Maria Laurino

Maria Laurino is the author of the memoirs, Old World Daughter, New World Mother, a meditation on contemporary feminism, and the national bestseller, Were You Always an Italian?, an exploration of ethnic identity.  Currently serving as Assistant to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Laurino was also the former chief speechwriter for NYC Mayor David Dinkins and a staff writer for the Village Voice.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Salon.com, and numerous publications.  Laurino‚Äôs essays have been widely anthologized, including in the Norton Reader.