Marta Ceroni was born in Milan, Italy and grew up partly in the city and partly in the countryside in the Po River basin. After completing her doctorate in forest ecology at the University of Parma she moved to the United States where she researched and taught about economies that prioritize communities and nature at an academic level. A former researcher at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment and consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, she is now co-director of the Academy for Systems Change, where she coordinates programs based on the work of Donella Meadows. She lives in New Hampshire and in her spare time she cultivates a passion for accordion and tango. With L’Anatra Sposa, Bompiani 2021, she was a finalist at the prestigious 23rd edition of the Calvino Prize in 2010.