Mary Donnarumma Sharnick writes historical fiction and memoir. Her first novel, THIRST, set in seventeenth-century Venice, was published by Fireship Press in 2012, and is presently being adapted for the operatic stage by composer Gerard Chiusano and librettists Mary Noonan-Chiusano and Robert Cutrofello. Mary’s next novel, PLAGUED, the first in an anticipated series about the historical Michael of Rhodes, takes place in fifteenth-century Venice and at sea, and was released by Fireship in June 2014. A recipient of The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Solo Writer’s Fellowship, Mary was afforded the opportunity to conduct research in Venice during the summer of 2010. Two Nigel Taplin Innovative Teaching grants and a Wesleyan Writers’ Conference scholarship further supported Mary’s research at home and abroad. Mary’s work has appeared in America, The American Journal of Alzheimer’s DIsease and Other Dementias, Italian Americana, The New York Journal of Books, Southern Humanities Review, and a variety of other journals. Mary has presented at the 41st annual convention of The American Italian Historical Association, Auburn (AL) University Writers’ Conference, the Osher Center at Waterbury’s University of Connecticut, Mark Twain House, and at various libraries and schools throughout Connecticut. Mary teaches writing and chairs the English Department at Chase Collegiate School. With her husband, Wayne Sharnick, she leads “slow travel” tours of Italy, the country she considers her second home.