Annamaria Moneti was born and raised in Italy. She received a Laurea di Dottore in Lettere from the Universita di Roma. She has had extensive teaching experiences at Liceo Classico,Italy; Universite II, Geneva, Switzerland; Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Moneti has authored two volumes of Conversazioni in Italiano and is a co-author of the AMICI series. She serves as a consultant for the New York State Education Department, and is a member of the Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars, and PHI SIGMA IOTA, International Foreign Languages Honor Society.
Graziana Lazzarino, a native of Genoa, received her Laurea cum laude from the University of Genoa and is currently Professor of Italian at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has taught at numerous European schools and American colleges and universities, including Wellesley College, Middlebury College, Central Connecticut State College, and the University of Nebraska. She is also the lead author of In giro per l’Italia: A Brief Introduction to Italian, Da Capo, and Per tutti i gusti. She was knighted in June 2004 by the Italian government for her contribution to the teaching of Italian language and culture.