Nicholas Rinaldi (born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934) is an American poet and novelist. Rinaldi is the author of three novels and three collections of poetry. His poems and fiction have won numerous awards, and he was recently honored as the 2007 Artist of the Year by the Fairfield Arts Council.
Rinaldi earned a doctorate from Fordham University and currently teaches courses in literature and creative writing at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut with his wife Jackie, a literary critic. They have four children.
Poetry collections 
- The Resurrection of the Snails (1977, J F Blair, ISBN 0-89587-002-9)
- We Have Lost Our Fathers (1982, University Press of Florida, ISBN 0-8130-0692-9)
- The Luftwaffe in Chaos (1985 Negative Capability Press, ISBN 0-942544-04-8)
- Bridge Fall Down (1985) — (St Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-09550-3)
- The Jukebox Queen of Malta (1999) — (Bantam, ISBN 0-593-04420-7)
- Between Two Rivers (2004) — (HarperCollins, ISBN 0-06-057876-9)
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