Essay in Evergreen Journal

Screen Shot 2020-05-15 at 15.42.28So proud to have this essay in such an important journal. My heart and mind are behind what is in this essay now more than ever.

Read it here: Dormant Uses, Queer Histories: Italy in the Pandemic

Special thanks to Carlos Dews for his bringing to this journal and kind, generous, and touch editor Dale Peck.

(Beautiful art by Betsy Weis)

Essay in NERO, Quarantine Reading Pleasures

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Some reflections on remembering the pleasure in reading in NERO thanks to my dear friend Giulia Crispiani editor ❤ I needed to write this.

Carla Lonzi in the Los Angeles Review of Books

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So honored and excited to have this excerpt of my translation of Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto in the Los Angeles Review of Books 

Thank you Boris Dralyuk for your enthusiasm and support, this is a step towards the anglophone audience Carla deserves.

Interview with Lisa Robertson

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What a joy it was to talk to Lisa Robertson about her new book from Coach House Press. And to work with BOMB to make this fascinating conversation happen.

Performance at Gavin Brown Rome

On 12 October 2019 I gave a performative lecture at Gavin Brown in Trastevere. This was a talk and song on the poetic line: thinking with Charles Olson, R. Murray Schafer, Avital Ronell, Rebecca Comay, Willa Cather and so many more. It was a beautiful and strikingly moving occasion for me, under Laura Owen’s wonderous painting. I do hope I get to do more performances like this one in the near future.

New Book






I have a new poetry book out, On Endings with co-authors, philosopher Julia Hölzl and artist Jennifer Hope Davey. The book is from Delere Press and it is a beautiful object filled with ideas, responses and feelings about Maurice Blanchot’s Awaiting Oblivion.

Review of Waldrop Anthology





I am so excited to share this review I wrote for Words Without Borders and hopefully encourage more writers to check out this gorgeous books from Wave Books edited by Ben Lerner. Keep/ the window open is a collection of some of Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop’s most important work of all kinds.

Review of Think of Lampedusa




I wrote a review about a very important book of poems by Josué Guébo in Tripwire Journal. They were translated from the Portuguese by Todd Fredson. I am honored to be in this remarkable issue of this valuable journal.

New Translation in TLR


In the latest issue of The Literary Review, edited by the inimitable Minna Proctor:

Leyla Khalil, translated from Italian by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue
In a Land Strange to Us

We saw each other in a land that was strange to you, the first time: me on the other side of that metal detector, hoping you would make it sound.

Conferences and Teaching: ALTA41, Middlebury and Cornell Rome

What a wild couple of weeks. It was an honor to be on a panel about translation and love with such wonderful co-panelists. We reached from heartbreak to mother tongue(s) to Jean-Luc Nancy and beyond at the American Literary Translators’ Conference 41st Meeting in Indianapolis. I read a piece of a new translation of Patrizia Vicinelli’s work.


(Left to right Lida Nostrati, Nicholas Glastonbury, me, Jacqui Cornetta, Kira Josefsson photo: María José Giminez)

From there it was off to my alma mater Middlebury College to teach a short course on translation for the theater with my collaborator Nerina Cocchi. We were hosted by the Italian Department for a series of workshops, talks, lectures and a performance. Thanks to Stefano Mula and Sandra Carletti especially.

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(Middlebury College, Vermont)

Last but not least on this whirlwind adventure was being a guest critic for colleague and friend Marco Palmieri at Cornell University’s Rome campus. We talked about art writing, blending and crossing genre and form and how hobbies and become full on practices. We then headed over to the French Academy at Villa Medici to look at work by Etel Adnan, Jean Genet, Federico Fellini, Victor Hugo and many many more.


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(Etel Adnan, painting)