Alessandra Valentina Maria Gelmi

Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Journalist, Professor


Mini Bio

April 11, 2013

National/international award-winning writer, Alessandra Gelmi attended boarding school in Rome, and received her BA in English literature from Barnard College, Columbia University.

She was awarded a teaching fellowship from Boston University, where she received her master’s degree and taught creative writing under the aegis of three Nobel Laureates.

Her literary awards include the Irene Leache Memorial Prize and the Amy Loveman Competition (open to Columbia University).

A former member of The White House Correspondents’ Association, Alessandra has written for dozens of magazines, international literary and academic journals, and covered philanthropy, culture, and the arts for three national daily newspapers.
She has interviewed personalities from Stallone to Coretta Scott King.
Her original plays "He and She" and "Falling Stars" were performed at The Source Theater Festival and The National Theater in Washington, D.C. In 2003 Alessandra was nominated for a Pushcart. Currently she volunteers to raise funds for Mercy Center, a clinic and school in Kenya. She is an avid animal welfare supporter, has funded several animal care initiatives, and currently writes, as a senior reporter for "The Epoch Times", published internationally and devoted to human rights monitoring.

Selected Works

"An eye-opening account of the Rwandan genocide"
Hachette Filipacchi

"Her facility with words astonishes"
World Magazine

"A penetrating, intelligent voice for the age. Gelmi fearlessly tackles the vagaries of male-female courtship"
Vision Magazine

Norman Mailer

"A Provocative Reading Experience. A slim but pithy read. A page a day would be an education for most."
–P. Cajati of The Womens' National Book Association

"Alessandra has written a very thought-provoking and philosophical read."
Kristie Ingerto, Readers' Favorite
Book Awards 2014

“Very Interesting”
–Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic

"Perfect Images"
The Partisan Review

–Écrits des Forges

"Very impressive"
–Robert Richman,
Poetry Editor,
The New Criterion

"Alessandra Gelmi has an incredible talent for voice, irony and image"
Gail Wickman, Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2014