Natalia Sarkissian is a writer, photographer, teacher and translator. A native New Yorker, for the past thirty years Natalia has lived as an aboveground archaeologist in Italy where she has learned to expect the unexpected.  She has an MFA in Writing (Vermont College of Fine Arts), an MBA in finance (The University of Texas at Austin) and an MA in art history (The University of Texas at Austin). She has worked at Accenture in Milan, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and at the Huntington Art Gallery in Austin, Texas. She currently teaches Creative Writing and English Language courses in Milan.  Her writing and photographs have been published in the US and Italy. She has won several prizes and honorable mentions for her work.


Caitlin Leffel is a writer, editor, author, and co-author. Her first book, The Best Things to Do in New York: 1001 Ideas, first published in 2006 and now in its third edition, is still one the best-selling books in its category. She has written two other books about New York (In Love in New York and NYC: An Owner’s Manual),  and co-authored books on interiors, entertaining, and design. As an editor-at-large for Rizzoli International Publications, she also acquires and develops books on fashion, style, and cooking. Her essays and articles have been published in Gothamist, Blackbook, Time Out New York, The Writer, and the literary journals The Southeast Review, Frontier Psychiatrist, and Drunken Boat. A Manhattan native, Caitlin is a graduate of Amherst College, the Vermont College of Fine Art’s MFA in Writing program, and the Columbia Publishing Course. She is based in New York and Los Angeles, but loves to travel to wherever the story is.

Aboveground Archaeologists.
— Exploring in Milan, at the Prada Foundation, Winter 2017
Truth lies not only in a dream, but in many dreams.
— Luigi Pirandello