Joe Amato

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General Information

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Name: Joe Amato

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry, Fiction

Born: 1955 in Syracuse, New York


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Email: Amato can be emailed through the "About Page" on his website.

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.

Published Works

  • Symptoms of a Finer Age,Viet Nam Generation and Burning Cities Press, 1994
  • Bookend: Anatomies of a Virtual Self, SUNY Press, 1997
  • Finger Exorcised, BlazeVOX Books, 2006
  • Under Virga, Chax Press, 2006
  • Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture, University of Iowa Press, 2006
  • Pain Plus Thyme, Factory School, 2008
  • Once and Engineer: A Song of the Salt City, SUNY Press, 2009
  • Big Man with a Shovel, Steerage Press, 2011
  • Samuel Taylor's Last Night, Dalkey Archive Press, 2014

Titles at Your Library

Symptoms of a Finer Age.

ISBN: 1885215126
Release Date: 1994

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Finger Exorcised

ISBN: 193428923X
Release Date: 2006-12-01

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Under Virga

ISBN: 0925904562
Release Date: 2006-01-01

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Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture (Contemp North American Poetry)

ISBN: 1587295016
Release Date: 2006-10-01

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Pain Plus Thyme

ISBN: 1600010016
Release Date: 2008-07-01

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Big Man with a Shovel

ISBN: 098363260X
Release Date: 2011-07-07

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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