Paul Vangelisti (born 1945)
is an United
States poet and broadcaster.
graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1967 with a Bachelor
of Arts in English and Philosophy. He attended Trinity College,
Dublin, Ireland, for a year
as a research Fellow and moved to Los Angeles in 1968 to attend the University of
Southern California, from which he was awarded a Master of Arts in Literature
Vangelisti has edited a several anthologies
of poetry, including one each in
. His anthologies of Los Angeles area
poets, such as "Specimen '73", were among the first such
collections to begin defining the historical trajectory of
post-World War II poetry in Southern California. His first such
volume, "Anthology of L.A. Poets", was co-edited with Charles Bukowski
and Neeli Cherkovski
. Most recently he edited
"L.A. Exiles", an anthology of displaced Los Angeles writers.
Vangelisti is the author of almost twenty collections of poetry,
including "Air" (1973), "Portfolio" (1978), "Another You" (1980),
"Villa", "Rime" (1983), and "Nemo" (1995). He was awarded a
Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the
in 1988. Vangelisti is also well-known as a translator of
Italian poetry, particularly experimental poets such as Adriano Spatola
and Antonio Porta
also produced many broadcasts of poetry readings through a long
association with Pacifica radio station KPFK in Los
Angeles, where he worked as a Cultural Affairs Director between
1974 and 1982.
While in that position, he initiated and
directed L.A.T.E. (Los Angeles Theater of the Ear), which produced
both live and recorded radio theater broadcasts of classic plays by
, as well as contemporary playwrights.
Vangelisti is currently the Chair of the MFA writing program at
Otis College of Art
in Los Angeles.