Poetry offers us the capacity to carry in us and express the contradictory impulses that make us human.

—Kwame Dawes, Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2018- )

Jennifer Scappettone

Poet and translator Jennifer Scappettone was born in New York, and has lived in Italy, Japan, Virginia, and California. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Scappettone's translations of the Italian poet Amelia Rosselli, collected in Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli (University of Chicago Press, 2012), were awarded the 2012 Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize by the Academy of American Poets. Scappettone is also the author of the poetry collection From Dame Quickly (Litmus Press, 2009) and the editor and translator of a special feature on contemporary Italian experimental poetry for Aufgabe 7 (2008).

Her book Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, a study of the postromantic city as a crucible for twentieth-century experimentation across literature, politics, the visual arts, architecture, and urbanism, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.


She is currently an associate professor at the University of Chicago.