Ernesto Livorni is a poet, translator, editor, and educator. He is Professor of Italian Language and Literature, and Affiliate of Comparative Literature, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His scholarly publications include Avanguardia e tradizione: Ezra Pound e Giuseppe Ungaretti (1998) and T. S. Eliot, Montale e la modernità dantesca (forthcoming). He also translated into Italian and edited Ted Hughes' Cave-Birds: Un dramma alchemico della caverna (2001). He has published articles in Italian and in English on medieval, modern and contemporary Italian literature, English and American literature, Italian-American literature, and comparative literature. He is the founding editor of L’ANELLO che non tiene: Journal of Modern Italian Literature.
Livorni has published three collections of poems: Prospettiche illusioni:1977-1983 (1987) (Illusions of Perspective: 1977-1983), Nel libro che ti diedi: Sonetti 1985-1986 (1998) (In the Book that I Gave You: Sonnets, 1985-1986) and L'America dei Padri (2005) (The Fathers’ America). His collection Onora il Padre e la Madre (Honor Thy Father and Mother), which gathers previously published and new poems, is forthcoming in 2014.