Ph.D. in English Literature, Drew University; Madison, NJ.
M.A. in English Literature, Drew University (Madison, N.J.), and Laurea in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence. Author of several publications on 20th-century Italian and American authors. Articles on translation, travel literature, and comparative poetry have appeared in various academic journals.
Recent publications include essays on the relationship between visual arts and poetry, American poetry, travel writing in Italy, the works of Mina Loy, and the sonnet in contemporary and African-American poetry.
Francini’s many published translations from contemporary American poetry include the volumes: Crepuscolo americano e altre poesieand Breve storia dell’ombra, two anthologies of Charles Wright ‘s work (JacaBook, 2001 and Crocetti Editore, 2006); Per guida la luna: poesie e elegie d'amore di Mina Loy (Le Lettere, 2003);Il ritmo delle emozioni, and Totem, anthologies of Yusef Komunyakaa’s poetry (Liberodiscrivere, 2004 and Le Lettere, 2006).
She has edited Antologia della Poesia Americana(Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso, 2004), and co-edited and contributed to Lezioni di poesia (Le Lettere, 2000) and Rewriting Dante (2007), proceedings of a conference on Dante’s poetry in contemporary culture.
At SUF Francini is Professor of Literature and coordinates the Option II and III Programs; she is a Faculty Associate of SU (N.Y.). Teaches 20th-century and comparative literature courses with an emphasis on intercultural and interdisciplinary issues.
Her research interests are poetry, translation, travel literature, the relationship between visual arts and poetry, comparative studies, and the representation of identity in literature.