Lynne Spigelmire Viti was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a lecturer emerita in the Writing Program at Wellesley College. A graduate of Mercy High School in Baltimore, she attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and received her B.A.cum laude in English Literature from Barnard College. After teaching high school English for several years in Stamford, Connecticut and Brookline, Massachusetts, she earned her Ph.D. and J.D. from Boston College.Viti has authored numerous academic articles on legal topics, composition theory and, literature and media. Her first chapbook, Baltimore Girls, was published in March, 2017, and her second collection, The Glamorganshire Bible, in 2018 (both from Finishing Line Press). She is also the author of a poetry microchapbook, (Origami Poems Project 2017). Her poetry, nonfiction and fiction has appeared in over a hundred online and print journals and anthologies, including The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television (2009),The Baltimore Sun,Amuse-Bouche, The Paterson Review, The Little Patuxent Review, Drunk Monkeys, Cultured Vultures, Incandescent Mind and Right Hand Pointing. She won Honorable Mentions in the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, the 2017 Joe Gouveia Poetry Contest,and the 2015 Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest.
She has read her work at Gallery 55 (Natick), MA; Mass. Poetry Festival; Bird-in-Hand /Ivy Bookshop Baltimore, MD; Little Patuxent Review; Book Culture Bookstore, NY, NY; Boston Public Library; Westwood, MA Public Library; Wellfleet, MA Public Library; Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT; Mercy High School, Baltimore, MD; Enoch Pratt Library, Baltimore, MD; Dover, MA Public Library; New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton, MA; Wellesley College; Old Frog Pond Farm Plein Air Poetry, Harvard, MA; Charlestown Retirement Community (Catonsville, MD); Louisburg Cottages, CountyMayo, Ireland.
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