I am 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 series, The New Republic, and elsewhere. My work engages with the Rust Belt Jewish diaspora, labor and family businesses, and experimentation.
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, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing. My research examines the implications of reading Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff in interminority frameworks.
I served as editor of Issue 13 of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and a managing editor of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. I have helped to select books for the National Jewish Book Award, the Walt Whitman Award, and the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize.
I have done the above while conflicted about the role of institutions and power in art. 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."