Citta’ Aperta Exposed: Valentino Assenza fuses Salone with Spoken Word

Get to know Valentino Assenza, Spoken Word Artist

Valentino Assenza has been a published poet and spoken word performer based in Toronto for nearly two decades. He was the organizer of Cryptic Chatter, a poetry series in east Toronto, and is currently on the board of directors for the Art Bar Poetry Series, Canada’s longest-running weekly poetry-only series.

Valentino has published four chapbooks of his poetry — Wandering Absence (2004) and Il Ritorno (2006) with Labour of Love Press; and Quiet Confessions of a Loudmouth (2008) and Make Our Peace with Rattlesnakes (2009) with Lyricalmyrical Press. He also has had a number of poems published in journals such as Descant Magazine and Labour of Love Poetry Magazine.

In his performance career, Valentino was a member of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team in 2009 and 2010, representing the city at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Victoria and at the National Poetry Slam in Minneapolis. He was a feature at the Eden Mills and Words Aloud festivals, and has also participated in Nuit Blanche Toronto. Over the years, Valentino has also been a sought-after feature performer for poetry and spoken word series and events across the GTA and beyond.

Currently, he is an active member of the Toronto poetry community, both with spoken word artists and “page” poets, who has a well-earned reputation for providing energetic, dedicated leadership and service to organizations and artists at the local and regional levels.

Valentino will deliver his ideas through powerful spoken word and poetry, with Italian Canadian flair, at Salone Di Cultura’s Citta’ Aperta.

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