Tina Egnoski

I'm a Floridian by birth and a Rhode Islander by choice. I was born in Melbourne, a distinction I share with Jim Morrison. Although Morrison only spent the first nine months of his life there, I spent the first twenty. That landscape informs my work: scrub pine, hardwood hammocks, salty breezes off the Atlantic, brackish breezes off the Indian River.

I began writing in my teens. Really bad love poetry was the bulk of my oeuvre in those days. My first publication—two of those awful, awful poems—was in the Camp Golden Valley newsletter in 1977. Since then, I've written plenty of bad poetry, as well as some pretty good pieces. I studied English at the University of Florida and later earned an MFA from Emerson College. My work, both poetry and fiction, has been published in a number of literary journals, including The Carolina Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Folio and Hawaii Pacific Review, as well as the anthologies Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry and Shoreline. I've received literature fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities.

A late-bloomer—married in my late twenties, earned my Master's degree and had a child in my late thirties, published my first book in my late forties—I'm currently at work on my first novel. Set at the University of Florida during the Vietnam War era, it centers around Celeste and Reed Leahy, a sister and brother active in the anti-war protests that took place on campus in the spring of 1972. It's possible (is it possible?) that I'll finish the manuscript by my late fifties.

Currently, I live with my husband and teenage son in a 1950s ranch with an original Youngstown kitchen in Barrington, a town that Money magazine ranked sixth on their 2005 list of the 100 Best Places to Live in America. I work in the Gender and Women's Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island. I'm also the director of the Ocean State Writing Conference.

Selected Works

Winner of the 2010 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize
Winner of the 2008 Black River Chapbook Competition

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