Poetry Expo 23 / 19 February 2023

What we Pray when we Walk in(to) Nature

Trees, Rivers, Animals and Poetry Inspiration

Poetry Expo 23

 Watch the  roundtable "What we Pray when we Walk in(to) Nature.", the conversation with poets on Trees, Rivers, Animals and Poetry Inspiration will be led by poet and critic Maggie Wang. The roundtable happened on Sunday, 19th of February at 3PM (CET).

Three international voices of poetry - Alvin Pang from Singapore, Tiziano Fratus from Italy and Jan Skrob from the Czech Republic - discuss about their special and intimate relationship with what we call Nature, how they find and generate inspiration for their poetry and writing; they will talk about trees and forests, rivers and lines, metaphors and other poets, animals and humans. The roundtable will be moderated by poet and critic Maggie Wang.

The project is part of the subthemes Sustainability, Human and artificial creativity, Future prospects and Connect not divide.


Jan Škrob

Jan Škrob (1988) is a Czech poet and translator living in Prague. Author of the books of poetry Pod dlažbou (2016), Reál (2018) and Země slunce (2021). Co-winner of the Dresden Poetry Award for the year 2018. His poems have been translated to several languages and appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, both home and abroad. He is a member of the Czech Association of Writers (Asociace spisovatelů).



Photo by Barbora Klimszová


Tiziano Fratus

He grew up in north Italian landscapes, among the great plain and the mountains.

He meditated into large old monumental trees and in ancient forests in Italy and in other continenents, crossing and touching conifer woods in California and Japan and around the Alps where he has coined concepts such as Rootman (Homo Radix) and Wandering Forest (Silva itinerans), practicing an everyday meditation in nature and the discipline of the Dendrosophy (Dendrosophia). Along twenty years of writing he had published a wide jungle of words – travelogues, meditation books, tales, essays, collections of poems – some by Italian leading publishing houses as Mondadori, Feltrinelli, Bompiani, Laterza and Einaudi, some by indipendent ones as Aboca, Ediciclo and Lindau. His poems have been translated into eleven languages and published in twenty and more countries while his photography has shown in solo exhibitions. Fratus is columnist for newspapers and voice of radio programs dedicated to Nature and the Italian Buddhism. He lives in a little house in front of woods cultivating a vegetable garden and an essential wild zen way.


Collections of poems

Musica per le foreste (Italy, 2015)

Creaturing – Selected Poems (U.S.A., 2010)

Un quaderno di radici (Italy, 2016)

Poesie creaturali (Italy, 2019)

Sogni di un disegnatore di fiori di ciliegio (Italy, 2020)

Agreste (Italy, 2023)

Forest Heart / Coeur de foret / Cuor di foresta (Luxemburg, 2023)


Natural and Spiritual Books

Sutra degli alberi (Piano B)

Giona delle sequoie and I giganti silenziosi (Bompiani)

Alberi millenari d’Italia and Alberodonti d’Italia (Idee Feltrinelli)





Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang (Chinese: 冯啟明; pinyin: Féng Qǐ Míng; born 1972, Singapore) was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year (Literature) by the National Arts Council Singapore. He holds a First Class Honours degree in English literature from the University of York and an Honorary Fellowship in Writing from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program (2002). In 2020, he was awarded a PhD in Writing from RMIT University, and appointed to the honorary position of Adjunct Professor of RMIT University in 2021.For his contributions, he was conferred the Singapore Youth Award (Arts and Culture) in 2007, and the JCCI Foundation Education Award in 2008. He is listed in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English (2nd Edition).