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Serena Piccoli


First Language(s): Italian
Second Language(s): English, French


An Italian poet and playwright. Her political chapbook "silviotrump" was published by Moria Poetry, Chicago, USA. Her poems are featured in anthologies and magazines in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Italy and Romania. She writes both in English and Italian about political social contemporary issues. She is a lesbian feminist human rights advocate.


What was your favorite book as a child?

PINOCCHIO. I was crazy about that story, I used to ask mum to read it to me so many times. Later, I used to read it on my own. Every time I could I'd dash to my bedroom to read it again and again. It is still one of my favourite books ever. I've read it a couple of times as an adult, and it's an incredible emotion every time I read it.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

Social injustice and feminicide.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

My 3 US coast to coast: the first one when I was 22, was travelling on my own by train back in 1996. So exciting. The second one by train, 4 days in a row, SF-NYC, on my own. Again very exciting. The third one in 2012, 4 days in a row, NYC-LA on my own. Fascinating and unforgettable.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

Sometimes. I'd say 5% of my reading/writing time. I listen to classical music. Vivaldi or Handel, my favourite composers. It helps me relax when I read. It does stimulate me when I write.


The sun kisses the prettiest
Issue Spring '21

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz