ANTONINO MAZZA is an award-winning poet, translator and editor. Born in Calabria, he lives in Ottawa and teaches at Carleton University. He has also taught at the University of Ottawa and at Queen’s University. As editor his name is associated with Anthos (a magazine he co-founded in ‘78), Vice Versa, Gamut International and Osiris (USA). He is the author of acclaimed translations of Eugenio Montale, The Bones of Cuttlefish (’83), and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Poetry (’91). For the latter he was awarded the Italo Calvino Translation Prize from Columbia University (’92). He has published two books of his own poetry, one of which, The Way I Remember It (’92), was first released as a recording (’88), choreographed by the Vancouver-based E.D.A.M. Dance Company and widely performed. For the same book published in Italian translation, La nostra casa è in un orecchio cosmico (Molteleone editore, ’98), he was the recipient of the 2001 Grotteria Prize, an award he shared with Federico Lombardi, program director of Vatican Radio. In ’94 his reissue of The City Without Women: A Chronicle of Internment Life in Canada During World War II, won the Brutium “Calabria” Gold Medal in Rome and inspired the NFB documentary Barbed Wire and Mandolins (‘97). More recently he has published Urban Harvest (’04) and other creative non-fiction works, and contributed translations of eight younger Italian poets to Italville, an Anthology of New Italian Writing (Exile Edition, ’06).
Festival: 2008 (Spring)