Janine Certo


429 Kensington Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

Author's Bio

Janine Puntureri Certo is the author of ELIXIR, winner of both the 2020 New American Poetry Prize judged by Corey Van Landingham and the 2020 Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize judged by Maria Terrone (forthcoming, co-published by New American Press and Bordighera Press) and IN THE CORNER OF THE LIVING, first runner-up for the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award (Main Street Rag, 2017), as well as the non-fiction book CHILDREN WRITING POEMS: Poetic Voices in and out of School (Routledge, 2018). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Greensboro Review, Mid-American Review, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, and other publications. Her poems have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and earned second prize in the 2020 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry judged by Kaveh Akbar. Her writing has been supported by grants from The Spencer Foundation and MSU’s Humanities and Arts Research Program. She lives in Michigan where she is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University.

Publications & Prizes

Children Writing Poems: Poetic Voices in and out of School (Routledge, 2017)
In the Corner of the Living: Poems (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2017)
Cider Press Review
Crab Orchard Review
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Italian Americana
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2020 New American Poetry Prize, judged by Corey Van Landingham; 2020 Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize, judged by Maria Terrone; 2020 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, Second Prize, judged by Kaveh Akbar

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Elizabeth, PA
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Last update: Oct 06, 2020