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Thu, June 08, 2017

18:00 – 21:00

Via Bolognsese, 120
50139 Firenze, ITALY

Dialogues and readings with contemporary American and Italian writers curated 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.

Guido Mazzoni meets/incontra Mark Bibbins (Poetry/Poesia)
Moderated by Raoul Bruni

Alexander Chee meets/incontra Igiaba Scego (Fiction /Narrativa)
Moderated by Edoardo Rialti.

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

Featured Biographies

Guido Mazzoni


Guido Mazzoni is a poet and essayist. He published La scomparsa del respiro dopo la caduta (in Terzo quaderno italiano, Guerini 1992) and I mondi (Donzelli 2010), and the essays Forma e solitudine (Marcos y Marcos, 2002), Sulla poesia moderna (Il Mulino, 2005) and Teoria del romanzo (Il Mulino, 2011, translated into English by Harvard University Press in 2017). For Laterza in 2015 he published I destini generali.

Mark Bibbins


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.

Raoul Bruni


Raoul Bruni was born in Florence in 1979. Italianist and literary critic, he contributes for various academic journals and literary reviews. His most recent books are the essay Il divino entusiasmo dei poeti (Aragno, 2010), the edition of Giovanni Papini’s Cento pagine di poesia (Quodlibet, 2013), Da un luogo alto. Su Leopardi (Le Lettere, 2015) and the anthology Toscani maledetti (Piano B, 2013). He is currently a researcher in Italian Studies at Università di Padova.

Alexander Chee

Fiction Writer

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and, most recently, The Queen of the Night. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is the winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas-Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.

Igiaba Scego


Igiaba Scego is an Italian novelist and journalist. She was born in Rome in 1974 to Somali parents who took refuge in Italy following a coup d’état in their native country, where her father served as foreign minister. Her book La mia casa è dove sono (2010), won the Premio Mondello 2011. Her previous works include Nessuna pietà (2009); Oltre Babilonia (2008); and Rhoda (2004).The diasporic novel Adua (Giunti, 2015) is translated in English and will published by New Vessel in June 2017.

Edoardo Rialti


Edoardo Rialti (1982) is a translator and editor of Anglo-American literature and fantasy and sci-fi narrative for Mondadori, Marietti, Lindau, and Multiplayer. He is a literary critic for Il Foglio, Indiscreto and Minima e Moralia. He has been a professor of Comparative Literature in Italy and Canada. He has translated W. Shakespeare, O. Wilde, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, T. Howard, J. Abercrombie, P. Brown. He has published essays on H. P. Lovecraft, R. K. Morgan, A. Nafisi, A. Tate, noir, fantasy, and on the presence of ancient myths in contemporary imagery. For Il Foglio he has published literary biographies  dedicated to C.S. Lewis, J.R. Tolkien, C. Hitchens. For L’Indiscreto he has just published Mount Doom, a literary journey on faith, atheism, homosexuality and the value of myths and stories.

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 (