Upcoming Series: In Dialogue with Writers

As September draws to a close, La Pietra Dialogues will begin to host the In Dialogues With Writers series. The series will consist of talks with prominent authors and feature writing workshops that will be made available to NYU Florence students. This year the series will feature talented writers Jennifer Clement, Imma Vitelli and Elisa Biagini and will touch upon various social issues and topics including the European migration crisis, using literature as a form of social protest, and exploring the craft of writing and poetry.

The first dialogue of the series, “Walking on the Bones of Shadows: The Experience of Writing Prayers for the Stolen”, will occur on September 22nd at 6:00pm. The event will feature  NYU alum and writer Jennifer Clement, who will discuss the eleven years of research that went into writing her book Prayers of the Stolen, which discusses the child trafficking epidemic in rural Mexico.  Clement is a Mexican-American, award-winning writer who holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine and whose work has been translated into 22 languages. This event will focus on the craft of writing and how to use writing and literature as tools to achieve social justice.

The second dialogue, “Escaping from Hyenas: From Eritrea to Lampedusa”, will occur on October 1st at 6:00pm. This dialogue will feature writer and journalist Imma Vitelli. Vitelli holds a degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is international correspondent for Italy’s Vanity Fair. She also writes a monthly column for Marie Claire magazine and is the author of Tahrir: i giovani che hanno fatto la rivoluzione, a book on the rebellion in Egypt, narrated through ten stories told from the perspective of the leaders of the uprisings. This dialogue will concentrate on Europe’s migration crisis and the reporting Vitelli has done on the migration routes between Africa and Italy for Vanity Fair Italy.

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“Urban Poetry: Mapping Florence with Words” will be the last dialogue of the series. This dialogue will occur on November 11th at 1:00pm and will feature writer and poet Elisa Biagini. Born in Florence, Biagini has taught, lived, and worked in Italy and the United States. She holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and has taught at NYU and Columbia University. Biagini has had her work featured in Italian and American journals including Women’s Studies and Poesia. Biagini will discuss poetry during the dialogue and will lead a workshop with the students to observe the lesser known dynamics of the city of Florence and to capture their observations through poetry.


To attend these dialogues and writing workshops, RSVP at lapietra.dialogues@nyu.edu.

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