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I am 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, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. My work engages with the Rust Belt Jewish diaspora, labor and family businesses, and experimentation. My article examining the implications of reading Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff in interminority frameworks is forthcoming from Studies in American Jewish Literature.

My poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, The New Republic, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. I have received 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, and hold a PhD in English and Creative Writing. 

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College. I also lead poetry workshops for programs including Northeast Ohio Medical University, Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program, and Lit Youngstown. 

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."

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