Peter D Epiro received a BA and MA from Queens College and a PhD in English from Yale University. He has taught English at the secondary and college levels and worked as an editor and writer for thirty years. He has also written (with Mary Desmond Pinkowish) Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World and What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? and 100 Other Great Cultural Lists Fully Explicated, which has appeared in British, German, Russian, Lithuanian, and Korean editions. He has recently completed an English verse translation of Dante s Inferno, and his other publications include a book and several articles on Ezra Pound s Cantos and a book of translations of African-American poetry into Italian. He has a grown son, Dante, and lives with his wife, Nancy Walsh, in Ridgewood, New Jersey."