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 such authors as 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, and taught English as a foreign language at Istituto Accademico Interpreti e Traduttori di Trento (ISIT), and at the University of Trento.
In 2016, she moved to New York City, where she currently teaches Italian at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at NYU, with additional past experience at Mercy College and at the Columbus Citizens Foundation. She contributes to bilingual newsmagazine La Voce di New York and happens to collaborate as interpreter/performer for the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), Magazzino Italian Art and Hauser&Wirth Gallery.
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.
In 2018, she was made a Member of the PEN America Women Writers.
"Bitter Bites from Sugar Hills," her first collection of poems in English, came out in 2018 by Bordighera Press NY.
"Lucciole in palmo alla notte", a collection of poems in Italian, has come out in June 2019 by Supernova Editore, Venice.
As a bilingual poet, fully aware that poetry is one with the music and architecture of any given language, she writes in Italian what she wants to write in Italian, and in English what she wants to write in English. As such, she bypasses translation, an art she deeply loves, but whose toll, especially in poetry, can be extremely high.
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), New Orleans Writers’ Residency (2019) and by The Studios of Key West, Florida, (2019).
The place between English and Italian is what she calls “home.” Swinging there, while writing poetry, her favorite activity.
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.
On September 14, she will be reading for the Italian-American Writers Association, NY Mulberry Street Library, 10 Jersey Street, from 2 to 4 pm.
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.