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Maurizio Mattiuzza


Maurizio Mattiuzza

Maurizio Mattiuzza (1965, Italija) was born near Zurich and returned to his father’s homeland, Friuli (a region in the Northeast of Italy next to the Slovenian border), in 1976. His beginnings as a poet go back to the time of his involvement in the Usmis magazine and the poetry movement of Trastolons, of which he was one of the co-founders. He published four books, notably L’inutile necessità(t) (2004) with a preface by Luciano Morandini and a postface by Claudio Lolli and "Gli alberi di argan" (2011). He also works as a lyrics writer and spoken word performer in collaboration with songwriter Lino Straulino. Together, they recorded the album Tiere nere (Nota Records) and went on a very long tour, as part of which they also held a live concert for the Swiss RTV. Maurizio is the winner of a number of important Italian literary awards and has appeared at several poetry festivals. He writes poems in Italian and Friulian and even in the dialect spoken in a valley in the Italian Alps, where his mother comes from. I won the poetry award InediT0 Colline di Torino. Some lyrics took out from his recent  book were included some months ago in the final selection of Mario Soldati Poetry award.  In sept 2015 he released togheter with the band Luna e un Quarto A 12" red vinyl EP called "Oggi è sabato sera". A ballad dedicated to Primo Carnera, a friulian boxer wo won the 1933 world championship in NY. For his new book " La donna del chiosco sul Po" publlshed in June 2015 Maurizio Mattiuzza put toghether a music- poetry quartet to tour festivals, clubs and bookshop. Line up: Renzo Stefanutti (Voice and Guitar)/Stefania Carlotta Del Bianco (Voice)/Susan Franzil (Cello).

Monica Pavani


Monica Pavani

Monica Pavani lives in Ferrara (Italy). Besides writing poetry (in her latest published collection, Luce ritirata/Light Withdrawn, which won the Senigallia first prize in 2005, the French sculptor Camille Claudel speaks in the first person), she has been working for many years as a translator from English and French into Italian. Among her most recent translations: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (La sovrana lettrice, Adelphi 2007), Mouvement par la fin by Philippe Rahmy (Movimento dalla fine, Mobydick 2008) and Adonais by Percy Bysshe Shelley (Adone, Marsilio 2014). Her book about the Jewish writer Giorgio Bassani, L’eco di Micòl. Itinerario bassaniano (The Echo of Micòl. A Walk through the Writings of Giorgio Bassani) was published in a bilingual version by 2G Editrice in Ferrara in 2011. She has just translated the poem Parisina by Lord Byron, which is in course of publication for 2G Editrice.

In 2012 she earned a PhD degree in Anglo-American Literature at Ca’ Foscari in Venice, with a dissertation on Anne Michaels’, Sujata Bhatt’s and Adrienne Rich’s poems on German painter Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Sara Ventroni


Sara Ventroni

Born in 1974 in Rome. Her play Salomè was published in 2005. She was a finalist for the Premio Antonio Delfini prize for her poetry collection Nel Gasometro. Her poetry has been translated into English, German, Spanish, Croatian and Albanian. Her texts are included in many anthologies. She is the co-founder of women’s movement Se non ora quando? She is currently writing a novel that will be published by Rizzoli publishing house. She works for the L’unità newspaper. 

Festival Days of poetry and wine

2017