Gerald Nicosia

Born outside Chicago, Gerald Nicosia moved to San Francisco in 1979. He is author of Memory Babe, a biography of Jack Kerouac first published by Grove Press in 1983. Nicosia has spent more than twenty years involved with Vietnam veterans. His work on and with veterans resulted in the landmark book Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans’ Movement, which was published by Random House and selected by the Los Angeles Times in 2001 as one of the “Best Books of the Year. Among Nicosia’s other Beat-related books are Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory (2009), One and Only: the Untold Story of On the Road (2011), The Last Days of Jan Kerouac (2016), and a book on Jack Kerouac’s legacy to be published later this year, called Kerouac: The Last Quarter Century. His current major project is a critical biography of Ntozake Shange, to be published by St. Martin’s Press.

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Heiko H. Caimi
Heiko H. Caimi, born in 1968, is a writer, screenwriter, poet and teacher of fiction writing. He has collaborated as an author with publishers Mondadori, Tranchida, Abrigliasciolta and others. He has taught at the Egea bookshop of Bocconi University in Milan and several other schools, libraries and associations in Italy and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has been editorial director of the literature magazine Inkroci. He is one of the founders and organizers of the traveling literary festival Libri in Movimento. He collaborates with the news magazine "InPrimis" keeping the column "Pages in a minute" and with the blog of the writer Barbara Garlaschelli "Sdiario". He published the novel "I predestinati" (The Predestined, Prospero, 2019) and edited the anthology of short stories "Oltre il confine. Storie di migrazione" (Over the border. Migration stories, Prospero, 2019).