Elio Pagliarani (25 May 1927 – 8 March 2012) was an Italian poet and literary critic, who belonged to the avant-garde Gruppo 63 movemement. He was born in Viserba, near Rimini.Pagliarani graduated in Politics Science at Padua, and in the 1940s he moved to Milan where he worked as journalist and as teacher. In the 1960 he moved to Rome, where he still resides. In the 1950 he worked for L'Avanti! and, from 1968, as theatre critic for Paese Sera.His most renowned work is the experimental poem "La ragazza Carla", published in 1960. Pagliarani's poems deal usually with realist themes, such as work, economy and lower classes.In 1971 he founded the magazine Periodo Ipotetico, and later he also worked for Nuova Corrente. Starting from 1988 he was editor-in-chief of the poetry magazine VIDEOR. La ballata di Rudi won the Viareggio Prize for poetry in 1995. He died in Rome, aged 84.