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Born in Naples, Italy, in 1954, 
Pasquale Verdicchio has lived in 
Vancouver and Victoria, British 
Columbia, Los Angeles, and now resides 
in San Diego.  His poetry, reviews, 
criticism, photography and scholarly 
articles have appeared in journals 
and reviews in Canada, the US, 
and Europe; among them are Canadian 
Literature, Sulfur, Testuale, 
Viceversa, Differentia, and West 
Coast Line.  He is considered 
a leading translator of the work 
of major Italian poets such as 
Antonio Porta, Andrea Zanzotto, 
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giorgio Caproni, 
and Alda Merini.  His critical 
writings concern Italian North 
American culture and contemporary 
Italian culture.  He is a founding 
member of the Association of Italian
Canadian Writers and was president of 
the same for two terms, from 1994-1996 and
from 1996-1998.  He is a professor
in the Department of Literature at 
the University of California, San Diego,
where from 1996 to 1998 he was Head of the 
Writing Program. Currently, he is Director
of the University of California Education
Abroad Study Centers in Italy and resides
in Bologna, Italy.
His current address there is
c/o U of California Study Center
Via Val D'Aposa 7
40123 Bologna

Selected Recent Awards:

UCSD Senate Research Grant, 1998
Foundation for Italian Culture,
Educator of the Year, 1995
California Arts Council 
Artists Fellowship, 1993
MacDowell Colony Residency 
Fellowship, 1990
Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation 
Fellowship, 1990

PORTO DEI SANTI:PhotosPorto dei Santi Residence, May 1999
BIENNALE VENEZIAPhotos from Venice Biennale Reading, September 1999
COLLABORATIONSCollaborative Work


Forthcoming 1 The Holy Land. Poetry by Alda Merini. Translated by Stephanie Jed and Pasquale Verdicchio. (Guernica Editions) 2 The House is Past: Collected Poems 1978-1998. (Guernica Editions) 3 Le Paysage Fuyant. Un choix de poèmes traduits par Antonio D'Alfonso. (Le Noroit) Poetry: 1 Approaches to Absence (Montreal: Guernica, 1994) 2 The Posthumous Poet. (Los Angeles: Jahbone Press, 1993) 3 Isthmus. (Los Angeles: Littoral Editions, 1991) 4 Nomadic Trajectory. (Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1990) 5 A Critical Geography. (San Diego: Parentheses, 1990) 6 Ipsissima verba. (San Diego: Parentheses, 1986) 7 Moving Landscape. (Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1985) Critical Works/Essays: 1 Bound by Distance: Rethinking Nationalism through the Italian Diaspora (Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1998) 2 Devils in Paradise: Writings on Postemigrant Culture (Guernica, 1998) 3 Duologue: On Culture and Identity. With Antonio D'Alfonso. (Guernica, 1999)
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Translations: 1 The Savage Father. Pier Paolo Pasolini. w/ Afterword. (Guernica, 1999) 2 Metropolis. Antonio Porta. (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 1999) 3 A Desperate Vitality. Pier Paolo Pasolini. (San Diego: Parentheses, 1996) 4 A Rage of Love. Alda Merini. (Montreal: Guernica, 1996) 5 Salomè. Antonio Porta. (San Diego: Parentheses, 1996) 6 The Southern Question. Antonio Gramsci. With intro and notes. (Chicago: Bordighera, 1995) 7 The Wall of the Earth. Giorgio Caproni. (Montreal: Guernica, 1992) 8 Seventeen Variations. Emilio Villa. (San Diego: Parentheses, 1991) 9 Tropes, monsters, and poetic transformations. G. Vico (Parentheses, 1990) 10 Futurism and Advertising. Fortunato Depero. (Parentheses, 1989) 11 Cosmogony of an Event. Francesco Mangone. (Parentheses, 1988) 12 Foresta ultra naturam. Emilio Villa. (San Francisco: Red Hill Press, 1988) 13 Passenger. Antonio Porta. (Guernica: 1986) 14 Invasions. Antonio Porta. (Red Hill Press: 1985)

Bibliography 1985-1999

1. Verdicchio, Pasquale, Vangelisti, P. and Baldry, A. INVASIONS AND OTHER POEMS. Translations of Antonio Porta, Includes interview with the poet by Pasquale Verdicchio (San Francisco: Red Hill Press, BOOK 1985) of TRANSLATIONS 2. Verdicchio, Pasquale. MOVING LANDSCAPE. Poems. (Montreal: Guernica, 1985) BOOK 3. Verdicchio, Pasquale. IPSISSIMA VERBA. Poems. (Los Angeles: Parentheses, 1986) CHAPBOOK 4. Verdicchio, Pasquale. PASSENGER. Translation, selection, introduction of poems by Antonio Porta. (Montreal: Guernica Editions, BOOK 1986) of TRANSLATIONS 5. Verdicchio, Pasquale. "Il linguaggio come specchio: intervista a Antonio Porta." VICEVERSA, vol. 2, n. 3, March/April 1985 REVIEW 6. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Out of the Past: Contemporary Trends in Italian Poetry.” Article in VICEVERSA, No. 16, Oct/Nov 1986, Montreal ARTICLE 7. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Review of Antonio Porta's INVASIONI” (Mondadori, 1986) in FORUM ITALICUM, Spring 1988 REVIEW 8. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Postface” to MECCANICA DELL' APPARENZA. Poetry by Francesco Mangone. (Cosenza: Edizioni UH, 1988) POSTFACE 9. Verdicchio, Pasquale. COSMOGONY OF AN EVENT. Translation of CHAPBOOK Francesco Mangone. (San Diego: Parentheses, 1988) TRANSLATION 10. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Images from a Dutch Collage,” interview with B. Schierbeek, in VICEVERSA No. 22-23, march 1988 INTERVIEW 10a. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Interview with Bert Schierbeek” in FORMENTERA, poems by B. Schierbeek (Montreal: Guernica, 1989) INTERVIEW 11. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Contribution to Forum on “The Open Text,” in Raddle Moon Review No. 7, 1989 COMMUNIQUE 12. Verdicchio, Pasquale, and Vangelisti, P. FORESTA ULTRA NATURAM/ THE FOREST BEYOND NATURE: HOMAGE TO EMILIO VILLA. BOOK (San Francisco: Red Hill Press, 1989) of TRANSLATIONS 13. Verdicchio, Pasquale. A CRITICAL GEOGRAPHY. Poems, w/ illustrations by Italo Scanga. (San Diego:Parentheses Writing Series, 1989) CHAPBOOK 14. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Three for Pier Paolo Pasolini.” Poems. TEMBLOR No. 10, Dec. 1989 POEMS 15. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Italo Scanga: A Troubled World”, in ARTSPACE: a magazine of contemporary art. Jaunary/February 1990 ARTICLE 16. Verdicchio Pasquale. Nine pieces from ISTHMUS. Poetry. o.blek no. 7, april 90 POEMS 17. Verdicchio, Pasquale. FUTURISM AND ADVERTISING: FORTUNATO DEPERO. Translation of manifesto, with preface by Pasquale Verdicchio. CHAPBOOK (San Diego: Parentheses Writing Series, 1990) TRANSLATION 18. Verdicchio, Pasquale. TROPES, MONSTERS, AND POETIC TRANSFORMATIONS: Giambattista Vico. Translation and introduction by Pasquale Verdicchio. Illustrations by Italo Scanga. (San Diego: CHAPBOOK Parentheses Writing Series,1990) TRANSLATION 19. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “The Failure of Language Re-membering in Italian Canadian Writing” in WRITERS IN TRANSITION: The Proceedings of the First National Conference of Italian-Canadian Writers. Edited by C. Dino Minni and Anna Foschi Ciampolini. (Montreal: Gernica Editions, 1990) ARTICLE 19a. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Literary Criticism and Italian Canadian Literature: more than a thematic approach” in WRITERS IN TRANSITION: The Proceedings of the First National Conference of Italian-Canadian Writers. Edited by C. Dino Minni and Anna Foschi Ciampolini. (Montreal: Gernica Editions, 1990) ARTICLE 19b. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “The Intellectual Ghetto ,” in WRITERS IN TRANSITION: The Proceedings of the First National Conference of Italian-Canadian Writers. Edited by C. Dino Minni and Anna Foschi Ciampolini. (Montreal: Gernica Editions, 1990) ARTICLE 20. Verdicchio, Pasquale. NOMADIC TRAJECTORY. Poetry. (Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1990) BOOK 21. Verdicchio, Pasquale. SEVENTEEN VARIATIONS ON PROPOSED THEMES FOR A PURE PHONETIC IDEOLOGY. Poems by Emilio Villa. Translated, with introduction. (San Diego: Parentheses Writing BOOK Series: 1991) TRANSLATION 22. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Knowledge as Deceit.” Poetry. V.I.A. (Voices in Italian Americana) Vol. 2, No.1 (1991) POEMS 23. More GAllery, Philadelphia. Exhibition of Word/Visual Collaboration with NY artist Jude Tallichet. Nov. 91. EXHIBITION 24. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Translatio.” Raddle Moon, Vol. 5, no. 2, winter 1991 POETRY 25. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Translations of Antonio Porta, Valerio Magrelli, Alessandro Ceni, Cristina Annino, Nanni Cagnone, Gio Ferri, ect. in Screens and Tasted Parallels no. 2, 1991 TRANSLATION 26. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Four pieces” from ISTHMUS, in Screens and Tasted Parallels. 1991 POEMS 27. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Field knots.” Poetry. RE*MAP, vol. 1, no. 2, 1991 (3 pages) Collected in A. 50. POEMS 28. Verdicchio, Pasquale in Pace Yourself. Tim Berne's Caos Totale. CD. Poem. POEM 29. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Clecsografie: Klecks, immagine, proiezione.” I quaderni del Battello Ebbro. Bologna. No. 6-7, 1991 ARTICLE 29a. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Valerio Magrelli's Clecsografie: Klecks, image, projection.” Quaderni d'italianistica, Toronto. Vol. XII, No. 1, 1991. (English version of previous article) ARTICLE 30. Verdicchio, Pasquale. ISTHMUS. Poetry. (Los Angeles: Littoral Editions, 1991) BOOK 31. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Westminster College Art Gallery, Penn., Exhibition of Word/Visual collaboration with NY artist Jude Tallichet. EXHIBITION & November/December 1991 CATALOGUE 32. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Verismo, narrator, and reality: Giovanni Verga.” Selecta: Journal of Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages. Vol. 12, 1991 ARTICLE 33. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “The Subaltern Writing, the Subaltern Written.: Pasolini's Gennariello as Author.” Pacific Coast Philology, Volume XXVII, Number 1-2, September1992. ARTICLE 34. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “The Generation of False Form: Luciano De Giovanni's Dieci sonetti per stare insieme.” Il lettore di campagna, Ravenna, Italy, 1992 ARTICLE 35. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Antonio Porta: il nomade rosa.” Testuale, Milano, No. 12, 1991 ARTICLE 36. Verdicchio, Pasquale. The Wall of the Earth. Giorgio Caproni. BOOK Translation and introduction. (Montreal: Guernica, 1992) TRANSLATION 37. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Andrea Zanzotto translations. Sulfur Magazine, no. 29, 1991 TRANSLATION 38. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “The enigma of end,” poems from The Posthumous Poet: a suite for Pier Paolo Pasolini. Differentia, no. 5, 1991 POEMS 39. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “La nave del mondo: la poesia di Francesco Mangone.” Preface to Mangone's book Catabasis. (Napoli: Edizioni Terra del Fuoco, 1992) PREFACE 40. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “L'Italia in Bocca. Review article of Giorgio Bocca's La disUnità d'Italia and MacioTti and Pugliese's Gli immigrati in Italia.” Viceversa no. 36, Montreal, 1992 ARTICLE 41. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Translations of the poetry of Antonio Porta and Emilio Villa. Shearsmen of Sorts, a special issue of Forum Italicum, 1992, Luigi Ballerini ed. TRANSLATION 42. Verdicchio, Pasquale. "A balance is something. Ben Anderson's Room Constructions." Catalogue introduction to Anderson's installation at Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, Aug.-Sept. 1992. INTRODUCTION 43. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Bound by Distance: Italian-Canadian Writing as Decontextualized Subaltern.” Voices in Italian Americana, Purdue University, Volume 3.2, Fall 1992 ARTICLE 44. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Censoring the Body of Ideology: The Films of Pier Paolo Pasolini.” Fiction International, No. 22, Fall 1992 ARTICLE 45. Verdicchio, Pasquale. The Posthumous Poet: a suite for Pier Paolo Pasolini. Poetry. (Los Angeles: Jahbone Press, 1993). BOOK 46. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Edoardo Cacciatore: critical introduction to his work” for anthology of 20th century Italian poetry, John Picchione and Lawrence Smith eds., University of Toronto Press. INTRO 47. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Musica italiana in dialetto. Review of Union dialetti italiani 93,” CD, in L'italo americano, March 31, 1994 REVIEW 48. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Review of The Voices We Carry: Short Stories by Italian American Women” (Toronto: Guernica, 1994), in L'italo americano April 7, 1994 REVIEW 49. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Approaches to Absence. Poetry. (Toronto: Guernica Editions, 1994) BOOK 50. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Five poems from Terra Mara, in Footwork: Paterson Literary Review, issue no. 23, 1994 Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey POEMS 51. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Beuys in Italy.” Prose poem, in Letterbox, issue #3, May 1994, Oakland, CA. POEM 52. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “If I was six feet tall, I would have bee Italian" : Spike Lee's Guineas.” Differentia: review of Italian thought, Queens College, Number 6-7, Autumn 94 ARTICLE 53. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Searching for Little Italy” in Searching for San Diego II: A Journey Through Four San Diego Neighborhoods, sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities. 1995 ESSAY 54. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Antonio Gramsci’s Southern Question, translated, introduced and annotated by P.Verdicchio. Chicago: Bordighera, 1995. BOOK 55. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Salomè. Translation of selections from Antonio Porta’s La lotta e la vittoria del giardiniere contro il becchino. San Diego: Parentheses, 1996 CHAPBOOK 56. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Reclaiming Gramsci: A Brief Survey of Current and Potential Uses of the Work of Antonio Gramsci” in Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Foreign Literatures, Syracuse University. Vol. XLIX, N. 2, Summer 1995: 169 -176. ARTICLE 57. Verdicchio, Pasquale. A Rage of Love. Alda Merini. Prose. Toronto: Guernica, 1996. TRANSLATED BOOK 58. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Three poems (“Twelve Tim,” “An Alphabet Elsewhere,” “Relative Positions”) in West Coast Line, Number Eighteen (29/3), Vancouver, Simon Fraser University, Winter 1995-96: 8-10. POEMS 59. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Translations: Five Poems by Giorgio Caproni from Res amissa in West Coast Line, Number Nineteen (30/1), Vancouver, Simon Fraser University, Spring 1996: 17-21. TRANSLATIONS 60. Verdicchio, Pasquale. A Desperate Vitality, translation of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Una disperata vitalità” (Parentheses Writing Series, 1996). CHAPBOOK 61. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Review of Despite Repeated Warnings poems by Fred Muratori. Ohio: BAFAL Books, 1994. 78pp. In Italian Americana. REVIEW 62. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Review of Poems New and Selected by Grace Cavalieri. Pensacola: Vision Library Publications, 1994. 120pp. In Italian Americana REVIEW 63. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Subalterns Abroad: Italian Canadian Writing Between Nations and Cultures.” New version of A. 43 for Social Pluralism and Literary History: The Literature of Italian Immigration, edited by Francesco Loriggio. (Toronto: Guernica, 1996) ARTICLE 64. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Devils in Paradise: Writings on Post-emigrant Cultures. Collection of Essays. (Toronto: Guernica, 1997), 164 pages. BOOK 65. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Bound by Distance: Rethinking Nationalism Through the Italian Diaspora. (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press,1997), BOOK 66. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “The Preclusion of Postcolonial Discourse in Southern Italy.” in Revisioning Italy: National Identity and Global Culture. Beverly Allen and Mary Russo editors. (University of Minnesota Press, 1997) ARTICLE 67. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Catalogue piece for Italo Scanga Exhibition at Loggetta CATALOGUE Lombardesca, Ravenna, Italy. November 1997. ARTICLE 68. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “Tina Modotti: Life Through the Ground-Glass” Biographical Essay for Dear Vocio exhibition catalogue. University of California, San Diego, 1997. ARTICLE 69. Verdicchio, Pasquale. “If I was Six Feet Tall I Would Have Been Italian” see A. 52. Reprinted as a special insert pamphlet in .UNO December 1997. ARTICLE 70. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Translations of three poems by Alda Merini and introduction, in Poetry International, Premier Issue, Fall 1997. TRANSLATIONS 71. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Translation of Antonio Porta’s Metropolis. Los Angeles: Green Integer Press, 1999. BOOK TRANSL. 72. Verdicchio, Pasquale & Antonio D’Alfonso. Duologue: On Culture and Identity. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 1998. BOOK 73. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Article on Una Storia Segreta: the Internment of Italian Americans. San Diego: Amici Magazine , Summer 1998. ARTICLE 74. Verdicchio, Pasquale. "Italian Canadian Cultural Politics: the Contradictions of Representation." in Altreitalie: international journal of studies on the peoples of Italian origin in the world. Gennaio-Giugno 1998 ARTICLE 75. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Poems in anthology L'Altra Storia: Antologia della letteratura italo-canadese. Edited by Francesco Loriggio. Sistema Bibliotecaro Vibonese, Vibo Valentia, 1999. ppg. 343-352. POEMS 76. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Poems in anthology The Anthology of Italian Canadian Writing. Edited by Joseph Pivato. Toronto: Guernica, 1998. ppg. 200-204. POEMS 77. Verdicchio, Pasquale. "Reconsidering the Southern Question" in The Anthology of Italian Canadian Writing. Edited by Joseph Pivato. Toronto: Guernica, 1998. ppg. 205-214. ESSAY 78. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Four Poems. The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad. M.G. Vassanji Editor. Toronto. Vol. 16, n. 3, 1998, ppg. 51-54. POEMS 79. Verdicchio, Pasquale. "Post-emigrant culture: thoughts on race, ethnicity and the politics of disappearance." In The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad. M.G. Vassanji Editor. Toronto. Vol. 16, n. 3, 1998, ppg. 23-34. ESSAY 80. Verdicchio, Pasquale. "Translatio amissa: misplacing the poetic texts of Giorgio Caproni." An essay dedicated to Robin Blaser in the volume in his honour published by Talon Books. ESSAY 81. Verdicchio, Pasquale. "Unholy Manifestations: Cultural Transformation as Hereticism in the films of De Michiel, Ferrara, Savoca, and Scorsese” In Adjusting Sites: New Essays on Italian/American Studies, William Boelhower and Rocco Pallone (eds.), Stony Brook:FILibrary, 1999. ESSAY 82. Verdicchio, Pasquale. Translation of Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Savage Father, BOOK Toronto: Guernica, 1999. TRANSLATION 82a. Verdicchio, Pasquale. "Pasolini's The Savage Father: Colonialism as a 'structure that wants to be another structure' " In The Savage Father, by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Toronto: Guernica, 1999. ESSAY

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