ALLISON PITINII DAVIS

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 been published in Best American Poetry, The New Republic, Crazyhorse, 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 pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, where I serve as the Editor of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts. My research examines the implications of reading Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff in diasporic and postmodern frameworks. My current poetry project disrupts the national gaze on the Rust Belt through an exploration of gender, diaspora, and labor. 

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