BL Sicily Faculty

Geoffrey Brock

Geoffrey Brock is the author of two collections of poems, Weighing Light and Voices Bright Flags, the editor of The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, and the translator of numerous volumes of Italian poetry and prose. His poems appear widely in journals such as Poetry, Paris Review, and Yale Review, as well as in the Best American and Pushcart Prize anthologies. His awards include Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas, where he edits The Arkansas International.


Jennine Capo Crucet

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of three books, including the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, which won the International Latino Book Award and was named a best book of the year by NBC Latino, The Guardian, and the Miami Herald; it has been adopted as an all-campus read at over twenty American universities. A contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, she’s the recipient of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Hillsdale Award for the Short Story, the Picador Fellowship, and a PEN/O. Henry Prize. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Nebraska. 


Ted Genoways

Ted Genoways is a contributing editor at Mother Jones and New Republic. He is the author of This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Farm; The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Book Award for Writing and Literature; and Tequila Wars: The Bloody Struggle for the Spirit of Mexico (forthcoming 2018). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and is a winner of a National Press Club Award and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.



Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips is the author of three books of poems, including Elegy for a Broken Machine, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Chattahoochee, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His first work of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, won a 2017 American Book Award, and was named a best book of the year by the Boston GlobeNew York Times, and Smithsonian. Among his other honors are Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also translator of When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems of Henrik Nordbrandt. Phillips teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University.



Padma Viswanathan

Padma Viswanathan is the author of two novels, The Toss of a Lemon and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao. She has been published in eight countries and shortlisted for major prizes. Her short stories have been published in such journals as Granta Online and the Boston Review. She has also written plays, personal essays, cultural journalism, and reviews. Her translation of the Graciliano Ramos novel St. Bernardo is forthcoming from New York Review Books. She teaches at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she lives with the poet and translator Geoffrey Brock, together with kids, parents and an array of animals. 


Mary Taylor SimetiMary Taylor Simeti, a native New Yorker, has lived in Sicily since 1962. She and her husband help their daughter run the family farm, where they produce wine, olive oil and organic produce. Simeti is the author of various books on Sicily, including On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal, a history of Sicilian food entitled Pomp and Sustenance, and Travels with a Medieval Queen. Simeti has also written on travel and food for American and British publications such as Gourmet Magazine, the New York Times and the Financial Times.


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