Eugenia Romanelli

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Eugenia Romanelli (born March 11, 1972) is an Italian author and journalist.

Eugenia Romanelli, Italian author and journalist.


Romanelli was born in Rome on March 11, 1972. She is the eldest daughter of philosophy teacher, Maria Cristina Marinelli, and historian, Raffaele Romanelli. Due to her father's professional responsibilities she later moved to Florence. She was joined in a civil union with La Repubblica journalist Rory Capelli by Monica Cirinnà. The couple have a daughter. The 2014 court ruling that recognises the double parenthood of the same-sex couple was the second of its kind to be handed down in Italy. It was signed by Judge Melita Cavallo, after the first official technical report on this subject matter written in Italy.[1]

After gaining her high school diploma in Classics in 1990, she enrolled in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Florence. In 1997 she obtained her degree in Modern History. She then enrolled in the School of Journalism at the Tor Vergata University in Rome. In 2000, she became a professional journalist.


In 2001 she published her first novel, Trop Model, inspired by the life of Lorella Giulia Focardi, for the women's erotic series Pizzonero (Borelli).[2] This was followed in 2002 by Vladimir Luxuria, a story (Castelvecchi), the authorized biography of Vadimir Luxuria, a transsexual who guided the artistic management of Muccassassina, a famous disco night organized by the Mario Mieli Homosexual Culture Club in Rome, and in 2006 became the first transgender Member of Parliament elected in Europe.

In 2004 she published La traversata di Emma Costa Rubens (Marotta), which witnesses the introduction of a work methodology based on mixing different sources, including non-literary areas, named the "Bazar Method".[3] In the following years the Bazar Method took hold in an online magazine "", in the creation of a creative writing laboratory in the Faculty of Communications Science in the La Sapienza University in Rome (2004-2009),[4] in an online radio (RadioBazar), in a web art gallery (BazArt), managed by Luca Beatrice and in two volumes of collected articles, "Tecniche di comunicazione creativa: il metodo Bazar", with a preface by Mario Morcellini (Pellegrini-Rai Eri, 2005) and "Bazar Cultural brand: comunicare sempre", with a preface by Giulio Anselmi (Pellegrini-Rai Eri, 2007), which constitute one of the first Italian multimedia projects structured as cultural brands.[5] The project won the "Woman is Internet 2005" prize (Web Italia) organized by the Province of Lucca and the Department of Equal Opportunity in partnership with the Ministry of Equal Opportunity, as the best Italian internet site created by women in 2005.

Both collections of essays followed the methodology used during the series of lessons and workshops at the University with alternate inclusions both scientific and poetic, technological and romantic, educational and recreational, from authors of very different extractions: artists, executives, intellectuals, students and academics who all contribute with flashes of infotainment and edutainment. In 2009 she published Con te accanto (Rizzoli), written together with Paola Turci, which revisits the car accident in which the singer was involved, followed in 2011 by Vie di fuga (Dino Audino Publishers), a crime thriller publicized through an original social media campaign featuring a cat called Bianchino Bianchini.[6] In his book review in La Repubblica, Marco Lodoli writes: "The distinguishing feature of writers from the Quentin Tarantino generation is the attempt to describe our liquid reality. Eugenia Romanelli makes the same attempt in Escape routes".[7]

The text incorporates for the first time the theme of bisexuality, which returns in the erotic novel E' scritto nel corpo (2013), which marks the launch of the new crossover literature series BookMe by the De Agostini publishing house, and which introduces the author to a wider readership.

In 2015 Castelvecchi published La donna senza nome, a novel that explores the construction of personal identity of a young woman born to a lesbian couple through artificial insemination using the sperm of an anonymous donor. Melania Mazzucco considers the novel to be a sequel of her own "Sei come sei".[8]

In 2018, the Edizioni ETS publishing house published a collection of essays with the title: "Web, social ed etica. Dove non arriva la privacy: come creare una cultura della riservatezza", edited by Romanelli, with a preface by Massimo Bray. Authors include Vincenzo Vita, Mario Morcellini and the criminologist Marco Lagazzi.

In 2019 Michela Murgia presented the latest novel by Romanelli, Mia, published by Castelvecchi, at the Turin International Book Fair.[9] A suspense without escape, an intelligent thriller that investigates contemporary parenting.

In 2019 she founded, and directs, the first European writing school, Writers Factory,[10] dedicated to the American writer Ursula Le Guin, on the first anniversary of her death. Teachers at the school include, amongst others, David Riondino (the school’s deputy director), Roberto D’Agostino, Vladimir Luxuria, Peter Gomez, Giorgio Cavazzano, Vauro Senesi, Milo Manara, Sergio Staino, Stefano Benni, Neri Marcorè, Paolo Virzì, Ascanio Celestini, Margherita Buy, Laura Morante, Romana Petri, Edoardo Albinati, Elena Stancanelli, Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Rosella Postorino, Michela Murgia, Melania Mazzucco, Melissa P., Sandro Veronesi, Giancarlo Leone, Stefano Bollani, Rancore, Marina Rei, Stefano Senardi, Ernesto Assante, Valerio Magrelli, Antonio Padellaro, Giulio Anselmi, Marco Damilano, Bianca Berlinguer, Lucia Annunziata.

In February 2020 sees the publication of the book ‘The body of Earth. A denied relationship. From an egological vision to an ecological vision’ (Castelvecchi)[11] edited with psychotherapist Giusy Mantione: a book which is the starting point for a crossover movement of intellectuals, scientists, artists, journalists, bloggers and opinion leaders who are engaged in sensitising the Italian collective psyche about the risk of an irreversible change in the global ecosystem.

In June 2020 she founds and directs the title ReWriters,[12] a hybrid multimedia project between paper and the Web, which includes the first Italian ‘mag-book’, a collectible monthly with artist covers made by street artists Sten Lex and Ivan, which also hosts Ernesto Assante’s radio. Rewriters is a cultural movement with the mission of rewriting the imaginary of the contemporary world. Among the contributors, there are new as well as great names of Italian art and culture, including Gianrico Carofiglio, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Gianna Nannini, Giovanna Melandri, Paola Turci, Michele Serra, Carmen Consoli, Carlo Massarini, Cristina Bowerman, Marina Rei, Melania Mazzucco, Vinicio Capossela, Achille Bonito Oliva, Roberto Cotroneo, David Riondino, Massimo Recalcati, Rancore, Piero Pelù, and many others. The ReWriters prize 2020 has been awarded to Paralympic athlete Bebe Vio,[13] whereas the 2021 edition was awarded to Serena Dandini.[14] The scientific committee met for the first time in April 2021[15] and is composed of: Massimo Arcangeli, Letizia Battaglia, Luisella Battaglia, Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, Monica Cirinnà, Giancarlo Leone, Riccardo Magi, Giovanna Melandri, Lidia Ravera, Niccolò Rinaldi, Barbara Santoro.

Since 2020 she is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Language Festival.


From 2004 to 2009 she was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the La Sapienza University in Rome. Since 2010, together with Giulio Anselmi, she has been a lecturer in Theory and Techniques of Journalism at the LUISS Guido Carli University. Since 2011 she has been teaching Communication and New Media at the Silvio D'Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts, courses which includes research into the language of the "digital revolution" which resulted in the publication of a collection of essays Tre punto zero, edited for Dino Audino Publishers (2011). Since 2015, she has been teaching Business Writing and Social Media Management at the School of Corporate Science in Florence, and Advanced Communication at the University of Florence (NEMECH, New Media for Cultural Heritage project).[16] Since 2016, she has been organizing courses for professional development at the Italian National Press Association for the Order of Journalists, Lazio Region. She manages the "New Journalism and Blogging" Master course at the Adams Experimental Photography Centre in Rome.


During her university studies she started writing for a feminist magazine, Noi donne. Since 2000, she has been writing for various Italian publications, including La Repubblica, L'Espresso, Il Messaggero, L'Unità, Il Fatto Quotidiano and for the ANSA press agency. In 2003 she was the Italian Country Manager for the international magazine Time Out.[17] In 2004 she founded and managed the online cultural news publication Bazarweb, and 2010 she managed the cultural section of the Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper, SmarTime, subsequently transformed into a blog.[18] In 2014 she inaugurated her blog[19] dedicated to homosexual parentage in the Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper, and in 2016, a blog dedicated to underground and digital art and culture called Borderline for the L'Espresso magazine.[20] Since 2017, she has been writing for Vanity Fair and she is an author for Treccani.



  • Mia, novel, Castelvecchi, Roma, 2019, ISBN 978-88-3282-634-0
  • La donna senza nome, novel, Castelvecchi, Roma, 2015, ISBN 88-7394-003-X
  • È scritto nel corpo, novel, De Agostini, Novara, 2013, ISBN 978-88-418-9685-3
  • 2BX. Essere un'incognita, novel, De Agostini, Novara, 2012, ISBN 978-88-418-7382-3
  • Vie di fuga, novel, Dino Audino Editore, Roma, 2011, ISBN 978-88-7527-199-2
  • with Paola Turci, Con te accanto, novel, Rizzoli, Milano, 2009, ISBN 978-88-17-02944-5
  • La traversata di Emma Costa Rubens, novel, Marotta, 2004, ISBN 88-7631-009-6
  • Vladimir Luxuria. Una storia, novel, Castelvecchi, Roma, 2002, ISBN 88-7394-003-X
  • Trop Model, short stories (Ed. Borelli 2001), ISBN 88-86721-39-0

Non fiction[edit]

  • (a cura di), Il corpo della terra. La negazione negata. Da una visione egologica a una visione ecologica, collection of essays, Castelvecchi Editore, Rome, 2020, ISBN 9788832828719
  • (a cura di), Web, social ed etica. Dove non arriva la privacy: come creare una cultura della riservatezza, collection of essays, with a preface by Massimo Bray, ETS Edizioni, PISA, Roma, 2018, ISBN 978-884675338-0
  • (a cura di), Tre punto zero, collection of essays, with a preface by Giulio Anselmi, Dino Audino Editore, Roma, 2011, ISBN 978-88-7527-188-6
  • con Marco Piazza, Sfide da vincere, interviews, Giunti, Firenze, 2008, ISBN 978-88-09-06304-4
  • (a cura di), Bazar Cultural brand: comunicare sempre, collection of essays, with a preface by Giulio Anselmi, Pellegrini-Rai Eri, Roma, 2007
  • (a cura di), Tecniche di comunicazione creativa: il metodo Bazar, collection of essays, with a preface by Mario Morcellini, Pellegrini-Rai Eri, 2005


  1. ^ "Adozioni gay, ok a coppia di donne. Mamma: 'Felice, incubo finito'".
  2. ^ "Spie - Morbida musa. Giulia Focardi, modella oversize, seduce griffe, artisti e pubblicitari. E promette scandali". D-La Repubblica – Luglio 2001 - [1]
  3. ^ "Narrare con il metodo Bazar" – 10 marzo 2005 – Teatro Comunale di Antella (Firenze) - [2]
  4. ^ "Edufestival Metodo Bazar" - ADN Kronos - La Sapienza – 16 giugno 2007 [3]
  5. ^ Riccarda Patelli, " Tecniche di comunicazione creativa. Il Metodo Bazar", Comunitàzione, 24 aprile 2007 [4]
  6. ^ "Vie di fuga è già successo sul web", - ANSA - 14 giugno 2011
  7. ^ Marco Lodoli, "Il noir sulle nuove famiglie nato su Facebook", la Repubblica, 1º agosto 2011
  8. ^ 'La donna senza nome', tra narrativa e impegno civile - Spettacolo (in Italian), retrieved 2020-07-03
  9. ^ "Salone del Libro, Michela Murgia presenta "Mia" di Eugenia Romanelli"
  10. ^ "Roma, nasce la scuola di scritture al femminile, dedicata all'icona Ursula Le Guin"
  11. ^ "Il corpo della terra, la relazione negata".
  12. ^ "Tra portale, mensile e radio nasce ReWriters - Libri". Agenzia ANSA (in Italian). 2020-06-20. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  13. ^ "La campionessa Bebe Vio e la consapevolezza di essere donna".
  14. ^ "Roma, a Serena Dandini il premio Rewriters 2021: "Con la sua geniale ironia ha riscritto l'immaginario collettivo"".
  15. ^ "Nasce il Comitato Scientifico di ReWriters: una fucina di idee per ricostruire l'Italia dal basso".
  16. ^ NEMECH - New Media for Cultural Heritage, Università di Firenze
  17. ^ Magazine internazionale di informazione sulle attività culturali e di intrattenimento, con versioni locali dedicate a singole città. La versione italiana è uscita solo per un anno, nel 2003. [5]
  18. ^ "Blog Smartime" – il Fatto Quotidiano – Archivio
  19. ^ I Blog de il Fatto Quotidiano – "Nuovi figli crescono" – Eugenia Romanelli [6]
  20. ^ Blogautore L'Espresso - Borderline