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Big Man with a Shovel

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"If there could ever be anything like The Great American Novel, it might look like Big Man with a Shovel, an achievement that shows just how flexible and surprising the novel can be, and how, in the hands of a poet, it may still be the most incisive means we have for examining who we are as individuals and collectively as a society." -- Steve Tomasula, author of VAS: An Opera in Flatland

"The charm and power of Amato's book is in its mutability. Amato's text moves easily through working-class narration, American folklore, high academic palaver, war narrative, editorial splashback, history and ephemera, in an intelligent, erudite, and passionate novel." -- Steve Katz, author of Creamy & Delicious

About the Author

Joe Amato completed his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering at Syracuse University, and his Master of Arts and doctoral degrees in English at University at Albany. A licensed professional engineer in New York State, he spent seven years in industry working in various project engineering capacities. Amato is the author of nine books: Samuel Taylor's Last Night (novel, Dalkey Archive Press, forthcoming); Big Man with a Shovel (novel, Steerage Press, 2011); Once an Engineer: A Song of the Salt City (memoir, SUNY Press, 2009); Pain Plus Thyme (poetry, Factory School, 2008); Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture (criticism, University of Iowa Press, 2006); Under Virga (poetry, Chax Press, 2006); Finger Exorcised (poetry, BlazeVOX [books], 2006); Bookend: Anatomies of a Virtual Self (criticism, SUNY Press, 1997); and Symptoms of a Finer Age (poetry, Viet Nam Generation, 1994). With Kass Fleisher, Amato is the author of three award-winning screenplays and, most recently, a full-length play, Fat Jack's. Amato and Fleisher have also adapted Big Man for the screen. Amato currently teaches writing and literature at Illinois State University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Steerage Press (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098363260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983632603
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,976,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Amato (born in Syracuse, New York, and raised in the metro area) is an American writer best known for his poetry and his work in poetics. A licensed Professional Engineer in New York State, Amato spent seven years in industry working in various project engineering capacities before returning to graduate school. He holds degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from Syracuse University (B.S./B.S., 1976), and degrees in English from University at Albany (M.A., 1986, Doctor of Arts, 1989). Amato is the author of nine books, including a memoir and two novels, and numerous essays and reviews. With his frequent writing partner, Kass Fleisher, he's written a full-length play and several screenplays (none of which have been produced to date). Since 2003, Amato has taught writing and literature at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He's the production manager at Steerage Press.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Spotte on July 7, 2011
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In "Big Man with a Shovel" poet and novelist Joe Amato reprises the West Virginia legend of John Henry, that steel-drivin' man. Amato's reincarnation can shovel snow in upstate New York like no one else ever born, and he assumes mythical proportions when pitted against one of the snow removal industry's first heavy-duty snow-blowers. The story itself is tense and fulfilling, propelled forward by the tight certainty of dead-on characterization. Amato's landscape is cold and gritty, the descriptions filtered through his poet's eye and delivered in sharp, sinuous prose. His tale is sad but uplifting, the ending glorious. Joe Amato is a helluva writer.
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By Ranger on December 10, 2012
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I read a short piece by Joe Amato in the &Now Awards. This piece has some really creative writing techniques that were executed well, a must read for any interested in experimental fiction.
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