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W.S. Di Piero was born in 1945 in Philadelphia. A poet, essayist, art critic, and translator, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. He traveled to Italy on a Fulbright scholarship in 1972, where he began working as a translator. A contributor to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Threepenny Review, and other publications, he is the author of some two dozen books of poetry, criticism, and translations. (Photo Credit: David Liittschwager)