A literary critic, translator and poet, Gianluca Rizzo teaches at Colby College (Waterville, ME), where he is the Paul D and Marilyn Paganucci Associate Professor of Italian Language and Literature. His research focuses on modern and contemporary macaronic writing, contemporary poetry, theater, and aesthetics.
He published numerous articles, essays, poems and translations, both from English to Italian and vice versa (on OR, Journal of Italian Translation, Chicago Review, Italica, Forum Italicum, il Verri, Autografo, Studi Novecenteschi, etc). Among the volumes he edited are: Elio Pagliarani, Tutto il teatro (Marsilio, 2013); Carlo Goldoni, Five Comedies (with Michael Hackett, University of Toronto Press, 2016); On the Fringe of the Neoavantgarde. Ai confine della neoavanguardia. Palermo 1963. Los Angeles 2013 (Agincourt Press, 2017); Mariano Bàino, Yellow Fax and Other Poems(Agincourt Press, 2019). With Luigi Ballerini and Paul Vangelisti he also edited Nuova Poesia Americana. Chicago e le praterie(Aragno, 2019).
His latest monograph is titled Poetry on Stage: The Theatre of the Italian Neo-Avant-Garde (University of Toronto Press, 2020) and his most recent book of verse is Il lavoro meccanico. Un'apocalisse in quattro tempi (Oèdipus, 2016).