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Mon, February 05, 2018

18:00 – 19:00

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze - Italy

A reading by writers Ishion Hutchinson and T. Geronimo Johnson, Rome Prize Fellows in Literature at the American Academy in Rome, introduced by Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, NYU Florence.

In connection with Black History Month Florence III Edition.

LPD – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Featured Biographies

Ishion Hutchinson


Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among others. He is the current Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellow residing at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.

T. Geronimo Johnson


T. Geronimo Johnson was born in New Orleans. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Johnson has taught writing at UC Berkeley, Stanford, the Writers’ Workshop, the Prague Summer Program, Oregon State University, San Quentin, and elsewhere. He has worked on, at, or in brokerages, kitchens, construction sites, phone rooms, education non-profits, writing centers, summer camps, ladies shoe stores, nightclubs, law firms, offset print shops, and a political campaign that shall remain unnamed. He also wrote a couple of novels that have—between the two—been selected by the Wall Street Journal Book Club, named a 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, shortlisted for the 2016 HurstonWright Legacy Award, longlisted for the National Book Award, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, a finalist for The Bridge Book Award, a finalist for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, included on Time Magazine’s list of the top ten books of 2015, awarded the Saroyan International Prize for Writing, named the winner of the 2015 Ernest J Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and the Inaugural Simpson Family Literary Prize.  Johnson was a 2016 National Book Award judge. He lives in domestic and commercial political exile.

He is the current John Guare Rome Prize Fellow residing at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.