, Sonosopher, wordshaker, polyartist, and scholar of humanities and intermedia.
Born in Licodia Eubea, near Catania, Sicily. He immigrated to the U.S.
at age nine and was raised in New York. He attended Queens College in
Flushing, NY, and was apprenticed to the sculptor Michael Lekakis and
the poet-bard Ignazio Buttitta. He has traveled to, and collected proverbs,
tales, and folk-instruments from Sicily, Sardinia, Turkey, and Greece,
and co-founded Arba Sicula, to preserve the language and traditions
of Sicily. Caldiero teaches Philosophy and Humanities at Utah Valley State
College, about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Partial Bibliography and Discography:
Various Atmospheres: Poems and Drawings (Signature Books); Sphota
Probe (CD), Ah Bh Gh (artist book), U Latti Di La Matri/The
Milk of the Mother (bi-lingual Sicilian poems, CSSSS, Catania), Said
Z (artist book), From Stone to Star (Incurve Press), Or:
Book O Lights (artist book), Pieces in Places (CD),Toy Blood
(self-published limited ed.), Words: Exterior/Interior (video with
Steve Olpin), Illegible Tattoos (artist book), Body/Dreams/Organs
(Elik Press), Text-Sound Texts (Anthology, Richard Kostelanetz,
ed., Morrow, NY), Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (Routledge, London/NY),
Utah: State of the Arts (Trudy McMurrin, ed. Meridian International