At the beginning of the 1990s new poetic voices emerged in Italian literature, thanks to the works of foreign authors who chose our language as their medium of creative expression. This phenomenon, which has generated a revolution in our national literature, both linguistic and thematic, will be addressed by Mia Lecomte
(Italian-French poet and critic) and Candelaria Romero
(italophone Argentinian poet), with examples from their collections of poems. Nicoletta Pireddu
(Professor of Italian at Georgetown University) will place the italophone poetry of migration in the context of Italian contemporary literature.
A presentation of Compagnia delle Poete
will follow. This is a theatrical group including exclusively foreign and Italo-foreign italophone women poets, who have in common a story of migration and transnationality. Marina Young
, actress, will interpret the poems in English.
Violinist Diana Le Grande Mollaioli
will provide a musical atmosphere for the poetry reading.
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was born in 1966 and lives in Rome. Active as a poet, writer of children books, playwright, and essays, she is an honorary member of the French Association "Confluences poétiques", and the founder of the Compagnia Internazionale delle Poete. She is the editor of the journal Semicerchio
and a contributing editor of the Italian edition of Le Monde Diplomatique
. Her publications include poetry: Autobiografie non vissute
(Manni 2004), Terra di risulta
(La Vita Felice 2009), Intanto il tempo
(La Vita Felice 2012); children books: Come un pesce nel diluvio
(Sinnos 2008), L'Altracittà
(Sinnos 2010). Her most recent book of poetry is For the Maintenance of Landscape
(Guernica Editions 2012).
was born in 1973 in Argentina. In 1991 she graduated in Dramatic Art in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then, she writes poetry and social theater, which she produces and stages in Italy. She co-founded the online journal of migrant literature El Ghibli
. Some of her poems have been published in the anthologies Poesia della migrazione in italiano
(Le Lettere 2006) and A New Map: the Poetry of Migrant Writers in Italy
(Legas 2011). In 2008 she won the national award "Bianca Maria Pirazzoli" as best actress. Her publications include the volume of plays Poetica e teatro civile - tre monologhi per Amnesty e Survival
(Aracne), and the volume of poetry Poesie di fine mondo
(Lietocolle), both released in 2010.
Prof. Nicoletta Pireddu
is a specialist in Comparative Literature. She holds an Italian laurea, and doctoral degrees from both Italy and the United States. She is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Italian M.A. Program and a core member of the Comparative Literature Program, which she directed until 2010. Her research revolves around European literary and cultural relations, with particular attention to the Italian, French and British domains from the nineteenth-century to the present; questions of national and European identity; literary and critical theories; interdisciplinary approaches to literature; relationships between anthropology and literature; history of ideas; early science-fiction; translation studies.
Diana Le Grande Mollaioli
attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, where she earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance. While studying in the United States, she also received a diploma with a rating of Excellent from the Conservatory of Modena, Italy.
As an active performer in the DC Metro Area, Diana solos with orchestras, plays in chamber groups and is concertmaster of the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC.
is a student of Theater & Performance Studies at Georgetown University.