February 26, 2024 | Rome, Italy


Why the name The American?2018-03-07T10:27:47+01:00

Many of the writers associated with the project are U.S. citizens, as is its editor. We wanted a strong identity. Since Italy once had a daily newspaper in English called the Rome Daily American (1945-1984) we decided to revive the name. The magazine was founded in March 2004.

Do you have ties to the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. government?2018-03-07T10:27:47+01:00

Aside from mutual courtesies, no.

Does the name The American mean you’re all U.S. citizens?2018-03-07T10:27:48+01:00

We’re an eclectic group, with Americans, Britons, Canadians, Italians, and Australians. The American is an idea, not a national label.

Who funds you?2019-06-23T00:18:48+02:00

We’re entirely pro bono with exception to limited advertising provided via Google Adsense.

What do you consider your “mission”?2018-03-07T10:27:48+01:00

To provide an eloquent, alert monthly online magazine that helps to inform the national community about Italian cultural and political life. We hope to be useful to English-speakers and Italians alike. Our goal is to provide interesting information and provocative, personal insight.

When is the site updated?2018-04-26T22:46:43+02:00

We publish an average of 30 new columns monthly, along with 10 or more film and book reviews. These are added to the site periodically over the course of each month. Short fiction is added quarterly.

How can I reach your offices?2018-04-26T22:42:53+02:00

Please use the contact box on the home page for all inquiries.

Do you accept unsolicited manuscripts for possible articles?2018-05-06T17:21:02+02:00

Yes. Feel free to send a query to our Contact address.

Is there a political position you favor?2018-03-07T10:27:48+01:00

Absolutely not. We try to print the best possible material we get, without regard to its inclination. The views in our opinion pieces are those of the authors, not The American.

How do I comment on what I’ve read?2018-06-21T11:41:31+02:00

You may write to the editor using the comment box on the home page.

Though the website does not publish reader response or provide reader forums on its pages, the magazine’s Facebook page may be be used for that purpose.

Who is your editor?2018-03-07T10:27:48+01:00

Christopher P. Winner, a U.S. citizen who lives in Rome. His mini biography is on our team page.

Tell us about your writers2020-10-30T13:32:38+01:00

It’s a journalistic collective with many freelancers. Our writers are based in Italy as well as in Britain and the United States. See The Team

I’d like to join your staff. Should I send a resume?2018-05-06T17:13:33+02:00

We don’t have a fixed office staff. Therefore we have no positions available. If you’re interested in becoming involved in The American project as a writer or contributor, feel free to write to us. We’re always interested in talent. Write to the editor.

What’s your pay scale for freelance contributions?2018-03-07T10:27:48+01:00

We are an all-volunteer shop that relies on the good will of both veteran and first-time journalists and writers. They write without compensation.

I saw you have capsule book, movie, and restaurant reviews on the site. May I submit one?2018-05-06T17:15:46+02:00

Yes. If you send us a 150-word blurb (not a word more!) with the basic information about a restaurant (see our format) we’ll take a look and let you know if we can use it. No promises. No cash. We’re trying to provide a service to our readers. Please send your information in the body of a text message or as a Word attachment to Christopher Winner.

Do you accept fiction?2018-04-26T22:54:05+02:00

Yes. Please send queries or manuscripts to David Winner, the magazine’s fiction editor, via the contact box on the home page.

And poems?2018-03-07T10:27:48+01:00


Do you have a print edition?2018-03-07T10:27:48+01:00

No. We’re exclusively online.

Who put together your website?2019-06-23T02:15:09+02:00

The site was designed and built by Fred Sessoms, James Ryven Valeii and Kevin Kautzman, based in San Diego, Kalamazoo, Michigan and New York City, respectively.

Do you accept advertising?2020-10-30T13:33:18+01:00

No. The American is an entirely pro bono project, a volunteer writer’s collective. It also does not accept sponsored content in any form. No money changes hands (aside from payments made to web hosting firms and developers.)