ERMINIA PASSANNANTI
Born and brought up in Salerno, Erminia read Modern Languages at Salerno University. In 1991, she was one of 5 winners of the first Italian National Poetry Competition, "Laura Nobile". A selection of 30 poems from her collection "Noi Altri" was published in 1993 in the anthology "I Cinque Poeti del Premio Laura Nobile", with an introduction by Franco Fortini. In 1995, she won the First Prize in the same poetry competition with her collection "Macchina", published by Manni Editore in 2000. English translations of her poems have been published in UIK literary magazines such as "Agenda" and "Poetry Durham" and in on-line American magazines.

She has been researching contemporary English, Irish and Welsh Poetry and has published extensively in this specialist area both as a literary critic and a translator of poetry. Recent publications include translations of R. S. Thomas, a Robin Llywellyn novel, Menna Elfyn, Angelo di Cella, and a selection of unpublished letters by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontė.

In 1991 and 1995, she received scholarships by the University of Norwich to carry out research on contemporary British poetry in translation and published an anthology "Gli uomini sono una beffa degli angeli", (Ripostes, 1993), sponsored by the BCLT/UEA. As a translator and literary critic, she collaborates with the Italian literary magazines "L'Immaginazione", "Linea d'Ombra" and "Poesia".

In February 2001, she was one of the featured poet-translators at the Milan Conference "Poesia del '900: I poeti dei poeti e le grandi traduzioni del secolo", co-ordinated by the Italian poet and translator Giovanni Raboni. She is the UK co-cordinator and Oxford organizer of the UNESCO International Poetry Week "Dialogue among Civilizations through Poetry". In October 2001, she read a paper on Franco Fortini, at the UCL conference on the "Poesia Italiana tra gli anni '60-'70". She is literary editor of the "Transatlantico", a section of "Vico Acitillo 124. Poetry-Wave" and edits "Transference. EU&Beyond", a new on-line poetry magazine.

She has completed a doctorate at UCL on the poetry of Franco Fortini under the supervision of Professor David Forgacs. Erminia lives in Oxford where she teaches Italian Literature at St Clare's College and gives tutorials at St Catherine's College.

E-mails can be sent to erminia.passannanti@talk21.com

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