Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Cavatorta, President


Department of French and Italian
University of Arizona
Tel: (520) 626-0782


Beppe Cavatorta is Associate Professor at the University of Arizona where he also is the Director of the Italian Language Program. He has been Chief Reader for the Italian AP exam from 2012 to 2016, and he has been recently reappointed as a member of the Italian AP Exam Development Committee. He also offers workshops for High School teachers as a consultant for College Board. His research interests are varied and include second language acquisition, experimental writings, Italian Futurism and the neo-avant-garde, the Second World War in literature and film, and theory & practice of translation.  Many of his articles and translations have been published in journals like Studi novecenteschi, Nuova prosa, Il Verri, Chicago Quarterly Review, Exile Literary Quarterly, Autografo, and Italian Culture. He is the editor of several books and anthologies: Balleriniana (Montanari 2010), A. Spatola, The Position of Things (Green Integer, 2008), and The Promised Land (Sun & Moon Press 2000). He is also the author of Ponti Italiano Terzo Millennio, an Intermediate Italian textbook (2013, 2009, 2004), and Scrivere contro (Scritture 2010), in which he recreated a profile of experimental writing in Italy from the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the late Sixties. His latest works include the translations of Adriano Spatola’s experimental novel The Porthole (Seismicity 2011), of Emilio Zucchi’s poetry collection The Marrows of Evil (in Journal of Italian Translation 2013), and the edition of Luigi Ballerini’s collected poetry, Poesie 1972-2015 (Mondadori 2016).