Ritratti di Poesia returns

The XIV international poetry show, Ritratti di Poesia (Portraits of Poetry), has moved and will be held this year in the foyer of the Auditorium Conciliazione near the Vatican. This unique show was designed in 2006 by Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale that promotes and organises the event through Fondazione Cultura e Arte.

On the 21st of February 2020, the usual sequence of meetings, readings, interviews, debates and ideas focused on poetry and its relationship with other expressions of human genius will be held from morning to evening for over ten hours.  This year Ritratti di Poesia will feature a free evening event: the live concert titled ‘Emozioni. Viaggio tra le canzoni di Mogol e Battisti’ with Mogol and the singer Gianmarco Carroccia accompanied by an orchestra composed of sixteen musicians on the stage of the Auditorium.

Amongst the highlights of the day: the introduction of a ‘first work’ slot in order to enhance the talent of the younger poets; the new competition “Ritratti di Poesia.stories, created to combine poetic verse with Instagram’s typical visual communication;   interviews with the Canadian illustrator Julian and the sculptor Paola Grizi, who focus, respectively, on adapting classical poems into graphic art and book pages artworks in terracotta and bronze from which mysterious faces emerge and a meeting with Philip Schultz, winner of the 2008  Pulitzer prize for poetry and author of the memoir My Dyslexia.

This year the promoter of the event, Professor Emanuele, will award the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Ritratti di Poesia Prize to Paolo Valsio, poet and Emeritus Professor from the Columbia University, New York.  In the international context, the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro Prize will be awarded to the Romanian poet Ana Blandiana who also fought for civil rights in Romania.

Numerous Italian poets will be the guests in the usual ‘Frome Pen to Pen’ time slots which will alternate with those for ‘Boundless Poetry’ devoted to foreign poets.  The successful ‘Dear Poet’ meeting with the Roman high schools will be held again this year featuring Franco Buffoni, Maria Grazia Calandrone, Terry Olivi, Elio Pecora and Lidia Riviello.

Meetings with publishing houses specialised in poetry (‘Idee di Carta’) and the National Prize and the European Prize will be awarded to the winners of the ‘Ritratti di Poesia.280’ competition, to acknowledge that verses may be composed in tweets no longer than 280 characters are also on the programme.

Curated by Vincenzo Mascolo and produced in association with InventaEventi, the event is open to the public free of charge.