Peter Fortunato teaches literature and critical reading, writing and thinking about literature, part of the First-Year Writing Seminar.
Originally from the mid Hudson Valley of New York State in the US, he is a graduate of Cornell University, with a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He has taught at Cornell Summer College and at Ithaca College for many years.
Mr. Fortunato is a poet and performer and the founder of two poetry and performance theater groups in the US – Spideroot Theater and Spirit Horses. He has published collections of poetry, essays and short stories, and worked as a holistic counsellor and life coach.
His awards include the Emily Dickinson Prize of the Poetry Society of America and the Pablo Neruda Prize of the Oklahoma Arts Council.