Vangelisti began his studies at the University of San Francisco, going on to recieve a master's in Literature from the University of Southern California. He worked as an editor and reporter for The Hollywood Reporter before taking on the position of Cultural Affairs Director for the Los Angeles radio station, KPFK, where he was able to produce Los Angeles Theater of the Ear, a program which broadcasted poetry readings by writers such as Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. Vangelisti has edited several journals and poetry anthologies, his first Los Angeles based collection, Anthology of L.A. Poets, was co-edited with Charles Bukowski. 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.
Currently, Vangelisti lives in Los Angeles, CA, where he is Founding Chair of the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design.
"If seemingly willful obscurity is often a deterrent in reading or viewing work from any avant-gardist, Vangelisti's poems are replete with a sustained clarity that invites us to savor these moments without being penalized for letting go of that which seems inaccessible." - Bill Mohr, Chicago Review
"In Two, Paul Vangelisti connects the antipodes of the extraordinary literary geography he has been creating through the course of his numerous previous works. Taken separately or together, the diptych of Two finds Paul Vangelisti at the height of his poetic, intellectual and philosophical powers. Simply put, there are precious few poets writing now who can match Vangelisti's brilliance.” - Dennis Phillips
Includes the complete works Alabaster and A Capable Hand (Maps for a Lost Dog)