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literary festival > Literature of Ticino | A Prelude to the 22nd Week of Italian Language

Literature of Ticino: A Prelude to the 22nd Annual Week of Italian Language

With Italian-speaking Swiss Authors Fabiano Alborghetti and Fabio Andina

Oct 15, 6-8pm

Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco @INNOVIT

710 Sansome St, San Francisco


Co-presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco
This event is part of “Settimane Ticinesi,” a month-long series of events with focus on the Italian speaking region of Switzerland hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

With San Francisco’s 22nd Annual Week of Italian Language beginning October 17, what better way to celebrate than an exclusive appearance by two distinguished authors from Ticino, a small community in the Swiss Alps which borders Italy, and where residents speak primarily in Italian. Join us for wine and appetizers, and this special bilingual presentation by Ticino authors Fabiano Alborghetti and Fabio Andina. Moderated by Julia Nelsen, with musical accompaniment from singer/songwriter Marco Zappa.
This event is part of Litquake San Francisco Literary Festival.





fabianoFabiano Alborghetti
Fabiano Alborghetti is an award-winning poet, editor, and cultural promoter, and author of five books of poetry which have been translated into over ten languages. He has collaborated with many European publishing houses, promoting translation projects of Swiss and Italian poets, and translating from other idioms into Italian. A former artistic director and president of the Literature House based in Lugano, he is currently a member of the scientific board of the Chiassoletteraria Festival, and Editor in-Chief of the Poetry Series for the Swiss-based publishing house Gabriele Capelli Editore. His newest work is the poetry collection Corpuscoli di Krause (GCE Gabriele Capelli Editore, 2022). He officially represents Ticino, Switzerland and the Italian language in festivals across the world. He writes in Italian and lives in Ticino, Switzerland.


fabioFabio Andina
Fabio Andina is a Swiss writer, and award-winning author of the novel La pozza del Felice (2018, Rubbettino), which has been translated into French, German, and Spanish. His poetry and short fiction collections include Ballate dal buio (2005, Edizioni Ulivo), Sei tu, Ticino? (2020, Rubbettino), of which five stories have been adapted into radio dramas for RSI (Radiotelevisione della Svizzera italiana), and Tessiner Horizonte, Momenti ticinesi (2021, Rotpunktverlag), a collection of bilingual Italian/German short stories and sketches of Ticino landscapes. His most recent work is Uscirne fuori, a revised edition of his debut novel, which will be published in German in Spring 2023. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Cinema, and lives in Leontica, in the Ticino Alps.


juliaJulia Nelsen
Julia Nelsen is an educator and researcher based in Berkeley, CA. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and a Laurea magistrale from the University of Milan, with a focus on avant-garde writers of the early 20th century. Her publications include a study of Futurist poetry and radio and research on modernist little magazines. Alongside her work in higher education, she translates from and into Italian.



marcoMarco Zappa
The career of singer/songwriter Marco Zappa has extended for more than 50 years, and has produced – with a truly tireless consistency – more than 30 studio albums and more than 10 live albums, anthologies and soundtracks; as well as concert tours which have crossed all of Europe and other continents. From rock to blues, electronic experimentation, world music, and Lombard/Swiss-Italian musical folklore, he is the Swiss musician who has worked with the most continuity in the Italian language. In 2019 he received the Swiss Music Prize from the Federal Office of Culture (UFC).