Carlos Dews, English Language and Literature Department Chair and Associate Professor

Carlos Dews, born in Nacogdoches, Texas, received his B.A. in Humanities for the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Minnesota, and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing at the New School University.   He was a tenured faculty member and Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at the University of West Florida, and was the Founding Director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University.

He is the Chair of the English Language and Literature Department and an Associate Professor at John Cabot University, where he serves also as the Director of the Italy Reads program and  the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

He is the author of The Complete Novels of Carson McCullers (Library of America), and “Illumination and Night Glare”:  The Unfinished Autobiography of Carson McCullers (University of Wisconsin).  He is a co-author with Edgar-winner S.J. Rozan of the 2013 novel Blood of the Lamb:  A Novel of Secrets (Penguin/Blue Rider), under the pseudonym Sam Cabot. His most recent publication is the novel Skin of the Wolf (2014, under Sam Cabot).
Creative Writing & Literature: How to Read Like a Writer 


Andrea di Robilant, Lecturer in Journalism and Creative Writing

Andrea di Robilant is a journalist and writer who divides his time between Rome and Venice.  Born and raised in Italy, he studied history and politics at Columbia University and spent many years in the United States a correspondent for the Italian dailies La Repubblica and La Stampa. He is the author of four books of nonfiction.   A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century, Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon, Irresistible North: From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers,  and most recently Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside (2014).

Andrea di Robilant teaches journalism and creative writing at John Cabot University.

Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction



Elizabeth Geoghegan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English

Elizabeth Geoghegan received her B.A. and M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her graduate thesis The Sound of Skin was selected for the Ruth Murray Underhill Award.  In 1998 she received her M.F.A in Writing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.  From the academic year 2012-2013, she served as Interim Director of the Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation at John Cabot University.  She has lived in Italy since 1999.

She is the author of the 2014 Amazon best-selling e-book,  The Marco Chronicles: To Rome, without Love (Shebooks). Her most recent publication is Natural Disasters: Stories.

Creative Writing Workshops: Nonfiction (Travel Writing & Writing the Eternal City)

George Minot, Lecturer in Creative Writing

George Minot, born in Massachusetts (but lived in New York for most of his life), is a Lecturer in Creative Writer at John Cabot University.  He is the author of the 2004 novel The Blue Bowl (Knopf) and the 2012 novel om love (Knopf).

In addition to fiction, he writes non-fiction, works as an environmental communications consultant (writing and editing), and teaches yoga and healing with whole foods. He has a four year-old son, Milo Minot – who is also his uncompromising Italian language teacher.

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction 




Previous Institute Faculty

Silvia Esposito, Lecturer in Creative Writing

Silvia Esposito, Lecturer in Creative Writing

Silvia Esposito was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Rome, Italy when she was eight with her Italian father, American mother and younger sister.

She has a B.A. in Psychology and English from Boston University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester in the U.K.

She worked as a mental health specialist in a psychiatric hospital for seven years and then moved back to Rome, where she was the program coordinator for the Rhode Island School of Design’s European Honors Program for eight years. She has translated the work of numerous Italian poets into English, and her own poetry has been published in Women’s Studies as well as in other journals. Her novella The Truth of the Matter was a finalist in the Quarterly West Contest. She has a special fondness for epileptic cats.

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

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