CENNI BIOGRAFICI e BIBLIOGRAFIA
Nat Scammacca nato a Brooklyn nel 1924, ha partecipato alla seconda guerra mondiale come ufficiale pilota in Cina, India e Birmania insieme al fratello gemello Saverio, volando sull'Himalaya. Alla fine della guerra, decise di scoprire le sue origini siciliane e dopo brevi soggiorni a Parigi e Barcellona, studiò l'Italiano presso l'Università per Stranieri di Perugia. Nel 1965 si stabilì in Sicilia per rimanerci. Vive a Trapani con la moglie Nina e le figlie sposate Glenn e Arleen e con i nipoti Elena e Nadir. È uno dei fondatori del Movimento Culturale di Poesia «L'Antigruppo», con Crescenzio Cane, Pietro Terminelli, Ignazio Apolloni, Gianni Diecidue, Franco Di Marco, Rolando Certa, Santo Cali,Carmelo Pirrera, Elvetio Petix, Ignazio Navarra, Nicola Di Maio, Ignazio Butera, Pietro Billeci, Enzo Bonventre, Giovanni Lombardo, Vincenzo Di Maria,Salvatore Salamone, Roberto Zito e altri.Dal 1967 cura la "Terza Pagina" del settimanale Trapani Nuova e insieme ad altri ha fondato le riviste: Anti, Antigrupppo Palermo, Impegno 70, tutte voci dell'Antigruppo. È redattore della collona di poesie per la Coop. Editrice Antigruppo. Ha in atto diverse pubblicazioni (una completa bibliografia si trova nel volume di racconti Bye Bye America).Ha insegnato per lungo tempo inglese al British College di Palermo, ora è in pensione e riesce a tenersi felicemente occupato facendo niente.
Nat Scammacca was born in Brooklyn in 1924. He received his B.A. in 1iterature and philosophy from Long Island University and his M.A. in education from New York University.
During World War II, he and his twin brother, Saverio, were commissioned officers in the United States Army Air Force, serving as pilots aver the Himalayas in the India-Burma-China theatre. Their many drop missions ofvital supplies, troops, and intelligence personnel earned them a number of medals, including the Air Medal and the Bronze Star. Following the war, Nat traveled to Europe with briefresidences in Paris and Barcellona and eventually decided to seek out his origins in Italy; there he studied Italian at the University of Perugia and was graduated. Afterwards, he returned to N ew York far a brief period, earning his living as a soci al worker far the Italian Board ofGuardians. He then went back to Sicily to stay.Deeply affected by the disparities oflife in the land ofhis forefathers, Nat with other Sicilian poets conceived of the Antigruppo -a group against groups, against the fascisti, the mafia, the privileged establishment which in his view collaborates to suppress the common man and his essential creative force. Now, as editor ofthe voice ofthe Antigruppo, the "Third Page" ofthe regional weekly newspaper "Trapani Nuova", he is the acknowledged leader of the movement, and has been responsible far generating a remarkable series ofpopulist poetry events and publishing milestones, expressions ofthe literary-artistic magnificence that survives and is nurtured in the three-pointed isle aver which the Scirocco alone has maintained continuous sway. He lived in Trapani with his wife, and their two children, Glenn and Arleen, and grandchildren, Elena and Nadir. He is currently retired from his position as professar of English at the British College in Palermo and now enjoys doing nothing.
POETRY AND ESSAYS PUBLISHED IN REVIEWS AND ANTHOLOGIES BIBLIOGRAPHY OF N. SCAMMACCA COMPILED BY SAVERIO A. SCAMMACCA
1966 A Lonely Room, poems (It. and Eng.), Celebes&, Trapani. 1968 Shades of Light, poems (It.), Celebes, Trapani. 1968 At the Crossroads, essays, Celebes, Trapani. 1969 A Possible Poetics for an Antigruppo, essays, Celebes, Trapani. 1969 For God's Little Children, poetry (It.), edited by C. Pirrera. 1970 A Season of Love, poetry by R. Certa, G. Diecidue, N. Scammacca(It. and Eng.), introduction by L. Sciascia. 1971 21 Points for Open Polemics, essays. 1971 Glenlee, poems (It. and Eng.), G. Di Maria, Catania. 1972 Bye Bye America, short stories (It.), Libri Sicilian!, Palermo. 1973 Analysis Antigruppo, essays and poetry, Coop. Antlgruppo, Trapani. 1974 Lake Zurich, poetry, trans. (into It.) and edited by Enzo Bonventre. 1974 Giro di Sicilia (Meeting the Sicilian Poets at Home), anovel (It.), Trapani Nuova. 1975 Correspondence Antigruppo, Coop. Antigruppo, Trapani. 1975 Trapani Terza Pagina Antigruppo 75, an anthology of prose, Trapani Nuova. 1975 The Vendetta Wind, poetry (It.), edited by F. Hoefer for «Fogli di poesia». 1977 New Lyrics,poetry (It. and Eng.), edited and trans. by Enzo Bonven tre. 1977 A Meeting with N. D'Alessandro and N. Scammacca, poetry (Eng.and It.), Cross-Cultural Communications, New York. 1977 Saturday Night Poetry, poetry by D. Axelrod and N. Scammacca, The Freeport Public Library, L.I. 1978 A Meeting with D. Tumminello and W. Stafford, poetry (Eng. andIt.), edited by N. Scammacca, Cross-Cultural Communications, New York. 1979 The Populist Poetics of the Antigruppo (It.), essays, Trapani Nuova 1980 A Meeting with D. Axelrod and Gnazino Russo, poetry (Eng. and It.),Cross-Cultural Communications, New York. 1980 Erice, poems and a short story, illustrations b.y D. Tumminello and N.D'Alessandro, Coop. Antigruppo, Trapani. 1980 La raccomandazione, prose (It. 'and Eng.), edited by S.H. Barkan, Cross-Cultural Communications. 1980 Two Worlds, a novel (It.), introduction by C. Zavattini, Coop. Antigruppo, Trapani. 1980 Poetry by Two Sicilian Poets, Certa and Scammacca (Greek), translated and edited by K. Valetas, Athens. Double click to edit1985 G1enlee, poetry, trans. into Sicilian by Turiddu Bella, T.N. 1985 Schammachanat, poetry (It. and Eng.), Coop. Antigruppo and Cross -Cultural Communications. 1990 Ericepeo (three vol. Eng. and It.), poems Coop. Editrice AntigruppoSiciliano, II Vertice/Libri, Editrice and Cross-Cultural Communications. 1986 Bye Bye America, short stories (Eng.), Cross-Cultural Communications, New York. 1991 Sikano L' Amerikano! (Short stories), Coop. Editrice Antigruppo Siciliano, II Vertice/Libri Sici1iani and Cross-Cultural Communications. 1994 Due poeti americani, Nat Scammacca and Stanley H. Barkan (Eng and It.), edited and translated by Enzo Bonventre Double click to edit1971 Antigruppo Existence, poetry and essays (It.) 1972 No to Fascism, poetry and essays (It.)..