New books and projects by Paris writing workshop graduates

September will see the debut of White Jacket Required (Sterling Epicure, 2012), a culinary coming-of-age memoir by Jenna Weber (PAA '07). The Paris American Academy Writing Workshop makes a key appearance in the early pages of this book, which follows the ups and downs of Jenna's personal and professional life as she journeys from the bakeries of Rue Mouffetard, to the kitchens of Le Cordon Bleu, to the early stages of her career as an up-and-coming food blogger at

Last September, Poetry Daily featured "Within the Great Wave of Kanagawa," by Julia Reckless (PAA '09,'10). Julia's poem was featured alongside the work of poetry luminaries Donald Hall, Billy Collins and Albert Goldbarth, and originally appeared in Poetry Wales.

Australia-based Carmen Jenner (PAA '06) continues to rack up impressive credits as a travel and food writer, with recent bylines in National Geographic Traveler,, Asian Geographic Passport, NileGuide, The Australian newspaper, and several in-flight magazines. She has also contributed to a number of travel guidebooks, including Holidays in Western Australia, Hide & Seek Perth, and Great Gourmet Weekends in Australia.

Elsewhere, Sara Hamdan (PAA '08) has been reporting regularly on Middle Eastern business issues for The New York Times, Patricia Giacona-Wilson (PAA '11) ghostwrote Creating Something from Nothing with business writer Kenneth F. George, Razvan Marc (PAA '07) published a travel book about Austria in his native Romania, and Sofiana Filipi (PAA '11) was appointed editor of a children's magazine (and has been translating a series of art books from English) in her native Albania.

Vida, the acclaimed fiction debut by Patricia Engel (PAA '03) is now available in French translation, and was recently featured in Elle magazine.