Founding and Managing  Editor-in-Chief

Michelle July 2019

Michelle Messina Reale is a Professor and librarian at Arcadia University. She is the author of nine collections of poetry including her most recent Season of Subtraction, Bordighera Press, 2019, and In the Blink of a Mottled Eye, Kelsay Books, 2020. Forthcoming in 2020 is Confini: Poems of Refugees in Sicily,  Cervena Barva Press,   Reale’s work has been published widely both online and in print.  She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her work appeared in the 2010 Best of the Net Anthology. She conducts ethnography among African refugees in Sicily and conducts research in may other areas, including all aspects of Italian-American identity and life, narrative inquiry and  narrative inheritance,  autoethnography and others .  She holds an MFA in poetry and is a doctoral candidate.  She is  Sicilian and Calabrese on her father’s side, Neopolitan on her mother’s.  You can reach Michelle at

Poetry Editor

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CHAD FRAME earned his MFA at Arcadia University. His poetry, fiction, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in decomP, Rust+Moth, Menacing Hedge, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Calamus Journal, Prick of the Spindle,Rag Queen Periodical, and elsewhere. He is the 2017 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and has used this platform to organize MARGINS, a diversity panel of minority artist voices who speak at schools and other venues about their unique experiences. Chad has been nominated for Best of the Net, is a past Literary Death Match pugilist, and lives with a Maine Coon named Jabberwocky in an outlying Philadelphia suburb.


Isabella Perri is a graduate student at Arcadia University earning a dual degree in English and Creative Writing. She is a Wertime Scholar at Arcadia and works at the university as a teaching assistant and a writing center consultant. She is currently writing her first novel, a coming-of-age story set in Philadelphia, and plans to write her master’s thesis on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels. She is a daughter of Italian immigrants. Her father is from Maida, Calabria and her mother is from Monteroduni, Molise and Castel Morrone, Campania. Isabella has visited Italy many times growing up to spend time with her extended family and to travel the country. In her free time, she reads tarot cards and studies astrology. She currently lives in South Philadelphia, where she grew up. You can reach Isabella at


Mike Fiorito

I am the author of CALL ME GUIDO , published by Ovunque Siamo Press.

In 2018, my short story collections, Hallucinating Huxley and Freud’s Haberdashery Habit, were published by Alien Buddha Press.  Both are also available on Amazon.

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My writings have appeared in Ovunque Siamo, Narratively, Mad Swirl, Pif Magazine, Longshot Island, Beautiful Losers, The Honest Ulsterman, Chagrin River Review, The New Engagement and many other publications.  IN 2018 , I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I am currently an  Associate Editor for MadSwirl Magazine.


Frank Ur
Frank Ur
 I’m Frank Ur, and you can always find me lingering in my own reality usually linked to me reading a book! I graduated with a degree in English from Arcadia University with  a concentration in creative writing. . Beyond the written word I love coming home and making a good old fashioned pot of Gravy (or sauce depending on where you swing on that argument). I am a home grown Jersey Italian who loves recipe books as much as works of fiction. 




I’m Pat Singer, and if I’m not drawing, I’m thinking in pictures. I often find it impossible to turn the video-reel of my imagination OFF.  I’m a Tyler School of Art graduate, and after working for years in a fast-paced design studio, I began freelancing and never looked back. Recently I’ve focused on developing a new illustration style using watercolors, gouache, and ink. The creative process is always energizing, and I feel like a curious art-explorer discovering new territories. You can contact me here.




Nicole Greaves holds an MFA from Columbia University and an M.Ed. in special education. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary reviews and was awarded prizes by The Academy of American Poets and the Leeway Foundation of Philadelphia. She was a 2015 finalist for the Coniston Prize of Radar Poetry, who also nominated her for The Best of the Net. She was a 2020 finalist for the Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest and the Dogfish Head Poetry Contest. Nicole is a former poet laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and lives right outside Philadelphia with her family, where she teaches English and creative writing. She is partly of Panamanian and Sicilian descent. 

JAGERElizabeth Jaeger is a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her essays, short stories, book reviews and poetry have been published in various print and online journals, including Watchung Review, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Ovunque Siamo, Peacock Journal, Boston Accent Lit, and Italian Americana. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress is forthcoming in Newtown Literary. Jaeger recently founded Maple Tiger Review, an online journal dedicated to publishing work written by teens and tweens. She holds an MFA in creative non-fiction, and MA’s in both history and education. When Jaeger isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys going hiking and taking road trips with her son. Her mother was born in Sorrento.

George DeStefano

I am an author, journalist, and critic living in New York City. I have contributed features, reviews, essays, and opinion pieces to a wide range of print and digital publications. My ruling passions are culture and the arts (especially music, movies, and theater), politics, social science, social and political theory. I have written about all these topics, for such publications as The Nation, Film Comment, Newsday, Gay City News, The Advocate, Cineaste, In These Times, The Italian American Review and Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. I also am a contributor to the online publications PopMatters, The New York Journal of Books, Rootsworld, La Voce di New York and I-Italy. I am the author of An Offer We Can’t Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America (Farrar, Straus, Giroux), and a contributor to the Routledge History of the Italian Americans, Mafia Movies: A Reader (University of Toronto), and The Essential Sopranos Reader (University of Kentucky Press).

Jennifer Martelli

JENNIFER MARTELLI’S debut poetry collection, The UncannyValley, was published in 2016 by Big Table Publishing Company. She is also the author of After Bird from Grey Book Press. Her work has appeared in Thrush, [Pank], Glass Poetry Journal, Cleaver, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Jennifer Martelli has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is a co-curator for The Mom Egg VOX Folio.Her collection of poetry, My Tarantella (Bordgihera Press, 2018), is now avaliable! 

Theodora D. Patrona

THEODORA D. PATRONA received her Ph.D. with Honors from the School of English of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2011. She also holds an MA in Translation from the University of Surrey, UK. She has numerous publications on Italian American and Greek American literature, film and television. She is the author of Return Narratives: Ethnic Space in Late Twentieth-Century Greek American and Italian American American Literature (Fairleigh Dickinson Press,  2017)