Anna Ciardullo Villapiana was born in the beautiful southern Italian city named Cosenza in 1973, and lived there for about thirty years. She always felt passionate about poetry as a teenager; back then, in a secret diary, she used to poeticize her feelings, her thoughts and her days. Later on, when Anna finished high school, she enrolled in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calabria, and graduated in 2000 with a Modern Literature degree.
She loved to read, study poets & writers, and found it fascinating to experience the beautiful worlds of words and imagination that they held in their work.
Anna feels it is priceless being able to communicate and establish a dialogue with the inner part of oneself, as well as with nature, and being able to put all of this in melodious verse. Convinced as she was of the healing power of poetry, in a mechanical world, she has never stopped writing.
In 2002 Anna participated in the first Edition of the Crati Literary Award, and was one of the finalists. In the mean time people would contact her to write epigraphs, articles and poems for various occasions. In 2003 she moved to Canada where she married her husband Rob, had two children and started her career as a translator and an Italian language teacher. It was here that Anna published her first collection of poems “Inner Paths” in 2007, and later “Fragments of Light” in 2015. The latest volume was illustrated by her dearest friend and artist, Carina Francioso. Carina captured the essence of Anna’s verse with both her brush and with the English translations of her poems.
During Anna’s journey she was supported by Gabriel Niccoli, professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies at St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo, who wrote the introduction for both volumes, and in 2015 he wrote “The Transformative Power of Poetry: an Emerging Voice on the Italian-Canadian Landscape” an essay on Anna’s poetry published in “Studies in Honour” of Guido Pugliese edited di Anthony Mollica, Soleil edition.
As well, she was supported by Antonio D’Elia, professor of Italian Literature and Theatrical Literature at the University of Basilicata who wrote the Afterword for the first volume and the Preface for the second. They both gifted the readers with interesting starting points and a detailed critique that goes beyond the verse, searching for deeper meanings.
In 2018 some of Ciardullo Villapiana’s poems were published in the anthologies People Places Passages, An Anthology of Canadian Writing, edited by Giulia De Gasperi, Delia De Santis, Caroline Morgan Di Giovanni, Lomgbridge Books, and Acufene edited by I.v.a.n. project, Limina Mentis.
Member of AICW (Association of Italian Canadian Writers) she participated in initiatives for the conservation of Italian language and heritage in the multicultural Canadian culture. One of her poem, The Ascent, was published in Accenti Magazine and in Braided Way Magazine and several other poems appeared in other magazines.
In September 2017 Anna presented Fragments of Light at the ICAP (Italian-Canadian Archive Project) conference in Guelph as her contribution of art and poetry to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Italians overseas.
In September 2018 she published in Rome Al di là del mare, Dialoghi DiVersi/Beyond the sea, I Rumori dell’Anima edition. A volume of poetry illustrated by artist Carina Francioso, translated in English by Brian Escobar and Maria Natalia Orangis. Preface by Italian poet and writer Bruna Cicala. The volume is combined with a cd of music and poems that has been read and interpreted by poet and song-writer Gianluca Lalli,
Anna currently lives in Kitchener, Ontario where she teaches Italian language and is working on her fourth collection of poems.