Dr. Mazzeo was most recently Professeure associée in the Département de littératures et langues du monde and a member of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques at the Université de Montréal. Dr. Mazzeo has worked in "digital humanities" since 1996, in administrative, editorial, and production capacities. She was formerly the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College and has held faculty positions in the Oregon and Wisconsin state university systems.
She is presently a 2022-2023 Public Scholar with the National Endowment for the Humanities (US), working on a book about nineteenth-century merchant mariner, Mary Ann Patten, Antarctica, and the West Coast Gold Rush. Dr. Mazzeo, a life-long sailor and fourth-generation mariner (and a tenth-generation Mainer) co-captains a cold-molded custom Robert Harris Vancouver 42; her upcoming research includes an expedition to the southern polar regions to retrace Patten's steps. This work has been additionally supported by the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
A recipient of numerous prestigious awards and fellowships for her creative writing and work in narrative non-fiction, including an award from the Canada Council for the Arts for most recent title, Sisters in Resistance, Dr. Mazzeo's previous works of cultural history and biography have been New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times bestsellers. Her book on writing narrative nonfiction for general audiences, intended to assist academics, cultural researchers, and others trained in fact-based storytelling, is forthcoming from Yale University Press.
Dr. Mazzeo completed doctoral studies in the Department of English and in the Program in Theory and Criticism at the University of Washington at Seattle in 1999 and is an old member of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. She graduated summa cum laude as an undergraduate from the University of New Hampshire, with degrees in English and classical Greek.
Dr. Mazzeo is also an internationally recognized wine writer, with a focus on natural wines, the wines of Napa and Sonoma, and Champagne. She holds a post-graduate winemaking certificate (2-year program) from the University of California at Davis (2015), an Advanced Certificate with Merit from the WSET (2012, International Wine Center, New York City), and has guest lectured at prestigious wine events including Women of the Vine, the Symposium for International Wine Writers, and the San Francisco School of Wine. She was the recipient of Gourmand's award for the best work of wine writing for her bestselling "oenobiography," The Widow Clicquot. From 2015-2021 she was the proprietor and winemaker at Parsell Vineyard, Vancouver Island's first natural / RAW winery, and today she teaches on the wine industry in business and management at the university level on Vancouver Island. Her wine writing has appeared in venues such as Food and Wine. She writes a regular wine column for West Coast readers with Seaside Magazine.
A U.S. - Canadian dual national, Dr. Mazzeo lives with her husband and stepsons on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. She leads writing retreats on narrative nonfiction, book proposal development, and travel / wine writing from her writing retreat on Malcolm Island, on the edge of the Great Bear Rain Forest.
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