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 part of the Milanese school of poetry. His collected poems were published in 2007. Paesaggi inospiti (Inhospitable Landscapes) appeared in 2009, and a collection of prose poems, Professor Fumagalli e altre figure (Professor Fumagalli and Other Figures), was published in 2012. A new collection is forthcoming in 2017. Neri still lives in Milan.