Allison Grimaldi Donahue

b. 1984, Middletown, Conn. USA

Lives Bologna, Italy

Select Performances and Exhibitions

2022     (forthcoming in 2 parts) The History of Breathing, performance and posters, Kunsthalle Bern, CH

2022     Collective feminist singing and song, Sommerakademie Paul Klee, Bern, CH

2022     Translating Alice Ceresa in Switzerland, Sonnenstube, Lugano, CH

2022     Fondazione Sandretto, poster works in show Camminiamo sul ciglio di un istante, Piemonte, IT

2022     Libretto for Benni Bosetto’s Stultifera, ArtCity, Bologna, IT

2022     Poems for Giulia Niccolai, MAMbo, Bologna, IT

2021     Our Slice of Time Together, Performanc @FLIP, curated by Federico Del Vecchio, Napoli, IT

2021     Silence and the Utterance, reading/performance, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, IT

2021     Transformations, in collaboration with artist Helena Hladlilova, Almanac, Turin, IT

2021     And The Flowers Too, poetry performance, Orto Botanico di Roma, Rome, IT

2021     Short Theatre, Performance on Language and Gruppo 63, National Theatre, Rome, IT

2021     Traffic Festival, The Hills of Desire, Poetry Performance on Rurality and 1960s avant-gardes,         Marches, IT

2021     Poetry reading and chapbook, “New to Age,” Edicola, curated by Jo Melvin, MACRO, Rome      and Mahler Lewitt Studio, Spoleto, IT

2021     Performance of Poetry for Queer Dada, John Cabot University, Rome, IT

2020     Reading with Julia Hölzl at Diskussion und Kunst, Vienna, AT

2019     Performative Lecture, Gavin Brown Rome, IT


2021     Self-portrait, by Carla Lonzi, translation from Italian, Divided Publishing, London, UK

2021     Blown-Away, by Vito M. Bonito, translation from Italian, Fomite Press, Burlington, VT, USA

2022     Extended Prose Poem with Davide Savorani’s drawings for artist’s book, Bruno    Editions, Venice, IT

2016     Body to Mineral, a collection of poems, Publication Studio Vancouver, CAN

2019     On Endings, coauthored with J. Hözl and J.H. Davy, poetry and essay, Delere Press,       Singapore/Berlin, DE

Curating & Literary Editing

2022     Curator of Giulia Niccolai: Visual Sound Poet, MAMbo, Bologna, IT (ArteFiera 2022, with             Caterina Molteni)

2022     Curator of Poetry in Conversation: A Series of Dialogues with Young Poets, IUNO, Rome, IT

2020     Curator of Poets in the Museum, MAMbo, Bologna, IT

2017     present Translation editor, ANMLY Press, Providence, RI, US

2021     present, Translations editor, Hunger Mountain Journal, Vermont, US

2015-20 Fiction editor, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, London, UK

Select Publications

2022     (forthcoming) essay on Patrizia Vicinelli for audio edition Axis Axis Press, Turin, IT

2022     Essay on Dodie Bellamy for FlashArt Italia, Rome, IT

2022     translation of Alice Notley into Italian for Queer Sicilia Film Festival, Palermo, IT

2022     (forthcoming) Forward essay on Canadian poet Tiziana LaMelia, for Archive Books, Berlin, DE

2021     essay on Women in Concrete Poetry and Bonotto Archive, Tripwire Journal, US

2021     Book review of Last Summer in Rome, Words Without Borders, US

2021     Telling Stories: Jill Johnston, essay, FlashArt Italia, Rome, IT

2021     #dearyou Mail Art show, for MAMbo, Bologna, IT

2021     Essay on Cecilia Mangini’s Legacy, Another Gaze Journal, London, UK

2021     Interview in JuxtaPress Online with Teresa Kittler on translating Carla Lonzi, Milan, IT

2020     Telling Stories: Wayne Koestenbaum, essay, FlashArt Italia, Rome, IT

2020     On Suellen Rocca at Vienna Succession, essay, FlashArt International, NY, US

2020     Every Illness Recalls Another, Prairie Schooner Magazine, US

2020     Translation: The Failing Test,, Rome, IT

2020     Making Art Making Break: In the Studio, Nero Editions Magazine, Rome, IT

2020     Bathtub Readings: Pleasure and Participation in the Text Nero Editions Magazine, Rome, IT

2020     Essay Dormant Desire, Queer History, Evergreen Press, New York, US

2020     Translation of excerpt of Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto, Los Angeles Review of Books, US

2020     Art Criticism, “On Frida Orupabo at Gavin Brown,” FlashArt Italia, Rome, IT

2020     Afterward to What if every farewell…by Giulia Crispiani, Union Editions, Rome, IT

2020     Interview with Lisa Robertson in BOMB Magazine, New York, US

2019     Translation of comic book excerpt with N. Cocchi, A Life with Alexandra David-Néel by Fred       Campoy & Mathieu Blanchot in The Arkansas International, US

2019     Review of Me & Other Writing by Marguerite Duras in Words Without Borders, US

2019     Essay on Beauty and Gender Binarism in Art History for “Museum Beauty Contest” Catalogue,    Galleria Nazionale, Rome, IT

2019     The History of Breathing, poems and essay (chapbook), Gavin Brown Enterprises, NY

2019     Petulant Grace, Salt Fever, poetry pamphlet, HyperMaremma Art Show, Tuscany, IT

2019     Art Criticism, on Laura Owens at Gavin Brown Rome, FlashArt Italia, Rome, IT/New York, US

2019     Review of Keeping/ the window open, Words Without Borders, US

2019     Review of Thinking of Lampedusa in Tripwire Journal, Oakland, US

2019     Translation, In a Land Strange to Us by Leyla Khalil, The Literary Review, US

2018     Essay, Carol Rama and Sappho Glossalia—of the Broken Tongue, “Women Out of Joint,”           National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome, IT

2018     Essay, “Poetry’s Intrinsic Ontology of Change,” Public Seminar, The New School, US

Select Academic Panels and Artist Talks

2022     Artist Talk at Cornell University Rome, IT

2022     Guest Speaker on Translating Carla Lonzi, “The Art of Translation” Symposium Series, Smith       College, Massachusetts, US

2022     Guest Speaker on Carla Lonzi at the Libreria delle Donne, Milan, IT

2022     Guest lecture on Carla Lonzi and feminism in Italy today, Lyceum Club, Florence, IT

2022     Book Presentation and Discussion, Carla Lonzi in Translation, Galleria Nazionale, Rome, IT

2021     Artist talk on Dora Garcia, at Mattatoio, Rome, IT

2021     Artist talk on painting and poetry, Galleria Nazionale, Rome, IT

2021     Talk on Carla Lonzi and Self-portrait, Kunstverein, Hamburg, DE

2021     Talk on the Archives and Carla Lonzi, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, IT

2021     Talk on Translations of Dante and Influence, John Cabot University, Rome, IT

2020     Performative Lecture with artists Vincenzo Simone on Morandi’s Flowers,

MAMbo, Bologna, I

Fellowships, Residencies, Awards, and Accolades

2021-22 Fellow, Sommerakademie Paul Klee, Hochschule der Künste, Bern, CH

2022     Resident Artist, Alchemilla, Bologna, IT

2022     Resident Writer, IUNO, Rome, IT

2020     Artist in Residence, MAMbo, Museum of Modern Art Bologna (July-Jan 21), Bologna, IT

2019     Judge for the Italian Prose Translation Award from the American Literary Translators’ Assoc., US 2018      Fellow, The Hudson Home School, Poetry Workshop, Hudson, NY, US

2018     Juror for Vermont Studio Center Writing Residency Applicants, Johnson, VT, US

2017     Writer-in-Residence, British Centre for Literary Translation Summer School, Norwich, UK

2016     Writer-in-Residence, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), US

2016     Writer-in-Residence, New York Center for Book Arts, Letterpress and Book Arts Fellowship, US 2015        Fellowship, Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, Katherine Bakeless Nelson Scholarship, US

2013     Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Residency at Vermont Studio Center Literature, US 2012           Fellow, New York State Writer’s Institute, workshop with Amy Hempel and Mary Gaitskill, US


2021     PhD Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought, The European Graduate School, CH

With dissertation on Translation Theory, Catherine Malabou supervisor

2016     MFA Fiction and Translation, Vermont College of Fine Arts, US

2007     MA Italian, Middlebury College, US

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