Letter from the Director

25 June 2022

Dear Civitellians,

If you follow the news in Italy, you know we are in the midst of a serious heatwave. The midday sun is absolutely scorching and relentlessly bright. Nonetheless, fans whirring, we’ve all been at work at Civitella, Fellows and Staff alike.

It is with great pleasure that I extend a warm welcome to Carlo Pizzati who will become Civitella’s fourth Executive Director upon my retirement in December. Carlo and I first met in Rome many years ago. He has served on a writing jury for us and has been a Director’s Guest. You can read more about him in this press release.

How I have been enjoying the conversations with our miraculous Group 2, showing them my favorite Pieros, celebrating new books and birthdays with equal fervor. The staff is, as always, remarkably nimble in fielding a variety of requests, from projects to cooking classes. We’ve made egg tempera paints, visited a special exhibition on Mary Magdalene, and taken long moonlit walks.

I wish you could all be here!

Sincerely,
Dana Prescott
Executive Director