Carlos Pittella

I'm a poet, researcher, and educator, affiliated with the Centre for Theatre Studies of the University of Lisbon (CET/FLUL). My research is in poetry, drama, and literary archives. I'm particularly interested in how different areas of knowledge conceive creativity and how one projects voice/body/breathing into poetry. My research-heart is in transdisciplinary work.


From Nov. 2016 to Jun. 2019, I worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Dept. of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (POBS) at Brown University, researching the archives of Hubert Jennings and Fernando Pessoa, as well as leading the Journals@BDR pilot. During the academic year 2015-2016, I was a research fellow with the Centre for Theatre Studies (CET/FLUL) at the University of Lisbon, working on both the print and digital editions of Pessoa's Fausto. I hold a PhD in Literature in 2012 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), advised by Cleonice Berardinelli. I also have an MA in Literature (2008) and a BA in Social Communication/Journalism (2005), both from PUC-Rio. Besides poetry, I have been involved in transdisciplinary projects inside and outside academia, such as facilitating the creation of integrated curriculum (GCE Lab School), coordinating a non-profit dedicated to ecological education (One to Trees), and training a team of translators (Rational Services). I nurture an interest in Digital Humanities, as I seek to fuse a love for collaborative research, a passion for poetry, and a fascination with logic.


"Da Brasa." Brasil/Brazil (32.59), 2019, pp. 136-40.

"A Cabeça & o Corpo de Pittella Leite." Opiniães (13), 2018, pp. 158-60 [Doi: 10.11606/issn.2525-8133.opiniaes.2018.148372].

"Ode à Água" [music by Sônia Ribeiro & Lucina]. Bate Antena (13.3), 2018 [play @ 3:12].

"Tríptico." Plástico Bolha (34), 2013, p. 4.

Civilizações Volume Dois. Coimbra: Palimage, 2005 [ISBN: 978-9-72-857587-8].

*Selections in Portuguese

Research Publications

My Ph.D. thesis is here [in Portuguese].


Edition of Fernando Pessoa, The Poet with Many Faces, written by Hubert Jennings. Lisbon: Tinta-da-china, 2019 [ISBN: 978-989-671-477-2].

Critical edition of Fernando Pessoa's Fausto. Lisbon: Tinta-da-china, 2018 [ISBN: 978-989-20-5994-5].

w/ Jerónimo Pizarro. Como Fernando Pessoa pode mudar a sua vida. Lisbon: Tinta-da-china, 2017 [ISBN: 978-989-671-358-4].


"Eccentricities: Outlying poems that reconstruct the modern city." Dearq (21), 2017 [Doi: 10.18389/dearq21.2017.02].

"Sonnet 101 with Prof. Pessoa: Fernando Pessoa’s Marginalia on an Anthology of 19th-Century English Sonnets." Pessoa Plural (11), 2017 [Doi: 10.7301/Z089142K].

"Chamberlain, Kitchener, Kropotkine—and the political Pessoa." Pessoa Plural (10), 2016 [Doi: 10.7301/Z0K072FN].

w/ Patricio Ferrari. "Twenty-one haikus by Fernando Pessoa." Pessoa Plural (9), 2016 [Doi: 10.7301/Z0W957CZ].

[See complete list of papers at ORCID]

Selected Reviews & Media Coverage

RUSSO, Vincenzo (2019). "The poet of many faces de Jennings ou um exercício crítico de restituição pessoana". Pessoa Plural (15).

CIPRIANO, Rita (2019). "A biografia de Fernando Pessoa em inglês que esteve perdida durante décadas". Observador (10 Mar).

CIPRIANO, Rita (2018). "O Fausto de Fernando Pessoa é um diário da busca do conhecimento, da verdade". Observador (20 Apr).

GAMA, Mônica (2017). "Como ter leitores para sua pesquisa com manuscritos?" Manuscrítica (32).

SILVA, Gabriela (2017). "A multiplicidade de Pessoa". Rascunho (204).

MEIRELES, Maurício (2016). "Fernando Pessoa ajudou mago a forjar suicídio e profetizou a própria fama". Folha de S. Paulo – ilustrada (24 Dec).

Events, Guest Talks, Travels...

See posters/flyers of upcoming and past events here.

In 2014-2015, I tried to go from Portugal to India by land, which took 9 months and led me to Nepal instead. I got to visit the breathtaking Langtang region right before the 2015 earthquake, and fell in love with the inscriptions of the Tibetan Mani Wall, for which I would like to create a digital archive one day (the banner in this page is a photo from Langtang; many more pictures are available on my instagram, which I used to chronicle that journey). ps.: I may hold the record of altitude ukulele with half gloves. :)