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 Edvige Giunta:
 
Teacher, Scholar, Cultural Worker 
 
 
 
 
Edvige Giunta is Professor of English at New Jersey City University where she teaches memoir as well as other writing and literature courses. She has spent the last decade writing and organizing cultural events about Italian American women authors and getting their works published and reprinted. Her recent publications include Writing with an Accent: Contemporary Italian American Women Authors (Palgrave, 2002), Dire l'indicibile: Il memoir delle autrici italo americane (University of Siena, 2002), The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture (The Feminist Press, 2002), coedited with Louise DeSalvo, and Italian American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers University Press, 2003), coedited with Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan, winner of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Award for Fiction and Non-Fiction. She has edited/co-edited special issues of the journals VIA and TutteStorie devoted to Italian American women, and A Tavola: Food, Tradition and Community Among Italian Americans. Her articles, review, memoirs, and poetry have been published in many journals and anthologies. Her essays have been included in the reprints by The Feminist Press of such Italian American classics as Tina De Rosa’s Paper Fish (1996), Helen Barolini’s Umbertina (1999), and Louise DeSalvo’s Vertigo (2002). She is former poetry editor of The Women’s Studies Quarterly  and former co-editor of Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy . She has been profiled in The New York Times for her work in Italian American studies and won the 2003 Teacher of the Year Award for Higher Education given by the Association of Italian American Educators. In 2010, she published Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture , co-edited with Kathleen Zamboni McCormick,  for the Options for Teaching Series of the Modern Language Association, and she is currently at work on  Cut Threads: Domestic Needlework in the Italian Diaspora, co-edited with Joseph Sciorra. In 2010, she and her sister Claudia received the Vir Singulari Virtute Praeditus award from the Kiwanis Club of her home town of Gela, Sicily. Giunta was recognized for her contribution to the recognition of Italian American culture.   Giunta also teaches memoir writing workshops in academic and non-academic settings.  She is married to Joshua Fausty and has two children, Emily and Matteo.