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SFSU Magazine Online, Spring/Summer 2003, Volume 3, Number 2.

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The Frances FileFrances Mayes, left, with actress Diane Lane, who plays Mayes in Touchstone Pictures' 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. Photo by Greg Gorman

SFSU credentials: Professor, 1976 - 2001; director of the Poetry Center, 1979 - 1982; chair of Creative Writing, 1991 - 1997

On teaching at SFSU: "I did it 23 years and I loved it."

Husband: Once Ed Kleinschmidt, now Ed Mayes. "I think he was tired of spelling Kleinschmidt," Mayes says. "The Italians kept telling him it was una cosa terribile, a terrible thing."

At home in Tuscany and Marin: Mayes and her husband divide their time between Bramasole and a new Mediterranean-style home just across the Golden Gate Bridge (Unlike Bramasole, "Everything works," she says.)

Dual citizenship: U.S. citizen and honorary citizen of Tuscany.

Mayes other books on life in Italy:
"In Tuscany," "Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy"

Life philosophy: Live each day to the fullest because "tomorrow may see you smeared in the road by a potato chip truck."

On critiquing the work of student writers: "There's a time to offer suggestions and a time to keep quiet."


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