What I do,
Ever since I was young I have wanted to do three things: become a Serie A soccer player, a firefighter or a journalist. Seeing as how Mother Nature didn't give me a magical foot, nor cured my vertigo, I focused all of my efforts on writing. And on teaching, which I discovered around 12 to be my other great passion, thanks to some special teachers I had. Today, my business card says that I am a High School Teacher in History and Philosophy, a writer, and a professional freelance journalist with a couple of blogs hosted by some prominent nationwide media.
I was born in Rome and lived there until I was 25-years-old, then I traveled around studying, working, etc.: Bologna, Urbino, Canada and many other pleasant places. I graduated with a degree in Political Science and Modern History. My other specializations are in Journalism, International Relations, and Education. As an up-and-coming journalist I have won the prizes "Erich Fromm" 2001 and the "Mario Formenton" scholarship 2002, that opened the doors to some important collaborations, like Diario della settimana and, an accomplice chair-bed (but don't get the wrong idea!) Donna di Repubblica (the Saturday supplement of La Repubblica).
Between 2006 and 2012 I moved to Toronto, where I completed a Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto. There, I taught as a Course Instuctor Italian Language, Culture, Literature and History. At the same university I also served as a Humanities Trainer for graduate instructors and I also met the woman that today is my wife. I worked and lived in Canada up to 2014, teaching Italian Culture at various Canadian universities (University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Queen's University) then I moved to the UK following my life mate. Since September 2015 I ended up to be a "stomaco in fuga" (an Italian mockery I invented to define the brain drain, only using the stomach, as the organ that pushes one to move in search of luck--and food) and I came back living in Italy, because I was finally offered the possibility to work as a life-long high school teacher in Italian public high schools. And I love it!
What I write,
Because my philosophy is that life is what happens while we are busy making other plans, I always try to knock on every door and then see which opens first. I now have published seven books, a few hundreds of posts and articles, several academic articles and a doctoral dissertation on the writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli
, which I am trying to publish. "Angeli da un'ala soltanto" has already an English translation whose first chapters were published on the prestigious CQR Chicago Quarterly Review
, and a couple of people are trying to traspose it in a movie. Time will tell!