Carmine Prioli was born and raised in Boston. He received his B.A. from Suffolk University in 1968, his master’s from Boston College in 1971, and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1975, all in English. Prioli moved to North Carolina in 1977 to teach at North Carolina State University. From 2003 to 2005, he edited the North Carolina Folklore Journal. He is the author of Hope for a Good Season: The Ca’e Bankers of Harkers Island and editor of The Poems of General George S. Patton, Jr.: Lines of Fire. He also coedited Life at the Edge of the Sea: Essays on North Carolina’s Coast and Coastal Culture with Candy Beal.
Presently, Prioli is an English professor and the director of graduate programs in the English Department at North Carolina State. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Elizabeth, and has two sons, John and Andrew.