poet | translator | editor


Peter Covino is a prizewinning author of four books: two full-length poetry collections: Cut Off the Ears of Winter, and The Right Place to Jump, both from W. Michigan UP New Issues, and a coedited collection of essays about Italian American culture, among others.

He is also a well-published scholarly writer who writes about contemporary poetics, ethnic and working-class culture, and queer studies.

His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-a-day, the American Poetry Review, the Paris Review, and the Yale Review among many others.


As a native-born Italian who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, Peter’s translation work is inspired by his Neapolitan culture and his work as a professional social worker.

He incorporates years of social service and administration experience, and advocacy work, to his varied poetic projects mainly influenced by strong psychoanalytic themes and marginalized voices.

Editorial work

Peter is one of the founding editors-trustees of Barrow Street Inc. established in 1998, which yearly publishes an annual journal, four or five poetry books and, beginning soon, two short prose collections. He is also the founding editor and faculty advisor of the Ocean State Review, University of Rhode Island, founded in 2011.

For thirteen years, he was the poetry editor at VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Calandra Institute, Queens College. Peter is a frequent presenter at national conferences and consults regularly on manuscript development, production, and book design.

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