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Elisa Biagini
Poet and Lecturer, NYU Florence

Elisa Biagini lives in Florence, Ita, after having taught and studied in the U.S. for several years. Her poems have been published in several Italian and American reviews and anthologies. She has published 7 poetry collections, some bilingual, such as L’Ospite (Einaudi, 2004), Fiato. parole per musica (Edizioni dif 2006), Nel Bosco (Einaudi, 2007) and Da una crepa (Einaudi, 2014). A selection of her poems was published in New York in 2013 The Guest in the Wood (Chelsea Editions, 2014, Best Translated Book Award). Her poems have been translated into English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian, Japanese, Slovak, Russian, Serbian, Arabic and Chinese and she has been invited to important poetry festivals such as: “Stanza-Scotland’s International Poetry Festival”, St. Andrews, Scotland; “Dubai International Poetry Festival”, UAE; “poesiefestivalberlin”, Berlin; International Writers Workshop, Hong Kong (residency); “Struga poetry evenings”, Struga, Macedonia; “Poetry Parnassus” London; “internationales literaturfestival berlin”, Berlin and she has been a fellow at “Residences Internationales pour ecrivains au Chateau de Lavigny”, Suisse; “International Writers Workshop”, Hong Kong; “Fundacion Valparaiso”, Espana; “Fondazione Bogliasco-Centro studi ligure per le arti e le lettere”, Italy; “Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers”, Scotland. She has translated several contemporary American poets for reviews, anthologies and complete collections (Nuovi Poeti Americani, Einaudi, 2006). Finally, she teaches creative writing, poetry, travel writing, literature and art history in American Universities in Italy and abroad.

Nathalie Handal

Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France and the Arab world, and educated in the United States and United Kingdom. She is the author of the flash collection The Republics, which Patricia Smith lauds as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers” and winner the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing; the bestselling bilingual collection La estrella invisible / The Invisible Star; the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which The New York Times says is “a book that trembles with belonging (and longing).” Handal is the editor of the groundbreaking classic The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, and named one of the top 10 Feminist Books by The Guardian; and co-editor of the W.W. Norton landmark anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond, both Academy of American Poets bestsellers. She has worked on over twenty theatrical productions either as a playwright, director or producer. Author of eight plays, her most recent works have been produced at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bush Theatre and Westminster Abbey in London. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Ploughshares; and she served in several countries as a lecturer and cultural diplomat for the U.S. State Department. Handal is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors. Based in New York City and Paris, she is a professor at Columbia University and part of the Low-Residency MFA Faculty at Sierra Nevada College.

Aleš Šteger
Poet, Essayist, Novelist

Aleš Šteger is a poet, essayist and novelist, writing in Slovenian. Aleš belongs to a generation of writers that started to publish right after the fall of Yugoslavia. His first poetry collection Šahovnice ur (1995) was sold out in three weeks after publication and indicated a new generation of Slovenian artists and writers. Štegers books have been translated into 16 languages and his poems appeared in internationally renown magazines and newspapers as The New Yorker, Die Zeit, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, TLS and many others. Among other prizes and honours his English translation of Knjiga reči (Thee Book of Things, BOA Editions, 2010) won two mayor U.S. translation awards (BTBA award and AATSEL). Aleš received the title Chevalier dans le ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French State. He is a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Besides writing and translating from German and Spanish Aleš is also the programme director of Beletrina academic Press that he co-funded ( From 1995 to 2004 he was the initiator and programme director of the international poetry festival Days of Poetry and Wine ( He worked also as programme director of the Terminal 12 - programme strand at the Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture. Since 2012 he is workig on a performative writing project Written on Site, making one public writing performance each year.

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