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Birthday bash celebrates Ovid and Sulmona

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Boston celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Publio Ovidio Nasone’s birth in style. On March 17, a group of students from the Abruzzese town of Sulmona (Ovidio’s birthplace) held a special presentation at Filippo Ristorante in the North End, where over 100 representatives of the community gathered to hear more about the Certamen Ovidianum Sulmonense. The Certamen is an Italian national competition in Latin among high school students, focusing exclusively on Ovid, the famous Roman poet who lived during the reign of Emperor Augustus. “Our goal is to promote the works of Ovid,” said Professor Caterina Fantauzzi, who accompanied a group ...

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Walter Valeri presents A Piedi Nudi

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When: Saturday, April 16 – 7 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Italian award-winning poet Walter Valeri will take center stage at the Allegro concert series on Saturday, April 16. Presented by Sounds of Italy Festival, the concert titled “A Piedi Nudi” (Bare feet) will feature Walter Valeri, with David Gullette (vocals), Alexandra Stoica (violin) and Nikole Stoica (violin). Valeri is a published poet, playwright and scholar. His collection of poetry, Canzone dell’amante infelice, (1985) was awarded Italy’s national literary prize, the Mondello. Other collections of poetry Ora settima (1990) Deliri Fragili (2008) Visioni in punto ...

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John Ciardi: North End’s poet laureate

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“I was born June 24, 1916, at 25 Sheave Street in Boston’s North End, which was then as now, though more so then, Little Italy … . My mother, in the custom of her tribe, bore me in the same bed in which she connived me … . ” So wrote John Ciardi, renowned poet, translator and teacher. I had long known of Ciardi’s translation of Dante, and I knew he was Italian American, but I did not know he had been born in the North End. Truthfully, I don’t recall now how I discovered that he was. But what ...

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Local poet Walter Valeri joins Poets’ Theatre in Cambridge

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Local poet Walter Valeri recently became the first and only Italian to be elected to the Poets’ Theatre advisory board. Through this prestigious organization based in Cambridge, Valeri will be working on bringing a Dario Fo Festival to the area in 2016, on the occasion of Fo’s 90th birthday and the 30th anniversary of Fo’ and Franca Rame’s groundbreaking visit to the United States. In January, Valeri performed and recited poems by Giacomo Leopardi during the Poets’ Theatre’s “The Word Exchange” — a multi-linguistic and multi-cultural event held at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre.

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Giovanni Pascoli Event at Boston Public Library

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On Monday, October 17, 2011, Boston Public Library held an event showcasing "Giovanni Pascoli. Last Voyage: Selected Poems," a collection of poems translated by Deborah Brown, Richard Jackson and Susan Thomas.

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