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I'm the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017--available here), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Ohioana Book Award. This book examines a trucking motel, a laundry, and the diasporic Rust Belt. My article examining the implications of reading Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff in interminority frameworks was published in Studies in American Jewish Literature.   

Business, a novella about the nightlife of working-class women on the eve of Youngstown's deindustrialization, is forthcoming. My current poetry manuscript, which examines Judaism and gender, the aesthetics of excess, and the global Rust Belt, was awarded a 2024 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award.  

My poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, The New Republic, The Missouri Review, DusieOxford American, and elsewhere. ​My work has been supported by Stanford University's Wallace Stegner program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Severinghaus Beck Fund for Study at Vilnius Yiddish Institute. I hold a PhD in English and Creative Writing. I live with a historian and our children in the Rust Belt.

If you're struggling, know that I care about your art and health, and I'm committed to working on ways to make our field more equitable.  

​Note on pronunciation: Pitinii is pronounced pih-TEE-nee, from the Greek "Ptinis."


Poetry, Fiction,

+ Scholarship

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