Who am I?
Who am I ? Who knows. Let me know if you find it out. I know my name is Paolo Gambi. Or at least that’s what they told me. I know little more.
Defining myself is the most difficult thing you can ask me. You ask me to stick names on me, names that are “clothes drenched by others’ sweat”…
If I really have to, I choose names like “writer”, “poet” (but be careful, others who call themselves poets will be angry), “artist”.
The call of art
Art called me. Because art is a vocation. A bit like a priesthood of beauty. The call came early, as a boy: my first stories date back to the first half of the 90s and my first literary prize dates 1996.
For a long time, however, I stifled this call to art. I fell back on journalism, on teaching, on coaching.
In fact, my first books were essays. Only later did I come to make novels and lastly Poetry arrived.
Poetry that in my vision must free itself from every name and hybridize with all the other arts.
It took courage but in the end I did it.
My story begins in the Italian region of Romagna, in Ravenna, the last capital of the Roman Empire. I love Romagna. It’s my “little world”, awe on who touches it. And I am proud of the adjective “provincial”.
I attended classical high school, studying Latin and ancient Greek, then I moved to Bologna and I graduated in law. I’m also half Bologna blooded, from my mother’s side. Later I will also take a PhD in “Canonistic and ecclesiastic disciplines”, a Ba in psychology and a master’s degree in neurosemantics. Don’t ask me why.
In the meantime I ended up in London, I stuck my nose in the Financial Times and from that period I have remained contributing editor of the British magazine “The Catholic Herald“.
Then my “little world” called me and I came back, as a journalist of newspaper “La Voce di Romagna” for a decade. And in the meantime I found collaborations with a lot of Italian and international media, from magazines to Tvs.
I ended up winning (for a clear jury error) the “Guidarello Award for Journalism” in 2012 and several other awards, like the “Rimini Europa Prize” in 2016 and the “Loris Malaguzzi” award for Poetry.
In this period I had the privilege of writing books with extraordinary people: Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, Grand Master of Italian freemasonry Gustavo Raffi, LGBT movement leader Alessandro Cecchi Paone and TV celebrity Alessandro Meluzzi. And then former Vatican Bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi. And also popular singer Raoul Casadei.
Then I taught Communication in an institute of religious sciences, the mental coach activity in Italy, in the Principality of Monaco (where I have been appointed testimonial of Italian Culture month) and around the world. With a special attention to ATP and WTA tennis players.
For a couple of years I enjoyed the sun in Malta.
And I never stopped travelling and spending periods abroad: in Berlin, Spain, Greece, Israel, around Italy.
But above all the BOOKS. The first writings date back to the 90s and the first prize, the “Tito Casini”, before the new millennium. The first (published) book in 2001. The first in the Mondadori Group in 2007. I have now published twenty-eight, from poetry to biographies, from romance to fiction, from religious to historical non-fiction.
And then the final vocation: POETRY. Poetry to be mixed with art, theatre, music…
But my themes, both in the novels and in poetry, always revolve around my passions: personal development, religion, spirituality and psychology.
Cardinals, tennis players, freemasons, books, journalism, poems, coaching, music, TV, art… Yes, my life is a peculiar salad bowl. But poetry can contain it all.
On the media
To check what Italian media say about me read here.
2013 Bachelor of Psychology, University of Bologna-Cesena
2011 Post graduate Master in Neuro-Semantics with Prof. Michael L.Hall, Ph.D., International Institute of Neuro-Semantics
2007 –Post-graduate course in journalism, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.
2003-2006: PhD in Canon Law and Law and Religion in comparative perspective, University of Macerata
2004 – Fellowship at the Acton Institute, Michigan, USA
1999- 2003 Degree in Law, University of Bologna. Mark: 110\110 cum laude.
Mother tongue: Italian
Other languages: fluent English (I have studied, regularly written for British magazines, taken conferences in English), minimal German and Spanish
Summary of Professional skills and/or expertise
Field of expertise: poetry, art, writing, journalism (both written and tv), blogging, teaching, communication, public speaking, mental coaching, emotional coaching, motivation, networking, psychology, Law and Religion.
Summary of relevant work experience
2018 – Blogger at Il Giornale
2016 – Editor of the magazine “Sonoromagnolo”
2014 – 2016 – Mental Coach at Italian Tennis Federation and at San Marino Tennis Academy
2012 to present – Professional Mental Coach
2012-2014 – Invited Professor of Communication (Theories and Ethics of Communication) at the Superior Institute for Religious Studies, Forlì, Italy
2013 Invited Professor of Religious Communication at Professor Maurizio Viroli’s chair, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
2012 to present – Blogger of Huffingtonpost
2009 to present – Contributor of many magazines: Stop and Vero, Italian gossip magazines, BMM, Italian fashion magazine, Chocolate and Rendezvous, Khazakhistan fashion magazines.
2008 to present – organizer of many cultural events: “BBK un mare di libri” (beach bookfest, Ravenna), fiera del libro di Cervia (bookfest, Cervia), il salotto di Milano Marittima (cultural meetings, Milano Marittima)
2008 – Co-founder of the monthly paper “Europaitalia”, San Marino.
2005 to present – contributing editor of The Catholic Herald, London
2004-2013 – Employed as a journalist and columnist in a full time job at “La Voce di Romagna”, Ravenna.
2004 – Work experience at the Financial Times, London.
2004 to present – Frequent appearances in Italian tv
2003 – Teaching assistant of Canon Law, University of Bologna.
2003 – Contributor of the newspaper “Il Giornale”, Roma.
More than 20 books published in Italian by major publishers and more than 100.000 copies sold. Complete list here.
2016 “Un mestiere del diavolo” (Paolo Gambi interviews former IOR (Vatican Bank) President Ettore Gotti Tedeschi
2015 “Giacomo Casanova: manuale per non finire tra le braccia di un come me”, Giubilei e Regnani editore (a self help book for women to find the right man).
2014 – “Smettila e sii felice”, Sperling&Kupfer (Italian best seller about personal development).
2013 “Le Ragioni dell’altro”, with Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Piemme, Mondadori Group (a dialogue between a believer and a non-believer).
2012 – “Padre Pio, un Santo italiano”, Guido Veneziani publisher (a bestseller biography of St. Pius da Pietrelcina).
2012 – “Il gusto della vita”, with Cardinal Tonini, Piemme, Mondadori Group (I am Cardinal Tonini’s biographer and this is his only authorized biography).
2012 – “Quello che i preti non dicono (più) – Duemila anni di linguaggio anticlericale nelle parole dei santi”, Fede e Cultura (a book about anticlerical language of Saints and mystics along history).
2011 – “Ho seguito il mio Maestro”, with Prof. Alessandro Meluzzi, Piemme, Mondadori Group (A book about personal development and spirituality).
2010 – “Ho visto e ho creduto”, with Prof. Alessandro Meluzzi, Piemme, Mondadori Group (A book about personal development and spirituality).
2009 – “L’infinito mi ha cercato” with Prof. Alessandro Meluzzi, Piemme, Mondadori Group (a biography of prof. Meluzzi).
2009 – “La ragione della speranza”, with Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, Piemme, Mondadori Group.
2008 – “San Pier Damiani, un romagnolo contento ne’ pensier contemplativi”, La Voce publisher, Rimini (a biography of St. Peter Damian).
2008 – “Democristiani a San Marino – Una storia di libertà”, La Voce publisher, San Marino (a history of the main Saint Marin political party).
2008 – “Profezie per l’ottimismo”, with Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, Piemme, Mondadori Group.
2008 –“Massoneria: una nuova primavera”, Gangemi publishing, (a book about Freemasonry in Italy), translated into English in 2011 with the title “What is Freemasonry”.
2007 – “I vip parlano di Dio”, Piemme, Mondadori Group (a collection of interviews to celebrities who speak about their relation to spirituality).
2005 – “The Universal Hunger for Liberty”, by prof. Michael Novak (translator), Liberal publisher.
2004 – Cavalleria e Nobiltà nell’Ordinamento Canonico vigente, cenni minimi, published in Apollinaris, 3-4, 2004
2004 – “La Soberana Militar Orden de Malta en el orden jurìdico eclesial y internacional” published in Ius Canonicum, Pamplona.
2020 President of Poetry Committeeof FRACH Rotary International Fellowship
2018 San Domenichino bronze award
2016 Rimini-Europa “Diploma d’Onore” award (biennial culture award).
2016 Paul Harris Fellow and President founder of Rotary e-club “Romagna”.
2014 Appointed “Testimonial of Italian Culture Month in Principality of Monaco” by Italian Ambassador.
2012 – Winner of “Guidarello” journalistic award (2nd most important Italian journalistic award)
2003 – Knight of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George