Fr. Michael Morris, O.P., entered the Order of Friars Preachers for the Western Dominican Province and was ordained a priest on April 23, 1977. He was awarded his M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 and studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, in 1982 and he earned his PhD in Art History from UC Berkeley in 1986.
In 1991, his highly acclaimed biography Madam Valentino: The Many Lives of Natacha Rambova was published by Abbeville Press. Since 1998, his widely-read articles on religious art and iconography have been published by Magnificat. He taught at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley, and served as Director of the Santa Fe Institute, Berkeley, until his death on July 15, 2016.
Evelyn Zumaya -
Evelyn Zumaya has authored and edited several books relating to Rudolph Valentino including Affairs Valentino, The Affairs Valentino Companion Guide, The Lost Court Documents of Rudolph Valentino, The S. George Ullman Memoir and L'Affare Valentino. She has written a foreword for Daydreams, a book of Valentino's poetry and acted as editor on a two volume, The Infancy of the Myth by Aurelio Miccoli. She is a partner in the Turin based publishing firm of Viale Industria Pubblicazioni and has contributed to the Kaplan Edizioni publication, Rodolfo Valentino, Cinema, Cultura, Società tra Italia é Stati Uniti Negli Anni Venti.
In addition to her authoring and editing these publications, she has worked as an accomplished artist with a professional focus as a conservator of art in her studios in Turin, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.
Aurelio Miccoli -
Aurelio Miccoli, was born and lives in Castellaneta. He is an architect specializing in the restoration of monuments. As a scholar of history of art and of local architecture, he has carried out several research projects, and has published research studies on the local artistic patrimony as well as numerous essays on the historical and urban heritage of his home town. He is also a journalist who collaborates with several local daily newspapers.