Vincent Joseph Noto


Author's Bio

Descendant of Sicilian immigrants—high-rise beam‑walkers, barkeeps, radio-news anchors, fashion designers, herb-farmers, restaurateurs, and civil engineers--Vincent Joseph Noto was raised at the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley of California—near the part Joan Didion dubbed “somewhere else” and which George Lucas over‑romanticized in _American Graffiti_. Noto studied poetry with Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States, Philip Levine and with C. G. Hanslicek at CSU Fresno. While there he also studied film with Dr. Michael G. Tate. Noto has managed new and used bookstores, and taught in Central and Southern California public high schools. Since 1993, Noto has lived in Fresno,Anaheim,Long Beach, California. About a year ago he moved to the Portland-Beaverton area of Oregon with his ever-reading librarian fiancée, Melissa. He writes poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, and film studies/criticism. He enjoys nature walks, engages in autodidactic inquiries, and scribbles into a panoptic book about archetypes in literature and film.

Publications & Prizes

Changing Harm to Harmony: A book of poems and letters.: Bullies and Bystanders Project (short story) (Marin Poetry Center Press, 2015)
Harvest Time (Inwood Press, 2012)
Connecticut River Review
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Halfway Down the Stairs
Pearl Magazine
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Red River Review
Spillway Magazine
Spot Lit(erary) Mag(azine)
The Camel Saloon
Waterhouse Review

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Sunflower Splendor: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Poetry by Wu-chi Liu and Irving Yucheng Lo, The Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick, Black Aperture by Mat Rasmussen

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Italian American
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Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Teachers, Teenagers
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Last update: May 22, 2019