About Us

Italian Americana, a cultural and historical review devoted to the Italian experience in the New World, is printed in cooperation with Youngstown State University, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.


Carla A. Simonini
Department of Foreign Languages
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555

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, theories and methodologies of second language acquisition 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 and is currently an associate professor of Italian at Youngstown State University, where she coordinates the Italian program and teaches courses on Italian language, culture and literature as well as courses on Italian American identity for the American Studies program and Italian American literature for the English department.

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 prize-winning work, which has been published in French and Farsi and nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, has appeared in such magazines as Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Hudson Review and in more than 25 anthologies.  Her creative nonfiction credits include Witness, Briar Cliff Review, The Common, Potomac Review and other journals. www.mariaterrone.com

Fiction Editor

Christine Palamidessi Moore

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