Keith Montesano

Vestal, NY 13850

Author's Bio

Keith Montesano is the author of two books of poetry: Ghost Lights (Dream Horse Press, 2010) and Scoring the Silent Film (Dream Horse Press, 2013). He holds an MFA in Poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University, and currently lives with his wife in New York, where he is a PhD Candidate in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University.

Publications and Prizes


Ghost Lights
(Dream Horse,
Scoring the Silent Film
(Dream Horse Press,


Crab Orchard Review
Sonora Review
Hunger Mountain
River Styx
Hayden's Ferry Review
American Literary Review
Another Chicago Magazine
Ninth Letter
Passages North
The Pinch
Third Coast
Florida Review
Cream City Review
Madison Review
Cimarron Review
Hollins Critic
Portland Review
Barn Owl Review
Blue Mesa Review
American Poetry Journal
The Collagist
Finalist, The National Poetry Series; Finalist, Akron Poetry Prize; Finalist, Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes; Finalist, New Issues Green Rose Prize; Finalist, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition; Finalist, Zone 3 First Book Award; Finalist, New Issues Poetry Prize; Finalist, Dream Horse Press Orphic Prize

More Information

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Gives readings? 
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Born in: 
Greenville, PA

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
Joe Bolton, Larry Levis, Lynda Hull, C.K. Williams, Mark Doty, Brian Teare, William Olsen, Tom Sleigh, Alan Shapiro, Rodney Jones, Donald Justice, Jack Gilbert, Spencer Reece, Judy Jordan, Galway Kinnell, James L. White, Stephen Dobyns, Deborah Digges, Yehuda Amichai, Anne Carson, Herbert Morris, Tess Gallagher, B.H. Fairchild, Michael Ryan, Etheridge Knight, Susan Mitchell, Kevin Young, Seamus Heaney, Adam Zagajewski, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Weldon Kees, Anne Sexton

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Listing last updated: October 8, 2012.

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