30 May |Women Writers & The Art of the Short Story: A Tribute to Lucia Berlin


Lucia Berlin (Image found via GIS)


Join us on Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day), in celebrating the life and work of author Lucia Berlin (1936-2004). This event will feature JCU professor Elizabeth Geoghegan, Italian screen and fiction writers Chiara Barzini and Francesca Marciano.

Event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room G.G.1 in JCU’s Guarini Gampus.

Click here to RSVP and for more information on this event .

Lucia Berlin stories are inspired by her early childhood in various Western mining towns; her glamorous teenage years in Santiago, Chile; three failed marriages; a lifelong problem with alcoholism; her years spent in Berkeley, New Mexico, and Mexico City; and the various jobs she later held to support her writing and her four sons. Sober and writing steadily by the 1990s, she took a visiting writer’s post at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994 and was soon promoted to associate professor. In 2001, in failing health, she moved to Southern California to be near her sons. She died in 2004 in Marina del Rey. (From the John Cabot University Website)


25 May| Reminder! Faculty Reading and Welcome Party at JCU!


Professor Elizabeth Geoghegan

Join us tomorrow for the Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation‘s faculty reading and welcome party. Hear the latest works from our professors: Elizabeth Geoghegan (pictured above), George Minot, Michael Carroll, Elena Buia Rutt, Mike Traenor and David Keplinger.

The event will be held on the Secchia Terrace in JCU’s Guarini Campus from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  We look forward to seeing you there.

RSVP: Contact information.

For information about our future events, visit our Events Calendar page on the Institute’s website.

2016 Summer Institute’s Writer in Residence: Susan Minot

Susan Minot Lionstar

Author Susan Minot has been confirmed as the 2016 Writer in Residence for John Cabot University’s Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation’s Summer Institute.  Minot will be in residence from June 15-23.

Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty. Her most recent book is Thirty Girls, a novel set in Kenya and Uganda. She teaches in New York City where she lives with her daughter.

To learn more about the 2016 Summer Institute, click the following link to visit our official website: Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation

June 2015 | A Month of Literary Events at JCU!

Carlos Dews (center), Director of the Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation, and Chair of the English Language and Literature Department.

Carlos Dews (center), Director of the Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

If you are in Rome and love literature, then attending the events offered by John Cabot University’s Summer Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translations is a must!  Every week in June the Institute offers readings by renowned writers, such as the Institute’s Writer in Residence, Edmund White.  

Most events will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  For the current schedule, see below or visit our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information.


Monday, 1 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a lecture by Oonagh Stranksy.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by Matthew Kneale.

Monday, 8 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by Adelaide Basile.

Monday, 15 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by the Faculty.

Monday, 22 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by Michael Carroll.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by Students.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Craft Talk by Writer in Residence, Edmund White.

RSVP: cwinstitute@johncabot.edu

10 Mar 2015 |Reading by Matthew Licht at JCU! (Rome)

Matthew Licht. Image from Salt Publishing. Click to visit their website.

On Tuesday, March 10th, the JCU Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation welcomes Matthew Licht for a reading.

Matthew Licht learned to write before two extremely tough audiences: the readership of a magazine popular among the incarcerated and/or mentally handicapped, and the 4th and 5th grades of a New York Public School. His story collections, The Moose Show and Justine, Joe & the Zen Garbageman (both Salt Pubs.) have been nominated for the Frank O’ Connor Prize. His multimedia e-novel The Withering Fire (Speider & Fisch) is due out soon.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus

John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233, 00165 Rome
RSVP to: cwinstitute@johncabot.edu
You will be asked to show photo ID at the door.

10 Feb 2015 | Reading by Annamaria Alfieri

Image from Annamaria Alfieri’s Official Site. Click to visit.

Next Tuesday, 10 February, 2015, the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation presents author of Strange Gods, Annamaria Alfieri.  Alfieri (who also writes under the pen name Patricia King) will be giving a reading at John Cabot University’s Guarini Campus in the Aula Magna.

When: Tuesday, Feb 10th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Where: John Cabot University, Guarini Campus

Connect with Annamaria Alfieri online via

Facebook, twitter, and her blog “Murder is Everywhere”

Bio from the author’s website.

“Annamaria Alfieri is the author of Strange Gods set in the burgeoning British East African town of Nairobi in 1911. Described as Out of Africa meets Agatha Christie, it captures the beauty and the danger of the African wild and the complexities of imposing a culture on a foreign land. Her previous historical mysteries, which are all set in South America, have garnered critical acclaim.”


3 Feb 2015 | Reading by Serbian Author Andrija Matić at JCU

Andrija Matić. Image from AndrijaMatic.com. Click to visit his website.

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:30pm, as a part of the Institute’s Reading Series, Serbian author Andrija Matić will be giving a reading at John Cabot University. Matić will be reading excerpts from his novels and short stories.

Matić has a Ph.D. in English Literature and he is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and a nonfiction book on T.S. Elliot. His latest work is the novel A Black in Five Images, published in 2013.

Tues., 3 Feb. 2015, 6:30-8:00p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus

John Cabot University, via della Lungara 233, Rome

Visit his website: AndrijaMatic.com

In Honor of Mark Strand, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Image from Bryn Mawr College Website. Photo credited to Timothy Greenfield Sanders. Click image to read an article by Greenfield Sanders on photography Mark Strand.

On Saturday, November 29th, Mark Strand, former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner passed away at his daughter’s home in Brooklyn, New York at the age of 80.  Strand was born in Canada and was also an essayist and translator.

Strand was the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation’s first Poet in Residence, and was in residency during the 2010 Summer Institute along with novelist Simon Mawer.

Watch the Juan Delcan’s Motion Poem Video of Mark Strand Reading The Poem of a Spanish Poet

In 2009, he was the Recipient of the Gold Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Fulbright Fellowship and the  MacArthur Fellowship

Read this Huffington Post Remembrance Article on Mark Strand by Author and Blogger Peter Clothier 

Strand had an extensive academic career, and taught at universities such as University of Iowa, University of Brazil, Princeton University Brandeis University, University of Utah and John Hopkins University. Until his death, he served as a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

In 2012, Strand published Almost Invisible, a new body of prose poems.

Image from Blog: Ashes from Burnt Roses. Click on Image to Visit.


11 Nov 2014 | Book Presentation by Translator Clarissa Botsford


Author Elvira Dones (L) and Translator Clarissa Botsford (R) – Image from EnglishPen.org

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University

Translator Clarissa Botsford will be giving a book presentation on her translation of Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones at John Cabot University. The translated work was published in May 2014, and has received acclaim.

Botford is the translator of various contemporary Italian fiction and poetry. She studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge and Comparative Education in London before moving to Rome.  She has worked in the field of intercultural education and publishing.  Botford is also a musician.  Currently, she teaches English and Translation at Rome University.

For more information about this event and others, visit the Events Calendar of the Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

25 Sept 2014 | Book Presentation & Reading by Caleb Crain of Necessary Errors

A Book Presentation and Reading by Caleb Crain:

Sponsored by the JCU Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2014,  6:30-8:00 PM

WHERE: Aula Magna Regina – Guarini Campus

The Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation in collaboration with the United States Embassy and the LGBT Alliance Club will be sponsoring a presentation and reading of  Caleb Crain‘s debut novel,Necessary ErrorsThe novel has already been praised as “one of the year’s best books” by the Wall Street Journal.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A session, as well as a panel discussion featuring  Mr. Crain, Professor Carlos Dews, representatives of the LGBT Alliance Club, Mr. Andrea Maccarrone, Chairman of Rome’s Circolo Mario Mieli, and Federica Aceto, the novel’s translator.

RSVP: cwinstitute@johncabot.edu

Download official event invitation.

Please show photo ID at the entrance.

(From the John Cabot University Website)

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Appuntamento speciale con il giovane critico e scrittore newyorkese Caleb Crain, invitato dalla John Cabot University per un reading del suo esordio “Errori necessari”, in libreria per 66thand2nd dal 18 settembre. Insieme all’autore interverrano Carlos Dews, Professor and Chair Department alla John Cabot, Dews Andrea Maccarrone, presidente del Circolo Mario Mieli, e Federica Aceto, traduttrice del libro.
A seguire un Meet and Greet con il gruppo LGBT dell’ Università John Cabot. Non mancate!

Phd alla Columbia University, editor della rivista «Lingua Franca» e autore di un saggio storico-critico, American Sympathy, adottato come libro di testo in vari corsi universitari negli Stati Uniti, Caleb Crain ha pubblicato recensioni e articoli su testate prestigiose, tra cui «The New Yorker», «The New York Review of Books», «London Review of Books», «The New York Times Book Review», «The Nation» e «The New Republic» (fu tra i primi a lodare il talento di Jhumpa Lahiri al suo esordio nel 1999 con L’interprete dei malanni, vincitore del premio Pulitzer).
Dopo aver insegnato alla Columbia, scritto racconti per varie riviste e tradotto dal ceco una biografia del politico e drammaturgo Václav Havel, nel 2013 Crain ha debuttato nella narrativa con Necessary Errors – pubblicato da 66thand2nd con il titolo Errori necessari –, salutato da buona parte della critica statunitense come uno dei migliori lavori dell’anno e inserito nella lista dei Ten Best Books of 2013 stilata dal «New York Times». Da oltre dieci anni Crain anima il suo blog Steamboats Are Ruining Everything (il titolo è una citazione di un’opera di Charles Frederick Briggs), vincitore nel 2007 del Cliopatria Award for Best Writer.