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Thu, June 16, 2016

18:00 – 21:00

Villa La Pietra, Garden
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, ITALIA

Dialogues and readings with contemporary American and Italian writers curated by Alessandro Raveggi, writer and member of the NYU Florence faculty.

Dialoghi e letture con Scrittori Contemporanei Americani e Italiani curati dal Prof. Alessandro Raveggi, scrittore e membro docente di NYU Florence.

Dorothea Lasky meets/incontra Antonella Anedda (Poetry /Poesia)
Moderated by Luca Baldoni

Alexander Chee meets/incontra Tommaso Pincio (Fiction /Narrativa)
Moderated by Raoul Bruni


Featured Biographies

Dorothea Lasky


Dorothea Lasky is the author of four books of poetry, most recently ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013) and several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, co-directs Columbia Artist/Teachers, and lives in New York City.

Antonella Anedda


Antonella Anedda is a poet and essayist. Her debut in poetry dates from 1992 with the volume Residenze invernali (Premio Sinisgalli for a first book, Premio Diego Valeri and Tratti Poetry Prize). In 2000, after the publication of her second work Notti di pace occidentale, she was awarded the Premio Internazionale Montale for poetry. She continues to collaborate with various literature and art magazines such as Rinascita, Ipso facto, Doppiozero, and Alfabeta2. Other poetry books, including Il catalogo della gioia (2003) and Dal balcone del corpo (Mondadori 2007), received various awards such as the Premio Eloro, the Premio Sibilla Aleramo, the Premio Dessì and the Premio Napoli. Dal balcone del corpo was also named “Book of the Year.” Her most recent poetry book Salva con nome (Mondadori 2012) has been awarded the Premio Viareggio-Repaci, the Premio Pascoli and the Premio Alghero Donna, among others. Her texts have been translated into many languages, including Japanese, Korean, and Hebrew. In 2014 Anedda published Archipelago, an anthology in English for the publishing house Bloodaxe, edited by the poet Jamie McKendrick. Her most recent work of fiction is Isolatria. Viaggio nell’arcipelago della Maddalena (Laterza 2013).

Alexander Chee


Alexander Chee is the author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at VQR and The Lit Hub, and a critic at large for The Los Angeles Times. His essays and stories appear in Best American Essays 2016, The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is a winner of the Whiting Award, and fellowships from the NEA and the MCCA, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The University of Texas – Austin and Princeton University. He lives in New York City.

Tommaso Pincio


Tommaso Pincio is a Rome-based writer and a painter. His books include M. (Cronopio); Un amore dell’altro mondo (Einaudi), translated in English as Love-shaped Story by Jonathan Hunt (London: Harper Collins 2004); La ragazza che non era lei (Einaudi); Cinacittà (Einaudi); Lo spazio sfinito (minimum fax); L’hotel a zero stelle (Laterza); Pulp Roma (Il Saggiatore); and Panorama (NN editore), which won the 2015 Simbad Prize. Tommaso also writes for newspapers and magazines, including Tuttolibri – La Stampa, Rolling Stone, Il Manifesto, and La Repubblica.

Alessandro Raveggi


Novelist and poet, Raveggi teaches Modern Italian Literature at New York University Florence. He held a Postdoc in Italian Studies at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México for two years. He wrote, among other works, the collection of short stories Il grande regno dell’emergenza (LiberAria, 2016), the novel Nella vasca dei terribili piranha (Effigie, 2012), the essays Calvino Americano (Le Lettere, 2012) and the first Italian introduction to David Foster Wallace (Doppiozero, 2014), the collections of poems La trasfigurazione degli animali in bestie (Transeuropa, 2011), Disney contro le metafisiche (Zona, Level48, 2008), the series of short stories Talenti da export / Le vite illustri for the Italian newspaper La Repubblica (2012-2013) and the series Romanzo da Spiaggia (in Italian and English) for the Tuscan edition of Corriere della Sera. He is the curator of an anthology of Italian tales on Latin America Panamericana (La Nuova Frontiera, Roma, 2016) and director of TheFLR, the first Italian bilingual literary magazine in Italian and English. He wrote stories and non-fiction for the Italian magazines Minima&Moralia, Doppiozero, Alfabeta2′, Carmilla, Club Dante, La Repubblica, Nazione Indiana, Nuova Prosa, Corriere della Sera, and poems for Luvina, Poesia, Il verri, Versodove, Le parole e le cose, among others.