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Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli

Photo: Nic Battigelli 2018

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli was born in Calabria, Italy and immigrated to Canada with her family at three years of age. She is an alumna of Laurentian University (Sudbury, ON, Canada) and Nipissing University (North Bay, ON, Canada). During her teaching career in Sudbury, she received four OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association) Best Practice Awards for her unique strategies in early literacy, promoting positive pupil interactions, building pupil self-esteem, and helping pupils who grieve. Rosanna’s story “Learning My Lesson” appears in Chicken Soup For The Soul: Inspiration for Teachers (2017).


Rosanna is also an alumna of the Humber School for Writers and her fiction has been published in sixteen anthologies, including A SECOND COMING: Canadian Migration Fiction (Guernica Editions, 2016), the “Folktales” Issue of VIA (Voices in Italian Americana, Bordighera Press, New York, 2017), 150 Years Up North And More (Latitude 46 Publishing, March 2018), People, Places, Passages: An Anthology of Canadian Writing (Longbridge Books, April 2018), and Italians in Canada: 150+ Years. (Italian Canadiana, Volume 32, November, 2018)

Her novel LA BRIGANTESSA was published by Inanna (Toronto, Oct. 2018). It was awarded a Gold IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards) Medal for Historical Fiction in April 2019. 

"This is a beautiful novel, one that vividly recreates the heartbreak and drama of one of the most turbulent periods in Italian history.” Nino Ricci, award-winning author of The Origin of Species and the Lives of the Saints trilogy.

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Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli for Independent Publisher Book Award for Historical Fiction, 2019
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