Longo Named Associate Producer of “The Italian American Podcast”

Stephanie LongoStephanie Longo of Dunmore was recently named associate producer and administrative officer of The Italian American Podcast. Based in New York, The Italian American Podcast is dedicated to helping Italian Americans celebrate their heritage.

Stephanie Longo is known as an expert on the Italian American history of northeastern Pennsylvania and has authored several works on the subject, including Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania (2004), Italians of Lackawanna County (2018) and Dunmore (2012), all published by Arcadia Publishing. Her most recent book, Italians of Lackawanna County, was recognized with a Gold Award in the History category in the 2019 Nonfiction Book Awards.

A graduate of both the University of Scranton (BA, Italian and French; MA, History) and Regent University (MA, journalism), she has made it her mission to continue to preserve the history that her ancestors brought to the United States from Guardia Lombardi, Italy. She also possesses a Women in Leadership certificate and a Women in Entrepreneurship certificate from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program.

Ms. Longo is also the book reviews editor for Ovunque Siamo: New Italian American Writing. An award-winning journalist, she is the former editor of The Villager newspaper (Moscow, PA) and The Abington Suburban (Clarks Summit, PA), as well as a former correspondent for Go Lackawanna (Scranton, PA). She is also the former director of marketing and communications of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

A dual citizen of the United States and Italy, Ms. Longo has spoken both regionally and nationally on the subject of Italian immigration to the United States, including at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum (Scranton, PA), the Lackawanna Historical Society (Scranton, PA), the Dunmore Historical Society (Dunmore, PA), the Forest City Historical Society (Forest City, PA), I AM Books (Boston, MA), the IDEA Boston festival (Cambridge, MA), the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (Rockville, MD) and the History of Italian Immigration Museum (Philadelphia, PA). She has also been a panelist on Italian American culture for Pennsylvania’s Mining Heritage Month. Her works are also part of the Biblioteca del Senato “Giovanni Spaldini” in Rome, Italy. She currently resides in Dunmore.

Longo Chosed to Speak at Italian Festival in Boston

_longo headshotLocal author and historian Stephanie Longo, of Dunmore, was chosen as a featured speaker for the second annual IDEA Boston Festival in Boston, Mass. This festival is an Italian-inspired cultural festival, celebrating literature, history, art and many other aspects of Italian and Italian-American culture.

The two-day event is organized by I AM Books, an independent bookstore in Boston’s North End neighborhood, in collaboration with several other organizations. IDEA Boston was held at the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, Cambridge, Mass., from Nov. 1 to 2.

Ms. Longo’s presentation, “Sylvester Poli: Creating an American Stage,” highlighted Sylvester Poli, an immigrant to the United States from Lucca, Italy, who helped shape the American landscape as the founder of the theater chain that bore his name. 

Having opened theaters throughout the East Coast, including what is now known as the Ritz Theater in Scranton, Poli brought enjoyment to working-class families by making theater accessible to all. Ms. Longo’s presentation discussed his life and his legacy, and showed examples of how his story is now being discovered by new generations. 

The original research stems from a project undertaken by the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2019 team “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” in which Ms. Longo participated. The project focused on the creation of the Poli Historic Gallery at the Ritz Theater and Performing Arts Center in Scranton.

A dual citizen of the United States and Italy, Ms. Longo’s work was also recently selected for inclusion in the Archivio Storico del Senato (Senate Historic Archive) in Italy during a special commemoration in Rome honoring Italian Heritage Month. Selected works were included due to their significance in retelling and preserving the experiences of Italian immigrants abroad. The included works will be available for public perusal at the Biblioteca del Senato “Giovanni Spadolini” in Rome and will also be digitized.

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Ms. Longo is the author of three books on our area’s Italian-American History, “Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania,” “Dunmore,” and “Italians of Lackawanna County.” 

For more information, visit www.stephanielongo.net or www.ideaboston.com

Nonfiction Authors Association Recognizes Author from Dunmore

Local author and historian Stephanie Longo of Dunmore has received a Gold Award in the history category from the Nonfiction Book Awards, via the Nonfiction Authors Association, for her 2018 publication, “Italians of Lackawanna County,” published by Arcadia Publishing.

The Nonfiction Book Awards recognize literary excellence in more than 150 categories. The program honors books year-round, judging them based on a scoring system that evaluates the quality of the writing and production of the book. A book can receive a bronze, silver or gold award based on the final evaluation score.

_longo headshotMs. Longo is known as an expert on the Italian American history of northeastern Pennsylvania and has authored several works on the subject, including Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Italians of Lackawanna County and Dunmore, all published by Arcadia Publishing.

A graduate of both the University of Scranton (BA, MA) and Regent University (MA), she has made it her mission to continue to preserve the history that her ancestors brought to the United States from Guardia dei Lombardi, Italy.

A dual citizen of the United States and Italy, Ms. Longo is presently the director of marketing and communications at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, as well as the book reviews editor for Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing and a current participant in the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program.