Lynne Viti

Senior Lecturer Emerita in the Writing Program


My focus is on writing poetry and fiction, and teaching workshops and short courses in literature and poetry and memoir writing in community settings, including libraries, schools and workshops.

I am the inaugural Poet Laureate of Westwood, Massachusetts, with a two-year term running through June 2025. I was awarded the 2023 Miriam Chaikin / Westbeth Artists Poetry Prize and a Third Prize in the 2023 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, for "Westwood Lodge, the Summer Hotel." Previous awards include Honorable Mentions in the WOMR, Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest for "Rene and Marcella," (2018) "Biography," (2019) "Meditations at Newcomb Hollow Beach," (2020) and "Cooking for One, in Winter" (2022); the Glimmer Train 2014 short fiction contest for my short story, “Tony Bennett, Aldous Huxley, and Eddie;” and the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award for “Pâtissière."

My essay, "I Got the Shotgun, You Got the Briefcase: Judging, Lawyering and Ethics," appears in the critical anthology, The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television (ed. Potter and Marshall, Continuum Press, 2009).

The Walk to Cefalù, Cornerstone Press/Portage Poetry Series, 2022

Dancing at Lake Montebello: Poems, Apprentice House Press, 2020

Going Too Fast: Stories, Finishing Line, 2020

The Glamorganshire Bible, Finishing Line, 2018

Baltimore Girls, Finishing Line, 2017

Complete list of my recent publications.

You can find my blog at:

Twitter: @LynneViti

Instagram: @lynne_viti


  • B.A., Barnard College
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Boston College
  • J.D., Boston College