Viviana Fiorentino

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Viviana Fiorentino

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Csilla Toldy was born in Budapest. Her short fiction and poetry appeared in numerous UK, Irish, Canadian and Australian literary magazines such as Southword, Cyphers, The Honest Ulsterman, The Stony Thursday Book, Crannog, Corridor, and anthologies published by Dedalus, Recent Works, Demeter, Arlen House. She published her poetry books with Lapwing Belfast: Red Roots - Orange Sky (2013), The Emigrant Woman’s Tale (2015). Vertical Montage (2018) is a sequence of poems inspired by films and film making, with links to video poems on her website: www.csillatoldy.co.uk Her short story collection Angel Fur and other stories was published by Stupor Mundi in 2019. 

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Viviana Fiorentino


Viviana Fiorentino is Italian and lives in Belfast where she teaches Italian. An award-winning poet in Italy, her poems, short stories and translations have appeared in international literature magazines (i.e. Nazione Indiana, FourXFour NI, Poethead, The Blue Nib, Paris Lit Up, Honest Ulsterman, Mantis - journal of the Stanford University, The Trumpet 9, Abridged). In 2019, her poems appeared in the anthology ‘Writing Home’ (Dedalus Press); in 2021, in the anthology ‘Days of Clear Light’ (Salmon Poetry). In Italy, she published a poetry collection (Controluna Press), in anthology (Arcipelago Itaca Edizioni) and a novel (Transeuropa Publishing House). She co-founded two activist poetry initiatives (Sky, You Are Too Big and Letters With Wings. She is on the editorial board of Le Ortique, a blog that rediscovers forgotten women artists. Since January 2020, she facilitates creative writing workshops for cultural minorities (SAME/DIFFERENCE, Quotidian Word of the Street Limited). She has been involved in many different festivals, poetry readings and projects (i.e. International Literature Festival Berlin, Bray Lit Festival, Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics, festivals in the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas 2019, LabeLLit 2018-19). She is a recipient of two SIAP grants (2019 and 2020) from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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