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Joe Amato

Born: 1955 in Syracuse, New York
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction ; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Email: Amato
Website: Press
Joe Amato on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Big man with a shovel /
ISBN: 098363260X OCLC: 793224057

Steerage Press, Boulder, CO : ©2011.

Bookend :
ISBN: 079143401X OCLC: 43475322

State University of New York Press, Albany : ©1997.

Finger exorcised /
ISBN: 193428923X OCLC: 100440262

BlazeVOX Books, Kenmore, NY : ©2006.

Industrial poetics :
ISBN: 1587295016 OCLC: 649918842

University of Iowa Press, Iowa City : ©2006.

Through a dizzying array of references to subjects ranging from engineering to poetry, on-the-job experiences in academia and industry, conflicts between working-class and intellectual labor, the privatization of universities, and the contradictions of the modern environment, Joe Amato's Industrial Poetics mounts a boisterous call for poetry communities to be less invested in artistic self-absorption and more concerned about social responsibility.

Once an Engineer :
ISBN: 1438428448 OCLC: 920374378

State University of New York Press, Albany, NY : 2015.

  Pain plus thyme :
ISBN: 9781600010019 OCLC: 238899756

Factory School, Queens, NY : 2008.

Samuel Taylor's Last night :
ISBN: 1628970995 OCLC: 880122458

Samuel Taylor must do better than to fail better, and failing that, Samuel Taylor must find in failure the means to move forward.

  Symptoms of a finer age /
ISBN: 1885215126 OCLC: 32967032

Viet Nam Generation & Burning Cities Press, Woodbridge, CT : ©1994.

Under Virga /
ISBN: 0925904562 OCLC: 71126568

Chax Press, Tucson, Ariz. : 2006.