Leonardo Malcovati hails from Milano, Italy. He has followed the path of many poets of the Parnasse; he pursued scientific studies before devoting himself to literature, receiving his M.Sc. (1996) and his Ph.D. (2001) in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Milan. He is a journalist for an English magazine in Copenhagen. Fascinated by medieval poetry, he has established the Internet's largest troubadours database, comprising over thirteen hundred poems in the original Provençal, which has become the point of reference for scholars worldwide. He sporadically writes music and poetry, and his sardonic Ballade of the Romantic Lover is among the handful of contemporary works quoted by the International Villon Society. He has had several posts as a researcher in Italy, Canada, and France. He currently lives in Denmark.