Joseph Fasano, by Caron Andregg

Joseph Fasano, BA 2011

Joseph Fasano won the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award for his first full-length collection, Fugue for Other Hands  (January, 2013.) Fasano was nominated for a Kate Tufts Discovery Award and  Fugue for Other Hands was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2013. Fugue for Other Hands was most recently nominated for The Poets’ Prize, by Linda Pastan.

Fasano’s second book, Inheritance (2014, Cider Press Review) has been nominated for the James Laughlin Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His third book, Vincent, a single book-length poem, will be published in spring 2015.

Judge Jeane Marie Beaumont says about Fugue for Other Hands, “to my mind this book embodies “further, deeper, wilder”…. It is never timid or tamed, has no easy comfort or uplift to offer but immerses us in the disturbances of living on this mortal earth from start to finish.”

Joseph Fasano was born and raised in New York State’s Hudson River Valley. He earned a BA in philosophy from Harvard University in 2005 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2008. His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, FIELD, The Southern Review, and Boston Review, among other journals.  His poem “Mahler in New York” won the 2008 RATTLE Poetry Prize, and he has been a finalist for the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition, the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books, and the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize. He has also been a semifinalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest and the Mid-American Review James Wright Poetry Award, as well as a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Joseph Fasano has taught at Columbia University and SUNY Purchase, and he currently teaches literature and writing at Manhattanville College and Columbia University.