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General Information

Name:  Joe Amato  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: 1955 in Syracuse, New York


Illinois Connection

Amato has taught writing and literature at Illinois State University in Normal since 2003.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joe Amato is an American writer best known for his poetry and his work in poetics. A licensed Professional Engineer in New York State, Amato spent seven years in industry working in various project engineering capacities before returning to graduate school. He holds degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from Syracuse University (B.S./B.S., 1976), and degrees in English from University at Albany (M.A., 1986, Doctor of Arts, 1989). Amato is the author of nine books, including a memoir and two novels, and numerous essays and reviews. With his frequent writing partner, Kass Fleisher, he's written a full-length play and several screenplays (none of which have been produced to date). His prose, poetry and digital art have been published in ''Antennae'', ''88'', ''Chain'', ''Crayon'', ''Jacket'', ''Bombay Gin'', ''Denver Quarterly'', ''Los Angeles Review of Books'', ''Mad Hatters’ Review'', ''Mandorla'', ''New American Writing'', ''Postmodern Culture'', ''MiPOesias'', ''Notre Dame Review'', ''Nineteenth Century Studies'', ''Ragazine'', ''Something on Paper'', ''The Iowa Review'', ''The Iowa Review Web'', ''The Spoon River Poetry Review'', ''Voices in Italian Americana'' and electronic book review. He's also the production manager at Steerage Press.

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