Dino Enrique Piacentini

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Dino Enrique
  • Hybrid
  • Fiction
Dino Enrique Piacentini

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Dino Enrique Piacentini grew up in Los Angeles, lived in San Francisco for twenty years, and has also, at various times, set down stakes in Houston, Oaxaca, Champaign, and Prague. His writing has been published in Gulf Coast, Confrontation, Pembroke, The Globe & Mail, The Atticus Review, and The Massachusetts Review, among other places, and his debut novel, Invasion of the Daffodils, about a Mexican-American family living on an island off the coast of California during the Korean War, will be published by Astrophil Press in 2024. He was a collaborating writer for the Aura Contemporary Ensemble’s Words and Music concert and served as Fiction Editor at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. He has taught creative writing at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the University of Houston; the Boldface Emerging Writers Conference; and Inprint HoustonBefore becoming a writer, he worked as an arts administrator at The Mexican Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Asian Art Museum, and Galería de la Raza. Currently, he lives in Denver, where he teaches creative writing at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the University of Denver.

Classes with Dino Enrique Piacentini

Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir

Queer Creatives Retreat Intensive: Different from the Others

October 27, 2023

Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir

4-Week: Other Perspectives—A POV Workshop

October 18, 2023

4-Week: Making it Magical
Fiction, Hybrid

4-Week: Making it Magical

November 15, 2023

Dino has the wonderful ability to meet you where you are, as a writer, while also challenging you to push your craft and voice further. And he creates a supportive environment in which to do that work - he was great at involving all of us in the conversation, and he gave relevant and inspiring examples of stories that we read closely for their elements and structure. His exercises invited us to play with the "clay" of our stories and not be overly intimidated by them or the blank page (both of which I've struggled with in the past). Just a great, empathic instructor and very knowledgeable about the inner workings of fiction.
Cory Garfin