Frank Paino holds a BA in English from Baldwin Wallace University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College low-residency writing program. While studying at Vermont, he had the privilege of working with poets Richard Jackson, Mark Doty, Lynda Hull and David Wojahn.
Unlike many of his fellow poets, he eschewed a teaching career (for better or worse) in favor of a non-academic position at a
Frank's first two volumes of poetry were published by Cleveland State University Press: The Rapture of Matter (1991) and
Out of EdenCreative (1997). He has received a number of awards for his work, including a 2016 Individual Excellence Award from
The Ohio Arts Council, a Pushcart Prize and The Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature.