Lynne Viti

Lynne Viti

from Ann Kovaa # 1

I’m a poet, author and teacher. The daughter of Baltimore tavern owner and a schoolteacher, I practiced law in Boston for two decades and taught writing at Wellesley College for many years. I write and publish poetry, teach classes in poetry, fiction and memoir in the greater Boston area, and facilitate a poetry workshop at the Westwood (MA) Public Library. In 2021 I received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to pilot a poets-in-the schools program in my town.

My second full-length poetry collection, The Walk to Cefalù, will be published in September 2022 by Cornerstone Press/Portage Poetry Series of University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

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My first full-length poetry collection, Dancing at Lake Montebello (Apprentice House Press of Loyola University Maryland, 2020), is available in both e-book and in paperback from Bookshop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or from independent booksellers.

Viti’s Charm City overflows with survivors and ghosts, yet avoids the minefields of sentiment. Snapshots from decades past—euthanasia coasters and backfin, mean girls and pheromones, talismans and to-do lists—collapse time. And “love” is in the details, the dance of the natural world, the white foam where the sandy shore and frothy water embrace. Viti has mastered the music and the moves in a collection that pierces the darkness.”
—Richard Peabody, editor, Gargoyle Magazine

“What you cannot know unless you hail from Viti’s hometown is that on the far side of Lake Montebello is a rehab hospital by the same name. It’s a place one goes to, to gain strength after something bad has happened. This collection by the Crabtown poet-in-exile offers the same.” —Rafael Alvarez, author, The Orlo & Leini Tales

My poetry chapbooks, Baltimore Girls (2017) and The Glamorganshire Bible (2018), and my short fiction collection, Going Too Fast (2020) are published by Finishing Line Press.

I was awarded Honorable Mentions in the WOMR/Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest for my poems “Rene and Marcella,” (2018) “Biography” (2019) , “Meditations at Newcomb Hollow Beach” (2020) and “Cooking for One, in Winter” (2022) ; the Glimmer Train 2014 short fiction contest for my short story, ”Tony Bennett, Aldous Huxley and Eddie”; and the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award for “Pâtissière.” I was nominated for the Mass. Book Award in 2017, 2018 and 2020.

My essay, “’I Got the Shotgun, You Got the Briefcase’: Judging, Lawyering and Ethics,” appears in the The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television (ed. Potter and Marshall, Continuum Press, 2009)

To purchase any of my Finishing Line Press books, click here.