Poet, translator, and editor Donald Wellman was born in New Hampshire. Following military service, he earned a PhD from the University of Oregon. Wellman is the founding editor of O.ARS, an annual anthology of poetry and poetics. The inaugural volume, O.ARS/1 Coherence, included work by language-centered poets, visual poets, representatives of the Latin American avant-garde, and a selection of sur-fiction, as well as poetry in the Black Mountain tradition. He has received numerous awards for his translations from Italian, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as Italy's Flaiano Prize and the PEN USA Prize for Translation in 2006. In 2010, Vangelisti received the Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize from the Academy of American Poets for his translations of Adriano Spatola, collected in The Position of Things: Collected Poems 1961-1992. Currently, Vangelisti lives in Los Angeles, CA, where he is Founding Chair of the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design.
"The inspiration for this work stems from my reading of Bertolt Brecht's Manual of Piety. It is an ancient impulse. His work may be thought of as a set of 'exercises' for responsible citizenship, as opposed to the objectification of citizenship by consumer-based processes of identification. Social justice is an aspect of a necessary synthesis. The elements are musical, melancholic, ethnographic." - Donald Wellman