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Apply to attend Poesiaeuropa, an international literary conference in Polvese Island, Lake Trasimeno, Italy, June 3-7, 2024. The fellowship covers food, lodging, and attendance at all conference events.

Piper Center is offering three travel grants of $2,000 each to ASU students, graduate or undergraduate, from any department, accepted as fellows into Poesiaeuropa. 

Poesiæuropa aims to discuss the features of contemporary humanistic culture, especially from the perspective of poets, to reflect on the value of our cultural and spiritual roots, and to develop – together – a vision for the future. The sixth edition of Poesiæuropa will gather authors and scholars from many countries in a special school on the Polvese Island (Lake Trasimeno, Umbria, Italy) from June 3 to 7, 2024. The event will include:

  • lectio magistralis
  • panels
  • presentations of fellows
  • readings


Send your CV (max 3 pages) and abstract (max 100 words) in English or Italian describing the project you intend to present to by March 15, 2024. Results will be communicated by April 1, 2024. Fellows will present their work at the conference.

  • There are 20 fellowships available, and applications for them are free: There are no limits of age, job, or nationality. Each fellowship covers food and accommodation costs, but not travel costs. Fellowships designated to the USA/Canada areas are 5/6.
  • Poesiæuropa fellows are expected to attend all activities included in the program.
  • Upon completion of Poesiæuropa’s program fellows will receive a participation certificate.

The fellowship covers meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), dorm-style accommodation, and admission to all conference events.

Single rooms are available (5/6 days) at an additional cost. Two options are available:

  • Agriturismo Fattoria Il Poggio: 300 euro 
  • Hotel Isola Polvese Resort; 500 euro 

To help with the logistics, please indicate your preferred accommodation on your application.

Questions about applying? Contact Serena Ferrando at


The 2024 edition of Poesiæuropa will engage with the following areas although there will be some room for broader conversations:

1) TEXTUALITY AND TECHNOLOGY - This area looks at interactions between literary languages and transmediality. We will take into consideration proposals that deal with transmediality’s influence on texts and our imaginary in terms of themes, linguistic phenomena, and media strategies. Crucial changes are affecting what we assume a text to be. How do we make use of a text? What writing techniques are becoming more influential? We invite reflections on the evolution of textuality with respect both to cultural history and writing techniques; 

2) LITERATURE AND SCIENCE FICTION - This area takes into consideration the uses of science fiction in contemporary literature. Science fiction will not be discussed only as a theme; instead, we aim to consider it as a perspective-generating focus that might give new meanings to the ideas of fancy and imagination, fiction and nonfiction. It can be useful to reflect on science fiction from at least two points of view: one that is linked to the meaning of symbols, and one that is connected with mainstream cultural products. These points of view help to consider science fiction as a critical element in broader fields such as the relationship between reality and utopia, life and history, and past, present and future; 

3) WRITING BETWEEN VIOLENCE AND PEACE - This area aims at transcending everyday news. We would like to see how the dialectical discourse between violence and peace is important with respect to crucial historical evidences, but also to the war/peace dichotomy in literary languages. The latter appears especially relevant in the analysis of how narrations of war/peace have developed, and how the literary realm might contribute to fostering either war or peace. What input does literature offer in the war/peace discourse, both in terms of ethics and esthetics?