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 of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has published short stories and poetry in a variety of publications and is at work on her first full-length play. 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.



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