Sandra Battaglini is an award winning stand-up comic, actor/writer and makes her directorial debut with Chinatown. She is the 2013 Canadian Comedy Award winner for her solo show, Classy Lady, directed by Phil Luzi, that premiered in Toronto in 2012. Past performances include, Hard Headed Woman (Canadian Comedy Award Winner 2007), Small Battalion of Soldiers (Canadian Comedy Award Nomination). She's toured with Yuk Yuks and Absolute Comedy and co-hosts one of Toronto’s most alternative comedy nights, Family Slides with Phil Luzi. Sandra appears in David Cronenberg's latest feature, Maps to the Stars that premiered at TIFF in 2014.
Sonia Di Placido is a poet, playwright, writer, actor and artist currently completing an MA. A graduate of the Ryerson University Theatre School and with an Hons. Humanities, York University, Sonia has experience as a Supernumerary with the Canadian Opera Company, is a member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers and The League of Canadian Poets. She has published chapbooks, poetry and profile pieces, interviews and reviews, in literary (print and online) journals as well as various anthologies such as Carousel Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly Blog, The Puritan, Jacket2 and recently, The California Journal of Women Writers. Her first book of poetry Exaltation in Cadmium Red (Guernica Editions, 2012).
Giovanna Riccio is a Toronto poet whose work has appeared in newspapers, journals, magazines, and a number of anthologies. She is the author of the chapbook, Vittorio (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2010) and Strong Bread, (Quattro Books, 2011). Her poems have been translated into Romanian and Italian.
Cristina Rizzuto is the award-winning author of The Music Makers (Blaurock Press, 2012). A traveller, bibliophile, and hospitality professional, she is a Trustee on the Vaughan Public Library Board, and 2014 Artist-in-Residence in Chianti, Tuscany. Her writing has been published in Ottawa Arts Review, FEMMELDEHYDE, The Florentine, Dragnet Magazine, Lantern Magazine, CBC Canada Writes, and in various anthologies. She lives in Toronto, and can be found online at crisrizz.com or @crisrizz
Tina Tzatzanis is a teacher-librarian at an elementary school in Toronto. She is currently working on the first draft of her first novel about a young woman in a small Greek village during the 50s and 60s whose life is altered by the Fates and splits into three distinct paths. She is of Greek and Irish descent and is married to the Greek man of her dreams. They live with their two fabulous teenagers and the neighbours’ cat that thinks she is theirs.