Adele Annesi is an award-winning writer, editor and teacher. She is the author of WHAT SHE TAKES AWAY (Bordighera Press, 2023) and co-author of Now What? The Creative Writer's Guide to Success After the MFA. A founder of the Ridgefield Writers Conference and Muse & Music Evening Cabaret, a book editor for Word for Words, LLC, and a former development editor for Scholastic Publishing, Adele has published varied works with 34th Parallel, Authors Publish Magazine, Dawntreader, Feile- Festa, Fresh Ink, Fringe Blog, Hamline University's Lit Link, Hotmetalpress, Jane Friedman's Blog, Midway Journal, Miranda Literary Magazine, Orca, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pyramid, The Ridgefield Press, Washington Independent Review of Books, and Southern Literary Review, where she served as managing editor. Her work has been anthologized for Chatter House Press and Fairfield University, where she received an MFA in creative writing. Her essay on Italian citizenship is among the Clarion Award-winning Essays About Life Transitions by Women Writers, and she received the Editor's Choice award from the National Library of Poetry. Adele's sudden fiction has been adapted for the stage by Joanne Hudson, and she has served as poetry and short story judge for the Danbury Cultural Commission. Adele led a fiction workshop on scene development for Manhattanville College MFA in Creative Writing. She teaches fiction and creative writing for Westport Writers' Workshop, where she mentors emerging and established writers in long-form fiction. Adele is a member of AWP, Acorn Storiers, the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, the Historical Novel Society and the Ridgefield Historical Society. She is also a film screener for Ridgefield Independent Film Festival.