Paul Vangelisti is an American poet, translator, and editor, and the Founding Chair of the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design. His many works of poetry include Motive and Opportunity (Shearsman Books, 2020), Border Music (Talisman House, 2016), Days Shadows Pass (Green Integer, 2007), and Embarrassment of Survival: Selected Poems 1970-2000 (2001). As Cultural Affairs Director for the Los Angeles radio station KPFK, he produced “Los Angeles Theater of the Ear,” which featured poetry readings by Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Amiri Baraka, Kenneth Patchen, and others. He is the editor of a number of collections, including Anthology of L.A. Poets (1972), with Charles Bukowski and Neeli Cherkovski, and L.A. Exile: A Guide to Los Angeles Writing 1932-1998 (Marsilio, 1999), with Evan Calbi. He has received numerous awards for his translations from Italian, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Italy’s Flaiano Prize, the Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the PEN USA Prize for Translation.