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A very short bio

Serena Piccoli (she\her)
A speechless charlatan who writes poems and plays about contemporary social issues and takes photos of nature and graffiti writing. 

And the long bio

Poet\playwright\charlatan\photographer\cyclist\performer\traveller\swimmer\artistic director\translator\chocolate lover\


She is the co-founder and director (with Giorgia Monti) of the well acclaimed Poetry and Sister Arts International Festival (Forlì - Cesena, Italy)

She holds the column of contemporary Italian poetry in Tribuna magazine (Romania) called "Verso l'Italia", along with poet and friend Giorgia Monti.


Art and politics together is always been her main interest and focus of her creativity.

Her political chapbook of poems "silviotrump" was published in 2017 by Moria Poetry, Chicago, USA. 


Her work has been featured

in anthologies

in Canada (June 2020, 845 Press, London, Ontario 2020; Pandemic Love anthology, Ice Floe Press, Toronto 2021)

in UK (Out on the page, UK 2021; The quality of Mersey, Liverpool 2018; Hidden Voice Anthology 1, Manchester 2019)

in USA (the Elpis Page, Buffalo, USA 2021; Extreme, a social environmental anthology, Vagabond, Los Angeles 2018; Enough, Best Buds collective, 2020)

in magazines

in UK (Abridged, Acropolis, Forever Endeavour, In the red 18, Tipping the scales, Tealight Press, Floresta, The Journal, Abergavenny Small Press)

in USA (Giallo, The Opiate, Masks, Prismatica, Unstamatic, Kissing Dynamite, Clay Literary;  The Confessionalist, Wine Cellar Press, Fish Barrel review, Querencia, Variety Pack, Pollux, Juste Milieu)

in Nigeria (Sub-Saharan magazine)

in Australia (The Otholith)

in Romania (Tribuna, Revista Literaria Libris)

in Ireland (Sonder Magazine)

in Canada (The Lit Quarterly)

in Austria (Tint journal)

in Croatia (Zin daily)

in India (The Remnant Archive)

in Italy (Versante Ripido, La macchina sognante, just to name the latest)

You can read or listen to some of her poems in the Poetry section of this website:

or on YouTube


15 of her poems are in the UK Poetry Map Places of Poetry

1 of her poems is in Poetry Health Service, UK

She enjoys writing collaborative poems with American poet and professor William Allegrezza.


She writes both in English and in Italian (her mother tongue) and some of her works (poems and plays) have been translated into Romanian and Spanish.

She writes about social issues as gender violence, economic crisis, social injustice with a touch of irony.

She also enjoys taking photographs (some of her pics have been featured in magazines worldwide). 


She received her MA in Theater from the University of Venice, IUAV, and her 30 plays are produced throughout Italy.


Assistant director at Biennale Theatre Festival in Venice 2011 for the show Envidia, directed by Calixto Bieito at the Gran Teatro La Fenice Theatre, Venice

Playwright at ”Biennale Dance Festival" inVenice 2011 (directed by dancer and choreographer Ismael Ivo) for the Choreographers Vito Alfarano’s and Laura Boato’s students dance show in Venice. She again worked as a writer at Biennale Danza, directed by Ismael Ivo, in 2012

She worked on the script of “Estman Radio” by Marinella Senatore, a radio drama broadcasted by Rai Radio 2 and in the Italian Pavillion at the Biennale Internazionale di Arte in Venice in June 2011.

Internship at Gran Teatro La Fenice Theatre in Venice 2009- 2010 organizing conferences on Opera


Publications: (BOOKS)


  • silviotrump, Locofo Chaps, Moria Poetry, Chicago, USA, 2017 (Poetry)

  • Or-dite! Trame d’arte contro la violenza sulle donne, AA.VV. Ed. Exosphere PoesiArtEventi, Reggio Emilia, Italy 2015 (Poetry and Prose)

  • La rocca del tempo fermo, Lettereanimate, Taranto, Italy, 2015 (Novel),

  • Nata farfalla, WLM Edizioni, Bergamo, Italy, 2013 (Poetry)


In 2018 two of her English poems have been selected for the anthology "Extreme", edited by Vagabond, Los Angeles, USA, that includes also poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirshman, Neeli Cherkovski and Antonieta Villamil, to name a few. 

She has been nominated for the Pushart Prize (New York) for her poem "Your yarn" in 2020. 

“Non ne usciamo vive”, one of her plays, has been set in Palermo, Rome, Cesena, Milan and in one of the most important museums of the city of Turin “Pinacoteca Albertina” in front of Laura Boldrini, the former President of the Italian Senate in 2014.

Serena Piccoli is a long-experienced literary translator - English\Italian.

“Salomè: Donna di Valore” (Cleup, University of Padova Press, 2017, translated by Serena Piccoli and Pina Piccolo) is her Italian translation of award winning American author and professor, Adeena Karasick.​


As both a poet, performer and arts activist, Serena has performed widely at Poetry and Theatre Festivals including:

New Orleans Poetry Festival (Lousiana, USA, April 2020)

Bridgewater International Poetry Festival (Virginia, USA, April 2020 and November 2020)

The museum of Liverpool (UK National Poetry Day, UK, 2019)

Tribuna days in Cluj city and Brasov city (Romania, October 2018 and 2019)

West Kirby Arts Centre, England (UK, May 2019)

Versante Ripido (Bologna, Italy 2019)

Bologna In Lettere (Bologna, Italy 2016)

IGiovediDiVersi (Bologna, Italy 2016)

Artistincasa, Montegiardino (Republic of Saint Marin, 2015)

Pronto Intervento Poetico (Padova, Italy 2015)

International Poetry Day (Padova, Italy, 2013 - 2019).

She has created and produced International multidisciplinary art events featuring live performance and video installation, at both indoor and outdoor theatres.

She is the organizer of a series of conferences on and historical re-enactments of Italian Middle Age and Renaissance life and art, dedicated to the education and preservation of Italian culture.

She’s a feminist, a lesbian and a human rights activist, happily in love with her fiancée Alexandra.

Twitter: @piccoli_serena

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