Dear Readers,

It is with great pleasure that we bring you the Winter 2022 issue of Italian Americana, marking the first issue to be produced by our new publisher, the University of Illinois Press. Although this portends a new beginning for the journal, it also represents a return to its roots in the collections of essays, interviews, poems, creative works, and book reviews that we are presenting. Starting with our opening section, the essays by Georgia Costalas and Lola Giusti and Don Dana explore the lives of ordinary Italian American women, whose stories of the travails they faced in confronting the critical problems of life, as immigrants and as women, are at once common and extraordinary and offer lessons of resilience that are universal in their appeal. In her aptly titled essay “Carmela Curto: The Story of One Italian Immigrant, The History of Millions,” Costalas uses her grandmother's life...

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