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General Information

Name:  Joe Amato  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1955 in Syracuse, New York

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

Steerage Press,. .

Bookend :
ISBN: 079143401X. OCLC Number: 43475322

State University of New York Press,. .

Finger exorcised /
ISBN: 193428923X. OCLC Number: 100440262

BlazeVOX Books,. .

Industrial poetics :
ISBN: 1587295016. OCLC Number: 649918842

University of Iowa Press,. .

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 Number: 920374378

State University of New York Press,. .

Pain plus thyme :
ISBN: 9781600010019. OCLC Number: 238899756

Factory School,. .

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

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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 Number: 32967032

Viet Nam Generation & Burning Cities Press,. .

Under Virga /
ISBN: 0925904562. OCLC Number: 71126568

Chax Press,. .