Frank Paino was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a B.A. in English at Baldwin Wallace University (f/k/a College) and went on to receive an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Paino’s poems have appeared in a variety of literary publications, including: Crab Orchard Review, Catamaran, North American Review, World Literature Today and the anthology, The Face of Poetry. His first two volumes of poetry were published by Cleveland State University Press: The Rapture of Matter (1991) and Out of Eden (1997). He has received a number of awards, including a Pushcart Prize, The Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature, and a 2016 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. His third book, Obscura, will be published by Orison Books in April, 2020.