Flavia was born in New Rochelle (NY) of talented parents from different, culturally complex Italian American traditions. She was encouraged to pursue an early interest in writing as well as art and illustration, attending the HS of Music & Art in New York City and later, alongside her literary/historical studies at Barnard/Columbia and the University of Padua, escaping into East Hall, the Art Students League and Venice's wonderful Accademia delle Belle Arti to continue to study and practice art. Serious graduate work moved her more and more toward cultural and interdisciplinary studies and biographical/historical writing. But for much of her career (largely as a professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey) she made the interdisciplinary integration of image, language and history a key feature of her scholarship and educational mission, her work as a serious memoirist and non-fiction writer, and her community activism. She has lived in Bridgeton now for five years, relishing this new world of well-layered cultural imagery and tradition, continuing to find--through painting, drawing, writing, and photography--fresh ways to interconnect vision and text, spatial imagination and language. In addition to doing as much traditional art as possible, she has struck out into publicist writing and webdesign, often weaving them together as part of an ongoing, dedicated mission to community historic preservation (see www.flaviaalaya.com).