Marco Fazzini was born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy in 1962. He lives in Vicenza and is lecturer at the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice, as well as a freelance critic and translator, foreign contributions editor for the literary journals Ali and Il Tolomeo, and a series editor for the publishing house Edizioni del Bradipo. He has published articles and books on post-colonial literatures and has translated some of the major English-language contemporary poets, such as Douglas Livingstone, Norman MacCaig, Edwin Morgan, Philip Larkin, Geoffrey Hill, Dionne Brand, Charles Tomlinson, Hugh MacDiarmid, Douglas Dunn, Stephen Gray, etc.
His most recent publications include Crossings: Essays on Contemporary Scottish Poetry and Hybridity (2000), a book on Geoffrey Hill, L’acrobata della memoria (2002), a study on the problems of alterity, Resisting Alterities: Wilson Harris and Other Avatars of Otherness (2004), and a new collection of critical essays on Douglas Livingstone’s poetry, Son to the Ocean (2006). He is also the editor of the first history of Scottish literature published outside Scotland: Alba Literaria (2005), and the author of a book on poetical translations, Tradurre, paradiso dei poeti (2005). His latest books are a study on poetry and songwriting, Canto un mondo libero (2012), and Conversations with Scottish Poets (2015).
His major poetry collections are: Nel vortice (1999); XX poesie (2007); Driftings and Wrecks (2010); 24 Selected Poems (San Francisco, HCT Press).
In 2013 he launched TheArtsBox Cultural Association, a geographic and mental space where literature and the other arts meet in the spirit of creative freedom. Here, in the very heart of the Palladian city of Vicenza, the cross-contamination and interrelationships within the arts create new openings and readings of our contemporary world for the making and understanding of arts and letters. Marco Fazzini, with the help of TheArtsBox direction panel, is artistic editor of the poetry and music festival called “Poetry Vicenza”.
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