This spring I was very pleased to receive my copy of Exploring Voice: Italian Canadian Female Writers, edited by Venera Fazio and Delia De Santis. A special issue of Italian Canadiana (Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies, University of Toronto), it features the work of 26 Italian Canadian women, including Michelle Alfano, Bruna Di Giuseppe-Bertoni, Mary di Michele, Caterina Edwards, Eufemia Fantetti, Terri Favro, Darlene Madott, Gianna Patriarca, Giovanna Riccio, and many more whose writing I greatly admire. I'm proud to have three of my poems, "Bread for E," "Keeping Up," and "Do Good, Then Forget About It," as well as my essay "How to Feed My Kids Italian" appear in it.
After nearly nine years as a member of the editorial board of Literary Mama, the last two as Editor-in-Chief, I am leaving the magazine to focus more on my freelance editorial business and creative writing. It was a tough decision to make, but I am eager for the new challenges ahead. You can read more about this decision here.
On the home front, we received some encouraging news about my son's food allergies. While he hasn't completely outgrown his wheat allergy, he's making great progress, showing that he's able to tolerate some of it. We'll take it slow this summer, and work with our allergist to increase his exposure every few weeks. Anyone who has followed this blog will know that my son has come a long way since first being diagnosed with allergies to wheat, egg, tree nuts, and peanuts. He's outgrown his allergy to egg completely, and can also have tree nuts now. While every child's experience is different, sharing my son's story is my way of spreading some hope.