motel drive thru.jpg


Thanks for visiting. 

I'm the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Ohioana Book Award. The collection focuses on a trucking motel, a laundry, and diasporic culture in northeast Ohio. My chapbook Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize, reflects back on a series of relationships in Ohio while studying Yiddish in Lithuania. I'm working on a novella about family businesses and gender on the eve of Youngstown's deindustrialization and experimental labor poems about the cultural legacy of the 1972 strike at General Motors Lordstown. 

My poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, The New Republic, The Missouri Review, Dusie, and elsewhere. Poems are forthcoming from Laurel Review and the anthology What Things Cost. They have been rejected by many more places. My article examining the implications of reading Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff in interminority frameworks is forthcoming from Studies in American Jewish Literature. 

I serve as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College, where I work with wonderful students in the Rust Belt. I also lead poetry workshops for programs including Northeast Ohio Medical University, Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program, and Lit Youngstown. 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.

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. I love collaborating and am especially interested in projects focusing on the outskirts of the field. 

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