Patriarca, Gianna 1951-

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PATRIARCA, Gianna 1951-

PERSONAL: Born January 11, 1951, in Italy; daughter of Luciano and Antonia (Ignagni) Patriarca; married Andrew Milne-Allan, July 2, 1983; children: Gia Alexandra. Ethnicity: "Italian." Education: York University, B.A. and B.Ed. Religion: Roman Catholic.

ADDRESSES: Home—187 Grace St., Toronto, Ontario M6G 3A7, Canada. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Worked as an elementary schoolteacher, 1975-2002; writer.


Italian Women and Other Tragedies (poetry), Guernica Editions (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1995.

Daughters for Sale (poetry), Guernica Editions (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1997.

Ciao, Baby (poetry), Guernica Editions (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1999.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A Song for the Fool, poetry.

SIDELIGHTS: Gianna Patriarca told CA: "Each one is given a gift to explore and discover, writing is mine. I write because I have a need to create, because I am moved by life experiences and the human condition. I write because I love words and stories. People, landscape, life are what influence my work.

"I have no set process or routine for writing. I write when I'm inspired by something, someone, or a situation. I am inspired by human experience, struggle, joy, pain, love. This is what I write about."