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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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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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Symptoms of a finer age /
ISBN: 1885215126. OCLC Number:

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

Bookend :
ISBN: 0791434028. OCLC Number:

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

Finger exorcised /
ISBN: 193428923X. OCLC Number:

BlazeVOX Books,. Kenmore, NY :. ©2006.

Under Virga /
ISBN: 0925904562. OCLC Number:

Chax Press,. Tucson, Ariz. :. 2006.

Industrial poetics :
ISBN: 1587295016. OCLC Number:

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.

Pain plus thyme :
ISBN: 1600010016. OCLC Number:

Factory School,. Queens, NY :. 2008.

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

Steerage Press,. Boulder, CO :. ©2011.

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

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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.

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