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W. S. Di Piero
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W. S. Di Piero

Poet, translator, and essayist W. S. Di Piero was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1945, and grew up in an Italian working class neighborhood. He attended St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia and received a master's degree from San Francisco State University in 1971.

His collections of poetry include Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems (Knopf, 2007), Skirts and Slacks (2001), Shadows Burning (1995), The Restorers (1992), and The Dog Star (1990).

His books of translation include Euripedes's Ion (1996); The Ellipse: Selected Poems of Leonardo Sinisgalli (1983); This Strange Joy: Selected Poems of Sandro Penna (1982), for which he won the Academy of American Poets' first Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize; and Giacomo Leopardi's Pensieri (1981).

His essays collections are Shooting the Works: On Poetry and Pictures (1996), Out of Eden: Essays on Modern Art (1991), and Memory and Enthusiasm: Essays, 1975-1985 (1989).

Di Piero's honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and a grant from the Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Fund.

He lives in San Francisco and is a professor of English at Stanford University.

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