Mark Bibbins is the author of three books of poems: Sky Lounge (Graywolf Press), which received a 2004 Lambda Literary Award, The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon Press), and They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full (Copper Canyon), which was named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by Publishers Weekly magazine and a standout book by The Academy of American Poets. He has taught in the graduate writing programs of The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine, and Columbia University, and at Purchase College and the 92nd Street Y. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Bibbins edits the poetry section of The Awl. His poems have appeared in such venues as The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, and four editions of The Best American Poetry. He lives in New York City.
Franco Buffoni was born in Gallarate (Lombardy) in 1948. He lives in Rome. He is a professor of literary criticism and comparative literature. For 30 years he has taught in the universities of Parma, Bergamo, Milano IULM, Torino, and Cassino. His books of poetry include Suora Carmelitana (Montale Award, Guanda, 1997), Songs of Spring (Mondello Award, Marcos y Marcos, 1999), Il Profilo del Rosa (Betocchi Award, Mondadori, 2000), Guerra (Dedalus Award, Mondadori, 2005), Noi e loro (Marino Award, Donzelli, 2008), Roma (Giuseppe Giusti Award, Guanda 2009), Poesie 1975-2012 (Oscar Mondadori, 2012, pp 400), and Jucci (Castello di Villalta Award, Mondadori 2014). Selections from his books have been published in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and England. Two full-length collections have appeared in the United States and in France. In 1989 he founded the review Testo a Fronte, dedicated to the theory and the practice of literary translation (Marcos y Marcos), of which he is still the editor. As a translator he edited I Poeti Romantici Inglesi (Mondadori, 2005). As an essayist he published Ritmologia (Marcos y Marcos, 2002), La traduzione del testo poetico (Marcos y Marcos, 2005), Con il testo a fronte. Indagine sul tradurre e l’essere tradotti (Interlinea, 2007), and Laico Alfabeto (Transeuropa 2010). As a novelist he published Più luce, padre (Luca Sossella Editore 2006), Zamel (Marcos y Marcos 2009), Il servo di Byron (Fazi 2012), and La casa di via Palestro (Marcos y Marcos 2014). As a journalist he collaborates with several magazines and radio programs.