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Elisa Biagini
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In Dialogue with Writers | Tea with Poets Riina Katajavuori and Nadia Mifsud (students only)
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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.


 
Riina Katajavuori
Poet

Riina Katajavuori studied at the Universities of Helsinki and Edinburgh and has an M.A. in Literature. She has published six poetry collections, three novels, a collection of short stories, and twelve children’s books. Her latest novel Wenla Männistö (Ladies of Seven Brothers, 2014) is loosely based on the classic Finnish novel Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi. It was adapted into a stage monologue for the Finnish National Theatre. A radio play and a full theatre play were also produced. Her poetry has been translated into almost 30 languages and she currently writes radio columns for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. At the moment she is working on a multicultural children’s book Mennään jo naapuriin (Let’s Go and Visit Our Neighbour), as well as writing her seventh poetry collection.


 
Nadia Mifsud
Poet

Nadia Mifsud was born in Malta in 1976. She moved to France in 1998. To date, she has published two books of poetry in Maltese, żugraga (2009), and kantuniera ’l bogħod (2015), winner of the 2016 National Book Prize (poetry section). Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her first novel will be published in September 2017. For the past six years, Mifsud has been an active member of Inizjamed, an NGO whose mission is to promote literature in Malta and abroad. With Inizjamed, she has co-organised literary festivals and workshops, often in collaboration with Literature Across Frontiers (LAF). Mifsud also works as a literary translator. As such, she has translated some of the strongest voices in Maltese contemporary literature.


 
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