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Bio (longer version)

Prizewinning poet, translator, and editor Peter Covino is associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island. After a ten-year career as a professional social worker (MS Columbia School of Social Work) in the fields of foster care and AIDS services in NYC, Peter earned a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. Peter was born in Sturno, Italy and immigrated to America as a child, his early influences include the work of Giogio Bassani with whom he studied, among others.

He is the author the poetry collections, The Right Place to Jump (2012) recently featured on NPR, and on the Huffington Post, and Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005) both from W. Michigan University Press, New Issues. His prizes include the 2007 PEN American/ Osterweil Award for emerging poets the Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize for his chapbook, Straight Boyfriend (2001), and an editing prize from the Publishing Triangle. Peter's recent essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Modern Language Association textbook, Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture (2010), the Paterson Literary Review, and in two volumes on queer culture from University of Wisconsin Press. His co-edited volume, Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture recently appeared from Bordighera Press, CUNY (2012). His poems have been published widely both in America and Italy in such places as the American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Columbia, Gulf Coast, The Journal, LIT, Leggendaria, The Paris Review, tutteStorie, The Yale Review, and The Penguin Anthology of Italian-American Writing, among others. He is also one of the founding editors of Barrow Street Press; and since 2009 he's been the poetry editor of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana.

Bio (shorter version)

Poet, translator, and editor Peter Covino is associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island. He is the author the poetry collections, The Right Place to Jump (2012), recently featured on NPR, and on the Huffington Post and Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005) both from W. Michigan University Press, New Issues. His prizes include the 2007 PEN American/ Osterweil Award for emerging poets and the Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize for his chapbook, Straight Boyfriend (2001). Recent poems appeared in such places as the American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, The Journal, LIT, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, and The Penguin Anthology of Italian-American Writing, among others.