Steven Parlato

Poet, Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Steven Parlato, writer and Professor of English, lives in CT with his wife and two children. His poetry appears in Freshwater; Volume 5, of MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry; Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review; Pirene's Fountain, and Peregrine. Steve’s flash fiction was nominated for a Readers’ Choice Award on the website, 55 Word Stories. His poem, “Her absence shows,” won 3rd prize in CT Poetry Society’s 2007 Brodine/Brodinksy Contest, appearing in The Connecticut River Review, 2008. Steve has been a featured poet at The Wednesday Night Poetry Series in Bethel, CT and in poetry readings at Burgundy Books in East Haddam, CT; the Bradford Mansion at Avery Point, Groton; and Lemon 'n' Lyme Gallery, Old Lyme, CT. His YA novel, THE NAMESAKE, which won a 2011 Tassy Walden Award for New Voices, released January 18, 2013, from Merit Press. Parlato's second YA novel, THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL, was published by Simon Pulse in February 2018.

Publications & Prizes


The Precious Dreadful (Merit Press, 2018)


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Connecticut River Review
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3rd prize CT Poetry Society’s 2007 Brodine/Brodinksy Contest; Winner: 2011 Tassy Walden New Voices in Children's Literature Award, Young Adult Category for manuscript, JUNIOR, was THE NAMESAKE, January, 2013.

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What I'm reading now: 
Beautiful Assassin by Michael C. White, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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Waterbury, CT
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Last update: Jun 04, 2019