Dr. Ana Ilievska is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center and Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian at Stanford University. A comparatist specializing in Italian, Lusophone, and Balkan studies, her current book project Deep Tech: Literature, Southern Thought, and the Question Concerning Technology focuses on the relationship between literature, the industrial revolution, and technology from the perspective of southern Europe and the Mediterranean. She has published articles on Luigi Pirandello, Eça de Queirós, Fernando Pessoa, and Luso-African writers, in addition to numerous translations and public scholarship on poetry, noise, the public humanities, and the culture of Silicon Valley.
Pietro Russo was born in Catania, where he lives. He teaches Italian to foreigners at a school. He is interested in contemporary poetry and has written essays on Vittorio Sereni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Milo De Angelis. He collaborates with literary newspapers, magazines, websites, and blogs. He is also responsible for the cultural activities of the Dante Alighieri Society (Catania Committee). So far, he has published two books of poetry: A questa vertigine (2016), which won the “Violani Landi Prize” for First Work, and a collection in Sicilian dialect Eppuru i stiddi fanu scrusciu (2022).