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The Fathers' America: Poetry Reading & Musical Performance

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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A reading of poems from "The Fathers' America" (Bordighera Press, 2016) L'America dei Padri," Ernesto Livorni’s third collection with English translation. The author will read his poems with Laura Biagi, who will also provide the musical arrangements.

Ernesto Livorni is Professor of Italian Language and Literature, Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His scholarly publications include Avanguardia e tradizione: Ezra Pound e Giuseppe Ungaretti (1998) and T. S. Eliot, Montale e la modernità dantesca (forthcoming). He also translated into Italian and edited Ted Hughes, Cave-Birds: Un dramma alchemico della caverna (2001). He has published articles in Italian and in English on medieval, modern and contemporary Italian literature, English and American literature, Italian-American literature, and comparative literature. Livorni has also published three collections of poems: Prospettiche illusioni (1977-1983) (1987) (Illusions of Perspective), Nel libro che ti diedi. Sonetti (1985-1986) (1998) (In the Book That I Gave You. Sonnets) and L'America dei Padri (2005) (The Fathers’ America, forthcoming: New York: Bordighera Press, 2015). His last collection Onora il Padre e la Madre (Honor Thy Father and Mother) (Passignano sul Trasimeno Perugia): Aguaplano – Officina del Libro, 2015) gathers new and collected poems. He has recently been involved in two projects together with Silvia Bottinelli: the volume The Taste of Art. Cooking, Food, and Counterculture in Contemporary Practices (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2017) and the forthcoming issue of the journal Public Art Dialogue (London: Routledge) dedicated to Food Activism in Contemporary Practices.

Laura Biagi is an entrepreneur, educator, self-improvement coach, and performer. Dr. Biagi is currently working at the Multicultural Faculty at DePaul University’s Theatre School, where she teaches her approach to performance studies, leadership, critical pedagogy, and storytelling at Cook County Jail (CCDOC). She has lectured on identity, conflict-resolution, and contemplative pedagogy at conferences and guest talks at DePaul University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Howard University, Xavier University, and the Inside-Out Center. She will be featured as a 2018 TEDx DePaul Speaker this May. For more information, visit


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Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1450
Chicago, IL

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611


Currently active in all the major cities of the five continents, the ninety Italian Cultural Institutes serve as an ideal meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and cultural operatives, as well as for ordinary citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country. By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

By extending the role of Embassies and Consulates, the Italian Cultural Institutes offer the most effective tools for promoting a worldwide image of Italy as a center of production, preservation, and dissemination of culture from the Classical Age until today. Along with organizing cultural events in a vast array of areas, including art, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design, and photography, the Italian Cultural Institutes:

  • Offer the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses, the management of libraries and the preparation of educational and editorial materials;
  • Provide the networks and the premises to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the process of cultural exchange and production at an international level;
  • Provide information and logistic support to public and private cultural operators, both Italian and foreign;
  • Continuously support initiatives aimed at promoting an intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.
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