Carla Lonzi—Self-portrait (trans. Allison Grimaldi Donahue)⁠

Forthcoming September 2021

‘The book itself is seemingly such a straightforward idea of transcribing an interview word-for-word … it arrives at something that … exceeds the possibilities or expectations … She turns an interview into something that has a kind of arc into literature … it opens up a world.’ – Teresa Kittler


Carla Lonzi (b. 1931, Florence; d. 1982, Milan) was an art critic and feminist activist best known for her work with Rivolta Femminile, a feminist collective created in 1970. Throughout the 1960s she was an active art critic and a main voice in the Italian art scene. She occupies a singular position within post-World War II Italian politics and art and is a central figure in Italian feminism. Her work has largely been ignored by traditional art historians until very recently.

The work of Allison Grimaldi Donahue (b. Middletown, CT) has appeared in Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Words Without Borders, Flash Art, The Literary Review, BOMB, Tripwire, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner and other places. Her book of poetry Body to Mineral was published by Publication Studio Vancouver (2016). She is also co-author of On Endings, on Maurice Blanchot, with Delere Press (2019). She has given readings and performances of her work at HyperMaremma in Tuscany and Gavin Brown in Rome. She is Associate Translation Editor at Anomaly and collaborated as editor of fiction and special issues for many years with Queen Mob’s Teahouse. She has been a fellow at Bread Loaf, the Vermont Studio Center and the New York State Writers’ Institute, as well as artist-in-residence at Mass MoCA. She holds an MA in Italian Literature from Middlebury College and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches creative writing at John Cabot University in Rome and is currently artist-in-residence at MAMbo, the Museum of Modern Art Bologna.

Press
Teresa Kittler, ‘Carla Lonzi’s Self-Portrait: a conversation with Allison Grimaldi Donahue’, Juxta Press, 4 January 2021