Finger ExOrcised by Joe Amato
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Amato gives us irrepressible ruminations, flash narratives, verbal collages. At times they seem to be struggling to rise off the printed page into our simulated 3D, stereo, holograph world, but then they recoil from it with speedy wit and righteous indignation, in a weave of rhetorics designed to ward off the 21st century's demons.
Joe Amato completed his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering at Syracuse University, and his Master of Arts and doctoral degrees at University at Albany. A licensed professional engineer in New York State, he spent seven years in industry working in various project engineering capacities. He's the author of five books: Symptoms of a Finer Age (poetry, Viet Nam Generation, 1994); Bookend: Anatomies of a Virtual Self (criticism, SUNY Press, 1997); Under Virga (poetry, Chax Press, 2006); Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture (criticism, University of Iowa Press, 2006); and Finger Exorcised (poetry, BlazeVOX Books, 2006). Chapters of his memoir, Up from Ellis Island, have been published in The Iowa Review, Square One, and Voices in Italian Americana; and his essays, poetry and digital art have been published in Antennae, 88, Chain, Crayon, Jacket, Bombay Gin, Denver Quarterly, Mandorla, New American Writing, Postmodern Culture, MiPOesias, Notre Dame Review, Nineteenth Century Studies, The Iowa Review Web, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and electronic book review. Two of his screenplays, Bear River and High Country (coauthored with Kass Fleisher), advanced to the semifinal round of the 2003 Chesterfield Writer's Film Project fellowship competition, hosted by Paramount Pictures. And his most recent screenplay, Yellow Medicine (also with Fleisher), advanced to the semifinal round of the 2006 Nicholl Fellowship competition, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while placing in the second round at the Austin Film Festival. He's just finished a novel, Big Man with a Shovel. Amato currently teaches writing and literature at Illinois State University.
· Paperback: 139 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] (Dec 2006)
· ISBN : 1-934289-23-X
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