Peter Fortunato’s poetry reflects his commitment to Buddhism and a passion for the natural world first honed in California after he completed graduate school. During those years, he was a poetry apprentice of Gary Snyder, through whom he met many of the persons associated with the Beat movement. Upon returning to Ithaca in 1977, he began teaching writing at both Cornell and Ithaca College. Winner of numerous awards for his writing and grants for his stage performances, Fortunato recently lived in the Persian Gulf for four years while teaching at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. He has also for many years maintained a private counseling practice specializing in hypnotherapy. His new book, Late Morning: New and Selected Poems, represents the continuity of the themes that compel him.
Publications and Prizes
Late Morning: New and Selected Poems (Wasteland Press, 2015), Letters to Tiohero (Grapevine Press, 1979), A Bell or a Hook (Ithaca House, 1977)
Nimrod, Seneca Review, Voices in Italian Americana, Yellow Silk
Emily Dickinson Prize, P.S.A.
Cecile Hemley Award, P.S.A.
Pablo Neruda Award, OK. Arts Council
Randall Jarrell Fellowship, U.N.C.-G.
What I'm Reading Now:
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon, Eyes of the Day (the Jeweled Ship, trans.) by Longchenpa
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Tao Te Ching
Blue Cliff Record
A Zen Wave
Songs of Innocence & of Experience
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Listing last updated: April 20, 2013