Sara Fruner was born in Riva del Garda, Trentino, North-Eastern Italy. After graduating in English literature and language at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice), and specializing in literary translation from the English at Istituto Superiore Interpreti e Traduttori, Fondazione Scuole Civiche Milano, and at Ca’ Foscari, she has been working as a translator in the publishing industry, mainly for Giunti Editore. Being interested in post-colonial literature, her translations include Dionne Brand, Monique Truong, Sello Duiker, Raj Rao and Don McKay.
After serving at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles in 2007, she has worked for six years as Senior Publication Coordinator in an international research center based in Trento.
In 2016, she moved to New York City, where she currently teaches Italian at the Fashion Institute of Technology, at Mercy College, at the Columbus Citizens Foundation, contributes to bilingual newsmagazine La Voce di New York and collaborates as interpreter/performer at the Center for Italian Modern Art, as well as a translator for Magazzino Italian Art.
Her articles have appeared in Brick Literary Journal, Magazzino 23, CinematoGraphie.
Sara’s Italian poetry has been published on Graphie and on Italian Poetry, the most recognized portal of Italian poetry to date, where she is included among the featured poets who belong to the second half of the 20th Century.
"Bitter Bites from Sugar Hills," her first collection of poems in English, has been published in December 2018 by Bordighera Press NY.
As cover, the book boasts an art piece made by NYC-based artist Patricia Brett: "The Poet's Window" --watercolor and graphite on paper, 2018.
"Lucciole in palmo alla notte", a collection of poems in Italian, is coming out in May 2019 by Supernova Editore, Venice.
Sara has been accepted in numerous residency programs for writers worldwide, including BILTC at the Banff Center for the Arts (2004), Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts (2014), Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (CAMAC) as Ténot Bursary, Marnay-Sur-Seine, France (2015), Mountain Seas, Flinders Island, Tasmania (2015), Earthskin Creative Residency, Muriwai, New Zealand (2016), Galerie Huit, Arles, France (2016), The Writer’s Room at the Betsy, Miami, Florida (2018), Hanna Creative Center, Castellvì de la Marca, Spain (2018), Casa Tagumerche, La Gomera, Canary Islands (2018).
In 2019 she will be hosted by the New Orleans Writers’ Residency and by The Studios of Key West, Florida.
Sara is Member of the PEN Women Writers.
In April 2019, Sara was invited to read her poetry at John D. Calandra Italian American Institute to celebrate National Poetry Month 2019, and has been in conversation with poet Madeline Millan within the series "Women in PEN" at the Fashion Institute of Technology on April 23.
The place between English and Italian is what she calls “home.” Swinging there, while writing poetry, her favorite activity.
Awards and Recognition
- "When a poet writes in English as a second language, we get a more precise understanding of words. This is a terrific portrait, paying tribute to Manhattan, and Fruner nails the city with clear, fresh perceptions that work like silk on the page. She owns her words with personality and originality in this high-caliber collection." — Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri on "Bitter Bites from Sugar Hills," published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, May 2019.
Press and Media Mentions
- Presented by Gramercy Opera, "An Art Pot from the World" alternated Sara Fruner's poetry from "Bitter Bites from Sugar Hills" to opera (Magda Gartner), piano (Kanae Matsumoto) and dance (Dani Goldstein) as a tribute to ancient Greek culture and "triune Choréia," the synthesis of dance, music and poetry. The performance was staged at the Cell Theater, Chelsea, in February 2018.