Providing literary guidance
Etruscan Press is proud to have assembled such an esteemed group of advisors, comprised of writers of various genres, educators, business people, and other friends with an keen interest in today’s literary scene. Our board of advisors includes:
Robert Carioscia’s paintings and art have been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including: The Parrish Art Museum, Fusion Arts Museum, The Elaine Benson Gallery, Giordano Gallery, James Yu Gallery, Homegrown Gallery, Gallery North, Aquasource Gallery, Mills Pond House Gallery, The Hechsher Art Museum, The Islip Arts Museum, Hofstra University, Dowling College, Youngstown University, and others. He is a recipient of the Grumbacher Award, The Hechsher Art Museum Award in Painting and has been a resident fellow at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Carioscia has received the following public art commissions: a public arts commission from the The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts For Transit Program for permanent art at Columbus Circle Station and a public arts commission for a mural project at a LIRR Train Station. He has also served on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts For Transit selections committee. He was born in NYC and educated at Hofstra University (BA and MA), Cooper Union, and SUNY Stony Brook. He began his formal career in art by collaborating on performance pieces at Robert Raushenberg’s NY studio. His company, Solita Art Associates, Inc., creates art, represents Visual Artists, and produces graphic arts materials.
Bonnie Culver is Co-Founder and Director of the Wilkes University Creative Writing Low-Residency Program. Screenwriter, playwright, and novelist, Bonnie Culver’s plays have been produced from NY to LA by colleges, regional theatres, and equity companies. Marlee Matlin’s Solo One Production Company optioned Raining Rainbows, her fourth film. In 2004, her play Sniper won the New Jersey Arts Council Perry Award for Excellence in the Production of an Original Play and completed a first class equity showcase at Center Stage, NYC, in 2005. In 2006, Sniper was included in the Richard and Betty Burdick National Playwriting Reading series, an annual event that showcases “the best in American contemporary theatre.” The screenplay version of Sniper was a 1996 Sundance Film Development Program finalist. Currently, her film In Perfect Harmony, slated to star Robert Wagner and Jill St. John, is in pre-production and she is work on a new play, Silent Partners, which is under consideration by actress Marlee Matlin.
J. Michael Lennon
J. Michael Lennon is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist and authorized biographer. He has written/edited several books about him, including the upcoming authorized biography from Simon & Schuster, Norman Mailer: A Double Life (Fall 2013) and Norman Mailer: Works and Days (2000), which was the recipient of a Choice Magazine award for “outstanding scholarly title” in 2001. Some of his other books are Critical Essays on Norman Mailer (1986), Conversations with Norman Mailer (1988), The James Jones Reader (1991), and The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing (2003). He is the past president of both The Norman Mailer Society and The James Jones Literary Society and serves on the boards of both organizations. He is also the Chair of the Editorial Board of The Mailer Review. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Mailer Review, New York Review of Books, James Jones Literary Society Journal, Playboy, Creative Nonfiction, Provincetown Arts, New York, Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Language Studies, Chicago Tribune, New England Review, Narrative and Journal of Modern Literature, among others. He co-authored with Mailer On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007). Most recently, he edited Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 (Taschen 2009), an abridged version of Mailer’s 1971 narrative, Of a Fire on the Moon, with hundreds of NASA photographs; and in 2012, Norman Mailer/Bert Stern: Marilyn Monroe, also for Taschen.
Lennon received the A.B. from Stonehill College and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. He is married to the former Donna Pedro; they are the parents of three sons and three grandchildren and live in Westport, Massachusetts.
Siena Oristaglio is an artist and educator. She has ten years of experience in communications and has led international campaigns with coverage in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. As Director of Communications for Marina Abramovic Institute, she ran the non-profit’s successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, raising over $660,000 in 30 days. To date, she has helped artists raise over $1.6 million (and counting!) towards their projects. Siena has given talks and presentations at the MoMA, MoMA PS1, The Museum of Fine Arts, New York University, The 92nd Street Y, and Necker Island, among others.
Mark Van Tilburg
Mark Van Tilburg is a writer and marketing consultant living in Boardman, Ohio. After graduating from Louisiana State University, he received his MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His career has concentrated in the fields of strategic communications, publishing and marketing with significant administrative and management experience in leading media relations, integrated brand marketing, development and communications programs in higher education over the past 20 years. He played pivotal roles in the planning and successful orchestration of numerous communications, marketing, research, publishing, crisis management, web development, video production and advertising projects. He is a strong relationship builder, project manager, creative leader and an exceptional writer.