Annelisa Alleva


In English

Videoclip readings

Like All Geminis

The Inherited Gold


Books by the same author

Annelisa Alleva Lettera in forma di sonetto

Letter in the form of a Sonnet


Annelisa Alleva L'oro ereditato

The Inherited Gold


Something About Gold


In Italian

Books by the same author

Lettera in forma di sonetto

L’oro ereditato



from Lettera in forma di sonetto

from L’oro ereditato





Annelisa Alleva



Annelisa Alleva

About the author

Poet, translator and essayst, Annelisa Alleva was born in Rome in 1956, and graduated at the University of Rome in Russian Language and Literature in 1980.

She was awarded a scholarship to live and work for one year in St. Petersburg (Russia,1981-1982), and in Brno (Czechoslovakia, August 1978), Prague (Czechoslovakia, 1979-1980), Warszaw (Poland, September 1983), and in Ohrid (Macedonia, August 1984,1986).
At present she teaches at the University of Rome 1, “La Sapienza”, Literary Translation from Russian to Italian, and lives in Rome with her husband, the Italian painter Ruggero Savinio, and their two children, Andrea and Gemma.

She has published eight books of poetry: Mesi (Months), Galleria Centofiorini, Civitanova, 1996; Chi varca questa porta (Who trespasses this door), Il Bulino, Roma, 1998; Lettera in forma di sonetto (Letter in the form of a Sonnet) Il Labirinto, Roma, 1998; Astri e sassi (Stars and Stones) , Atelier Arte, Matera, 1999; Aria di cerimonia (Air of ceremony) , Galleria Centofiorini, Civitanova, 2000, L'oro ereditato (The inherited gold), shortlisted for the Viareggio Prize, Il Labirinto, Rome, 2001, and Istinto e spettri (Instinct and ghosts), shortlisted to the Viareggio Prize, Orta Prize, San Pellegrino Prize, Jaca Book, Milano, 2003. Her latest book of poems, La casa rotta (The Broken House) came out in 2010 with Jaca Book, Milano.

In 2013, a collection of essays and memories titled Lo spettacolo della memoria (The spectacle of memory) was published by Quodlibet, Roma.

She held many readings of her poems in Italy and abroad (New York, Johnson in Maine), where she was invited at Vermont Studio Center as a visiting writer in June 2002; San Paulo (Brazil, 2004); Saint Petersburg (Russia, 2005), Tbilisi and Batumi (Georgia, 2008), Hawthornden Castle (Scotland, 2008).
She organized a Poetry Reading, the first Sunday of August for five years (1997-2001), in the “Teatro della Concordia” in Montecastello di Vibio (Perugia) with the International School of Art, reading her own poetry translated into English, and also poems by other authors, read in original and in her own translations.

Annelisa Alleva has translated a complete volume of prose work of Aleksandr Pushkin (Romanzi e racconti, Garzanti, Milano, 1990), Anna Karenina by Lev Tolstoy (Frassinelli, Milano, 1997), an anthology of Russian contemporary authors, Metamorfosi (Avagliano, Salerno, 2004), the correspondence Orest Kiprenskij e l’Italia (Edizioni del Borghetto, Roma, 2005) and an anthology of 16 Russian contemporary poets, Poeti russi oggi (Libri Scheiwiller, Milano, 2008, Lerici Pea Mosca Prize).

She lives in Rome.


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