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Jo Pitkin

Pear Tree Hill Editorial Services
Poet and Educational Writer
Cold Spring, NY
I received a BA from Kirkland College, a progressive women's college that pioneered the creative writing undergraduate degree, and an MFA in poetry from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. I am the author of a chapbook and four full-length volumes of poetry—Cradle of the American Circus, Commonplace Invasions, Rendering, and the forthcoming Village: Recession—and the editor of Lost Orchard: Prose and Poetry from the Kirkland College Community. My poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The New York Review of Books, Little Star, Mom Egg Review, Multiplicity, Salamander, A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, and The Poetry of Capital: Voices from Twenty-First-Century America. After living in Cambridge and Arlington for 15 years, I returned to New York's Hudson River Valley, where I work as a teaching artist at The Poetry Barn and as a freelance educational writer for K through Grade 12 students.