections.
edithir@artworkshopintl.com   www.edithisaacrose.com
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Bea Kreloff director of Art Workshop International, is a painter, teacher, and former head of the art department, Fieldston School, New York. She’s taught painting workshops, seminars, and lectured on art at Cooper Union, Marymount Manhattan College, Women's Caucus for Art, The New School University, The College Art Association, and numerous art groups. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is in a number of private collections. Kreloff has conducted art workshops in the U.S. and overseas since 1979. She has been a director of Art Workshop International for 31 years.
bk@artworkshopintl.com   www.hirshhorn.si.edu/search-results/?edan_search_value=Beatrice%20Kreloff
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Charles Kreloff Art Workshop International associate, has run his own design studio for over 15 years. A publications and book art director, his clients include Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House, Viking Penguin, Scholastic, and Conde Nast. Kreloff has taught graphic design and typography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is also the co-author of the books Is Your Dog Gay?, Is Your Cat Gay?, and Pills for Cats. He is currently working on a screenplay.
charles@artworkshopintl.com   www.charleskreloffdesign.com
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Faculty
Maria Adelaide Basile Born in Rome, Italy, Maria Adelaide Basile received her Master in Contemporary Italian Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza and her Ph.D in Medieval Italian Literature from Rutgers University in United States. She taught Italian language and literature at Rutgers University, at the College of Charleston and at John Cabot University in Rome. She read her papers at several conferences, and has published several essays on Dante, Nievo, Manzoni, and the filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo. In addition, Dr Basile has worked as theater critic for several newspapers, and translated and introduced the poems of the French poet Alain Bosquet and the American poet Anne Carson. Her main areas of interest are the Middle Ages, Italian Theater, and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Italian literature. She is also a published poet. Dr Basile’s forthcoming publications include an essay on the Italian writer Piero Sanavio Caterina Cornaro o del potere to be published by Il Mulino and a collection of poems, Viaggi (Travels) to be published by Campanotto in late 2014
 
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Arianna Calzolari a professional party planner and integral part of the Hotel Giotto's staff will serve as your guide and interpreter for the culinary arts workshop.
 
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Carlos Dews Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, Carlos Dews received his B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Minnesota. He taught American literature and creative writing at the University of West Florida from 1994-2003 and served as the Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages there from 2000-2002. Tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1999, Dews served as the Founding Director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University in McCullers’s hometown of Columbus, Georgia, from 2001-2003. After completing an MFA in Fiction Writing at the New School University in New York in 2008, Dews relocated to Rome, Italy, where he is an Associate Professor and chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at John Cabot University and Director of the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. Dews and SJ Rozan, under the pseudonym Sam Cabot, are the authors of Blood of the Lamb, a paranormal thriller set in Rome. Sam Cabot’s second thriller, Skin of the Wolf, will be published in the summer of 2014. Dews's academic books include his edition of The Complete Novels of Carson McCullers (Library of America). "Illumination and Night Glare": The Unfinished Autobiography of Carson McCullers (University of Wisconsin). With Carolyn Leste Law, Dews edited Out in the South (Temple) and This Fine Place So Far From Home: Voices of Academics from the Working Class (Temple).
 
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Ellen Eagle ’s portraits and figures are cited for their uncommon sensitivity and depth, both in physical texture and emotional insight. She joined Forum Gallery by invitation in 2002. She has had four solo exhibits and has shown in such venues as The National Academy Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art, Frye Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Albright Knox Gallery, New Jersey State Museum. In 2011-12, Ellen was invited to exhibit twenty pastel paintings in a two-person exhibit in China. The curator’s intent was to introduce pastel to the Chinese arts community. Ellen’s paintings and writings have been published widely, and she is the recipient of many awards and grants. Her book Pastel Painting Atelier is being carried by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, D.C., and the National Portrait Gallery, London. Ellen teaches pastel painting at The Art Students League of New York.
ellen@elleneagleportraits.com   www.elleneagleportraits.com
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Moira Egan ’s most recent poetry collection is Hot Flash Sonnets (Passager Books, 2013). In 2014, peQuod Editore will publish a bi-lingual volume, Strange Botany/Botanica Arcana. Moira’s work has won many awards and has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad, including Best American Poetry 2008, The Book of Forms, and Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics. With her husband, Damiano Abeni, she has published more than a dozen volumes in translation in Italy, by authors such as Ashbery, Barth, Bender, Ferlinghetti, Hecht, Strand, and others. Their translations of Italian poems into English have been published in many U.S. journals, in the FSG Book of 20th Century Italian Poetry, and in Patrizia Cavalli’s My Poems Will Not Change the World (FSG). She has been a Mid Atlantic Arts Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; Writer in Residence at St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Malta; a Writing Fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Center; and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center.
Moira has been teaching creative writing and literature for more than twenty years. She is extremely proud of her students, who, over the years, have won numerous awards and accolades. Past and present students also have many publications to their credit, including individual poems and stories in prestigious journals, as well as chapbooks and full-length collections of poetry.

 
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Beatrix Gates ' poetry chapbook, Dos, will be out in 2014 (Finishing Line Press). Gates has taught writing and literature at NYU, CCNY, Hampshire and Colby Colleges, and she is a long-time member of the Goddard MFA faculty where she advises in poetry, memoir and fiction. Gates is particularly interested in creating voices as a way to see into history. She has experienced these challenges as a poet, librettist, and translator. Gates was awarded an NEA, as librettist for The Singing Bridge, music by Anna Dembska, which premiered in 2005. Gates and Electa Arenal translated The Poems of Vikram Babu by Jesus Aguado (HOST) and received a Witter Bynner Award. Her collection Ten Minutes garnered praise from Publisher's Weekly: “Gates takes seriously both the daily news, with its constant abuses of power, and art's power to create news that stays news.” As an editor, Gates has worked for The New Press and writers published by Temple University Press and Holt.
 
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Kathy Engel has spent more than thirty years as a cultural worker, writer, educator, producer and consultant in the meeting place of imagination and social justice/change. She was founder and first director of the organization MADRE, and has co founded and worked with numerous social justice, peace, and human rights efforts. Her books include Banish The Tentative, (1989); Ruth’s Skirts, IKON, (2007); and We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon, (Interlink Publishing 2007), which she co-edited with Kamal Boullata. She is co founder and co director with Alexis De Veaux of Lyrical Democracies, www.lyricaldemocracies.com and its Center for Poetic Healing, which launched its program with “Harlem Narratives,” April 2014, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,NYC. Her poems most recently have appeared in Poet Lore, The Mom Egg, Adanna, and Split This Rock online. She is an Assistant Arts Professor in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Art & Public Policy Program.
  http://lyricaldemocracies.com/
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Robert J. Hughes is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, who specialized in cultural coverage, and is a novelist whose Late and Soon (Carroll & Graf) was praised by writers such as Adriana Trigiani and Edmund White for its beautiful prose and depth of characterization. He works as a writer on a variety of projects, from ghostwriting to playwriting, and lives between New York and Paris.
rjhughes2@yahoo.com  
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Donna Masini is the author of two collections of poems—Turning to Fiction (WW Norton and Co. 2004), and That Kind of Danger (Beacon Press, 1994), which was selected by Mona Van Duyn for the Barnard Women Poet's Prize—and a novel, About Yvonne, (WW Norton and Co. 1998) Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including American Poetry Review, Poetry 180, Open City, TriQuarterly, the Paris Review, Parnassus, Boulevard, Lyric, et al. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, a Pushcart Prize, et al, she is an Associate Professor of English at Hunter College where she teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program. She lives in New York City and has recently finished a novel, The Good Enough Mother.
  www.donnamasini.com
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William Pettit received his BA from the University of Pittsburgh and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. He has been teaching painting, drawing, and photography at The Umbra Institute in Perugia since 2001 and at John Cabot University since 1999. He recently specializes in medieval painting materials. He has worked at other universities, and is the founder of The Bottega, a workshop series focusing on fresco restoration. Primarily a painter, his artistic work deals with sound, and often involves music, video, photography, and sculpture. He has shown work in Philadelphia, Paris, Rome, Gubbio, Tuscania, Spoleto, Perugia, and Assisi. His book of poetry, Ghost Songs, was published in 2009. A long-time resident of the Sabina region of central Italy, Pettit shares his passion for local painting, olive oil, wine, and cuisine.
  www.thebottega.it
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S.J. Rozan was born and raised in the Bronx and is a life-long New Yorker. Under her own name she's the author of eleven books in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series, and two standalone novels, Absent Friends and In This Rain. She's also half the writing team of Sam Cabot, the other half being Art Workshop International instructor Carlos Dews. The first Sam Cabot book, Blood of the Lamb, came out in 2013, and Skin of the Wolf will be released just as this workshop begins. S.J has also published over three dozen short stories. She edited the anthology Bronx Noir, which won a NAIBA Notable Book of the Year award, and co-edited the anthology Dark End of the Street. She's won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for best novel and the Edgar for best short story. She has also been honored with the Japanese Maltese Falcon Award. SJ speaks and lectures widely. A former architect in a practice that focused on police stations, firehouses, and zoos, SJ Rozan lives in Manhattan.
SJRozan@aol.com   www.sjrozan.com
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Richard Rudich is a studio artist working in New York, his native city. His work in painting and ceramic sculpture has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, and London, and is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum. He has long been interested in the decorative arts as well and has done commissions for many architects and designers including Martha Stewart. For more than twenty-five years he has been teaching painting and drawing and printmaking at the Fieldston School where he also developed a program in architectural drawing and studio practice. Rudich was a consultant in designing a summer program in visual arts at the Jewish Museum in New York and taught painting there.
 
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Justo J. Sánchez an award-winning cultural journalist, has consulted for Sotheby's and important galleries in the US and abroad. Mr. Sanchez graduated from Harvard and studied art history at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts. He taught at the University of Florida's New World School of the Arts. His students have shown at the Whitney Biennial and are represented by serious international galleries. While teaching, he published humanities textbooks. He has been interviewed by THE NEW YORK TIMES, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, NPR, BBC, CBC, among others, on cultural and sociopolitical matters. Mr. Sanchez is currently a lecturer in museums, art institutions, and, recently, at Art Palm Beach and Miami International Art Fair. He studied trecento art under Colin Eisler at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.
 
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Dinitia Smith is the author of three novels, including her latest, The Illusionist (Scribner), which Stephen King praised for its “mesmerizing, erotic suspense.” She currently teaches fiction writing at Barnard College. Smith was also a cultural correspondent for The New York Times based in New York, where she specialized in literary subjects. She has taught at Columbia University, N.Y.U., and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her films have won many awards, including an Emmy for an NBC documentary that she wrote, produced and directed. Her work has been shown at the New York Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum. Smith's short fiction has been published in many literary journals.
dinitiasmith@gmail.com  
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Erika Tasini is a writer/director with an MFA in Film from UCLA. Her award-winning films Winter Sea and Chronicles of Impeccable Sportsmanship screened in over 100 film international festivals, including Slamdance, Edinburgh IFF, Chicago IFF, LACMA and Torino FF. Her narrative short Life on Venus was a finalist for the Berlin Today Award at the Berlinale 2011. Erika wrote the documentary An African Election, which was nominated for the Spirit Independent Award in L.A and screened in US and UK cinemas. In addition to filming her current feature project, Cecile's Italy, Erika is currently writing the Italo-Brazilian documentary Favela Futebol Club and developing a new script, The Discreet Charm of Cigarettes. Her film industry experience ranges from associate programming for the UCLA Film Archive, to selecting the Slamdance competition and consulting with Paramount Classics. She taught writing and directing at UCLA and the California Institute of the Arts, in Los Angeles, and at John Cabot University, in Rome, where she currently lives.
 
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