Poetry & Film Studies Editor

Erminia Passannanti splits her time between Salerno, Italy and Oxford, England.  Prof. Passannanti has pursued a career in the literary field and has extensively published books of poetry, literary and cinema criticism. 
She holds a tenured position as professor in the Italian educational state system after obtaining the highest marks at the Italian "Concorso a cattedra." In 2004, after 8 years working as tutor of Italian, she resigned her job at St Clare's International College, in Oxford, where she had taught Italian for 8 years, to move back to Italy from the UK. Since 2004, she has been teaching English Language and Civilization for the Italian Ministry of Education.

As a scholar, Prof. Passannanti holds two doctorates. She obtained her first Ph.D. in Italian Literature at University College London (UCL), UK, in 2004, and, then, ten years later, in 2014, her second Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Media Communications, at Brunel University, UK, for which she conducted a research on Italian cinema and censorship by religion.

Her specialist areas of academic research span 20th-century Italian, North-American and English poetry; Italian cinema; the sacred and cinema censorship.

She has published monographs on Pier Paolo Pasolini, cinema critique, and Franco Fortini, while creatively, she is the author of several books of verse, listed below.

Monographs on Pier Paolo Pasolini's cinema
- La ricotta: Il sacro trasgredito. Pasolini, cinema e censura. (Brindin Press, 2008);
- Il Cristo dell’Eresia. Cinema e sacro nei film di Pier Paolo Pasolini (Joker, 2009); 
- Il Corpo e il Potere. Salò o le 120 Giornate di Sodoma di Pier Paolo Pasolini (Troubador, 2004);

Books Published:
- Il Cristo dell’Eresia, Novi Ligure: Joker, 2010, Monograph.
- La ricotta. Il sacro trasgredito: 2008, Monograph.
- Il corpo e il potere, Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma di Pier Paolo Pasolini, Novi Ligure,: Joker, 2008, Monograph. Second Edition.
- (ed.), Poesia del dissenso II: an anthology of texts and authors, Novi Ligure, Alessandria: Joker, 2007.
- (ed.) e Riccobono, Rossella (ed.s), Vested Voices. Literary Transvestism, Troubador Publishing Ltd., Leicester, 2006.
- Poem of the Roses: Linguistic expressionism in the poetry of Franco Fortini, Leicester: Troubador, 2004, Monograph.
- Il corpo e il potere, Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma di Pier Paolo Pasolini, Leicester: Troubador, 2004, Monograph.
- (ed.), Poesia del dissenso: an anthology of texts and authors, Leicester: Troubador, 2004.
- Senso e semiotica in Paesaggio con Serpente di Franco Fortini (Brindin Press, 2004, se. ed. 2011).
- Paradosso e realtà della traduzione poetica, Siena: Archivio del Centro Studi Franco Fortini, 2003 (Ph.D. Thesis), Monograph (anceh pubblicata con Brindin Press).
- Gli Uomini sono una Beffa degli Angeli, Antologia di Poesia Britannica Contemporanea, Ripostes, 1994.

Professor & Editor-in-Chief

Sabine Brigette lives in northwest Montana with her two daughters. Seeking an intellectually-driven life in addition to life in the mountains, she went abroad to attend Oxford University in 2010 for the completion of her BA English, and completed her MFA in Writing & Literature at Bennington College in 2013. She has worked as a professional writer and editor, a PR Director, an Executive Director, and has published poetry and short fiction with The Alchemist Review, Montana Arts & Culture Magazine, The Red Wheelbarrow,NILAS, Fine Lines, The Bennington Review, and the Adirondack Review.  

She is also a professor who teaches graduate studies in literature, literary theory, and creative writing with Southern New Hampshire University, business writing with the University of Maryland, and creative writing during the summer months at Interlochen Center for the Arts. A fellow writer struggling with her own mending walls, Ms. Brigette is presently completing a creative nonfiction project titled Rez Dog, as well as working on a children's book series.

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Jared Wood is a Berkeley-based creative and well-seasoned editor resisting an urge to end this phrasing with food puns. When he’s not out backpacking, “researching” for his blog The Backcountry Gourmet, he's likely to be found playing piano or working on Villagecraft, a community education web platform. He is especially interested in rigorous, playful writing, and has written and edited for a wide variety of creative, academic, and political contexts, including for Tikkun Magazine, copywriting for Villagecraft, and established freelancing.  

Jared acquired his BA Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. His recent publication "Disability and Capitalism: A Caregiver’s Perspective” can be found in Slingshot, June 2013.