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Antonella Anedda Angioy


Antonella Anedda Angioy is a poet and essayist. Born in Rome in 1955 of an old Sardinian family, she obtained, cum laude, a degree in Modern Art History, under the supervision of Augusto Gentili at the University La Sapienza, Rome. Her master's thesis was published in Arte veneta. In 1982 she obtained a scholarship from the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice and she collaborated on articles in art criticism for newspapers and magazines. She worked for the Museo di Arte Popolare in Rome. She taught Linguistic Mediation for the Department of English in Rome and, subsequently, till 2006, at the University of Siena, campus Arezzo. She started collaborating with the University of Lugano as lecturer for the Master in Italian Language, Literature and Civilization, and, since 2014, for the Bachelor. She took part in radio programs for RAI 3 and for the Swiss Radio and in numerous conferences such as Arcipelago Malinconia (Rome,1999) for which she edited, in 2001, the volume of conference proceedings "Poeti della malinconia". She developped a project on Jewish culture, with the title  "Una scuola per la tolleranza" for universities and secondary schools, and she participated in meetings dedicated to Italian Jewish Poetry. For two years, she frequented the course on the Midrash held in Rome by the writer Giacoma Limentani.

Her debut in poetry dates from 1992 with the volume Residenze invernali (Premio Sinisgalli for a first book, Premio Diego Valeri and Tratti Poetry Prize). In 2000, with her second work Notti di pace occidentale she was awarded the Premio Internazionale Montale for poetry. She continues to collaborate with various literature and art magazines such as Rinascita, Ipso facto, Doppiozero, Alfabeta2. She is part of the editorial committee of the journal Testo a fronte. She worked with artists like Ruggiero Savini who illustrated the first edition of the plaquette of Residenze invernali, with Jenny Holzer who used her texts for an installation in Rome, and with musicians such as Paolo Fresu who adopted her texts at the Festival of Berdiccha, and Diego Minciacchi for whom she wrote a choral work for flute and voice, represented in Paris, April 2010. In 1994, she edited the anthology of poetry and prose of Philippe Jaccottet: Appunti per una semina. She also translated Philippe Jaccottet's prose writings of La parola Russia, with, in appendix, translations of Osip Mandel'ŝtam. Other poetry books - Il catalogo della gioia (2003), Dal Balcone del corpo (Mondadori 2007) received various awards such as the Premio Eloro, the Premio Sibilla Aleramo, the Premio Dessì and the Premio Napoli, with Dal balcone del corpo chosen as "Book of the Year". Amongst her essays: Cosa sono gli anni (Fazi 1997), La luce delle cose (Feltrinelli 2000), the pages of which were read, together with texts of Tanizaki, by Huub Ubbens for an installation dedicated to light: LED Light Exhibition Design 2010, Milan. She took part in various international poetry festivals, such as, recently, the Ledbury Festival, UK, on occasion of which the scholar of Italian literature Peter Hainsworth presented her work on the Times Literary Supplement. In 2005, on occasion of the Manhae International Poetry Festival for World Peace she was part of an international delegation of writers, who from Seoul traveled to North Korea, hoping (in vain) to gather poets of the two Koreas in a single poetry reading. In 2003, she edited the short stories of Grazia Deledda: Come Solitudine (Donzelli). Among other edited volumes: Villette by Emily Brontë (Fazi), the works of the Sufi philosopher Malek Jan Nemati: La vita non è breve ma il nostro tempo è limitato. In 2009 she published La vita dei dettagli. Her versions of classical poets, Sappho and Ovid, and of contemporaries, such as Philippe Jaccottet, were collected in the volume Nomi distanti (1998 and 2012). She translated and edited the volume Don’t Waste my Beauty, an anthology of the North-American poet Barbara Carle (2006). She edited, for the books published by the Corriere della sera, a volume of lyric poetry by Anna Achmatova, Il prodigio delle cose (Corriere della sera 2012). She wrote numerous introductions, to Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Einaudi 2012) and to Tornata alla terra by Mary Webb (Elliot 2012). She edited and translated, with Elisa Biagini and Emanuela Tandello, the volume of the Canadian writer Ann Carson: Antropologia dell'acqua (Donzelli 2010). Her most recent poetry book Salva con nome (Mondadori 2012) has been awarded, amongst others, the Premio Viareggio-Repaci, the Premio Pascoli and the Premio Alghero Donna. Her texts have been translated in the principal European and non-European languages, like Japanese, Korean, Hebrew. Two volumes have been translated in Spanish: Noches de paz occidental and Residencias invernales for the publishing house Igitur, with an introduction by Amelia Rosselli. In 2008 Nuits de paix occidentale, suivi de La lumière des choses appeared, in a translation by Jean-Baptiste Para (L'Escampette). The translation of Dal balcone del corpo (Vom Erker des Körprs, translated by Annette Kopetzki) appeared in 2010 for the editions Litteraturverlag Ronald Hoffmann. Forthcoming, fall 2014, Archipelago, an anthology in English for the publishing house Bloodaxe, edited by the poet Jamie McKendrick. Also forthcoming in 2014, two translations in Spanish: an anthology for the Argentinean publisher Hilos and the translation of the volume Dal balcone del corpo for the Mexican publisher Vaso roto. Recently, she has participated, with installations and a performance, to the exhibition Lontano da dove at the Museum MACRO Testaccio. In 2013, one of her texts written for Nicoletta Braschi, entitled A Lunar Woman has been performed in Rome in a direction by Francesco Saponaro, which has now been published with engravings by Lino Fiorito. Her most recent prose work is: Isolatria. Viaggio nell’arcipelago della Maddalena (Laterza 2013). She took part in the Biennale Danza, 2013. Since 2012 she lives between Italy and the UK, for her research on the relationship between Leopardi and Erasmus Darwin. In January of 2014, she was awarded the Premio Puškin for her poetic and essayistic oeuvre.