Julia Fierro is the author of the novels The Gypsy Moth Summer and Cutting Teeth.
Her work has been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Buzzfeed, Glamour, The Millions, Flavorwire, Lenny Letter, and other publications, and she has been profiled in Brooklyn Magazine, the L Magazine, The Observer and The Economist.
A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshopin 2002, which has grown into a creative home to 5,000 writers in NYC, Los Angeles, and Online. SSWW was named “Best Writing Classes” by The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and “Best MFA-Alternative” by Poets & Writers, Brooklyn Magazine and the L Magazine.
Julia lives in Brooklyn and Santa Monica with writer Justin Feinstein and their two children. She travels country-wide to give talks on the craft of writing, the business publishing, and on building creative communities.
The first story of my life is my parents’ story, which has always fascinated me.
My parents met at a 1967 dance in the Bronx sponsored by the NYC Catholic Diocese. My father, a recent immigrant from Italy, spoke no English. My mother, an Irish-American 2nd grade teacher, spoke no Italian. “We spoke the language of love,” my mother says. In 1969, my mother joined my father when he returned to Italy.
I spent the first two years of my life in our cozy villa in Turin, Italy, surrounded by tree-lined boulevards and stately art nouveau cafes and a view of the snow-capped Alpine arch. My father, who had spent fifteen years in the Caribinieri, the national military police of Italy, worked as a security guard in Turin for Fiat. My mother was the principal of an International elementary school.