MARCO BELOCCHI is a director, actor and author. He was born in Rome in 1960 and completed his studies at the National Theater Academy S. D’Amico. He has been active in theater for forty years and has participated in more than 150 performances. He writes prose, poetry and theater plays. He published the short-stories collection Stories from Another World (GPI, Terni 2008) and in collaboration with Maria Letizia Avato, the collection A Strange Meeting of Parallel Lines (Centro-Studi Tindari-Patti, 2017). His poetry selection Immortality Training (Progetto Cultura, Rím 2013) won the first prize of Trofeo Monterosi d’Argento 2016. Among the many texts he wrote for theater are the award-winning historical drama Saul from Tarso (Progetto Cultura, Rím 2014) and Queen of the Night or On Pilate’s Side (Lithis, Rome 2023). He put together the poetry collection of Roberto Belocchi: Grandpa the Railroadman in Roman dialect. His work has been included in many anthologies and he is the recipient of numerous literary awards. Since 2017 he has been the director of the literary prize La Clessidra and since 2019 he has been in charge of two editions in the Roman publishing house Lithos. Since 2023 he has become the head of the theater plays edition. He has been organizing poetry readings for over twenty years, as well as participating as a performer. In 2013 he read at the poetry festival Ars Poetica in Bratislava. He is the author of several short films, poetic videoclips and book trailers.