Joel Allegretti (www.joelallegretti.com) is the author of two full-length collections from The Poet's Press: The Plague Psalms, which appeared in 2000 and is now in its third edition, and Father Silicon, selected by the Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, a list that included novels by Thomas Pynchon and Cormac McCarthy. In March 2010 Poets Wear Prada published his third collection, Thrum, a chapbook of poems, prose poems and brief poetic essays about musical instruments.
Allegretti’s work has appeared in Art/Life Limited Editions, Rattapallax, New York Quarterly, Descant, The Laurel Review, Margie, Confrontation, Xcp Cross-Cultural Poetics, Slipstream and many other journals. He is represented in the anthology Chance of a Ghost (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005), which includes work by Billy Collins, Rita Dove and James Tate. His poem in that collection received an Honorable Mention in the 2006 edition of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror from St. Martin’s Press.
He was one of three writers chosen for 2005's inaugural Visible Word, a collaboration of literary and visual artists sponsored by the DeBaun Center for the Performing Arts, Stevens Institute of Technology.
In April 2009, Kean University in New Jersey presented the world premiere of a song cycle based on Allegretti's poetry: A Cycle by the Sea by Frank Ezra Levy, for decades a cellist with the Radio City Musical Hall Orchestra and whose symphonic work is in the American Classics series on the Naxos label.
Raymond Hammond, editor of The New York Quarterly, called Thrum "an intriguing and must read for anyone who has a sense of all that culminates in the commingling of the arts."
The Poet's Press
Poets Wear Prada
Reading (of course!)
Playing the guitar
Listening to a wide range of music, from Muddy Waters to Ravi Shankar to Miles Davis to Davy Graham to Nico. The pashas of songwriting, for me at least, are Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
Riding my mountain bike
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