"Europe" is on The Slowdown

Today, U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, reads and discusses my poem, “Europe,” on her podcast, The Slowdown. I’m honored by Smith’s careful, sensitive reading of this piece, which, as she explains in the podcast, is all about first heartbreak. “Europe” is actually my favorite poem from the book & I’m so glad Smith selected it to feature today.

NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been selected for a 2019 Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts. Through its Creative Writing Fellowships, the Arts Endowment gives writers the time and space needed to create. It is an honor to share this recognition with 34 other poets from around the United States.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Poem for Louisville

I was asked by Louisville Magazine to compose an original piece of writing in response to the Kroger shootings. I wrote a poem, “Psalm,” and talked about the process of composition in an interview with LouMag editor (and my former student), Dylon Jones. Since “Psalm” appeared on line, it’s been shared dozens of times on social media. I’m glad that Louisville readers have found solace in the poem during this difficult time for our city.

New Poem On-Line at Tin House

I wrote a double sonnet crown, “Happinefs,” about my undergraduate days at the University of Virginia. A “double sonnet” or “heroic crown” begins with fourteen sonnets, each linked by a common line. The fifteenth sonnet, composed of the repetitions, “crowns” the sequence. My thanks to Camille Dungy and the editors of Tin House for making a home for this new piece on their blog.

Witch Wife Reviewed in Five Points

Many thanks to Caroline Crew for her thoughtful review of Witch Wife in Five Points journal, Georgia State University’s literary magazine.

“There is no moment of  Witch Wife  that slacks— Petrosino revels in the crafting of sculptural cats-cradle like poems: strange and beautiful, morbid and musical,  Witch Wife  confirms Petrosino as both magician and master, and certainly one of America’s most fascinating contemporary poets.”

“There is no moment of Witch Wife that slacks— Petrosino revels in the crafting of sculptural cats-cradle like poems: strange and beautiful, morbid and musical, Witch Wife confirms Petrosino as both magician and master, and certainly one of America’s most fascinating contemporary poets.”

Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council

I'm delighted to announce that I've been awarded an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency in Kentucky. This year, sixteen writers across the Commonwealth were selected for these awards through a competitive application process. Check out KAC's list of recipients, past and present, a dynamic constellation of literary artists of all genres. Kentucky is a place of  storytellers, musicians, and poets. I'm proud to be in this company. 

New Essay for the International Writing Program Collections

Last year, I was invited to participate in the "To What Do I Belong" symposium in Tangier, Morocco hosted by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program and the US State Department. I wrote an essay, "In the Rooms of Monticello," as my contribution to the proceedings. Now the piece has been collected by the IWP on a special website. You can read my work and the writings of the other delegates--from around the world--who participated in the adventure. 

As an American, I live in the shadow of Jefferson’s dream. I belong to its loveliness, and its terror. As a writer, I am trying to understand what this means.

As an American, I live in the shadow of Jefferson’s dream. I belong to its loveliness, and its terror. As a writer, I am trying to understand what this means.