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Fri, June 09, 2017

18:00 – 21:00

Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze - ITALY

Dialogues and readings with contemporary American and Italian writers by writer and NYU Florence lecturer Alessandro Raveggi.

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

Vivian Lamarque meets/incontra Catherine Barnett (Poetry /Poesia)
Moderated by Diego Bertelli.

Maaza Mengiste meets/incontra Gianluigi Ricuperati (Fiction /Narrativa)
Moderated by Giulio D’Antona.

(Dialogues will be translated in Italian and in English.)

Featured Biographies

Vivian Lamarque


Vivian Lamarque was born Vivian Daisy Provera Pellegrinelli Comba, on 19 April 1946 in a Waldensian family. She has produced ten poetry books at major presses in Italy; a number of her books have won prestigious awards in Italy: Premio Viareggio, the Premio Montale, the Premio Camajore, Premio Cardarelli-Tarquina, the Premio Rodari, and most recently the Premio Carducci for her most recent collection Madre d’inverno (Mondadori, 2016). Besides being a short story writer, she has also translated works by La Fontaine, Paul Valéry, Jacques Prévert, and Charles Baudelaire.

Catherine Barnett


Catherine Barnett is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and a Pushcart. Her first book, Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004), won the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award, and she received the 2012 James Laughlin Award for her second book, The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012). Barnett has taught at Barnard, the New School, and NYU, where she was honored with an Outstanding Service Award.

Diego Bertelli


Diego Bertelli has published essays, articles, and translations of his Italian and international journals. He works and reviews Italian literature of the late twentieth century with the magazine Atelier and he is the curator of the official website of Bartolo Cattafi. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Alinari award with Lo stato delle cose in sospeso, out of Italian Poetry Review, 6, 2011. His story, Il sogno di Amanda, appeared in the anthology Toscani Maledetti, edited by R. Bruni (Edizioni Piano B, 2013). In 2016, he published with Silvia Rocchi the graphic novel I giorni del vino e delle rose (Valigie Rosse).

Maaza Mengiste


Maaza Mengiste is a novelist, essayist, and photographer. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe and other publications. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Granta, the Guardian, The New York Times, BBC Radio, and Lettre International, among other places. She was the 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow and a Runner-up for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Maaza’s fiction and nonfiction examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war, and exile, and considers the intersections of photography and violence. She was a writer on the social-activist documentary film, GIRL RISING, which features the voices of actors such as Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, and Cate Blanchet, and is at work on another, Belgian-based, documentary. Her second novel, The Shadow King, is forthcoming.

Gianluigi Ricuperati


Gianluigi Ricuperati (born in 1977), writer and director of Domus Academy, has also been ‘Cross-disciplinary curator’ for the cultural program of MIA Fair since 2015. He is the founder and director of the Institute for Production of Wonder, based in Torino and London. His essays, reportages and novels are published by Rizzoli, Bollati Boringhieri, minimum fax, and Mondadori. His last books: La scomparsa di me (2016) by Feltrinelli in Italy, and Mind’s game for Gallimard in France. He collaborates with Italian and international magazines and newspapers such as Volume, Domus, Abitare, Vogue,, Dazed and Confused, Repubblica, Sole 24 Ore, Flash Art, 032C. He collaborated as a curator and consultant with Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and with the following institutions: ETH Zurich, Artissima, Fondazione CRT, Biennale Interieur, Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Giulio D'Antona


Giulio D’Antona (1984) follows American culture and literature for Italian magazines; in 2016 he published the narrative nonfiction Non è un mestiere per scrittori (minimum fax), a reportage on being a writer in contemporary America. For the monthly magazine linus he curates a column on stand-up comedy. He writes scripts for Disney comics and movies.

Alessandro Raveggi


Alessandro Raveggi (Florence, 1980) is a Lecturer in Modern Italian Literature at New York University Florence and other American academic programs in Florence. He published, among other books, 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 editions, 2014), the collections of poems Nominazioni (Ladolfi, 2016), La trasfigurazione degli animali in bestie (Transeuropa, 2011), and series of short stories for the Italian newspapers La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera. He was the curator of the anthology of Italian tales on Latin America, Panamericana (La Nuova Frontiera,  2016) and is currently editor of The FLR – The Florentine Literary Review, the first Italian bilingual literary magazine in Italian and English. (