Mary Jo Bona is professor of Italian American Studies and Professor and Chair of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is past president of the Italian American Studies Association and served for six years on the board of MELUS, the Association of Multiethnic Literature of the United States. Her authored books include: Women Writing Cloth: Migratory Fictions in the American Imaginary, By the Breath of Their Mouths: Narratives of Resistance in Italian America , Claiming a Tradition: Italian American Women Writers , and a book of poetry, I Stop Waiting For You . Bona is also editor of The Voices We Carry: Recent Italian American Women’s Fiction ; co-editor (with Irma Maini) of Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates ; and series editor of Multiethnic Literature for SUNY Press. Bona received a stipendiary award and entrance into the Academy of Teacher Scholars at Stony Brook, and teaches courses on feminist theories and literature for WGSS, English (her affiliated department), Comparative Literature and European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.