Peter Fortunato

Ithaca, NY 14850

Author's Bio

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

A Bell or a Hook
(Ithaca House, 1977)
, Entering the Mountain
(Wasteland Press, 2017)
, Late Morning: New and Selected Poems
(Wasteland Press, 2015)
, Letters to Tiohero
(Grapevine Press, 1979)
Nimrod, Seneca Review, Voices in Italian Americana, Yellow Silk
Prizes Won: 
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.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
Eyes of the Day (the Jeweled Ship, trans.) by Longchenpa

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Italian American
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Fluent in: 
English, Italian
Born in: 
Poughkeepsie, NY
Raised in: 
Wappingers Falls, NY
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Last updated: Dec 21, 2017