Will Schutt is the author of Westerly, selected by Carl Phillips for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. His translations from Italian include My Life, I Lapped It Up: Selected Poems of Edoardo Sanguineti (Oberlin College Press, 2018) and Brief Homage to Pluto and Other Poems by Fabio Pusterla (Princeton University Press, 2023). For the latter he received the Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. Judge Michael Palma writes:
Fabio Pusterla, born in 1957 in Switzerland, resident in northern Italy, a citizen of both nations, is the author of many volumes of poetry that range widely over childhood reminiscences, landscapes of mountains and fogs, compassion for the downtrodden and reviled, and much else. What he writes of the Alpine peak Uertsch, that perhaps its ‘secret […] lies in its capacity to contain many things at once, water and stone, beauty and terror,’ might also be applied to his work. Will Schutt, an award-winning poet and the acclaimed translator of Edoardo Sanguineti, has devoted his own considerable skills to fashioning versions of Pusterla that precisely reflect their originals while becoming true and satisfying English-language poems.
Schutt lives in Prato, Italy, where he works as an independent writing teacher, literary consultant, and translator. In the summer, he directs the Goucher College Young Writers’ Camp.