Gianna Patriarca was born in Italy and immigrated in 1960 as a child. She has been a teacher for the Toronto Catholic School System. Her work is extensively anthologized in many Canadian, American and Italian publications, and is on university course lists in all three countries. It has also been adapted for the stage and for CBC radio drama, and has been part of the documentary Pier 21 with TLN. Besides the popular Italian Women and Other Tragedies, her other books include Daughters For Sale (1997), Ciao Baby (1999), and What My Arms Can Carry (2003), all from Guernica Editions.