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Subject: L'incontro--an evening of experimental and emerging voices in Italian poetry.

L'incontro (the encounter) is an evening of experimental and emerging voices in Italian poetry featuring work read in the original Italian and in English translation by poet/translators Joshua Adams, Chris Glomski, Francesco Levato, and special guest Tiziano Fratus, from Turin, Italy. Fratus will read from his recent book, "A Room in Jerusalem."

Poets whose work will be presented include: Francesco Giuntini, Giacomo Leopardi, Eugenio Montale, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Eugenio De Signoribus, Emanuel Carnevali, Nino Gennaro, and Tiziano Fratus.

L'incontro is sponsored by UniVerse of Poetry and is being recorded for broadcast by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio for Chicago Amplified.

Weds., Dec. 10, 2008, 7:00pm (Doors open at 5pm, reading starts at 7pm) - FREE
at Th!nkArt Salon
1530 North Paulina, Suite F
Chicago, IL 60622

For more information contact Francesco Levato,


Joshua Adams is a graduate student at the University of Chicago and Editor of Chicago Review. His translation, with Joel Calahan, of Marcello Frixione's Ologrammi is forthcoming from Cracked Slab Books.

Tiziano Fratus is the author of nine books of poetry including Il Molosso, Il Ventre, and Il Vangelo della Carne. His work has been translated and published in numerous languages and countries. His most recent book A Room in Jerusalem was released by Farfalla Press (2008, Brooklyn). He is the editor of the literary press, Torino Poesia, and director of the poetry festival by the same name.

Chris Glomski is the author of Transparencies Lifted from Noon, a collection of poems published in fall of 2005 by MEB / Spuyten Duyvil Press. He is also the author of a chapbook, IL LA, published by Noemi Press in 2002. Since 2002 he has been pursuing an ongoing translation project of various contemporary Italian poets, some of which recently appeared in ACM. His poems, translations, and critical writings have appeared in Notre Dame Review, The Octopus, Chicago Review, Jacket, A Public Space, and elsewhere. Another chapbook, Eidolon, was issued by Answer Tag Home Press in October 2008. He lives in Chicago.

Poet and new media artist Francesco Levato is the executive director of The Poetry Center of Chicago. He is the author of Marginal State, a collection of poetry, and his work has been published internationally in journals and anthologies, both in print and online, including The Progressive, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, Versal, and many others. His poetry-based video artwork has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere.

About UniVerse : A United Nations of Poetry

UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry is an interactive forum and celebration of international poetry encouraging universal dialogue, compassion and peace. Enjoy our archive of visionary poets and "Teach This Poem," our free, interactive teaching tool featuring engaging questions and writing exercises. For more about us and our events, visit

About Th!nkArt Salon

Th!nkArt is a contemporary, French-inspired art salon featuring celebrated and emerging artists from Chicago and around the world.

Th!nkArt is located at 1530 North Paulina Street (one half-block south of North Avenue), Suite F, in the Wicker Park gallery district on Chicago's near northwest side. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. By car: the gallery is two blocks west of the North Avenue exit of the Kennedy Expressway (street parking available). By CTA: the gallery is four blocks east of the Damen stop on the Blue Line, and one half-block south of the #72 North Avenue bus. For more information, please call 773.252.2294 or email at