Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff


Joe Amato

Instructional Assistant Professor

Office Address: STV 422 B
Office Phone: (309) 438-7787
Office Hours: MW 11:30-12:30
Virtual M-Sat 9:00-noon
Email: Contact Joe Amato (jamato2)
Website: Visit Joe Amato’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG229.03Introduction to Literary Genres M W 14:00 - 15:15STV 0220
ENG247.31Intermediate Creative Writing,Non-Fiction M W 12:35 - 13:50STV 0221
ENG287.02Independent Study   
ENG347.31Advanced Creative Writing,Creative Nonfiction M W 15:35 - 16:50STV 0132
Teaching Interests:
Research Interests:

  • Poetry and poetics
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Creative writing pedagogy

Doctor of Arts, English, University at Albany, 1989
Master of Arts, English, University at Albany, 1986
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Syracuse University, 1976
B.S., Mathematics, Syracuse University, 1976
    Selected Publications:

    Big Man with a Shovel. Steerage Press, 2011.

    Once an Engineer: A Song of the Salt City. SUNY Press, 2009.

    Pain Plus Thyme. Factory School, 2008.

    Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture. University of Iowa Press, 2006.

    Under Virga. Chax Press, 2006.

    Finger Exorcised. BlazeVOX [books], 2006.

    Bookend: Anatomies of a Virtual Self. SUNY Press, 1997.

    Symptoms of a Finer Age. Viet Nam Generation and Burning Cities Press, 1994.

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