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Francesca Pellas

Francesca Pellas is an Italian reporter living in New York. Before moving to the US, she worked in publishing for several years in Italy (and still does, from here, for an Italian publishing...

Ana Candida de Carvalho Carneiro

Ana Candida Carneiro is an award-winning Brazilian-Italian playwright currently based in the US. Her work has been performed internationally and supported by institutions such as...

Chiara Marchelli

Chiara Marchelli lives in New York and has taught Italian at New York University since 2004. In 2003, she published her first novel, Angeli e cani (Marsilio), which was awarded...

Elettra Stamboulis

Elettra Stamboulis was born in 1969 in Bologna, Italy. She is a curator and comic writer based in Ravenna, Italy. She has curated exhibitions of works by Marjane Satrapi, Joe Sacco, Zograf, nal...

Gianluca Costantini

Gianluca Costantini (Ravenna, 1971) has exhibited in a number of museums and galleries abroad: the Lazarides Gallery, London; the Salon du dessin contemporain, Carrousel du...

Giuseppe Berto

Giuseppe Berto (1914–78) started writing novels when he was a prisoner of war in Hereford, Texas, from 1943 to 1946.The second novel he wrote there, Il cielo è rosso (1947), was the...

Francesco Durante

Francesco Durante is the editor of Italoamericana. The Literature of the Great Migration (Fordham University Press). He is the author of several books published in Italy, and has...

Marco Truzzi

Marco Truzzi was born in 1975 in Correggio, Italy. His debut novel, Non ci sono pesci rossi nelle pozzanghere (Goldfish Don't Live In Puddles) (Instar), was awarded the Rhegium Julii...

Giampiero Neri

Born in 1927, Giampiero Neri spent his childhood in the midst of World War II, which devastated his family. He began publishing in the 1960s and was quickly recognized as a major...

Lina Prosa

Lina Prosa lives in Palermo. Her work “Trilogy of the Wreck”—composed of “Lampedusa Beach–Lampedusa Snow–Lampedusa Way”—has been translated into...

Igiaba Scego

Igiaba Scego, born in Rome in 1974 to a family of Somali origins, is a writer and journalist. She holds a PhD in education (on postcolonial subjects) and has done extensive academic work...

Muriel Barbery & Alison Anderson

Muriel Barbery is the author of the international bestseller The Elegance of the Hedgehog (2007) and Gourmet Rhapsody (2009). Her newest novel, The Life of Elves, will be...

Nicola Gardini & Michael Moore

Author bio Nicola Gardini lives in Oxford and Milan. Lost Words was awarded the Viareggio Prize and the Zerilli-Marimò/City of Rome Prize. A Fellow of Keble College,...

Mariangela Gualtieri

Mariangela Gualtieri was born in Cesena in 1951. She founded the Teatro Valdoca with Cesare Ronconi in 1983. Her most recent book of poetry, Bestia di Gioia (2010), will soon be...

Antonella Anedda

Poet and essayist Antonella Anedda (Anedda-Angioy) was born in Rome to a Sardinian family. She studied in Rome and Venice. Her work comprises poems and essays, as well as translations, primarily...

Elisa Biagini

Born in Florence in 1970, Elisa Biagini has published six poetry collections including the bilingual L’Ospite (Einaudi 2004) and  Nel Bosco (Einaudi 2007).  The Guest in the Wood...

Wallis Wilde-Menozzi

Wallis Wilde-Menozzi authored two memoirs, Mother Tongue and The Other Side of the Tiber, and the novel Toscanelli’s Ray, and is a poet whose Italian life has been one of borders dissolving...

Giancarlo Pastore

Giancarlo Pastore was born in Turin in 1967. His first novel, Meduse (Bompiani, 2003), was nominated for the Premio Settembrini and published in Jamie Richards's English...

Paolo Bacilieri

Born in Verona in 1965, Paolo Bacilieri graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti, in Bologna. He became known in the 80s thanks to stories like "The Treasure of Imbalas" and "Barokko,"...

Alessandro Parodi

Alessandro Parodi (Genoa, 1981) is a comic artist and illustrator as well as the artistic director and organizer of ilLustro, an illustration exhibition forming part of the Goa-Boa music festival....

Manfredi Giffone

Manfredi Giffone (Turin, 1977) is an author and translator. After studying communications sciences, with a thesis on the works of Alan Moore, he completed a special course in storytelling with...

Aldo Nove

Aldo Nove is a poet, novelist and playwright. He was born in Viggiù in 1967. Woobinda, his debut novel, was published in 1995 by Castelvecchi.  He also wrote a collection of...

Jeremy Paden

Jeremy Dae Paden was born in Italy and raised in Central America and the Caribbean. He received his PhD in Spanish from Emory University. He is the author of one chapbook, Broken Tulips, put out...

Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is the author of many books, including his wildly popular Montalbano series, which has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. He lives in Rome....

Davide Reviati

Born in Ravenna (Italy) in 1966, Davide Reviati leads a double career of illustrator and cartoonist in publishing and the press (Il Manifesto, La Stampa, L'Unità), while collaborating...

Paolo Castaldi

Paolo Castaldi is an Italian illustrator and author of graphic novels. He debuted in 2005 with I Will Never Grow Up, and followed with The Anomaly, both written by Adriano Barone and...

Giulio Mozzi

Giulio Mozzi (from Padua, Italy) has published twenty-six books—as fiction writer, poet, and editor—with presses like Einaudi and Mondadori. He is primarily known for his short story...

Marco Di Marco

Marco Di Marco lives in Rome and has worked in publishing for seven years.  He’s worked with the literary agency, Il Segnallibro, and has also edited for the publishing house...

Flavio Niccolini

Flavio Niccolini worked as an assistant director on Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert. He collaborated on screenplays for the films Saul e David and I grandi condottieri and wrote a number...

Domenico Starnone

Born near Naples in 1943, Domenico Starnone is a writer, screenwriter, and journalist. He started out as a teacher, and several of his books are satirical takes on the world of education, both...

Igort

Igort Tuveri (Igort) was born in Sardinia in 1958. His first stories were published in the magazine Il Pinguino, which he co-founded. Throughout the 1980s his work appeared regularly in the...

Marco Candida

Marco Candida was born in 1978 in Italy. He is the author of six novels and a novella, and the editor of http://www.websitehorror.com and an anthology drawn from the site, Il ritorno degli...

Carmine Abate

Carmine Abate was born in Calabria, southern Italy. He immigrated to Germany at a young age and now lives in Trentino, northern Italy, where he teaches university. His first book, a collection...

Fabio Stassi

Fabio Stassi lives in Vietrbo and works as a librarian in Rome. He is the author of three novels and an encyclopedia of famous literary characters (forthcoming 2010 from minimum fax).

Leonardo Pica Ciamarra

Leonardo Pica Ciamarra is a researcher in philosophy at the Italian National Research Council. He has published short stories in several magazines. As Far As We Can See received a special...

Marco Arnaudo

Marco Arnaudo was born and grew up in Cuneo, Italy. He has a PhD in Italian Literature from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard...

Paolo Di Tonno

Paolo Di Tonno was born in Pescara, Italy. He has a doctorate  in computer science from the Università degli Studi in L'Aquila. He lives in Lugano, Switzerland, where he works in...

Nanni Balestrini

Nanni Balestrini was born in Milan in 1935. He is a respected Italian novelist and poet. Among his claims to fame is the fact that he used a computer to write poetry in 1961. One of his novels...

Davide Sapienza

Photograph: Andre Aschedamini Davide Sapienza, born 1963, is an author, writer and journalist. He started writing books on rock music in the early eighties at the age of twenty. He has had a...

Valeria Parrella

Valeria Parrella was born in 1974 and lives in Naples. Since the publication in 2003 of her debut short story collection, Mosquito and Whale, she has been widely regarded as one of Italy's...

Marta Poggi

Marta Poggi is an actress and playright. Her books with Riccardo Falcinelli include the graphic novels Cardiaferrania and Grafogrifo. Their website is www.falcinellipoggi.com.

Riccardo Falcinelli

Riccardo Falcinelli is the founder of Mediagrafia. His books with Marta Poggi include the graphic novels Cardiaferrania and Grafogrifo. Their website is www.falcinellipoggi.com.

Angelo Cannavacciuolo

Angelo Cannavacciuolo, born in Naples in 1956, began as an actor and is a screenwriter for cinema, television, and theater. His novels include Guardiani delle nuvole (1999), a finalist for the...

Sebastiano Vassalli

Sebastiano Vassalli was born in Genova, Italy, and lives in the province of Novara. He is the author of over twenty books, including La notte della cometa, Sangue e suolo, L'alcova...

Dacia Maraini

The daughter of well-known ethnologist Fosco Maraini, Dacia Maraini spent her early childhood in Japan while her father conducted his research. Because of her parents’ anti-fascist...

Alda Merini

Alda Merini (1931–2009) was an Italian poet. Her books include The Presence of Orpheus, Diary of an Other, and Rage of Love, as well as the collections Aphorisms and Aphorisms and Spells....

Massimo Bontempelli

Massimo Bontempelli (1878-1960) graduated in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Turin. He worked as a journalist, teacher, and musicologist, and served as an artillery officer during...

Mario Rigoni Stern

As his friend and fellow storyteller, Primo Levi once wrote, "that Mario Rigoni Stern exists has something of the miraculous about it . . . and it is equally miraculous that Rigoni is what he is,...

Carlo Emilio Gadda

Carlo Emilio Gadda (1893-1973)was born in Milan. He earned a degree in engineering, volunteered to fight in World War I, and was taken prisoner by the Germans. After the war, he began to write...

Gianrico Carofiglio

Gianrico Carofiglio, born 1961, is an anti-mafia prosecutor in the Southern Italian city of Bari. He has been responsible for the area's most important indictments regarding organized crime,...

Giampiero Rigosi

Giampiero Rigosi, born in 1962, lives and works in Bologna. He is a much acclaimed literary critic, short-story and song writer as well as a producer of radio programs on cinema noir and crime...

Leonardo Gori

Leonardo Gori, born in Florence, has created one of the most intriguing characters to have appeared in Italian crime fiction in recent years: Captain (now Colonel) Bruno Arcieri. The most recent...

Elena Gianini Belotti

Elena Gianini Belotti is the author of several novels and nonfiction works, among them Dalla parte delle bambine (Feltrinelli, 1973), Prima le donne e i bambini (Rizzoli, 1980 and 1998), Il...

Erri De Luca

Erri De Luca was born in Naples in 1950 and lives near Rome today. He is one of contemporary Italy's most acclaimed novelists, who came to writing after a lifetime of political protest and...

Maria Pace Ottieri

Maria Pace Ottieri lives in Milan where she contributes to various newspapers, including L'Unità and Diario della Settimana. She has written a novel Amore Nero (Mondadori, 1984,...

Tiziano Scarpa

Tiziano Scarpa was born in Venice in 1963. He is a poet, novelist, playwright and essayist. He has written a number of acclaimed novels including Eyes On the Broiler and Western Kamikaze. His...

Milo De Angelis

Milo De Angelis, born in Milan in 1951, is the author of five books of poetry, as well as a volume of stories and one of essays. He has also published translations of several modern French...

Laura Pariani

Laura Pariani is a critically acclaimed Italian writer who has published nine novels and three short story collections since 1993.

Benedetta Centovalli

Benedetta Centovalli works in publishing in Milan as an editor of Italian fiction. She has edited works by poets including Camillo Sbarbaro, Cristina Campo, and Alda Merini, and by writers...

Filippo Tuena

Filippo Tuena was born in Rome in 1953 and lives in Milan. He studied art history and published his first novel, Lo sguardo della paura, in 1991. He was awarded the Grinzane-Cavour Prize in 2000...

Antonio Moresco

Antonio Moresco was born in Mantua and lives in Milan. He published his first collection of short stories, Clandestinità, at the age of forty-six. He has gone on to publish several more...

Marco Baliani

Actor and director Marco Baliani has a background in theater animation and theater for children. He founded the "Ruotalibera" and "Trickster-Bricconi Divini" companies, and...

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. Though she is one of Italy's most important and acclaimed contemporary authors, her identity is a mystery. Her books include I giorni dell'abbandono...

Gianni Riotta

Gianni Riotta was born in Palermo, Italy, in 1954. His books include NY, on the aftermath of September 11th, and Global War, essays on the Iraq War. His novel Prince of the Clouds was...

Melania Mazzucco

Melania Mazzucco was born in Rome in 1966. She earned a degree in Italian literature from La Sapienza University and a degree in cinema from the Experimental Center for Cinematography. In...

Ignazio Silone

Ignazio Silone, born Secondino Tranquilli in Pescina dei Marsi (Abruzzi), lost his mother in the local earthquake of 1915. A founding member of the Italian Communist Party, he was expelled in...

Matteo B. Bianchi

Matteo B. Bianchi was born in 1966 in the province of Milan. He has published two novels with Baldini Castoldi Dalai: Generations of Love (1995) and Fermati Tanto Così (in its second...

Silvia Ballestra

Silvia Ballestra, born in Porto San Giorgio (Ascoli Piceno), was one of Pier Vittorio Tondelli's "under 25s" in the landmark series of the late 1980s. Her debut book, Compleanno...

Elsa Morante

Elsa Morante (1912-85) is the author of numerous works, among them Il gioco segreto (1941), Le bellissime avventure di Caterí dalla trecciolina (1942), Menzogna e sortilegio (1948),...

Luigi Malerba

Luigi Malerba is the pseudonym of Luigi Bonardi, who was born near Parma in 1927 but has long lived in Rome. His writing includes novels, stories, and children's literature. He is best known...

Angela Nanetti

Angela Nanetti has written more than twenty books for children and adolescents. Widely translated, this work has won such awards as the Hans Christian Andersen Medal of the International...

Guido Monte

Guido Monte was born in 1962. His books and translations have been published by the Italian houses Rubbettino and Ed. Della Battaglia. He teaches Italian and Latin literatures at the Liceo...

Adolfo Albertazzi

Adolfo Albertazzi was born in Bologna in 1865. Before his death in 1924, he had produced thirty-three volumes of fiction, literary criticism, and history. In addition to critical studies on...

Paola Capriolo

Paola Capriolo is the author of fifteen books, including novels, collections of stories, literary criticism, and translations from the German. Several of her novels have appeared in English:...

Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) is a premier figure of world literature and the greatest Italian modernist writer. Winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1934 for his strikingly original plays,...

Wu Ming

Wu Ming, Mandarin for "no name," is the newest pseudonym for Federico Guglielmi, Roberto Bui, Luca di Meo, and Giovanni Cattabriga, who range in age from thirty-two to forty-two and...

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-75) was the internationally acclaimed writer, poet, critic, actor, director, and filmmaker. Among his most noted films are his epic masterpiece Accatone!, The Gospel...
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