2019 Workshop Leader: 
Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson

Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson, an award-winning journalist and writer, is the author of nine books, three of which are New York Times’ Notable Books. Her most recent, I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton, with a forward by Cornel West, presents stories “intrinsic to understanding the unwritten history of America.” Her books, Women in Prison, Not by the Sword, and You Must Be Dreaming, have generated documentaries, plays, songs, movies, and continuing scholarly research. Her creative writing classes at the University of Pennsylvania, as they were at Princeton University, are known for their close sense of community, laughter, personal empowerment, and engagement with the world. In addition, she sings, drums and plays percussion with an improvisational band, The Unity. She lives in the City of Philadelphia. She was the first Aegean Arts Circle workshop leader.

Amalia Melis, Director of Aegean Arts Circle

Amalia Melis is creator and organizer of Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshops. Her essays, short stories and other creative writing have been published in Guernica, Glimmer Train, KYSO Flash, DUCTS, Poet & Critic, Sojourner, among others. She is a freelance reporter/feature writer published in U.S. and Greek newspapers/magazines.She is an assemblage sculptor and her work has been part of group art exhibits in Vermont, U.S., Athens, Greece, Berlin, Germany. She holds an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School of Social Research, New York.