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PASQUALE VERDICCHIO is a Canadian poet, critic and translator who has made important contributions to the whole discourse on ethnic minority writing and culture. Born in Naples, Italy, in 1954, he moved with his family to Canada and grew up in Vancouver, B.C. His first degree is for the University of Victoria, his M.A. from the University of Alberta and his Ph.D. from the University of California. He has been teaching in California for a number of years in the areas of Italian, film and creative writing. 

Published works include the poetry books Moving Landscape, Ipsissima Verba, Nomadic Trajectory, Approaches to Absence and The House is Past; and the critical books entitled Devils in Paradise: Writing on Post-Emigrant Culture and Bound by Distance: Rethinking Nationalism Through the Italian Diaspora.