Board of Directors

gailGail Holst-Warhaft is chair of the ICOA Board. Besides being a poet, Gail has been a journalist, broadcaster, prose-writer, academic, musician, and translator. Among her many publications are Road to RembetikaTheodorakis: Myth and Politics in Modern Greek MusicThe Collected Poems of Nikos KavadiasDangerous Voices: Women’s Laments and Greek LiteratureThe Cue for Passion: Grief and its Political UsesI Had Three Lives: Selected Poems of Mikis Theodorakis, and Penelope’s Confession. She has published translations of Aeschylus and a number of Greece’s leading novelists and poets. Her poems and translations of Greek poetry have appeared in journals in the US, UK, and Australia. Her Kavadias translations won an award from Columbia University. Her latest book, The Fall of Athens, a collection of poetry, essays and stories about Greece, was published by Fomite Press in 2016.

Robert Colley, vice-chair of the ICOA board, is retired from Syracuse University andownload-1.jpgd lives on a farm in Fabius, New York, with his family and various animals and gardens. He is the founding editor of Stone Canoe, A Journal of Arts, Literature and Social Commentary, and publisher of Standing Stone Books. He is a published writer and photographer and has served on various arts-related boards, including the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, The Y Arts Board of the Greater Syracuse YMCA, and the Community Folk Art Center. His other interests include sailing, tennis, and music.

download-2.jpgJonathan Miller worked as a freelance journalist and writer for 28 years before joining Cornell’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies as associate director for communications in 2016. As a journalist he worked in more than 20 countries in Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. His features, news reports, and commentaries have been broadcast on NPR, Marketplace, PRI’s The World, BBC, CBC, PBS NewsHour, and other radio and television outlets. He has also written for the New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Parents, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. He has won several national awards for his writing and radio projects. From 2006 to 2016 he served as executive director of Homelands Productions, a nonprofit journalism collective specializing in public radio features and documentaries. He has a degree in English Literature from Swarthmore College.


Kate Blackwood works as a writer and editor for Cornell University Alumni Affairs and Development. She worked previously as a reporter and then features editor of the Livingston County Daily Press and Argus in Howell, Michigan and as a writer for the Ithaca Times. A graduate (in fiction) of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has published short stories and poetry in a variety of publications. Her novel, ETERNAL GIRL, about a lost soul, is looking for a home. Kate is also an actor, appearing most recently in the Ithaca Fringe Festival and as the geneticist Barbara McClintock in the 2018 debut of MAIZE. Kate likes exploring the Ithaca area by hiking, cycling, and skiing. She has served on the ICOA board since 2013 and was chair during the 2017-2018 year.

Susan Tarrow received her MA in French and German from Oxford University, and her PhD in French and Italian from Cornell University, after stints at UC Berkeley and Yale. She has taught courses in advanced composition, on Camus and contemporary French fiction, on French and Francophone cultures, and Francophone literature of the Maghreb. She has published on Camus, on Maghrebian and “beur” literature, and on Primo Levi. From 1985-2005, she was associate director of Cornell’s Institute for European Studies. In her retirement, she works on translation from French, writes articles for a local newsletter, and travels widely. In addition to her work for ICOA, she organizes volunteer translators and interpreters working for Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, a non-profit group coordinating resettlement of refugees under the umbrella of Catholic Charities.

David Guaspari, who joined the board in 2004, has served as secretary, treasurer, vice chair, and chair. He has a PhD in pure mathematics from Cambridge University and has taught at Cambridge, SUNY Buffalo, UC Berkeley, Texas Tech, St. John’s College, and Cornell. He came to Ithaca in 1984 to join a computer science research company. Now a full-time writer, he has published, in addition to technical papers, fiction, essays, journalism, and reviews, and has had short plays performed throughout the country.

downloadEdward Hower has published eleven books and writings in Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Smithsonian, American Scholar, Southern Review, Epoch, Five Points, and elsewhere. He has been awarded fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, as well as two Fulbright Grants to India. In Uganda, he taught at a camp for Sudanese refugees; he has also taught at Cornell, Ithaca College, Duke University, University of North Carolina, and Auburn Correctional Facility. He has been an ICOA board member since 2008.

Menino_1Holly Menino has served three terms on the ICOA board beginning in 2008. Since graduating from Smith College with a degree in music she has worked in publishing and radio, holding a series of what Virginia Woolf called “printer’s devil’s” jobs—proofreading, copyediting, acquiring books, and writing radio scripts. Her nonfiction works include the books Forward Motion: Horses, Humans, and the Competitive Enterprise; Darwin’s Fox and My Coyote; and Calls Beyond Our Hearing: Unlocking the Secrets of Animal Voices. Her works of fiction are Pandora, a novel for children, and the mysteries Murder, She Rode and A Distance to Death. She lives on a farm on Cayuga Lake, where she and her husband raised two children, where they have remained for more than forty years, and where she continues to write.


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