Helen Free earned her M.A. in English at Georgetown University and has taught literature and writing for 29 years in Washington, DC for both Trinity University and Gonzaga College High School. She has written forVoce Italiana and has appeared on the Diane Rehm Show. She is the co-founder of ‘Let’s Blog Abruzzo‘, Abruzzo’s 1st Food & Travel Bloggers Weekend to be held in June 2013 and the creative writing workshops, Italy in Other Words. Her personal blog is Hang on to the Vine.