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)


Congratulations to the Winners of JCU’s “Italy Reads” 2015 Video Contest


(From article “‘Italy Reads’ Program Holds 2015 Student Video Contest Award Ceremony” on JohnCabot.edu)

Now in its 7th edition, Italy Reads is John Cabot University’s community-based reading and cultural exchange program. Each year, high-school teachers and their students read a work of American literature and engage in discussions and activities surrounding the themes, in English.

On February 17, some of the 135 students and 16 teachers who participated in the Italy Reads Student Video Contest gathered in the Aula Magna Regina for the award ceremony. Each year, prizes are awarded to the classes that produce the best 3-minute videos inspired by the work of American literature selected as the focus of the annual Italy Reads Program. This year’s book was The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison…(Read More)


April 26 | Poet Eleanor Wilner to Read at JCU

Eleanor Wilner

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM, Reading by Poet Eleanor Wilner.

Eleanor Wilner is the author of seven books of poems, including Tourist in Hell (University of Chicago Press) and The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (Copper Canyon Press). Her work is widely anthologized, most recently in The Best American Poetry 2014. (From JohnCabot.edu)

Interested in attending? RSVP: cwinstitute@johncabot.edu



Seeking Writing Inspiration While In Italy? Read This: Why You Should Visit the Ancient Sunken City of Baia While You Study in Italy — John Cabot University Blog

Have you heard of underwater archaeology? Ancient shipwrecks, buried treasures, and the lost city of Atlantis are some of pop culture’s favorite examples of this field. In Italy, many spectacular underwater wonders aren’t lost at all. They’re found, studied, and explored by curious people like you. If you take the opportunity to study abroad in…

via Why You Should Visit the Ancient Sunken City of Baia While You Study in Italy — John Cabot University Blog

JCU Offers Graduate Courses in Creative Writing (Summer 2016)


If you have been thinking about studying creative writing and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, then why not study with us in Rome this summer?  John Cabot University in agreement with American University will be offering four graduate courses in creative writing during the Summer Institute.  This summer’s offerings are:

  • CW 550 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
  • CW 554 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • CW 558 The Art of Literary Translation
  • EN 585 Advanced Creative Writing and Literature: How to Read Like a Writer

Courses will be taught by professors from both JCU and American University.  They include poet David Keplinger, author Elizabeth Geoghegan, and poet and translator Elena Buia Rutt. Please, visit the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation to learn more about these courses.

16 Sep 2015 | Reminder! InVerse Literary Translation Festival at JCU

Click to learn more about InVerse 2014-2015.

If you love poetry and literary translation, join us for the 10th annual InVerse Festival, this Wednesday, September 16th, at 8 P.M. in the Lemon Tree Courtyard of John Cabot University’s Guarini Campus in Trastevere. For more information on this event and others, visit JCU’s News and Events Page.

Address: Via della Lungara 233, 00165, Rome


JCU Admissions: 6 Writing Hacks for Your First Fall Term Paper

Fall semester is just around the corner.  For most students, if not all, this means writing, writing and more writing.  Yes, that’s right.  It’s not just creative writing and English literature and language students who have to pour over grammar, deal with writer’s block, and seek help from the masters.

To get you through these challenges, JCU Admissions offers 6 very useful tips. Read about them here: 6 Writing Hacks for Your First Fall Term Paper.

Interested in Studying English Literature? Read 3 Reasons to Do So in Rome

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From the article “3 Reasons to Study English Literature in Rome” by JCU Admissions;

English literature is a challenging area of study that encourages students to develop advanced critical thinking, communication, analysis, and research skills. English lit students go on to apply these skills in a wide range of career paths including journalism, law, teaching, politics, publishing, arts and media, and business.

It’s no surprise that the professional applications of an English Literature degree are so diverse and wide-reaching. Students explore the historical and cultural contexts of each text they study, analyzing themes and connections, and debating those ideas with peers and professors. And at John Cabot University, English lit students examine works from the Anglo-Saxon period (about 410 – 1066), all the way up to the 21st century! (Read More…)

We’re Back! Plus, InVerse 2014-2015: Italian Poets in Translation (Literary Translation Event)

InVerse 2014-2015 Anthology. Image from JCU Website. Click to learn more.

Happy Summer and Many Thanks to Our Followers!

We’re delighted to announce our return to regular posting on the Institute’s blog. So, keep on the look out for posts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning this week.

For literary translators and lovers of literary translation,  John Cabot University has confirmed its annual literary translation festival InVerse: Italian Poets in Translation. This year the festival will celebrates its 10th anniversary and the recent publication of its dual language anthology, featuring the works of contemporary Italian poets.

If you are in Rome, then make sure to attend. InVerse is taking place on Wednesday, September 16th at 8:00PM in the Lemon Tree Courtyard in JCU’s Guarini Campus.  For more details on this event and how to attend, visit the JCU Events Page.

14 Apr 2015 | Join Us Tomorrow for a Reading by Poet David Starkey (Rome)

Starkey’s Latest Collection (2013). Click to learn more. (Image link via Amazon) 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

The Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation is pleased to welcome poet David Starkey. Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College, Starkey served as the city of Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate, and his work has been featured in many journals, including The American Scholar, The Georgia Review and The Southern Review.  (Source: John Cabot University Website)

Event will be in the Aula Magna Regina (Guarini Campus). 

Please, visit our Events page for more details about this event and others!