Eleanor Imperato ’68


Eleanor M. Imperato is a freelance writer, poet, and photographer. A member of the Dance Advisory Board since 2006, Eleanor (Ellie) is currently serving her second term as its President. She is also an active member of the Queensborough Community College Fund Board and of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW).

Ellie is the author of a first collection of original poetry entitled Woman’s Work. Her next, Purple Sins, is in production and contains several of her photographs. The book, Doors of Memory/Porte della Memoria, a memoir of her early years in Avella, Italy, was published in conjunction with a photographic essay by the same name that was exhibited in two New York City galleries. In Ellie’s latest book, Carving Life. Walrus Ivory Carvings from the Bering Sea, she shares her appreciation for the Alaska Inuit history and art, and her personal encounters with many of the carvers whose work was exhibited at the QCC Art Gallery in Bayside, New York. Recently, her photographic work of Tuscan landscapes was featured in a group exhibition sponsored by NOIAW, also in New York City.

Her professional life has included positions in sales, publicity, public relations and fundraising in organizations such as Pan American World Airways, the Science Museum of Long Island, the Manhasset Public Schools, and Marymount Manhattan College. As a Manhasset, NY community leader, she held positions as President of the Friends of the Manhasset Public Library and Executive President of the Manhasset School Community Association.

A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in English, Ellie received an MA in Liberal Studies from New York University, and a certificate in fundraising from the School of Professional Studies at New York University. It was at Marymount that a class taught by Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera, sparked her lifelong love of dance.