Kate Klein, chair of the board of Ithaca City of Asylum, works as a writer and editor for Cornell University Alumni Affairs and Development. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she writes novels, acts in local plays, and likes exploring the Ithaca area by hiking, cycling, and skiing. She has served on the ICOA board since 2013.
Gail Holst-Warhaft is vice chair of the ICOA Board. Besides being a poet, Gail Holst-Warhaft has been a journalist, broadcaster, prose-writer, academic, musician, and translator. Among her many publications are Road to Rembetika, Theodorakis: Myth and Politics in Modern Greek Music, The Collected Poems of Nikos Kavadias, Dangerous Voices: Women’s Laments and Greek Literature, The Cue for Passion: Grief and its Political Uses, I 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.
Matthew Evangelista is President White Professor of History and Political Science in the Department of Government at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where he teaches courses in international and comparative politics. He received his undergraduate degree in Russian history and literature from Harvard, a certificate in Russian language from the Pushkin Institute in Moscow, and his MA and PhD in government from Cornell. Professor Evangelista is the author of five books: Innovation and the Arms Race (1988); Unarmed Forces: The Transnational Movement to End the Cold War (1999); The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union? (2002); Law, Ethics, and the War on Terror (2008); and Gender, Nationalism, and War: Conflict on the Movie Screen (2011). He has served on the editorial board of Cornell University Press and journals, including World Politics and International Organization, and as chair of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. His current research interests include international humanitarian law, separatist movements, and gender and conflict.
Susan Tarrow, ICOA treasurer, 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. She is currently treasurer of the ICOA board, and 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.
Robert Colley, who joined the ICOA board in 2017, is retired from Syracuse University and 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.
Edward 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.
Holly 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.
Jonathan 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.