Born in Milan in 1940, Luigi Ballerini lives in New York and teaches modern and contemporary Italian Literature at the University of California (Los Angeles). Ballerini's poetry has appeared under the following titles: eccetera. E (Guanda, 1972 ), Che figurato muore (Scheiwiller, 1988), Che oror l'orient (Lubrina, 1991), Il terzo gode (Marsilio, 1994), Stracci shakespeariani (Quasar 1996), Uscita senza strada (Edizioni della Battaglia, 2000) e Uno monta la luna (Manni, 2001). His Cefalonia 43 e altre poesie will be poublished by Mondadori in February of 2005. His anthologies of American and Italian Poetry include La rosa disabitata (Feltrinelli, 1981), Shearsmen of Sorts (Forum Italicum 1992) and The Promised Land (Sun & Moon, 1999). He has translated into Italian several books by American authors including Herman Melville, Henry James, William Carlos Williams, James Baldwin, Kurt Vonegut. His anthology of Gertrude Stein's poetry, La sacra Emilia e altre poesie, was published by Marsilio (Venice) in 1999.
He has curated exhibitions of Contemporary Italian Art including Italian Visual Writing, (New York, Finch Museum and Torino, Galleria civica d'arte moderna, 1973) and Spelt from Sybil's Leaves (Sydney, Power Gallery, 1984). He has also convened a number of conferences: The Disappearing Pheasant I (New York, NYU, 1991) and The Disappearing Pheasant II (Los Angeles, UCLA, 1994).
In 1992 he was awarded the Feronia Prize for Poetry.