Mario Petrucci thrives on challenge. Through his published works and enthusiastic poetry residencies, and as an inventive cross-disciplinary practitioner, he has earned a significant reputation as a writer of experience, flexibility and innovation. In a great many literary and educational settings, Mario has delivered fresh ideas, cooperatively expressed and supported by excellent organisational skills. He has taught and written in residencies of all types, tailoring his input to the needs of the project in hand. He is equally at home assisting undergraduates with seminar presentations and study skills, as he is leading a creative writing workshop centred on Chaos Theory.
Historical and bi-cultural themes feature in much of Mario's work, but he has equivalent renown for creating interfaces between literature and disciplines as varied as ecology, geology and physics. He is the only poet to have been in residence with BBC Radio 3 and at the Imperial War Museum, where he now lectures on war poetry and devises experimental approaches to captioning for educational applications ('Multi-Captions'). As co-founder of ShadoWork, Mario has generated collaborative performance and voice-training projects for London Arts and the Arts Council. He was worked extensively in radio and with powerful exploratory forms of poetry and film (Chernobyl, Natural History Museum).
Major international awards for Mario's work include the Daily Telegraph/Arvon International Poetry Prize, the Irish Times Perpetual Trophy, the London Writers Competition (four times) and the Bridport Prize. His 'Poeclectic' take on contemporary poetry was featured in the 2nd edition of the English Studies Book (Routledge) and his poetry performances attract international recognition (for example, with the British Council). He also works widely in universities and schools both in a freelance capacity and as a member of the Poetry Society's Poetryclass project. He continues to contribute to academic and scientific journals, working in specialist areas such as Site-specific Public Poetry.