I'm the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), a finalist for the Jewish Book Council's Berru Award for Poetry and the Ohioana Book Award, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize.

My poems explore Northeast Ohio's Jewish Rust Belt, diaspora, immigration, labor, region, and family businesses.  They've appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series,The New Republic, Crazyhorse, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. I hold fellowships from 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'm a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, where I served as the Editor of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts. My research examines the implications of reading Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff in interminority frameworks. My current manuscript follows a group of working-class Jewish girls in the aftermath of the 1972 GM Lordstown Strike.

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