Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Space Inside Reading Tonight

Elizabeth Pallitto, poet and translator, will read from her original poetry as well as translation from her recent work, Sweet Fire: Tullia d'Aragona's Poetry of Dialogue and Selected Prose as a part of A Space Inside on Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at Riverby Books on Capitol Hill.

Elizabeth Pallitto is an American of Italian, Ukranian, and Russian descent. In a study abroad program in Italy, she became interested in courtly culture, especially that of the Medici court in Florence, which has resulted in her recent translations of the creative work of Tullia d'Aragona. A graduate of the program in Italian and Comparative Literature at CUNY Graduate Center, Elizabeth holds a PhD and an MA in creative writing from NYU. Elizabeth has taught literature, creative writing, and academic writing at Boston University, NYU, and elsewhere. Her own poetry has been published in journals such as The North American Review, and her translations, in Differentia, Forum Italicum and Philosophical Forum. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women, among others. Last summer, she was an invited researcher at the University of Geneva, and this summer finds her working as a Fellow at the Folger and at work on a novel set in Istanbul.

Now in its fourth year, A Space Inside provides a space where developing writers, lesser known voices, and the work better-known writers create between books can be heard. Monthly readings alternate between poetry and prose, but all readers are DC-based writers. All readings, which are free and open to the public, are hosted by Riverby Books with a reception following. Questions should be directed to series organizer Monica F. Jacobe at

Riverby Books is located at 417 East Capitol Street, SE, just north of Eastern Market and four blocks east of the U.S. Capitol. A seller of used and rare books, they are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached at (202) 543-4342. Please call for directions, if needed.


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