Robert Viscusi has made his mark as a poet, novelist, essayist, literary critic, and public speaker. He teaches English at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he is also the Executive Officer of The Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities. He has written on British and American literature, literary theory, and extensively on Italian and Italian American literature and culture. His books include Astoria: A Novel (Guernica Editions, 1995) which won an American Book Award; Buried Caesars, and other Secrets of Italian American Writing (SUNY Press, 2006), which was awarded the Acerbi Prize in Italy and the Fante/DiDonato Prize in New York; the long poem An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher Columbus (Bordighera, 1993), and Edizioni Dante & Descartes, 2006; a collection of lyrics entitled A New Geography of Time (Guernica, 2004). Currently he is publishing an epic poem entitled Ellis Island (forthcoming, Bordighera). It is also being issued in a series of bilingual editions by abrigliasciolta editore in Varese. It also exists in the form of a website (ellisislandpoem.com) where its lines are freely mingled by an aleatory algorithm to produce a near-infinite of random sonnets.