November 30, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Poet Peter Covino, a 1985 graduate of Amherst College and author of two collections of poems, will read at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Of Covino’s collection, Cut Off the Ears of Winter, W.S. DiPiero has said, “These poems are acts of discovery.” Donald Revell says, “Here are psalms against the sinister. Here, too, are eclogues of mercy.[…] This is a book of virtues better far than our deserving.”

Born and raised in Italy, Covino earned an M.S. degree from the Columbia School of Social Work after graduating from Amherst. He now teaches English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Columbia, The Journal, The Paris Review, Verse and The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing. He is one of the founding editors of Barrow Street and Barrow Street Press. Covino’s chapbook, Straight Boyfriend, received the Frank O’Hara Prize in Poetry in 2001.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. For more information, please call 413/542-8200 or visit the center's website.