Alessio Zanelli, born in 1963, is an Italian poet who has long adopted English as his creative language.  

 

His work has appeared worldwide in over 150 literary journals and several charity anthologies, often alongside that by famous poets such as Pier Luigi Bacchini, John Maxwell Coetzee, Rita Dove, Carol Ann Duffy, Luciano Erba, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Nikki Giovanni, Seamus Heaney, Mimi Khalvati, John Kinsella, Valerio Magrelli, Dacia Maraini, Mario Petrucci, Jo Shapcott, Maria Luisa Spaziani, Natasha Trethewey, John Hartley Williams and Andrea Zanzotto. 

 

He has published 5 collections so far, most recently Over Misty Plains (Indigo Dreams Publishing, UK, 2012), and is currently seeking a publisher for his sixth book of poetry. His third collection Straight Astray received an Honorable Mention at the 2008 London Book Festival.

 

Zanelli is the former poetry editor of Private Photo Review (an international review of photography and short writings), the Italian Stanza Representative for the Poetry Society of London and a featured poet in the 2006 edition of Poet’s Market.

 

Among his other interests are music (from rock to classical, his greatest heroes being Deep Purple and Beethoven), history, modern physics, cosmology and scenic photography, even though his greatest passion is probably long-distance running, having he completed over 100 marathons and ultramarathons plus countless more races on every kind of terrain across Italy and Europe.

 

 

He lives with his wife Jane and works as a wealth consultant in his pretty, tranquil, understated hometown Cremona, along the banks of the river Po, in northern Italy.