Past Event

Italics: writing, translating, and performing Italian poetry in America

June 7, 2023
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Italian Academy, Columbia University 1161 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027

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Italics brings together poets, translators, and publishers to discuss and share their experiences on contemporary Italian poetry in America.

This one-day event will foster encounters centered around the intersection of Italian poetry and New York City, providing a unique opportunity for participants to engage with one another and explore the complexities and richness of Italian poetry.

Through panel discussions, readings, and workshops, participants will engage with a wide range of topics, including the role of Italian poetry in the American literary landscape and the challenges and rewards of translating Italian poetry into English. Fostering valuable and productive exchanges between poets, translators, and scholars from diverse fields and perspectives, Italics is intended as a creative space of encounter for voices that are often silenced both in Italy and the US due to their origin, gender, or sexual orientation. The event will also provide a platform for endangered languages, such as Italian Southern dialects, and for queer and trans poets to present their work. We are grateful and humbled by the generosity of many high-profile poets, translators, and publishers who have agreed to participate in this initiative.

We are especially enthusiastic to welcome undergraduate and graduate students from across the many universities that populate the intellectual landscape of our city, as well as members of the broader New York community, to participate in the event. We firmly believe that Italics will enrich the intellectual and cultural life of our city, fostering a significant cultural exchange between Italy and America — The Organizers


Giovanni Lovisetto (PhD candidate, Classical Studies Program, Columbia); Luca Abbattista (PhD candidate, Italian Studies Program, Columbia); Patricio Ferrari (adjunct professor, MFA program, Sarah Lawrence College, and Rutgers University)


World Poetry in Translation and (at Columbia) Multi-verse: Poetry Beyond Borders (Columbia University Poetry Club); the Department of Italian; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society