Episode 52: Tuscan Sun Festival with Alberto Alfonso and Edward Mayes

Hosts Sara, Jessica, and Michelle discuss the Pope’s first tweet, pot on Italian balconies, another round in the Naples trash crisis, & an Italian company making the news for firing only women. Then we talk with artist Alberto Alfonso and poet Edward Mayes about their unique collaboration, which will be presented at this year’s Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona.

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Alberto Alfonso by Al Hurley
Alberto Alfonso by Al Hurley

Cuban born Alberto Alfonso is a founding principal and President of Alfonso Architects, an award winning 35 member architecture firm located in Florida.  He has recently been appointed the Interim Program Director of Architecture and Design at the USF Polytechnic. Alfonso has exhibited his paintings in the US and Italy and they are permanently installed in the Nielsen Media Global Technology Center, the Mission of St. Mary Chapel and Carmel Café.

Ed Mayes by Frances Mayes
Ed Mayes by Frances Mayes

Edward Mayes is a poet and scholar whose works have appeared in many prestigious publications, including the American Poetry Review and Iowa Review. His books have received many awards such as the Juniper Prize and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award; he’s also received the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award and Gordon Barber Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. He lives in North Carolina and Cortona, Italy, with his wife, writer Frances Mayes.

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    • sunrise – sunset

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