Chicca Gagliardo adores books that change lives. Her Il poeta dell'aria. Romanzo in 33 lezioni di volo was developed from the project entitled "Il volo è una scrittura del corpo nel cielo”, while the short story collection Nell’aldilà dei pesci was inspired by an exhibition at the Mart, Rovereto, and Flavia Mastrella and Antonio Rezza’s short film Nell’aldilà. In her novel Lo sguardo dell’ombra the main character becomes the shadow of a poet in the monologue written for Mappe sulla pelle. With Massimiliano Tappari she published Gli occhi degli alberi, an encyclopedic history that gave origin to various literary walks.