Youngstown native finalist for award

Youngstown native finalist for award


Allison Pitinii Davis recently was recently chosen as a finalist for the Berru Award, a national award program presented by The National Jewish Book Awards, a program that began in 1950.

Pitinii Davis was born and raised in the Youngstown area and her 2013 chapbook, “Poppy Seeds,” won the Wick Poetry Chapbook prize.

Pitnii Davis wrote “Line Study of a Motel Clerk,” a poetry collection that examines a family’s century-long effort to make a home in a changing world. One side of the family opens a trucking motel, and the other a laundry. The businesses change hands through three generations as the industrial steel valley booms and busts. When the two disparate families become one, the new generation must question what it means to endure a place, a culture, a language and a history.

The book is available for purchase at and PGW/IPS.

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