Prof. Luigi Ballerini will give a public talk on the UA Campus entitled "The Language of Poetry in the Age of Political Machination: Readings from Elio Pagliani's and Luigi Ballerini's Cefalonia."
Born in Milan in 1940, Luigi Ballerini lives in New York and teaches modern and contemporary Italian Literature at the University of California Los Angeles. He has translated into Italian several books by American authors including Herman Melville, Henry James, William Carlos Williams, James Baldwin, and Kurt Vonegut. He has also written extensively on avant-garde literature and poetry, Guido Cavalcanti, poetics, and on gastronomy. He contributes to Gastronomica and the Italian TV Program Il gambero rosso. He is also, and is the general editor of Cum grano salis a series of books dedicated to Historical Gastronomy published in Milan by Guido Tommasi Editore.