Pier Giorgio Di Cicco was born in Italy but moved with his family to Canada as a child. Author of many books of poetry and a founder of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers, he is Toronto’s Poet Laureate for the years 2004—2007.
Francesco Loriggio is professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Carleton University, Ottawa. He has published extensively on literary theory, modern Italian literature, and Italian-Canadian literature. He is a translator of some of the works of the Italian playwright Achille Campanile (The Inventor of the Horse and Other Short Plays), and the editor of Social Pluralism and Literary History.