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 have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day seriesThe New Republic, and elsewhere. My work engages with the Rust Belt Jewish diaspora, labor and family businesses, and experimentation. 

I'm a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing, and 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. My research examines the implications of reading Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff in interminority frameworks.

I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and reside in the Rust Belt. 

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