Stefania Silvestri received her BA in English from the University of Missouri, Columbia and her MFA in Creative Writing, Nonfiction from Emerson College. She is the recipient of Emerson’s 2011 Dean’s Award for Best Thesis for Beside the Mountain and has participated in numerous charity events for the Alzheimer’s Association. At age 14, her father was diagnosed with dementia and she, along with her sisters and mother, became his caregiver. She has taught English Composition and Grammatical Writing at Pine Manor College and at The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is currently an Academic English Instructor at Kings Colleges where she teaches English to international students. Her book: Beside the Mountain will be the topic of her interview. To reach her go to: www.stefania-silvestri.com.